GWI’s Social Impact Initiative Releases Manifesto

The GWI’s Social Impact Initiative’s mission is to drive collaboration among business leaders, community members and a wide range of organizations to create significant, sustainable world impact. At its first Roundtable/forum, participants shared “We believe” statements around their mission, which resulted in a manifesto to inspire and guide social impact. ACCESS MANIFESTO

Trend to Watch: Less Conspicuous, Expensive Wellness

MONTHLY BAROMETER – WELLNESS EDITION For the second winter in a row, the success of a basic coat has gone viral. The Orolay puffer jacket, produced in China and sold (mainly) on Amazon for about $130, competed with premium brands, such as Canada Goose, Moncler and Fusalp, priced at exponentially more than that amount. So what? (1) It reveals the growing disruptive power of the…

A “Well Death” Becomes Part of a “Well Life”

In our modern age, death has become over-medicalized, and the “human” has been removed from the process. Enter a new kind of wellness practitioner: the death doula, caregivers who give the dying full physical, emotional and spiritual support and fill that serious gap in care between medicine and hospice. Read a new conversation with Henry Fersko-Weiss, a true pioneer of the death doula movement and…

Wellness Evidence Study: With Exercise, Midlife Is Not Too Late to Begin

A large, new study from the National Cancer Institute, analyzing data from the N.I.H.-AARP Diet and Health Study, indicates that with exercise, it’s never too late to begin. People who started exercising in midlife had the same protection against mortality as people who had always worked out. The bad news? The reverse is true: If you stop exercising in midlife, all the longevity benefits you accrued…

The World Is Better Than It’s Ever Been, So Why Are We So Miserable?

During the year, the debate has been raging between those who see the world’s glass as half full versus those who see it as half empty. The optimists, trying to promote a fact-based worldview, are right: Almost all the indicators confirm that the world is “better” than it’s ever been and certainly not nearly as dangerous as we think/feel. If the world is getting so…

Millennials Reshaping Consumption: The Winners – Small Wellness Companies, Not Big Brands

Monthly Barometer Paul Polman (Unilever’s CEO) recently confessed: “Our biggest threat is that we lose connection with millennials.” Emmanuel Faber (Danone’s CEO) echoes Polman’s concerns: “Millennials want committed brands with authentic products. Natural, simpler, and if possible small, as small as you can.” Millennials, who are now coming of age and approaching their peak earning years, are going to reshape consumption into a much more…