The Global Financial Commons

Since ecologist Garrett Hardin’s 1968 article on “The Tragedy of the Commons,” sustainability advocates have thought of the commons in a global biological context: one embracing the health of our atmosphere, forests, arable land, oceans, rivers and the creatures that live therein. There is also a global financial commons. And it is more closely related to our biological commons than most ...


In 2014, the Global LAMP Index® returns continued to outperform leading global benchmarks. Measured on a market capitalization basis, LAMP returned 5.51% versus 4.47% for the FTSE World Index, 5.50% for the MSCI World Index and 3.09% for the S&P Global 100. Measured on an equal weighted basis, the Global LAMP Index® returned 8.48 percent, beating those global benchmarks by ...


LAMP Index Returns for 2013 Surprise

We were surprised how well the Global LAMP Index® did in 2013 – a year we thought was likely to disappoint given the fragile state of the US and world economies. The sixty LAMP companies continued to widen their lead over global peer indices with a total return of 30.12 percent. This marks the seventeenth time in the past eighteen years ...


Distortions of the Anthropocene

For the first time in earth’s history, a species through its own self-centered behavior, is responsible for ending one geological epoch, the Holocene, and initiating another, the Anthropocene. The Holocene, which began roughly 12,000 years ago with the end of the Pleistocene ice age, is generally associated with a globally warming climate and the rapid spread of the human species as ...


Entroponomics Redux

A couple of months ago (December 10, 2012) I wrote that the word “economics” has become divorced from its original meaning and that “entroponomics” would be a more truthful label – one that would compel us to think more deeply about the consequences of our commercial behavior. Most of us associate the word economics with high level planning and management intended ...


During 2012 the Global LAMP Index® continued to build its multi-year performance advantage over  leading global equity indices as well as the S&P 500. A chart showing compounded returns since 1996 – the year I started work on the Index – is displayed on the front page of this website. Tables detailing index returns on a year-to-year and on a ...



The words we use convey shared meanings and assumptions that affect the ways we think and behave. Take the word “economics.” The word itself derives from the Ancient Greek οἰκονομία (oikonomia, "management of a household, administration") and from οἶκος (oikos, "house") plus νόμος (nomos, "custom" or "law"): hence "rules of the house(hold)." Since the founding of modern economics in the 18th ...


Biological and ecological systems are full of complexity. So is the financial system. But here the similarity ends: for Nature and biology are complex in the right way, while the financial system is not. The right way is diverse, symbiotic, adaptive and dynamically balanced. The wrong way is highly centralized, self-centered, disconnected, single-minded (profit seeking) and continually growing with concentrated pockets ...


LAMP Companies Repeat on Global 100 Lists

Since 2006, when Profit For Life was published, 65 percent of Global LAMP Index® companies our learning lab for the book have been selected for the Global 100 list of corporate sustainability leaders. Since the Global 100 are selected from thousands of eligible companies, the high inclusion rate of LAMP companies is truly extraordinary. The Global 100 ...


Jay Bragdon to Speak at Copenhagen Futurist Conference

In September of 2011, Jay Bragdon has the honor of speaking at the Copenhagen Futurist Conference. Jay will describe the corporate renaissance as a beacon to the future. He will illuminate their extraordinary life-mimicking attributes and synergies via case studies. His talk will conclude with a strategy for accelerating renaissance best practices. Following Jay's presentation his slides will be posted on ...