A Magazine Capturing the Story of Health- For People, Environment, Economy & Habitat

May-June 2011 Issue of TheStoryofMeaningfulUse

Letter from the Publisher

Lavinia Weissman

Boston, MA


This next series of articles to be released into our new magazine format for examine the thought leadership and new practices coming into use to build new metrics of health for the environment, economy, people and habitat.

This new format of preparing a series of articles for a cycle of publishing was a bit overwhelming this first round; it pushed me to think and organize my work differently.   When I go into a learning cycle, I often have to find some real inspiration and within a few days the inspiration came to my door.  This inspiration was about repair of harm, I began to learn about through 3 major media events – a live broadcast, a outstanding interview and a sneek preview of film;

Given the events,  it provoked much discussion and debate in the mainstream press and social media.  Yet by the end of a week, I found myself pushed by these events to rethink  the sustainability practice of “transparency.” Transparency is any person’s  or institution’s power to adopt.   If you don’t practice transparency, you are diverting energy to “privacy, privilege and secrecy.”  Yet if you practice transparency you are opening the door to the very human aspect of life that “nothing is perfect.”  Transparency implies failure as lessons learned and opportunities to take those lessons and innovation change.

To me this is the essence of the world of people and communities practicing the discipline of “capacity building.”  From wherever I sit and draw my perspective, I continue to see a growing need for capacity building – in terms of recognition of need, resource and investment identification and a more common understanding that there is a need for a “cycle of capacity building.

Convening a group of people, who have the intention to innovate change requires a cycle or sustained capacity building. Capacity building is about breaking down the systemic barriers that re-enforce old patterns of behavior that keep a dying system perpetuating as that system ceases to serve more and more of the people who live in that system.

The community begins its learning when a small group of people recognize they need to budget and allocate resources to beginning an investigation int new responses to unmet needs from which a healthier society can take form to serve people into perpetuity. This means authoring a method of exercising precaution that addresses systemic harm that cannot be stopped by continuing in a form of “business as usual.”

These 3 events also implied a strong position that physical and violent harm, in particular to women and children should not be part the global future.

Yet the progress for achieving the UN Millenial Goals of 2000 to end poverty by 2015 is not sufficient.  And for the most part, according to the 2011 report on the State of Green Business, the world is still treading water in its progress to become a Green Society.

I am finding more and more – that what I publish, facilitate as change and build social media practice for is about “capacity building.”

Thee 3 media events inspired me to renew my faith and belief that a majority of people can convene to discern, learn and act to build a healthy sustainable economy so all species can live in health; this is the focus and context for anything I think about, work on integrate with into my work with others.

Over the next two weeks, please enjoy the roll out of articles for the May/June 2011 cycle of publication for All these articles provide a basis, a perspective, a briefing from which to learn how to engage in capacity building and monetize its development and ongoing capacity to su

Watch on Twitter, Facebook and from my updates for the publication of these articles:

Prime Category Author Title
Lessons Learned Carol Sanford Business Can Make Life Easier
Research Note Lavinia Weissman #pharma Beyond Business as Usual
New Normal Brief Dave Wann Treasure Hunting for Clean Tech
Ethical Markets Media Rosalinda Sanquiche Update from Hazel Henderson
Capacity Building Lavinia Weissman Can Sustainability Sustain?
Book Review Lavinia Weissman The Responsible Business by Carol Sanford

Watch for a new post on  CSRWiretalkback as part of the SanofiAventisStoryCapture on how CEO Chris Viehbacher is leading a mission to guide Sanofi’s mission beyond the mindset of pharmaceuticals to becoming a global health leader.

And finally learn about’s new learning community, WorkEcology’s Women in Sustainability.

The core value that aligns women to join this professional association is based on the value for sustainability. This implies you wish to discern and learn with other women how to live a healthy life in a healthy world.

Groups can form anywhere for a size of 6- 10 members.

To  learn how to become a group leader or join a group already meeting click “contact,” on this page.

Warm thoughts,

Lavinia Weissman



1 Comment»

  Jennabel wrote @

Thanks for shraing. Always good to find a real expert.

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