Business may be the most potent force in the world, perhaps more powerful than government. The largest corporations—only 20 companies—are responsible for one-third of carbon emissions, and some firms carry more economic heft than many nations. For example, Apple earned $99 billion in net income in 2022, and if Apple were a nation, it would rank 67th in the world if compared to the GDP of other countries. The Climate Crisis and its related food, water, and immigration impacts present the most significant challenge business has ever faced. Can business deliver a better world and equitable society while avoiding a global economic collapse? The Activist Leader: A New Mindset for Doing Business, a new book by our guests Jon Miller and Lucy Parker, reports that business has the tools. Now, the will to lead is required.

Jon Miller and Lucy Parker, coauthors of The Activist Leader: A New Mindset for Doing Business, are our guests on Sustainability In Your Ear.

Lucy and Jon outline a simple challenge for leaders and people who want to become business leaders: they must adopt a new mindset and the ability to think like an activist about the role a business plays in the world. That’s a tall order in a fractured political environment in which critics from the extremes of the political spectrum monitor every word for controversy. It takes courage to be an activist leader, and that’s a topic worth exploring in a world that needs businesses to step up to their responsibility for the system that produced climate change. You can find The Activist Leader: A New Mindset for Doing Business at Amazon and local bookstores.

By Mitch Ratcliffe

Mitch is the publisher at and Director of Digital Strategy and Innovation at Intentional Futures, an insight-to-impact consultancy in Seattle. A veteran tech journalist, Mitch is passionate about helping people understand sustainability and the impact of their decisions on the planet.