Take Nothing, Do No Harm. Ray Anderson Talks Sustainable Commerce
At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits by designing for sustainability. In this beautiful speech, Anderson talks about living in harmony with nature, about more happiness with less stuff, and ends with a poem written by Glenn Thomas, a company employee inspired by Anderson’s vision.
Tomorrow’s Child by Glenn Thomas
Without a name; an unseen face
and knowing not your time nor place
Tomorrow’s Child, though yet unborn,
I met you first last Tuesday morn.
A wise friend introduced us two,
and through his sobering point of view
I saw a day that you would see;
a day for you, but not for me
Knowing you has changed my thinking,
for I never had an inkling
That perhaps the things I do
might someday, somehow, threaten you
Tomorrow’s Child, my daughter-son
I’m afraid I’ve just begun
To think of you and of your good,
Though always having known I should.
Begin I will to weigh the cost
of what I squander; what is lost
If ever I forget that you
will someday come to live here too.