Impact Investing (Advance Article)

Abstract: The term “impact investing” describes the work of companies, organizations, and funds seeking to achieve measurable social and environmental gains while also generating financial returns. This sector has struggled with how to measure—quantitatively and qualitatively—the impact of investments. The past decade has witnessed the emergence of formal institutions that have achieved some success in addressing

By |2020-12-04T12:45:52-05:00October 9th, 2020|Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Oddments|0 Comments

Cooking Our Way Into The Future

I started the Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines both as an excuse to eat and as what I thought would be a pleasant escape from the political drama of publishing about China. That led to our publishing books like The Way of Eating and Asian Cuisines, and to my work on gastrodiplomacy. Now, during the COVID-19 crisis, we’re planning a major project on

By |2020-05-31T16:39:39-05:00May 31st, 2020|Berkshire Blog, Oddments|0 Comments

T.S. Eliot “Got Cheese” Campaign Announced

Great Barrington, MA - COVID-19 has delayed the launch of a record-setting marketing deal expected to boost international appreciation of English and European cheeses. The image and words of the Nobel Prize winning poet T S Eliot, as well as characters from the musical Cats, will be used to promote cheese and cheese products throughout the world. The

By |2020-05-26T07:48:34-05:00April 1st, 2020|Oddments|0 Comments

Why The Encyclopedia Of Sustainability? Berners-Lee

Publication scheduled for June 2020 8.5x11 • 6,084 pages • Hardcover $1999 $999 NOW • 9781614728009 No library is complete without this core 21st-century resource. While you're waiting for the new print set to ship, you'll have FREE digital access to all 10 volumes of the first edition at And we'll send a FREE copy of What Is Sustainability? (or another Berkshire Essential paperback)

By |2020-05-11T06:07:05-05:00February 27th, 2020|Oddments|0 Comments

Tyrannical Leadership

"Show, don't tell." This is common advice for writers, and for marketers, too. I found myself thinking about "showing" this week as I made a mental list of the enlightening projects I have worked on. The Encyclopedia of Leadership is one. Here's an article from it on "Tyrannical Leadership" that is all too relevant right now. Tyranny, as

By |2020-05-13T16:12:12-05:00February 7th, 2020|Oddments|3 Comments

Touchdown: Sports & Politics, Football In China

From the chapter on China in Touchdown: An American Obsession Goes Global, in which the author notes that American football has drawn Chinese fans away from the NBA : Playing football has gradually become a sign of fashion among some in the younger generation. American football was introduced to China around the beginning of the twentieth century,

By |2020-05-22T05:49:52-05:00October 18th, 2019|Oddments|0 Comments

Marching In New York; The Climate Week

I'm not a fan of big crowds, and my activism generally starts with fingers on a keyboard, but there was no way I wasn't going to be in New York last Friday, the day of the Climate Strike and Climate March. I took as many photos and videos as I could while also holding a Train

By |2020-05-20T04:28:45-05:00September 26th, 2019|Oddments|0 Comments

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