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Being Less Bad is Not Being Good - William McDonough (McDonough + Partners)
Date: 10/15/2008
Length: 2 minutes
Speaker(s): William McDonough
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: Eco-efficiency often means being less toxic overall, but architect and designer William McDonough, McDonough + Partners, believes that true green design and the architecture of business needs to turn over a new leaf. Being
effective, and not just efficient, is key to long-term success.

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Beyond Socially Responsible Business - William McDonough (McDonough + Partners)
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Summary: Any "ism" is an extreme and dangerous thing, says William McDonough, McDonough + Partners. And finding that balance between capitalism, socialism, and ecologism is the engineering of good design and sustainable development. Using
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Business Fueling - And Refueling - Itself - William McDonough (McDonough + Partners)
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Summary: Eliminating the concept of waste, using current solar availability, and the celebration of diversity rethinks business-building resources from their most basic natural elements, and encourages entrepreneurs to think about the
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Summary: McDonough + Partners founder William McDonough recalls the history of how his design firm came to investigate and inventory the marketplace of tens of thousands of industrial compounds, chemicals, and building materials, and how
he has sought to both simplify and detoxify the process of product and architectural design. The supply chain is kinked with so many layers of products that even well-meaning manufacturers might not know the character of the toxic and
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Summary: Any kind of government regulation on the enterprise is a signal of design failure - but also an opportunity to improve upon and grow a more efficient business archetype. McDonough + Partners founder William McDonough points out
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