Bridging the Global-Local Gap
ECOLOGIA’s programs bring international perspectives and resources to local sustainable development projects, and bring locally based ‘on the ground’ experience back to the world of international decision making.
Our programs combine a practical focus on local projects with direct involvement in international policy-making arenas. We believe that local leaders create the best, most sustainable long-term solutions to problems, and that this local experience should shape the development of national and international decisions.
ECOLOGIA works with innovative leaders in dynamic, fluid situations - often before trends are dominant or even clear to others.
ECOLOGIA works by creating direct people-to-people connections. By linking individuals to one another, we foster the emergence of a global civil society a worldwide network of individuals and organizations sharing common interests, information and resources.
"Microfon" Documentary Finds a Home at Concordia University
Following the Chornobyl nuclear power plant disaster of 1986, Ukrainian filmmaker Georgy Shliarevsky told the story of the public outcry for their right to hear and speak the truth, in the face of Soviet authorities' denials. In May, 2016, Randy Kritkausky of ECOLOGIA arranged for "Mikrofon" to be housed at the Documentary Film Department of Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec).
ISO 26000 - Guidance for Social Responsibility for All Organizations
Carolyn Schmidt presented ECOLOGIA's experiences to an audience that included representatives of the Indonesian mining and power sectors, October 2014.
"Building Global Connections
to Create Civil Society
and Support Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability"
Paths Toward Sustainability
For 25 years ECOLOGIA has worked to promote sustainable development. We are involved with international efforts to promote corporate social responsibility, such as ISO 26000. We also explore innovative approaches to economic and environmental sustainability that can empower communities, in the sector we call the Orthogonal Economy. Most recently, we are examining the durable wisdom of indigenous peoples on the fundamental questions of how to organize our societies for long-term sustainability with respect for the natural world.
The Orthogonal Economy: Approaching Business and Sustainability from a Different Angle
The "Orthogonal Economy" (OE) is a counter-force to the "market economy" driven by profit-seeking and short-term financial gains. Orthogonal Economy businesses accept marginal profitability in order to operate responsibly. They can be supported through such practices such as fair trade and local purchasing programs. The OE overlaps with other movements such as cooperatives, fair trade, and the "next economy", but has identifying characteristics that make its members a potentially major new force for sustainability and ecological survival.
ISO 26000, the Global Social Responsibility Standard
ECOLOGIA works as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with the international business community, through ISO, the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization. We have contributed to projects related to climate change such as greenhouse gas accounting with ISO 14000 (environmental management systems). Currently, ECOLOGIA works with ISO 26000 in its ambitious effort to advocate for voluntary implementation of environmental and social responsibility as a driving force behind business decisions.
Power Point Slides: Basic Unified Training for ISO 26000
This presentation, developed by the ISO 26000 Post Publication Organization Stakeholder Advisory Group, gives definitions of key concepts and topics, and directions for use of this voluntary guidance standard by leadership in any organization interested in improving its social responsibility performance. It is free for download and use; easy to download - only 931 KB, 59 slides.
ECOLOGIA's Handbook for Implementers of ISO 26000
ECOLOGIA's Handbook is designed for small and medium sized businesses, but useful for anyone seeking to use ISO 26000. Open source through a Creative Commons license.
The 33-page Handbook features:
- Explanations of the goals and value of ISO 26000
- Workbook - with worksheets, tables, graphics, questions and examples
- Definitions, principles and action suggestions of the seven core subjects (summary)
P>September 2017 - Randy Kritkausky offers his personal reflections on the
struggle for justice and fairness against hate speech.