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Offering Up What We Love, Letting Go of the Rest!

September 30th, 2016

I wanted to givchangemakerse an update that I am really excited about. After a decade of providing consulting services to eco and social entrepreneurs I have honed in on exactly what I’m good at and what I truly love to do. And, I’m stepping away from everything else!

My entire adult life has been committed to working toward a future in which we live, travel and do business in a way that is good for the planet and for people at all income levels.

I’ve worked with solar and wind energy start-ups, airports, real estate developers, non-profit advocacy groups, local, state and federal governments.

I’ve done everything from implementing sustainable design planning charrettes to figuring out tax credits to developing award-winning green jobs reports and action plans. I’m grateful for it all.

But now, I’m honing in, offering only what I most love working on. And my main love is empowering change-makers who are creating programs, products and organizations that protect and restore nature and improve the quality of our lives.

New, Unique Pared Down and Powered Up Service Offerings!

One of the biggest unique values that I (and the other 3E consultants) bring is the unusual combination of deep understanding of energy, climate, sustainability and new economy issues along with fantastic writing, speaking and communications skills.

In other words we know a lot about the wonky stuff and also how to talk about the wonky stuff in a compelling, convincing, engaging way!

We are creative, innovative thinkers who are also super organized and efficient.  We start with what’s possible rather than what is, then connect dots, cross-pollinate and implement.

We know how to get the team to a big vision and then take steps to make that vision real.  We are Visionary Doers!

What We’re Really Good At:

  • Empowering change-makers with the knowledge, relationship building and life coaching to make their biggest positive impact on our world.
  • Creating and navigating collaborative processes and projects especially for complex, diverse and potentially conflict-rich projects.
  • Developing and delivering highly effective communications, media and social media outreach message and strategies.

I am passionately committed to working with other passionate people who are leaning into making our world a better place. If this could be of use to you and your amazing project/product/organization by all means let me know!

I’d love to help you fellow change-makers take your good to a whole new level!


Posted by Cylvia Hayes at 9:46 am

Day of ACTION against massive oil pipeline

September 12th, 2016

Today, September 13th, is national day of action against the Dakota Access Pipeline! There are ways, no matter where you are, you can stand in solidarity with the indigenous communities and local farmers and landowners fighting on the front lines.

Protesters demonstrate against the Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen
Protesters demonstrate against the Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

This is one of the most courageous stands against a fossil fuel project this country has ever seen. I believe the steps that native tribes are now taking to block fossil fuel expansion (especially on tribal and public lands) will go down as historic in the movement to go beyond fossil fuels.


This particular action in South Dakota is in itself historic. Already the federal government approved the permits for a big oil company to continue building its pipeline on tribal lands. But, in the face of massive citizen protest the Obama Administration has issued a delay in that permit approval. But this is a temporary reprieve, or stay of execution if you will.

If built, Dakota Access would carry toxic fracked oil from North Dakota across four states and under the Missouri River, immediately upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. That makes it a threat to the sacred land and water of Native communities and a disaster for the climate.

Knowing this, people all across the country (and even beyond) are stepping up to help. And we all can too (even if we can’ make it to the front lines).

Here are ways to support activists on the front lines:

  • Actions targeting financial institutions funding the pipeline are happening around the country between now and September 17. Learn more here and find an event near you here.
  • Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp legal defense fund
  • Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp supply fund
  • Contribute to the Red Warrior Camp legal defense fund
  • Purchase supplies for the Red Warrior Camp through this wishlist registry
  • Donate to support pipeline fighters in North Dakota and Iowa through Bold Nebraska
  • Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 telling President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline
  • Spread the word (like 3EStrategies is doing here) on social media using #NoDAPL.

I can’t stress enough, this is a very important stand. I spoke with one of the tribal leaders just one day before the delay in issuing permits and they had no idea where things were headed or where it would end. This is the time to turn that interim win into long-lasting victory. Please do what you can.

Thank you,


Posted by Cylvia Hayes at 11:40 pm

Laboring for a Saner Healthier Economy

September 5th, 2016

Today is LaboHappy-Labor-Dayr Day. For most Americans, this is just another holiday that more than anything represents a change in the seasons. Children head back to school, football starts up and retail stores of all kinds offer deep discounts at end of summer sales.

Like so many national holidays Labor Day has become more about consumerism than celebrating the powerful ideals and events it represents. Labor Day is really about the incredible efforts of nineteenth century workers who stood up to the crushing power of industry and corporations and fought for eight-hour workdays and paid holidays. They came together, unionized and made huge strides in worker safety and pay equity.

Today we need another revolution, one that finds ways to overcome the enormous disparity between those at the top of the pay grade and everyone else. A revolution toward an economy and corporate structures that don’t degrade our planet and crush people in their wake.

I find it hopeful that this New Economy revolution is gaining steam. The New Economy Coalition is growing in the U.S. The Economy for the Common Good is growing in Europe and we will be introducing it to the U.S. in just two weeks. B Corporations are spreading in Europe, North American and Latin America.

There are many, many facets of this New Economy – from Triple and Quadruple Bottom Line assessments, to circular economy efforts toward Zero Waste.

Today, I’d like to highlight one piece that really suits a Labor Day lens. A growing movement around the globe is employee-owned businesses. They range from very small enterprises to large retail chains like Bi-Mart. UK mega retailer John Lewis in 100% employee owned. There are many structures from  to worker-owned cooperatives.

One aspect that I find most interesting is worker-owned unionized cooperatives.

A union co-op is a unionized worker-owned cooperative in which worker-owners all own an equal share of the business and have an equal vote in overseeing the business. Union co-ops differ from traditional worker-owned co-ops in that workers in a union co-op can appoint a management team (from within their own ranks or from outside the co-op) and then bargain collectively with management regarding wage rates, health care and other benefits, holidays, sick leave, etc.

One of the best-known union co-op efforts is taking place between the 1.2 million United Steelworkers union and Mondragon, a cluster of cooperatives in the Basque region of Spain. Mondragon employs 83,000 workers in 256 companies.

In an interview with Truth-Out Steelworkers president Leo Gerard noted that the union co-op model may offer hope for a type of workplace relationship that only has room for improvement over today’s economy. “It’s not utopia,” he said. “It’s an experiment. [But] if it works, it can’t be any worse than the system we got now.”

He went on to say, “There’s not an advanced democracy on the planet that doesn’t have a strong free labor movement. Anytime there’s been totalitarian regimes, the foundation of replacing those regimes has been workers coming together with students and other disadvantaged groups in society and fighting for democracy – democracy with a free labor movement. ……   Work is changing. You’ve got all kinds of freelancers. We’re going to grow, and we’re going to have to modernize. There are models out there that have to be experimented with, and the union co-op is one of those models.”

Today while kids enjoy the last day of summer freedom and lots of shoppers go hunting for close-out deals on patio furniture, many union members will gather for picnics, bar-be-ques and rallies in support of worker solidarity. I for one, am glad to see unions still alive, evolving and innovating. In the world of mega-mega-corporations and money-viewed-as-free-speech the right to band together and demand fairness has never been more important.

Cylvia Hayes

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Posted by Cylvia Hayes at 11:03 am