Mr Charles V Towle, a graduate student at San Francisco State University has received a distinction (A+) for his ‘Values for Value Creation’ thesis on sustainability and the work of Cranmore Foundation. Mr Towle’s thesis makes the case for the need for a new quality of thinking in addressing today’s complex global problems, which he describes as ‘wicked problems’. He explores emerging models of thought aimed at creating sustainability solutions such as the work of Michael Porter and Mark Kramer as well as Umair Haque, all of whom are affiliated with Harvard University. His thesis goes on to explore the premise of Cranmore Foundation’s work with wisdom traditions. Further he presents the conceptual outline of one wisdom model articulated by the foundation that supports sustainability.
Mr Towle is a director with US Capital Partners, a private investment bank based in California. US Capital is a direct lender, co-lender, and lead financial arranger for small– to middle-market private and public companies.
Mr Towle’s thesis was supervised by Professor Murray Silverman who is professor of management and department chair in the College of Business at San Francisco State University. Professor Silverman, who took his PhD in business from Stanford University, has a primary focus in his teaching and research on the impact of business organisations on the natural environment and what they are doing and can do to become more environmentally sustainable. Professor Silverman is an early advocate of sustainable business with his ‘Business Management and Environmental Leadership’ seminar, his ‘The Greening of Business’ course and his contribution to the Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies degree program at SF State University