Hello. I’m Andrea Learned.



I write about a variety of topics that all connect toward promoting sustainable thinking and more responsible ways of doing business as well as consult on using social content and engagement strategy to build B2B brand and leadership awareness.

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Latest Blog Posts

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    Climate Action Means Business – My Next Step

    The fantastic but perhaps little understood thing about social capital building through Twitter is that you truly DO develop what feels like a warm, supportive in-real-life style community – with each member looking out for one another. Like any other community (in churches or schools, for example…), it can then be pretty jarring when an […]

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    Listen to Learn, Learn to Lead

    How often do you hear a leader described in the media as a “good listener?” Not often. That may be because, both in theory and by tradition, descriptions of leadership still tend to focus more on the output (decisive! charismatic!) than the input. But, the best leadership in practice today gets noted for its calibration […]

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    The Unheralded Beauty and Power of Social Capital

    What drives you? This question emerges at key transition points in most career journeys. When that gets nailed down, the world opens up – and a person’s potential impact as a change agent is likely to explode. So, what has made the difference and brought an ever-increasing sense of purpose to my own work? The […]

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My writing and consulting focus areas

Gender & Marketing

My path to sustainability and social media was through marketing to women, so that is the “lens” through which I write about sustainability and leadership, and through which I approach social engagement (relationship building, communications, investment). It all started with the work and research I did as a co-author of Don’t Think Pink I then realized I wanted to leverage that knowledge for a broad sustainability impact. And, that’s where Gender and the Sustainable Brain comes in. I wrote that piece, which outlines my perspective on the marketing to women and sustainability connection (and why it matters) for The Solutions Journal.

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Sustainability & CSR

Having chosen to live in places like Portland, OR; Bellingham, WA; Burlington, VT; and now, lovely Seattle, WA, it became clear that I was driven by the desire to be in and around people thinking about sustainable business and corporate social responsibility. As the tech entrepreneurs say, I “pivoted” from marketing to women into this specialty in 2008, leveraging my writing and social networks to dig in. Whether writing or doing communications consulting, I look for counterintuitive angles, big picture trends to connect with and interesting voices, as yet unheard – for the purposes of corporate brand and thought leadership development.

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Social Engagement

Building social capital is how you create change and amplify impact. I have been blown away by how I’ve seen this to be true through networks like Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ (for now) and absolutely love to help clients gain from real engagement and investment in the relationship building process. Whether with a sustainability/CSR focus or not, there is incredible power in building community, sharing appreciation of the great wisdom, research and innovation already out there… and connecting with an audience around your own thought leadership along the way. None of what I advise is a hard sell – as that is not an authentic way to make human connection. Instead, social engagement prepares the ground or fortifies the foundation from which leaders can contribute and interact with broader ideas and new audiences. But, you have to dive into the practice of being “social” in a way that works for you. Helping you or your small team figure that out is my goal.

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