Where do ideas begin? How does one inspiring idea or inspiring individual influence a series of additional ideas or people? I ask the question because I just received a phone call from a friend informing me that Anita Roddick, the founder of The Body Shop and a major shit disturber (in the best sense of the term) just died suddenly from a brain hemorrhage. I was utterly shocked and saddened to hear the news. But, Anita’s flame burned incredibly brightly. I knew and worked with her at The Body Shop. She had infectious enthusiasm and was absolutely relentless about wanting to change the world, in big, bold ways. She was a maverick thinker and doer; one of the first to demonstrate that business could actually be a force for positive change in the world. She will be remembered as a great activist, an impressive entrepreneur, a source of inspiration to women worldwide and as a person who wasn’t afraid to take a stand in the face of difficult looking odds. Her ideas and her inspiration live on. I can’t help but think, for example, that Nau wouldn’t exist if Anita hadn’t done the early pioneering work that she did. Thanks Anita. You will be missed but your spirit carries on. And Gordon, please know that I’m thinking of you, Justine and Sam.