Plastic upcycled into road surfaces

The book that turned me on to Regenerative Business was Natural Capitalism (it’s free to download and I strongly recommend Chapter 1 The Next Industrial Revolution ) One of the key challenges of Natural Capitalism was to achieve a Factor 10 improvement in resource efficiency – to use 1/10th of the resources used by 20th century Industrial processes. That’s a …

Cradle to Cradle

Optimise systems – don’t just maximise processes

This is the sixth in a series of posts exploring the growing opportunities of strategic sustainability.  The first summarised 10 hidden opportunities and the second explored 4 levels of sustainability strategy.   Then we started to explore the opportunities.  First up was “The trap of one-way business thinking“.  Then we discussed delivering value rather than volume and looked at new thinking …

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Local government – potential One Planet world-changers

I’ve never really been convinced that national government policy change is sufficient to deal with global warming.  Any action they take is a long way away from the people designing, building and delivering the products and services we use every day. I’ve found local and regional action to be extraordinary – and the development of the One Planet Cities program …

What “should” you do about global warming?

An expert, informed opinion is always useful – so here’s one I discovered recently. Paul Hawken has been working on deeply sustainable business since the 1990s. His list of achievements is massive. His most recent project was the first ever research into REVERSING global warming with existing, scalable technology. At the end of a detailed (and awesome) podcast about the …

Beyond soap and steam – smarter, cleaner, fairer

This is the fifth in a series of posts exploring the growing opportunities of strategic sustainability.  The first summarised 10 hidden opportunities and the second explored 4 levels of sustainability strategy.   Then we started to explore the opportunities.  First up was “The trap of one-way business thinking“.  Then we discussed delivering value rather than volume. Today we look at new …

Meet the bottom up revolutionaries of Yackandandah

An emerging regenerative region In country Victoria, near the split city of Albury/Wodonga, sits the electorate of Indi.  Within it is the rural village of Yackandandah.  I know “Yack” because I have family there – it’s a small community, but it’s a community with a capital “C”. This isn’t a secret or something particularly new – it’s well known in …

Smart reforestation with drones

One of the key messages from Project Drawdown’s research is that human ingenuity has been at work for decades developing solutions for global warming. “millions of people care about this and are trying things – engineers, inventors, people on the land, people on the ocean are inventing extraordinary means to reduce emissions and sequester carbon” -Paul Hawken, Executive Director, Project …

Value Service

Value beats volume for smart business growth

This is the fourth in a series of posts exploring the growing opportunities of strategic sustainability.  The first summarised 10 hidden opportunities and the second explored 4 levels of sustainability strategy.   Then we started to explore the opportunities.  First up was “The trap of one-way business thinking“.  Today we’re talking volume vs value. Business performance has traditionally been measured in …

Circular Food

The traps of one-way business thinking

This is the third in a series of posts exploring the growing opportunities of strategic sustainability.  The first summarised 10 hidden opportunities and the second explored 4 levels of sustainability strategy.   Now we’re starting to work through those 10 opportunities hidden by 20th century thinking. Neurobiologists have confirmed in the last few years what philosophers have suspected for millenia – …

Hacking human systems to reverse global warming

Talking TO someone is just so much better than staring at myself in a video screen.  (Great change from writing, too).  Great questions too – so I have a better sense of what interests other people and what THEY want to know about – which isn’t always what I think I should tell them. It’s much easier to explain what …

Enova Community Renewables

Power to the people – because now it’s easier than ever

While the Australian government continues to talk about coal and baseload and electricity prices, Australian communities and entrepreneurs are busy delivering on clean energy in innovative new ways. Smart technology and ongoing legal advances are enabling new ways of doing business and making investments – tools that are enabling exciting new projects to be delivered. Crowd-sourced investment The enabling technology …

4 places to seek sustainability advantage

In an earlier post, I talked about the 10 key assumptions that blind many businesses to sustainability opportunity.  Once you understand them, it’s time to explore your business. There are also four key levels of business activities that you can use to explore for opportunities “hiding in plain sight”. Your product/process maintenance and improvement Your product/process upgrades Function improvements Systems …

The future of HVAC-R in a post-zero world

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration Airconditioning and Heating gathered in Melbourne in September to discuss “The Future of HVAC”.   This industry is a powerful player in reversing global climate disruption, with the ability to deliver on solutions comprising nearly 15% of the action. As I wrote a while ago, these guys could be the hidden “Avengers of climate change” …

Greenhouse Drawdown in the Yarra Ranges

“Think globally, act locally” I’ve been talking about sustainability for years now – and been pretty active online as a commentator.   Now it’s time to take the business opportunities to my local community in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges.

Talking Drawdown and optimism with Climactic.fm

I’m a writer by inclination, so getting behind the microphone on a regular basis is still on my to-do list. Fortunately, I hooked up with podcaster Mark Spencer from Climatic.fm a little while ago.  He’s demystified the process and featured me in a recent Cimactic podcast.