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.

Flourish - Martin Seligman

The other PERMA – practices for personal sustainability

Most people involved in sustainability know about permaculture – the system of agricultural and social design principles some call “a revolution disguised as gardening”.  Many of them practice it to feed their families and their neighbours. But there’s another PERMA – a set of principles for flourishing developed by Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology. Don’t drown in “what’s …

Which of these 10 assumptions are blinding you to opportunity?

This is the first in a series of posts exploring the growing opportunities of strategic sustainability.   We’ll dig into the 10 alternatives in depth over the next couple of months. Once upon a time, psychologists and scientists used to believe that we see everything in front of us, then decide what’s worth exploring in detail. More recently, neurobiologists have confirmed …

Nudge - Richard Thaler

Nudging sustainability into action

“…as human beings, we all are susceptible to a wide array of routine biases that can lead to an equally wide array of embarrassing blunders in education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, happiness, and even the planet itself”.  NUDGE, 2008. Richard Thaler with Cass Sunstein Richard Thaler’s 2017 Nobel Prize for Economics “nudged” me into finally reading …

Regenerative business: The end of philanthropy as we know it?

“Philanthropy – The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations.”  The Free Dictionary In the 21st century, could the continuing shift to a Regenerative Economy mean the end of philanthropy as we know it? It’s just sooo 20th century… First you make money – then you spend it fixing the problems you …

Sustainability Innovation on Pinterest

Pinning the good news on Regenerative Business

I’ve been publicizing the opportunity side of sustainability for years in my LinkedIn Regenerative Business group. Recently I decided it needed a wider (and probably younger) audience.  So now, when I find a story worth telling, I’m also pinning it to my Sustainability Innovation Board.  If that’s where you hang out – or where people you want to influence hang …

Get informed – Explore – Act

If you’re interested in the fun opportunity side of environmental sustainability, then get started today with these simple steps: Get informed about today’s solutions (much more fun than doom and gloom) Explore your local business ecosystem for opportunities Act – connect, collaborate, experiment, repeat. 1. Get informed Check these 2 knowledge bases off  – if you’re not across them then …

Key concepts driving the regenerative business space

To most people getting on with their lives and listening to the mass media debates about climate change, ocean plastics and deforestation, “this sustainability thing” can seem overwhelming, frustrating and hopeless. But concern about climate change and environmental damage has been growing for decades (if not centuries – the problem of climate change was identified back in the 19th century). …

Flowers, oysters and regenerative thinking in action

There have been some fascinating examples of regenerative thinking in action through my Inbox recently. Here are a few that illustrate the great ways that rethinking systems and technologies delivers profit, community benefit and environmental benefit. Innovators are applying physics and biology, not just engineering Native oyster beds are being regenerated in South Australia, not only improving the coastal ecosystem, …

How best to read "Drawdown"?

I’m loving the recently released book “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming” – but friends have found it a bit overwhelming. So now when I give it to them to look at, I guide them through it this way: I open it at the back, starting them with the section “What do the numbers tell …