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.

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 …