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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 – …

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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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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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 …

Drawdown is coming

Update 28 April 2017:  Well worth the investment, just for a cogent explanation of key issues and options.  Biggest surprise (so far): How high up the list Refrigerant Management sits. I’ve loved Paul Hawken’s work ever since I read both Natural Capitalism and The Ecology of Commerce alongside Ray Anderson’s Mid Course Correction. (In sustainability units of a Graduate Diploma.) …

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What does “government action on climate change” look like?

Last week I read yet another social media post bemoaning “the lack of government action” on sustainability and wondered: What government specifically the writer was wanting to act?  (From context, it was probably Australia’s federal government) What magic bullet solution he thought that a change in government action might deliver? Was his complaint going to perpetuate the myth that federal …

What happens when we explore beyond politicians fixing climate change?

What can we do differently when we realise that climate change solutions don’t REQUIRE government policy action? What else is possible when we recognise that expensive consumer frugality isn’t “the big answer”? (NOTE: I’m not saying that these aren’t useful – I’m asking “is this the only powerful source of innovation?“) I listened to the same old conversation on my …

We have the technology…

… to design regenerative supply chains. Back in the 20th century, “sustainable” products, processes and services were expensive, difficult and unreliable. But that was then….

What do geckos have to do with carpet tiles?

For years I tried to ignore my environmental concerns. I was worried but felt powerless.  Then I was introduced to “Natural Capitalism” and I got interested – almost in spite of myself. The story of a mid-course correction Then I read entrepreneur Ray Anderson’s first book “MidCourse Correction” – and that got me INSPIRED. 

Water > Carrots > Water

“A watery by-product of fruit and vegetable processing, which used to end up in the sewerage system, is now being served at restaurants as premium drinking water.” Yes, this article is about bottled water – but it’s also about a fundamental shift in how entrepreneurs are thinking differently and turning “waste” back in to high-value resources.   You may not value …