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 – …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Is attack your last option – or your only strategy?

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Richard Buckminster Fuller Are you in automatic fight mode? One of our great modern philosophers – Humberto Maturana – has commented, that we live in an age where society’s prevailing mood is one of aggression. One of the …

Can you afford to miss out on the business opportunities of the emerging circular economy?

I’ve been watching a LinkedIn conversation about “taking the immense risk that Climate Change is posing” and watched it transform into a believe/don’t believe conversation about human-induced climate change. To me, sustainability advocates have a much more powerful challenge to make, especially to business players.  We can ask them a different and more immediate set of questions: What does the …

The Upcycle

Going beyond Cradle to Cradle – The Upcycle…

I was inspired by ‘Cradle to Cradle’ when it first came out – as a business analyst in the manufacturing game it just made so much sense. Good to see a followup – “The Upcycle” is going on my reading list – after I get through “The Blue Economy”. As an Ontological Practitioner who believes that we create new realities …

Cradle to Cradle

Inspirations from Cradle to Cradle…

One of the early books that hooked me into Regenerative Business was “Cradle to Cradle” by Michael Braungart and Bill McDonough.  I loved it – not just for the cool plastic “paper” it was printed on, but for the exciting ideas inside it. I tried to share it with some of my executive coaching clients, but they handed it back …

Confessions of a Radical Industrialist

Is there a process behind our heroes?

Joel Makower’s recent blog “Why aren’t there more Ray Andersons?” was an interesting read with great insights into who Ray was from other famous sustainability players.  The ongoing conversation from that article is the basis of this post. There was a PROCESS behind Ray Anderson’s “aha” moment on sustainability… I only met Ray through his books, including “Business Lessons of a Radical …

My ideal (regenerative) iPhone

My ideal iPhone wouldn’t be mine… My ideal iPhone would be a product of service. It’s body would belong to Apple and I’d lease its services – as an entertainment and communication platform. My data (music, notes, apps, movies, etc.) would be on a removable memory card in the same way the SIM card is removable. It would be upgrade-able …

Ontera proves Interface is no fluke

It’s great to have a local story to combat “yes – but it’s different here”.  A favourite story of ours is that of InterfaceFLOR – a commercial carpet manufacturer making a big difference. So hearing about the case study of Sydney carpet maker Ontera at a workshop last month was great. Ontera has profited significantly from their sustainability strategy, and their five …

"The future is going to belong to the resource-efficient…"

“The past belonged to the labor-efficient… but the future is going to belong to the resource-efficient.”      – Ray Anderson in “Confessions of a Radical Industrialist“ As global population grows and recognition increases that business and industry operate inside a closed and finite ecosystem, new design criteria for our products and services are emerging.  Doing profitable business inside a finite ecosystem …

The power of procurement – buying in a more sustainable future

Sustainability is about resource usage – and the resources that organisations use are purchased.  Smart purchasing and procurement people with good connections can make a big difference to the sustainability of their organisation and explore exciting new ways to develop their career success at the same time. The future of sustainable purchasing At its simplest  level, sustainable purchasing is about buying …