Time has withered these links, but I’ll leave them here for posterity, or if I ever find another copy of them kicking around my Dropbox.
Business & Environment aren’t oil & water; they’re oil & vinegar, and salad dressing can save the planet
Through capacity building, we can turn sustainability knowledge from water into vinegar, so that when we mix it with the oil of business we get a very nice ‘salad dressing’; business outcomes and operations that improve the environment as well as the bottom line.
Innovative and disruptive paths are hard, and often scary to take. These ‘scary’ paths must be trodden if we’re to build a low carbon economy.
Carbon Managers take the ‘scary’ path. In fact, it’s often their idea to start the journey.
By the definition above, it’s clear, dear Carbon Managers, that you are Zeronauts as well; in fact, the knowledge and skills that make up Carbon Management fit squarely within the postulated discipline of ‘Zeronautics’ that organisations and industries need to build to train people up in to achieve Zero Impact Growth.
Yet social media is more than that; it’s the most powerful method of connection our species has ever had at our collective fingertips. To find a way through the challenges that face us today, we need to test more ideas, faster than ever before, and build communities of practice for low carbon jobs that don’t even exist yet. Luckily, that’s exactly what social media can help us do.
Until now, carbon has always been viewed as an ‘externality’ by business, meaning the cost of carbon has been ignored. With the social cost of carbon likely to be at least $43 a tonne, those days are over.
Organisation’s and individuals who accept this fact are the ones who will take advantage of the opportunities the growing low carbon economy represents; those that don’t, will slowly disappear.
Like a fishery nearing collapse, the workforce of the forward thinking, carbon aware change agents we need is dramatically understocked.
We strongly believe that the best way to plug this glaring skills gap is by training Carbon Managers – professionals who view business processes through a carbon lens, and help their organisations maximise low carbon opportunities.
The list below is not exhaustive; I’ve left out the Interviews, Graphs and Quotes I put together, and a few of the articles. Head to theco2manager.com to see what else I created for that brand.
By reminding an employee of the unpredictability and changing nature of life, their looming fear of death bubbles closer to the surface and can cause a similarly unpredictable response. The response is not always immediate or loud either; often it just involves quitting and finding another job a few months after the change was introduced.
Less often but more noticeably, it’s a computer through a window situation.
Most of the talk about business and the environment in the past has been about meeting government regulations. This is the old way of thinking about the environment sector and its relationship to the business world. Now, sustainability is a long term competitive advantage.
There is an uncanny wisdom in crowds. A whole stadium singing the same song is almost always in key, because the flat singers are balanced out by the sharp. If you make a composite of a thousand human faces, the result will be one of the most beautiful faces you have ever seen.
Occasionally, through the barrage of cat videos, derogatory slurs and spam that make up the internet shine gems of collective, crowdsourced wisdom that show what this particular communication medium can do.
The biggest kick in the breeches for the Brits came after Franklin headed off a year later to be the envoy to France. He forged an alliance with the French, and while a French version of the map wasn’t printed until after the war, versions were in their possession while they were an active ally. Logistics wins wars, and the French were able to send ships to and from America faster than the British, all because Britain forgot to listen to a clever person.
So, next time your obvious good idea is knocked back for no good reason, do not fret. It happens to the best of us.
We try to treat our mind and body as separate, discrete concepts, but is that the whole truth? A series of recent studies has shown that the two are intrinsically linked, and you can use their findings to get your projects green-lit, jobs landed and problems solved.
Gordon Gekko & his short-sighted philosophy of ‘Greed is good’ can shove it; there’s a new mantra in town.
While it sounds like the sort of fairy floss flim-flam you might hear at a meeting of, ‘Tragic Idealists Anonymous’, the concept of ‘Creating Shared Value’ is instead now part of the core business strategies of companies as traditionally ruthless as Nestlé, Unilever, Vodafone, Johnson & Johnson and GE.
So then, it would make sense for wider society to try and punish a business that it believes isn’t operating fairly. Sharing more equitably is actually a defence mechanism against popular resentment – and if both sides benefit, as they should, your company may end up being regarded as a champion of the people rather than an enemy.
Human’s don’t just make decisions based on maximising the benefit to themselves – ignore that at your peril.