Hunter Lovins and Andrew Winston talked expansively about everything from proving the sustainable business case and setting science-based goals, to planetary limits and compelling narrative storytelling. And the role that business must play to stave off global climate catastrophe.
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The following is presented as things came up in conversation, more or less:
Books (Amazon links noted for easy reference. Buying used and local are always better):
Green to Gold, Andrew Winston
Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins
Factor Five: Transforming the Global Economy through 80% Improvements in Resource Productivity, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker
Winning the Story Wars, Jonah Sachs
Ideas/Articles (Wiki links for convenience; caveat emptor):
Michael Porter: Climate Change is unlike any other challenge the world has ever faced. (citation needed)
Not if. When. Make that now. Business leaders need to set science-based carbon goals. Setting targets based on prior business performance is irrelevant–and dangerously naive. It ignores the external realities of irreversible, inevitable global resource scarcity, social and climate disruptions.
The evolution of the UN Millenium Development Goals to the new Sustainable Development Goals framework
Hunter Lovins’ work with the United Nations Development Programme
“Earth’s Tipping Point”, article in the journal Nature (June 2012)
“Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math”, Bill McKibben, Rolling Stone magazine (July 2012)
“Time to Wake Up”, Investor Jeremy Grantham on the price of everything going up (May 2011)
“The Fallacy of the China Defense” (Stop claiming that China isn’t doing anything about climate change. It’s not true.) (March 2013)
“The fossil fuel industry is a rogue industry.” McKibben (December 2012)
David Keith on Tar Sands and CO2 Capturing Technologies (January 2013)
“The Tar Sands Disaster” What if Canada becomes like the U.S? (March 2013)
Unilever’s CEO Polaman Quit Reporting Quarterly in 2009. Long-term corporate stewardship is possible. It takes leadership. So let’s stop saying it can’t be done.
Earnings guidance is not a necessary evil to be endured. Coca-Cola, Google and Costco shun quarterly guidance and reporting too.
Systems Thinking as a core sustainability professional competency
“Looking Back on the ‘Limits to Growth'” Smithsonian Magazine looks back at the 1970s prescient description of our world’s current state. (April 2012)
On the power of conversations to change the world:
Kees Kruythoff (Unilever President North America)