Sustainability Strategists – We Need Your Help!
Since this "Organizational Strategizing for an Inclusive Planet Earth" symposium (Session #2055 - 1:15 to 2:45 on Tues. the 13th in the Defender room of the Westing Copley Place) proposal was submitted several months ago, the ecological pressures on business systems have increased as a result of deteriorating environmental systems. Panelists from a half dozen countries will share emerging approaches to organizational strategizing for tackling the most pressing socio-ecological issues facing the planet.
In spite of many technical advances and some political progress, there is a tremendous short-fall in the sustainable investment needed to overcome and regenerate the "overshoot" of natural resource usage as well as shortfalls in social foundations needed for inclusive solutions around the globe. GHGs passed sustainability levels (e.g., 350 ppm for CO2) in the 1980s & have now reached 415 ppm! Behind closed doors, many executives admit "carbon prices" of $200.-/ton are needed, but publicly they want to discuss $20-40.-/ton fees. Within 2 years, NGOs will be able to monitor significant "externalities" like methane leaks from satellites!
One month ago at ESCP Europe in Berlin, five transformation experts from Club of Rome, The Natural Step, The Boston Consulting Group, Interface and Academia discussed the question: " CAN Business Lead the Way to a Sustainable Future? Full recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e90bY0k89Uo
After improving our understanding on why our transition to sustainability is so slow, we want now discuss HOW can business lead the way. It seems we understand the problems and have the solutions. So, please help us figure out the actions. We are striving for "one best answer" in the fields of Materiality, Innovation, Investment, Inequality, Viability, and Education.
We intend to illustrate and demonstrate how forms of "new thinking" with regard to organizational strategizing can be translated into practice to help solve the root-causes of these socio-ecological challenges, which are posing urgent Crises for Civilization as well as biodiversity.
We look forward to your participation!
Sincerely, Thomas Wunder (Germany) and John Grant (USA)