After a disturbing gap of several months, Australia finally has a new measure in place to reduce emissions and tackle climate change. The Coalition Government calls it a Direct Action Plan, which is a classic case of Orwellian doublespeak, since the plan is neither very direct, nor does it include much action.Read more "It’s not direct, and it’s not much action – it’s a climate fig leaf!"
What does research have to do with leadership?
In the 21st Century, we are swimming in a vast sea of information. Indeed, we are at risk of drowning in information. Much of that information is of little value. At best, it entertains. At worst, it propagates myths, falsehoods and ignorance. One of the great challenges of this century is to find ways to wring sense out of this data sea.Read more "Research as leadership"
Every year, ISF research students and their supervisors take a couple of days out of the office for our annual Retreat. This tradition began way back in 2002. There are several reasons why we do it.Read more "Building our community of scholars"
Human consumption and economic growth are putting increased pressure on the Earth; our actions and policies are leading to climate disruption, loss of biodiversity, pollution, and unsustainable exploitation of natural resources. We also know that consumption and economic growth do not bring happiness. How can we bring about cultural change to deliver genuine human wellbeing? […]Read more "Confronting our consumerism – values for a sustainable future"
Last week, I wrote about a new discourse calling for transformative pathways to sustainable futures. The transformation discourse draws attention to the scale and breadth of the challenges we face in building a sustainable human civilisation and argues for action that goes beyond incremental reform. Leading this kind of transformation requires capacities that are not […]Read more "What does it take to be a transformative leader?"
Everywhere I turn, sustainability researchers are talking about transformation. Is it just a new buzzword, or does it add something to the discourse about a sustainable future on this planet? This post explores the emerging discourse of transformation for sustainable futures.Read more "Transformation for sustainable futures"
A run in the Broads This morning I ran through a beautiful English wood beside a deep lake known as the Broad. I’m at the University of East Anglia in Norfolk, England for a conference. The early morning mist rose off the Broad, disturbed only by cruising ducks. Rabbits and small birds scattered at the […]Read more "Forgetting the wild"