- Wednesday, 14 August 2013Submitted byNeil McCallum
Tim Brodhead kicked off the closing keynote at the Accelereate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference by sharing a few congratulatory remarks before offering the floor to Göran Carstedt. Göran shared his reflections on leadership and the conference. He opened with a remark on the conference model; that it wove together thinkers and doers, theorists and practitioners, time for listening and time for conversations.
- Avrim Lazar -Why Collaboration Matters: Exploring Collective Impact & Shared Value (Accelerate 2013)Friday, 19 July 2013Submitted byNeil McCallum
Tim Draimin hosted Avrim Lazar and David Hughes to explore the concepts of 'collective impact' and 'shared value' at the Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability conference. The session began with Tim and Avrim engaging together in a talk about the evolution of collaboration: how humans are wired for cooperation, how it's natural within a tribe, and yet most of our systems and institutions have us locked into a view of ourselves as self-serving.
- Thursday, 04 July 2013Submitted byScott Perret
The Swedish office of The Natural Step is currently seeking Senior Advisors to help establish and conduct change projects in both the private and public sectors. Fluency in Swedish and English is required. More information (in Swedish).
- Thursday, 04 July 2013Submitted byScott Perret
Anyone seeking references to the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD, a.k.a. The Natural Step Framework) can now find them in a single document posted on our website, under the Resources tab.
The reference list was recently updated by FSSD scholar Anthony W. Thompson, building on the work of Anna Cogo of The Natural Step Italy. It assembles lists of peer-reviewed academic articles, dissertations and theses, conference proceedings, websites, popular articles, educational materials, a list of communities that have used the FSSD in their planning and many other references to the FSSD, organized by reference type.
- Friday, 21 June 2013Submitted byScott Perret
The new waterfront wing at BTH
The Faculty Board of the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Blekinge Tekniska Högskola--BTH) in Sweden recently decided to establish a new PhD Program –called Strategic Sustainable Development.
"This is a very important milestone in the development of sustainability research and education at BTH", says Prof. Göran Broman
- Beckers Sustainability Report 2012 – a case of linking strategy, sustainability principles and GRI reporting.Tuesday, 18 June 2013Submitted byAnna Volckerts
The Beckers Group, a partner of The Natural Step since 2008, has recently released its first global sustainability report. We are pleased to share the report here and to provide comment on how the process leading to this report has used two different sustainability methods - the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines - to help the company define, measure and report progress.
- Tuesday, 21 May 2013Submitted byScott Perret
Shutterstock photo of Gotland, Sweden
The proposal is designed to address the dual concerns of rising unemployment and pollution of the Baltic, resulting from the leakage of money and jobs from the import of fertilizers and the leakage of nutrients from the soil into the sea. Gotland is the largest island in the Baltic.
The Foundation is concerned that the ecology of the Baltic will collapse if phosphorous emissions are not brought under control. At the same time they feel that it is high time to address the risks associated with the potential depletion of phosphorus supplies that may give us as little as 30 years to change practices to recycling rather than mining as our main source of fertilizers.
- Wednesday, 01 May 2013Submitted byScott Perret
We already have all the knowledge we need to answer this question, and efforts are under way to do just that. Have a look at this clever response to Joel Makower's GreenBiz article "What Is Sustainability Anyway?", co-authored by The Natural Step Canada board member Bob Willard (the well-known author and sustainable business guru) and The Natural Step Canada executive director Chad Park.
- Thursday, 25 April 2013Submitted byIsabella Oriani
At The Natural Step International, we are working hard to craft TNS 2.0 with an inspiring business and organizational strategic direction. We’re very excited as we look forward! At the same time, we celebrate the excellent work TNS offices, associates and partners are already doing around the world. This issue of Stepping Stones is dedicated to all the practitioners doing good work—within TNS and in the broader FSSD community. As we look towards the future, it is good to know we are resting on such a solid and valuable foundation.
Soon we will announce a subtle but powerful change to the way we talk about our mission. We want to make it clear that “sustainability” in itself is not the endgame. Rather, we think of sustainability as simply forming a set of baseline design constraints that we can all use to create exciting, positive futures together. Getting the design constraints right is of course critical, and this is where the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD, a.k.a. The Natural Step Framework) can help. But the goal is a great world, not a merely sustainable one—that’s something people can get excited about. And when we say it’s something we do together, that’s because we know that in complex systems the kind of shifts we hope to see can only happen through collaboration.
- Thursday, 25 April 2013Submitted byScott Perret
Compiled by Scott Perret and Kelly Baxter
In this issue of Stepping Stones, we celebrate our Natural Step family by presenting a snapshot review of our latest projects.
With a network of offices, associates and strategic partners that spans the globe (13 countries and counting), sometimes it's hard to keep track of the full scope and rich detail of all the great work everyone in our TNS network is doing. From tackling sustainable beef to defining a gold standard for sustainable business, to translating strategic sustainable development for the indigenous Māori context, the breadth and depth of collaborative engagement our people have with all sectors of society is breathtaking.
We hope you'll enjoy this sampling from the field as much as we enjoyed assembling it for you!