Three cheers for the change-makers and disruptors.

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.’  Margaret Mead I work  a lot with charities and voluntary organisations, and it never fails to amaze me what they manage to achieve on limited resources and huge amounts of goodwill.  Small, owner … Continue reading Three cheers for the change-makers and disruptors.

Could you use a Changemaker?

I have been working with a large organisation recently who are suffering from what I like to call as ‘Nose to the Grindstone Syndrome’.  I was brought in as an ‘extra pair of hands’ to help in a crisis, but I have become ‘a pair of fresh eyes’ and Changemaker, providing a vision for the … Continue reading Could you use a Changemaker?

The law of unintended consequences

Change can be complicated.  There is often resistance, time needed to adapt and nostalgia for the way things were and the possibility that it might not work.  But as a species, we are always changing – who we are, where we are, how we do things, what we do and what we use.  If we … Continue reading The law of unintended consequences

Change should be bottom up AND top down

Change can be a difficult process to navigate, but it is essential for organisations in order to grow and adapt.  As Sustainability Consultant I help organisations adopt new ways of working that protect resources, be that energy, materials, space or people. The easiest part is identifying issues, drawing up strategy and agreeing the desired outcomes.   … Continue reading Change should be bottom up AND top down

What role do you play in change?

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to attend an inspirational workshop run by Unlocking Potential on People, Planet and Profit.  With some fascinating speakers and great discussion, there was a huge amount to process.  Much of the discussion during the day was on how to successfully effect and embed change, with the focus on sustainability and … Continue reading What role do you play in change?

In the midst of darkness, look for the light!

As a species, humankind seems to be both incredibly innovative and creative, but infinitely destructive, often both at the same time.  Throughout history, periods of warfare have been followed by great leaps in social, political and cultural development. We only have to look at the Renaissance, perhaps the period in history which influenced our current … Continue reading In the midst of darkness, look for the light!

Are individual behaviours making a bigger impact than Governments?

To date, we have looked to Government initiatives and agreements to drive the sustainability agenda, with multinational talks and agreements to set targets.  However, these don’t seem to have been very successful, as despite Heads of State signing up to limit global warming to 20C by 2050, it looks as though we will have trouble … Continue reading Are individual behaviours making a bigger impact than Governments?

Will we survive until The Day After Tomorrow?

I have read two really disturbing news articles this week which make me concerned that we may be too late to save ourselves from disaster. Record levels of carbon in the atmosphere National news stories have picked up that global concentrations of CO2 have reached a level in the atmosphere not seen for over three … Continue reading Will we survive until The Day After Tomorrow?

What does Sustainability Consultant do?

As a Sustainability Consultant, I am frequently contacted to discuss waste or energy and water use, as though managing these issues will tick the box for being sustainable. Perhaps a better title for the services I offer would be Resilience Consultant, as sustainability covers so much more than energy, waste and water.  A robust Sustainability … Continue reading What does Sustainability Consultant do?