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EP11: Sharon Lawler Jackson of ESA on creating sustainable organisational change

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Sharon Lawler Jackson, founder of the European Sustainability Academy is one of those remarkable people who genuinely walks her talk.  Walking out on a highly successful career in the electronics industry in 1999, she has spent 15 years creating executive sustainability experiences all around the world to act as a catalyst for change at the highest levels.   Now based on the beautiful island of Crete, she shared her rich experiences and  insights into the successes and failures of the sustainability agenda, the challenges of organisational change, what she has learned from nature and why she believes organisational adaptability is…

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EP10: Paul Dunn on B1G1 giving impacts, smiles and SMEs

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There are so many ways we can give to ‘deserving causes’.  A click of the mouse and money can be winging its way across the world; a cheque from a large corporation is still prized.  But Paul Dunn, founder of B1G1, believes that giving  impacts is a more sustainable model for future giving, primarily because pure donations offer so little long term engagement with the end result.  He also believes that giving has to be made even easier, especially for SMEs who may not be able to afford the high ticket cheque donations of larger corporations. In this Connected Conversation, he shares…

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EP 9: Raising the stakes in early years learning by creating connected communities

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It’s difficult to over-estimate the importance of your start in life in how you thrive in the long term.  More and more research shows us that early years learning and experiences shape our lives. June O’Sullivan, MBE and CEO of London Early Years Foundation has made it her lifetime legacy to try to improve that early experience for many children in the most deprived communities in London with the worst start.  Her mission: to try to even out the life chances of those who are unlucky enough to be born without the best of starts.  In this candid interview about…

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Episode 8: Plumbing the depths of purpose-led business with the Water Women

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There’s a surprise round every corner in life. Last week I was listening to global brands talk about the future challenges of sustainability with an outside chance of becoming purpose-led.  Today I heard the story of an entrepreneur who has been running an entirely purpose-led business for 10 years.  Meet Hattie Hasan of Stopcocks: an energetic crusader for the right of people everywhere to have clean water.  And a woman plumber. You might think choosing to be a plumber and cracking the male dominated trade a big enough challenge for one lifetime.  But underlying the decision to train to become…

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6 things SMEs can do to help themselves survive Brexit

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Yesterday I attended the 6 weekly meeting of my local business club. Unsurprisingly what was on everyone’s mind was how to survive Brexit.  In addition to our usual presentations and discussions, it seems sensible to break out in to small groups to look at exactly how leaving the EU was going to impact each of our businesses and brainstorm suggestions as to what we could do.

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How to get comfortable with uncertainty: part 2 right relations

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In developing the firm of the future, many articulate and insightful academics, authors and business leaders have made suggestions of what those kind of businesses might look like.  Most of these suggestions include ideas about how to move away from 20th century business modelling to 21st century concepts.  They include moving from competition to collaboration, short term extractive to long-term net positive, from exclusive to inclusive, from ego centric to soul centric, and from silo to systemic.  All of these things are recognised as important, but just speaking them aloud doesn’t mean we know how to do it.  Achieving this…

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How to overcome fear and get comfortable with uncertainty – part 1

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We live and work in volatile, turbulent and fast-paced times.  Our growing economic, social and environmental challenges mean that we are all living in uncertain times where we are continually having to re-invent how we do business and how we live.  Systemic decaying institutions surround us, we are struggling to imagine the future of work which is being disrupted massively by exponential technology, the cost of education is skyrocketing, the threats of climate change aren’t going away despite COP21, the environmental degradation and plundering of resources in the face of exploding population continues. Where once you could comfortably sit down…

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