Right-Brain Thinking is Just Not Enough

October 23, 2014 by Ross Nicholson leave a comment + 8244 comments

Having recently left yet another totally inspiring Sustainability 50 Fall Summit in New York, I’m left feeling like I just attended some kind of ‘yoga retreat for the brain’. I feel as though I’ve been punched and hugged all at the same time - but mostly hugged (in a good way). We covered a rollercoaster of emotions in just 36hrs. Game-changing leaders took us through; real-time global health threats; the colossal and diverse benefits of the financial education of women at the bottom of the pyramid; shifting business models to reinvent growth and the real threat posed by hackers but the lessons we could learn from their disruptive influence.

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Leadership Stories: Change.org's Dr. Uygar Özesmi

November 13, 2013 by Ross Nicholson leave a comment + 8394 comments

Dr. Uygar Özesmi, a social and environmental entrepreneur, started early on with ecology and environmental science, was a professor, UN Bureaucrat and leader of Civil Society Organisations. He constantly founded, invigorated and led organisations; ranging from the TEMA Foundation and BirdLife Partner Doğa Derneği, to the first Nature Conservation Federation and the first crowd-sourcing site in Turkey. Finally after Greenpeace Mediterranean, he is now with Change.org.

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Future Leaders: Cas van Kleef

October 29, 2013 by Ekaterina Dzhalchinova leave a comment + 8182 comments

Cas van Kleef started his career as a journalist researching the world of youth volunteering and development aid across the globe. After graduating from the University of Amsterdam he became Head of Political Affairs at Jonge Democraten, the biggest independent political youth organization in Holland, raising awareness of climate change. In 2013 he joined WakaWaka Foundation as President.

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Future Leaders: Fraser Doherty

October 10, 2013 by Ekaterina Dzhalchinova leave a comment + 6457 comments

Fraser Doherty started selling jams to his neighbours aged 14. Ten years on, he’s one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. His company SuperJam now supplies Waitrose, Tesco and ASDA and he is the first non-American to win the Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year award. As part of our new series on Future Leaders, I met with Fraser in London for a chat about leadership, social purpose and jam.What motivated you to set up SuperJam?For me, starting a business isn't about trying to get personally wealthy. But thankfully SuperJam is profitable, which gives me a lot of freedom in how I chose to live my life and run my business! We've sold many millions of jars of SuperJam around the world and that has ...

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Geoff McDonald: Will Your Organisation's Culture Support Sustainability?

October 4, 2013 by Andy James leave a comment + 7706 comments

Our clients are typically businesses looking to develop products and services through a lens that drives social impact and profit simultaneously. Following Ross'  blog on HR's role in defining sustainability strategy, we reached out to Unilever's Geoff McDonald (Global VP Human Resources) for a few tips on how Human Resources leaders can drive that agenda forward within their organisations...Geoff McDonald: Two Ways HR Can Aid the Sustainability Agenda.When strategy and culture collide, culture wins. If your sustainability strategy grinds against the existing culture within your organisation, your people will carry on with old behaviours despite it. So what can Human Resources do, as custodians of that culture, to play an active part in the sustainability agenda and help the success of sustainability strategies?

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