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Living my Sustainability Values

It’s time for another house move and as I sort through 10 years of belongings, I realise that I’ve kept a lot of stuff that I don’t want, purely because I couldn’t find somewhere or someone to pass it on to and I cannot bear to put it into landfill.
I’ve had little success with the usual channels – St Vinnies etc. Even the Buy, Sell, Swap sites aren’t getting any success.
I can either give up, or I can put more effort in, to find sites or groups who do want the things that I think still have some value.
What sites and groups have you found useful?

Sharing Sydney – join the move to collaborative consumption


Good to see the City of Sydney council is supporting the collaborative consumption movement – which is all about sharing stuff instead of owing or hoarding it.

Having the council involved addresses two of the barriers to collaborative consumption programs.  One barrier is  – trust – can I trust that others won’t damage or steal my stuff; and critical mass – are there enough people near me who want to share with me to make it worth my while participating.

The City of Sydney activities and events are open to all residents and workers, so come along to an event soon, make connections and improve your work and life.

Sustainability – when less is sufficient

Three years on from first being introduced to Gayle Avery and her work on sustainable leadership and I still cannot easily explain what I mean by the word sustainability.  Now my colleagues at the Greenbiz.com Linked In Group are asking whether we need to move beyond sustainability because to some, sustainability implies sustaining ‘what is’ i.e. the status quo.

This implies that ‘what is’ is not enough and that more is better and this common business view continues to trouble me.  For me sustainability is closer to sufficiency but I don’t quite know how to apply this to examples such as health, love etc. because more more health or love does sound better than sufficient health or love, except to the extent that I don’t need to strive so hard with the former.

The meaning I prefer is adaptiveness – where sustainability means our leadership, organisational and national capacity to adapt to changing environments.  And in some environmental contexts more is better, whilst in others less is sufficient.

Giving Voice to Values in paperback

Good to hear that one of my favourite books – Giving Voice to Values, by Mary Gentile –  is coming out in paperback.  Next month’s task is to get the Australian Institute of Management bookshop to stock it.   They will be great to use as reference sources in programs.

Towards the end of the year I will be starting a series of case studies around common Australian business ethical dilemmas – with a sustainability theme.  Watch out for new workshops in the new year.

Bill Gates starts the ‘Innovate to Zero’ party

Thanks to Remo Guiffre from my favourite online shop REMO, for conneting me to Bill Gates’ latest TED Talk.

Bill believes that climate is even important than “vaccines and seeds” and is challenging us to “innovate to Zero” emissions.  I love that he is using a positive word like innovate – rather than a call to wage another war.  Bring it on I say and let’s see who can compete best and quickest in service to the planet.

Sustainability – people, planet, profits

I loved the title of this AMCHAM Women in Management seminar and I enjoyed the content and the format. The speakers gave great insights into what organisations are doing to contribute to sustainability, they also gave us their personal stories and the format gave us time to engage with our table groups rather than just passive listening. Three big ticks from me.

On the “people” front, Siobhan Toohill told us about a number of initiatives to engage Stockland employees in sustainability, including introducing a balanced scorecard for all employees. What a way to embed the corporate balanced scorecard – with a 10% KPI requires each employee to identify what they are doing to contribute to sustainability.

The flow-on benefit for Stockland is that employee engagement scores are way up, confirming that sustainability is good for business.

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