Burning4Change Multi-Level Implementation There are so many inspiring projects and partnerships actively working around the world, in the UK and in local communities to build resilience, sustainability, prosperity and purposeful business and relationships. This brochure is an introduction to some of those key projects and partnerships, and ways to get involved in true transformational change in your own life, at work and at home.
Mobilising Action Around the world in the 21st Century
Welcome! Burning2Learn supports and prepares young people for their future in the world of work - and society on the whole - by better equipping them with the skills, knowledge and insights that are going to be essential in tomorrow’s workplace. In this magazine, we have pulled together some of the active exemplars that we believe are going to be fundamental in transitioning into a flourishing future; in education, business and society on the whole. In highlighting these exemplars, around the world and at home, we aim to leverage their collective intelligences, complementary skills, talents and potentials to enable prosperous growth. Only through connecting siloes human and functional - can we unlock the knowledge, wisdom, capability and drive to accelerate paradigm changing impacts within the world today.
Alan Dean Founder and Director Burning2Learn Burning2Learn Ltd. 41a High Street Swanley, Sevenoaks, Kent, BR8 8AE
Enabling Flourishing In the 21st Century Contents This magazine is made up of 4 chapters and features examples of transformational movers and change-makers across four different levels: 1. World wide responses to tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenges (pg.4) 2. What can the UK do to take action? (pg.13) 3. Thriving in city-regions (pg.23) 4. Grassroots Action (pg.29)
This is not just a nice â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;to doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Burning2Learn is connected with pioneering thought-leaders, inspiring breakthrough individuals and true organisational drivers of change who are providing multi-level solutions and innovations in the world today. Collectively, we are working on solutions to universal challenges that can only be implemented with active engagement from societal actors, community change-makers and industry high-potentials. There are things we can all do, both at home and at work, to enable a truly thriveable future. From universal movements to grassroots initiatives of change. The exemplars presented throughout this magazine have been included to inspire action. So take these ideas for what they are; fundamental models, tools and platforms which can help us all to achieve a resilient, regenerative, inclusive, sustainable, prosperous and flourishing society.
Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening around the world? What can we do to make a difference? Mobilising action in all sectors
Social Progress Imperative
Cadmus: The Wealth of Nations Revisited
This section features some key players around the world that we are connected with who are mobilising transformational change in their own communities /organisations. Whether they are working as individuals, organisations or on a societal level, each offers a unique solution to some of the major challenges that we face in the world today - and they are out there right now making a difference in their communities.
Social Progress Imperative is a network of partner organisations in business, government and civil society that use the Social Progress Index as a metric to improve human wellbeing. The Social Progress Index allows everyone, regardless of their role in society, to join in a common understanding of how well their community performs on the things that really matter to everyday people.
Cadmus journals are for fresh thinking and new perspectives that integrate knowledge from all fields of science, art and humanities. The journals are written to address real-life issues, inform policy and decision-making, and enhance our collective response to the challenges and opportunities facing the world today. Cadmus promotes leadership in thought that leads to action, and these journals visit topics that should be on the radar of every organisation that wants to last long-term.
If you are connected to or familiar with others who are working on these themes, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to hear about them, connect with them and shout about them in our next magazine! Contact our team via email or check out our website for more information.
This kind of thinking is absolutely critical in the world today. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about enabling people and organisations to see the world differently and think beyond wealth creation alone to value social progress. The network achieves this by empowering communities with new ways to think about and measure success. Through open collaboration they are able to realise a new vision of what their communities could be.
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Make it happen Calling all generations together
UN Global Goals For Sustainable Development
Who’s supporting The SDGs in action? 1. Last year, World Leaders committed the UN 4. In education there’s a huge movement taking Sustainable Development Goals. 17 goals to place around the world right now. Young people achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 have an enormous role to play in making the years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality goals a reality, and schools all around the world are and injustice. Fix climate change. showing their support. Sir Ken Robinson is one of many familiar faces in the education sector to get 2. Cop21 Paris Agreement and this year’s Marrakesh behind the goals, and he has even produced a Cop22 brought together more world leaders to video to introduce more young people to them. pledge their support to many key action targets Look out for the familiar face introducing the that are incorporated within the Global Goals. video! https://vimeo.com/178464378 For example, Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon was amongst many global political leaders to speak in Marrakesh about 5. The World’s Largest Lesson Part two took place Climate Action. earlier this year in 2016 and brought together teachers, students, parents and educators from 3. People all around the world are standing up and around the globe. http://worldslargestlesson. speaking out about the goal that they believe in globalgoals.org/ most, determined to make them become a reality. Social media is one simple way for everybody to get involved.
The UN Glo Develo bal Goals Fo r Susta pment ar in as Sus tainable e also refer r able e d D to e velopm (SDG’s ent Go ) and ‘ als Global Goals’.
Graphic source: World Health Organization
Worldwide Transformation in Business
Blueprint for Better Business
World Business Council For Sustainable Development
G3 Innovation Day: Think 2020, not 2030
Blueprint emerged from the collective wisdom and research of many different influences and is now a catalyst for organisational transformation. Businesses use the Blueprint model to encourage and inspire their employees; by helping them improve society through their work, building resilience and securing long term sustainability by forging, strong and purposeful relationships. This work is imperative for any organisation to proposer in the 21st century - blueprintforbusiness.org
WBCSD is a CEO-led organisation of over 200 leading businesses and partners working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. WBCSD works globally with leading companies to drive sustainability and create a set of business solutions that are good for business and will deliver the WBCSDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision. The extensive list of senior business professionals associated with the council reinforces the significance of its critical mission which spans four key areas; Energy, Food and Land-use, City and Mobility and Redefining Value.
The G3iD is an impressive movement that aims to disrupt Geneva to radically accelerate the achievement of the UN SDGs. The day acts as a catalyst, showcasing and co-creating disruptive innovations that can be shared and scaled to change the world, fast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are amazing people all over international Geneva with great experience and expertise, but the SDGs are such a huge challenge, that we need everyone to work together to achieve.â&#x20AC;? Find out more and get involved here.
Roadmap 2030 Peter Hea d continu es his journey a round the wor mobilising transfor m ld ation & offerin g the mis sing link... a to ol that syn ergises all knowle dge, wisd om and data in a city-regio n.
â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Financing and implementing the Global Goals in Human Settlements and City Regions.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Ecological Sequestration Trust has also developed Roadmap 2030 to provide a practical way for city governments, citizens, civil society, the private sector and faith communities to work in partnership. The Roadmap also provides an action plan for national governments to create the enabling environment for the plan to succeed.
Resilience tool prototype debuted in Ghana In June 2016, with the culmination of 18 months work by a team from IIER, Imperial College, Future Earth Ltd and the Trust, resilience.io visited Accra to debut their WASH sector prototype modelling app.
The platform was setup in partnership with the Ecological Sequestration Trust. Founder Prof Peter Head CBE is a champion of sustainable development. He established the Ecological Sequestration Trust in 2011 and advocates that changing the way resilience.io enables transformational change we invest public and private money in the built through a global support network of integrated environment could be made more effective if tools and collaboration for financing and decision the public and private sectors adopt sustainable making for resilience. development principles.
Around the world In Education
The UN Sustainable Development Goals offer us as teachers, educators and learners a goal-by-goal action plan to catalyze real change in the world today. Education is all about preparing young people for the rest of their lives. Achieving these goals will be a critical part of that. The Goals are already being integrated into education around the world, and we believe the SDGs should become a national curriculum framework in UK schools. 10
International School of Geneva Education Conference 2017
Business School of Lausanne The Business School of Lausanne is a leading innovator in business education. “Everybody who is connected to BSL – close or distant – is an important part of bringing our shared mission alive. As such, each of us signs a personal commitment as a stakeholder of BSL to our desire of collaborating towards a better world.”
With 140 nationalities and 80 mother-tongues, there is no school in the world more diverse than the International School of Geneva. In 2017 the school is hosting an education conference to explore the role of both the head and the heart in the learning process; both of which the school believes are ‘supremely important’ in offering the best education possible.
BSL is committed to: • Contributing to a sustainable world through responsible leadership • Embracing it’s responsibility as management and business educators • Educating and developing leaders able to deal with global challenges in the coming decades • Providing a think tank of applied and future oriented research to resolve burning issues in society that can be resolved by business • Participating in the public debate to transform the economic system
“As teachers, we speak of a mission to offer an education based on fundamental humanitarian values – the education of the heart....The concept of a holistic education has been altered considerably in recent decades and is informed by research in biology, cognitive psychology and neuroscience. If we seek to provide an education that will allow our students to develop as balanced, ethical beings equipped to confront the complex problems of the 21st century, then we must take into consideration what we know about the nature of human knowledge and thought and the human condition.”
BSL is a fantastic example of a change-making platform within education that is preparing young people through their learning to take their place in tomorrow’s world. After all, isn’t that what going to school is all about?
In 2017 the ISG will be joined by renowned speakers for the conference designed to provide unique and fundamental insights into the contributing factors to quality education.
For information on speakers and a full conference programme, visit: http://bit.ly/2gNUJMH
Model from Business School of Lausanne
Pillars of Change in the UK Thriving in business, education & society
Enabling a flourishing society
This chapter showcases existing innovators and change-makers that are impacting education, business and community development in the UK.
Life in modern Britain is tumultuous and we all face different challenges every day. The people and organisations that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll read about in this section are all involved in addressing these issues.
Along the journey from the classroom to the world of work there is a great deal to be done in order If you are involved in this type of work, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to enable a regenerative, thriveable and resilient to connect with you and explore new ideas for society - and planet. transformational change in the UK. Email us here
Initiatives of change in UK schools and communities
Young Star Award 2016 In recognition of his impressive work-ethic, intelligent creativity and ambitious initiative, Burning2Learn has presented 12 year old student Kai with our Young Star of the Year Award 2016. Kai’s astonishing talents first impressed us when he interviewed local business professionals in the Swanley area to find out what their companies were doing to support the UN SDGs. Kai has since been developing his own business idea which brings people together to make their town a better place to live and work. Kai’s keen thirst for learning, inspiring enthusiasm and stunning web designs are just the tip of the iceberg of what he is capable of. Well done Kai, and congratulations! 14
B2L World Day
As resources in education get better and more accessible, teaching and learning becomes more exciting and engaging. The Bett show is a huge platform for hundreds of innovative tools, technologies and techniques in education. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Sir Ken Robinson.
Burning2Learn is all about preparing young people to take their place within society; at home, in the workplace and in the relationships they go on to develop throughout their lives.
“At Bett we believe in creating a better future by transforming education. Our mission is to bring together people, ideas, practices and technologies so that educators and learners can fulfill their potential.” www.bettshow.com
As part of a new education programme looking at collaboration and active engagement with education around the world, Burning2Learn is organising a world day project. The idea is to empower students from around the world to find solutions to challenges that other schools, young people and communities are facing. Find out more via the B2L website.
Sustainable Communities, IofC
humanutopia develops and runs life-changing courses for young people and adults in schools and their wider communities. Their inspirational courses range from one day with a whole year group to long term partnerships with a variety of year groups in different schools across the UK. Learn more and get involved via www.humanutopia.com
Initiatives of Change UK has created a values-based Sustainable Communities Programme to mobilise urban and rural communities to take positive action to tackle critical issues. These issues include: strengthening community initiatives, empowering disadvantaged communities and helping young people to develop inter-personal skills.
The Sustainable Communities Steering Group tours the facilities of itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members throughout the year up and down the UK: including projects in Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Glasgow and across London.
Engaging, Energising and Empowering Young People For Burning2Learn, it all starts with education. Although education doesn’t end when we leave school, our time within the education system should be a purposeful one. To us, education is journey that starts by identifying the skills, talents and interests of every young person as an individual. It’s then about connecting with others, some who share your interests and skill sets and some who’s passions and talents lie elsewhere. The next stage is ‘we’, which relies heavily on effective communication skills as well as other attributes such as empathy and the ability to work with others. The third stage involves exploring what matters to ‘all of us’ and how the skills, talents and networks that we have can support those needs and interests. In our programmes we encourage young people to consider all three aspects in everything they do. We believe that instilling these attributes and this way of thinking from a young age will enable a stronger more connected, open and trusting next generation. www.burning2learn.co.uk
Being a successful leader in the world today
A Leader’s Guide to ThriveAbility We live in uncertain and rapidly changing times. With that change comes a huge pressure on business leaders to get it right, and to do so first time. ThriveAbility is an approach primarily used in business to enable key decision makers - in business and civil society - to maximise the thrival of every key stakeholder in and around their organisation. Founder of the ThriveAbility Foundation, Dr Robin Lincoln Wood recently published ‘A Leader’s Guide to ThriveAbility’, which presents a multi-capital operating system for a regenerative, inclusive system. The guide is aimed at Executives, Policy Makers and Future Generations.
Walking in the World Not Talking of the World
integralMENTORS integralMENTORS works with individuals and small groups to develop their understanding of the practical applications of an integral approach in business - and society on the whole. There is not a specific concentration on any one area (i.e. leadership, best practices, evolution or sustainability); the approach focuses on a contextualized understanding of a number of different perspectives. Their aim is to help individuals to become integral practitioners who are able to have a much broader and compassionate view of the issues before them; and thus a much more comprehensive ‘Toolkit‘ with which to work. As well as, in the long term, to make the world a healthier place at all stages. integralMENTORS have produced many publications detailing their work, including a series of guides to support the practical implementation of an integral approach. 17
A thriveable response in Business Paradigm changing mindsets
Accelerating the ThriveAbility Journey
rive? What does it take to truly th start today? Can anybody or organisation We’ve got to get real, real fast. Did you know that we are currently going beyond our planetary boundaries - and have been doing so for quite some time? As a species we are running the planet with the wrong mindsets. Many people and organisations are waking up to the fact that there are some things we don’t do as well as we should do. Typically, our response is to try and do ‘less bad’ as we carry on with the same frameworks and mindsets. This kind of thinking won’t get us anywhere and will only stunt our growth. Recent research from Gallup shows that only 13% of employees are actively engaged in their work, whilst 24% are actively disengaged and those in-between are simply unengaged. These people who are not engaged lack motivation and are less likely to invest effort in the organisational goals and outcomes. As such, systems for reliably measuring and improving employee engagement are imperative for any organisation looking to maintain a high productivity workplace and continue to prosper. 18 14
Business as Usual
Doing less bad [i.e. CSR]
Innovate & Breakthrough
Focus Value System
Th r i ve A bi l i t y J o u rn e y Thriveable Surrey Partnership
© ThriveAbility Foundation
ThriveAbility focuses on the flourishing of all human beings so that they are able to fulfill their individual potential to the fullest and promote a positive state of wellbeing in a sustainable environment beneficial to all life. thriveability.zone
What does a Thriveable Society look like? Building Bridges
Dismantling siloes to enable cross-sector /disciplinary relationships to prosper.
Culture comes alive in our actions. Building trust, integrity and openness is essential to the thrival of any organisation. • Strengthen well-being and happiness • Improved productivity • Build open, trusting relationships
• Environmental prosperity • Resilient Ecosystems • People, Planet, Profit approach/mindset • Purposeful existence
When other key factors are valued in decision making processes we can enable:
Beyond business as usual
• Unprecedented knowledge transfer • Enhanced workplace culture • Healthier, happier employees
Halting 20th century responses to 21st century problems by bringing our thinking up to date! Encouraging good /better practice that enables human development, resilient habitats and wise cultures: • From survival to thrival • Long-term growth and resilience • Responding to the three-gap problem through action
Sustainable Economic Prosperity Delivering the most economic sustainably prosperous business location in the UK. • • • • • • •
Investment in Business Recruitment and Retention Research and Development Employment opportunities Skills Health and Wellbeing Environmental prosperity
Future Generations Involving young people in the conversation sooner is something every organisation should be looking to do. As well as gaining insights into what is going to attract them to your organisations, you should also be looking at how well you show the talent pool that you are open for business! 19
Valuing all capitals
Applying a multi-capital approach is all about enabling better/more effective decision making and achieving true future value. Creating true future value within an organisation is not just about maximizing profit. Whilst financial capital has a role to play, it is one of 8 capitals of equal importance. Valuing other capitals such as human, social and relationship capital are essential in enabling positive engagement, relationships, accomplishment and meaning - for individuals and the organisation.
Each capital should be treated with equal importance. Furthermore, the 8 capitals should be factored into to every business decision in order to have the most influential impact.
This journey is as much about changing our mental models as it is a problem of dealing with the flows of materials, energy and resources effectively and sustainably.
8 Capitals: • • • • • • • •
Natural Human Capital Social Capital Manufactured Capital Infrastructure Capital Financial Capital Relationship Capital Intellectual Capital
Human capital does not work alone, we have to network. Where is that networking in your current job description? Is it prioritised by your superiors? (If it isn’t, it should be). The same goes for each of the other capitals. If we can learn to embed these 8 capitals into the core of our organisations and start to measure and value them, there is no limit to what we can do as a species.
Out of 8, how many capitals do you think about when making decisions?
Only when people, organisations and societal frameworks value, prioritise and actively implement all 8 capitals will they stand a chance of achieving true future value.
Out of 10, how much do you actively work towards these capitals on the whole?
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How do I score? How does my workplace score? How does my county/town score? How does the UK score? How does my family score?
What do we mean by shifting mindsets? Shifting mindsets is a term we use to describe the change in people’s thinking that is necessary for any organisation to prosper moving forward. It’s about updating 20th century, linear, silo-thinking and moving towards a future that is much more collaborative and co-creative. It’s about moving mindsets from prioritizing maximization of profit to purposeful business. Leading transformation successfully requires a shift of leader mindset in particular, as leaders set the tone for employee, stakeholder and customer mindsets.
• Which capitals does your organisation actively value? • In which ways could you incorporate the capitals into my home-life? • How prosperous, open, engaging and trusting are your relationships? • What could employees do within your organisation to work towards more capitals?
BT lead the way
How do the capitals actually play out in the business? How do we really take the principles and key capitals and embed them in decision Global communications giant BT has already making? Scott revealed that BT is working on this embarked on this journey and is actively working bit by bit. “We are starting to build a picture of to move beyond sustainability to ThriveAbility and how our investments are affecting the capitals and to purposeful business. we are making decisions off the back of it.” Senior Reporting Manager for BT Group, Scott Barlow, shared that a multi-capital approach is already having a huge part to play in the company’s decision making processes. For example, taking Natural Capital into account, BT now aim to help customers reduce their emissions by 2020.
Advice from somebody who is actively working on this approach is, “Don’t look through a narrow lens... Go away and do something. It needs to be done in a way that people can grasp and understand. We are trialling it, we are on a journey. If we can prove it works to our finance people we can roll it out.” 21
City/Region Models for Implementation Who would you invite to sit around your table to facilitate action in your community? What types of conversation would you have? Let us know here
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Walk the talk... In September 2016, a group of seven change-makers and innovators founded a new partnership to deliver thriveable programmes within UK city-regions. Designed to test-run new ideas and embed shifting mindsets, the partnership has begun a pilot project in Surrey. The Thriveable Surrey Partnership came together in recognition of the fact that things aren’t working at the moment. On 1st December the partnership held a workshop to kick off their journey in Surrey. Stakeholders, business leaders, political figures and members of the representatives from ranging sectors came together to shape a shared vision for the future of Surrey. Key note speaker Sarah-Jane Chimbwandira reinforced ‘We are only going to achieve this (vision for Surrey) by working together”. Burning2Learn is an active partner of the Thriveable Surrey Partnership. We are not trying to create something that is an added burden to the day job. This is something which is about enhancing what we do in our work and home lives. This is about doing and achieving something real.
able Sur r ey
Vision 2050 2030
Why Start in Surrey? Embedding the Global Goals at the core The Global Goals (SDGs) provide us with a simple framework to start implementing real change; as individuals, part of a group, employees or indeed as part of a community. The county Surrey can play a huge role in getting the ball rolling and demonstrating to other city-regions that it can be done.
Leap-Frog Technologies There are 8 growth sectors that are doing really well in Surrey, one of which includes enabling technologies. Key areas of research and development include; 5G, space and satellite, cyber security, oil and gas, food and drink and life science. 24
Surrey as a Business Location
Very high quality landscape so people like to live and work in the county. These landscapes also have Surrey is economically the most significant contributor a huge educational value from a natural point of to the economy outside of London. The county is an view. Many villages within these areas have very intelligent, networked and innovative location for strong communities and community life. The Surrey any business. With an enormous business profile Nature Partnership’s work is really important in of 65,000 businesses in the county, Surrey is also pushing some of the thinking forward around these home to 300 foreign companies, 100 of which are areas, including national capital investment strategies. non-European.
Surrey Success Factors
What are the success factors in your community?
There are significant Natural Capital assets in Surrey from which the community gains a whole range of services and benefits. As England’s most wooded county, Surrey’s woodlands cover over a fifth of the county (approximately 24%). A quarter of these woods are recorded as ancient woodland, areas rich in wildlife that have been part of the Surrey landscape for centuries. Surrey’s desirability as a place to live, work and visit is closely linked to its pleasant rural environment.
Enterprise Zone Surrey attracts business from around the country and overseas. Surrey’s Enterprize zone spans across three sites and promotes the creation of new space for companies to operate from.
This vision of a thriveable future is based on some of the responses that emerged from the Thriveable Surrey workshop in December.
What does a thriveable future look like in Surrey? 2020
• SDGs as a National Curriculum • Visionary Politicians • Shifting Mindsets
• Mobility solutions • Achieved the Global Goals
• All of humanity actively living the Global Goals • No siloes • Universal People, Planet and Profit Model
Organisational Level • • • •
Visionary Innovators Cross-generational engagement Bringing in younger voices Cross-disciplinary partnerships
Individuals • Tax incentives for ‘Green’ products • Passion for lifelong learning • Get the conversation going with existing network
Organisational Level • Multi-capitals fully embedded at the core of all organisations • Engaging in real projects and role models • Actively working to Global Goal #17
Organisational Level • Completely sustainable organisations • Regenerative, inclusive economy
• Open, trusting relationships • Joining clusters of networks together to create • Beyond identity politics momentum • Movements recognised and heard as a • Develop wider circles/networks of trust collective voice that gets things done
What would a thriveable future look like in your town or workplace? Turn over for some ideas on how to create your vision...
If you could design the future of the area that you live, work and socialise in what would it look like? What would the people be like? How would you get to work? What would the most important topics to learn at school be?
How do we go about delivering this new systemic non-linear thinking in every day life? One response that we have come across is through storytelling. Narrative and story telling has been the way that we share our knowledge for thousands and thousands of years. It allows us to see things through the perspective of others. The best and most memorable stories are about you thinking â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;what does this mean to meâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and does this suggest change. The Thriveable Surrey Workshop featured a Participatory Narrative Inquiry, from which participants were able to map out a shared vision for what a Thriveable Surrey would look like to them (as directors, employees, residents, political figures and members of the public).
ur o y d l wou wards t a Wh back like? e r futu ey look n jour Improved Health Care
Emergence of new cultures
Rise in Population
Smart Tech Overconsumption
Silo thinking and acting
Quality Education Industrial Revolution
A conscious future generation
Huge markets & opportunities
Economic BOOM Increase in travel and tourism
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Political divide /uncertainty High levels of unemployment
Rise of SMEs
the (Then work backwards through catalysts/impor tant factors that lead to our today)
Knowledge Ecologist, Ron Donaldson, delivers ‘Participatory Narrative Inquiry’ workshops with groups of business leaders, employees and forward thinkers. Incorporating Cognitive Edge complexity and narrative methods, PNI’s are designed to switch our thinking up a bit so that we approach the challenges in front of us - as a collective and in our own lives - from a different angle. By encouraging people to think backwards, we create our own pathway of contributing factors to the ‘scene of today’ and the ultimate ‘utopia’ or heaven for the future. Ron Donaldson, Ecology of Knowledge 27
Transformation at a grassroots level Making change through daily living There are some really big challenges ahead for all of us. The only way to solve them - and ultimately thrive as a human race - is to work together. In this section there are some simple examples of things that we can all do in any area of our lives to contribute towards a more fulfilled, flourishing and thriving planet.
Burning2Learn Is your school ready to take action? Education innovation couldn’t be more essential int he world we live in. Burning2Learn has been committed to supporting and guiding young people through their teenage transitions for over 20 years. Our team is driven by a deep-rooted commitment and passion for supporting others through our own individual skills and talents. We work hard to continually expand and strengthen our network so that we can offer both students and business professionals a look through each other’s lens. For the youngster, we are better equipping them for life in the world of work; and for the professionals we are showing them the pathways to attract and attain fresh, motivated and purpose driven talent.
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There is a huge movement taking place all around the world in a bid to make the world we live in a brighter, healthier and more sustainable place. World leaders, industry experts and famous faces are all getting involved - but there’s still a big part of the puzzle missing. Young people are our planet’s greatest resource and their empowerment should be starting much earlier and much more effectively. As parents, educators, employers and political leaders we have a duty to supporting them.
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Things you can do... At home 1. Save electricity. Unplug the kettle or any other small machine after you use it saves a lot of energy through the day. Even if you’re not using it, leaving something plugged in take up energy from the Earth. And don’t forget to turn off your lights! 2. Think about how much rubbish you make in a year. Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce in a year means taking up less space in landfills, so your taxes can work somewhere else! 3. Use less heat and air conditioning; heating our homes in the winter and cooling them off in the summer take a lot of energy which is very hard on planet Earth. Dress for the weather – instead of turning on the fireplace, put on a jumper or use a blanket to keep warm! 4. Spend time with nature. Instead of using your phone at lunch time, make sure you go outside and do something different – and this doesn’t always have to be sports.
5. Pay attention to how you use water. Every time you turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth, you’re doing something good. Got a leaky toilet? You might be wasting 200 gallons of water a day. Try drinking tap water instead of bottled water, so you aren’t wasting all that packaging as well. 6. Reduce food waste. Make a plan, use a smaller plate and bring home left overs. Understanding expiration dates can help too; there’s a difference between use by and sell by. There are a bunch of techniques you can use to extend the shelf life of everything in your kitchen, like keeping the fridge and freezer cool enough and unpacking groceries as soon as you get home from the shop. 7. Be open to other modes of transport. Walking can reduce greenhouse gases while burning some calories and improving your health at the same time. Also, shop virtually to save doing lots of little journeys to the shop.
From the workplace 1. Recycle. You can help reduce pollution just by putting that drinks can in a different bin. If you’re trying to choose between two products, pick the one with the least packaging. If an office building of 7,000 workers recycled all of its office paper waste for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking almost 400 cars off the road. 2. Scale back car usage; carpool/lift share to work with others or pick public transport. Commuting accounts for more than a third of all car travel. Combining errands is also good, and if you can stay off the road just two days a week you’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year. 32
3. Use energy management controls to switch off your equipment overnight, on long weekends and holiday periods. When you need to buy new equipment do your research and buy the best energy efficient items within your price range. Recycle old or broken equipment to minimize landfill. 4. Stay online: Do everything you can online to minimize paper waste. Manage activities like reading reports, sending invitations, creating events, booking restaurants, sending emails and taking notes etc. online. Also, where it’s possible, consider online meeting options rather than traveling.
5. Proactive Printing: do you really have to print something? There are still many way to make this task sustainable. Have your printers and copier default to print double-sided to reduce your workplace paper use. 6. Purchasing recycled items such as stationary, re-manufactured toner cartridges and cleaning products that are sold in recycled containers. By ‘closing the loop’ you are helping to reduce the amount of new products being made, as well as increasing your workplace sustainability. 7. Employ a recycling bin system; Sell, Swap or Recycle old mobile phones
In the classroom 1. Plant a tree. Trees and plants help to absorb the carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere.
school - this can reduce energy use by nearly 40 percent!
2. Get some fresh air; adding a plant to your classroom is a great way to incorporate nature into your teaching space and purify the air. According to NASA, bamboo palms, English Ivy, and rubber plants can purify air and help reduce stress.
5. Don’t block the airflow; books and other bulky items absorb warm and cool air coming from heating and cooling units. Be sure to keep vent areas clear of clutter to maximize efficiency.
3. Let in the breeze; turn off heating or cooling units and open the windows when the weather is nice. 4. Power Down; turn computers off instead of switching them to sleep mode when leaving
6. Stop leaks; have students determine areas of energy loss - which include heat escaping through windows - by create a lesson where students are tasked with identify leaks.
Monday is an international campaign. 8. Skip the brown bag, paper and plastic bags when packing a lunch. There are many practical lunchboxes on the market. Be sure to talk to your students about the importance of using reusable containers. 9. Go digital; electronic calendars and books are great tools that can be synced together easily to keep things organised.
7. Meatless Monday; reducing meat consumption has been shown to improve health and reduce and individual’s carbon footprint. Meatless 33
Upcoming Conferences & Events Next Steps and Actions G21 Swisstainability
UN Global Compact Network Switzerland
29 - 30th June 2017: G21 - Swisstainability is a forum in favor of a sustainable economy, business, finance, state and society. The purpose of the forum is to enable people, organisations and communities to become regenerative for people, planet, profit and prosperity of the common greater good.
2nd February 2017: Is responsible and sustainable business just a short-term phenomenon or will it change the logic of the markets? Take part in the Swiss Global Compact Dialogue 2017 to learn from small and large companies and other stakeholders. In doing so, you’ll also contribute to a better understanding and will actively promote sustainable and responsible business.
Thriveable Surrey Conference
“Let’s make global Goals local business!”
April 2017: Following the Thriveable Surrey Workshop that took place in December 2016, the Thriveable Surrey Partnership is hosting another series of workshops in the coming spring.
Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day
The conference will bring together business stakeholders from the public and private sector to explore the changing nature of work - and how to truly thrive in modern Britain. What will businesses need to do in order to prosper long-term? How can integrating a multi-capital scorecard improve your business decisions? What does it take to actually thrive in the 21st century? 34
24th March 2017: Co-create and accelerate societal and technological design thinking, development, and execution of social, organisational, societal and technological transitions, within the meat framework of the 17 global goals - www.globalgoals.org - by, with and for the greater Geneva and the world.
Thriveable Surrey Festival
• Showcase Your Talent • Meet real business leaders • Interview top professionals • Connect with experts • Prepare yourself for the world of work
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