My friend Joe Verrengia calls me the Match.com of the sustainability world, and I am very pleased by the epithet. It’s my core belief that ultimate sustainability – a transformed world that is indeed sustainable – by its very nature demands collaboration at the greatest scale. And toward that end, we must build and connect networks between industries, governments, NGOs, educators and innovators. Between scientists and community organizers, between seniors and youth, between races, and between classes, at home and around the globe.
Sustainability is not a one-person show. The more one works to further sustainability goals, the more one recognizes one’s own limitations. But a limitation need not be a stopping point. It’s at that very juncture that one turns to one’s network for help. In my world, in calling myself a sustainability professional, I’m committing myself to continuous education – because none of us ever knows enough. I’m also committing myself to growing a robust network of personal resources that can be brought to bear when I’m “lucky” enough to hit roadblocks. These two reasons are fundamental to our work at the Boston Area Sustainability Group, and they are fundamental to my participation in Sustainatopia – now for the fifth time. They are fundamental to my work at Arrow Value Recovery as well.
For my panel at Sustainatopia – Building Collaborative Networks, Monday, October 10, from 3:50 to 4:50 p.m. – I’ve asked four terrific practitioners to share their best practices, tips and techniques, and I hope you’ll come join our conversation. Our networks span decades, continents and industries, and we expect this to be a highly interactive session.
Sarah Finnie Robinson, founding partner of WeSpire, a cloud-based behavior-change engagement platform used by global corporations to inspire people to take positive actions in the areas of sustainability, responsibility, well-being, safety, diversity and related areas of positive impact.
Matt Gardner, founder and managing partner of Sustainserv, which works with public and private-sector organizations to design and implement sustainability strategies, programs and communications. Matt teaches sustainability strategy and entrepreneurship in the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at the Harvard University Extension School and is on the faculty of the Youth Encounter on Sustainability.
Jim Hamilton, principal at Stakeholder Capital Consulting and chairman of the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Global Collaboration Committee at MIT. Jim is skilled at managing strategic (environmental, regulatory and stakeholder) risks and capturing business opportunity. He specializes in early issue identification, corrective action development, and integrated project implementation that builds lasting and shared value.
Lisa Lillelund, international businesswoman and environmental activist who believes that companies and organizations can DO WELL by DOING GOOD. Since 2006, when she founded Mango Networks Advisory Services, Lisa has combined her business and communication skills with her passion for preserving the environment.
Sustainatopia is the ultimate networking event. I hope you’ll join us and the discussion. Want to schedule time to meet at the conference? Drop me a line at email@example.com. I’m looking forward to meeting you!
Carol Baroudi works for Arrow’s Value Recovery business promoting sustainability awareness and action. She is the lead author of Green IT For Dummies. Her particular focus is on electronics in the Circular Economy, with an emphasis on the IT asset disposition stage, e-waste and everything connected. Follow her on Twitter at @carol_baroudi and connect with her on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/carolbaroudi.