Profit isn’t very useful for measuring sustainability, or even for telling us much about economic viability. Why? Because profit is a lagging indicator and sustainability is inherently about long-termism. Delivering sustainability requires forward-looking indicators.
In September 2017, we ran a Towards 9 Billion workshop on sustainable finance, to explore how the finance sector could build a sustainable future. To get the workshop report contact us.
A sustainable financial system requires both rethinking the very nature of value, as well as creativity in how we would project that value over time.
Alongside the challenges to sustainability we already face, there is growing concern about how these might accelerate in the future. One key issue is population growth and its impacts, but should the scale of humanity be seen as a threat or as an opportunity?
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Preserving and enhancing Global Commons will require changes to systems of law, economics and ownership – an overview of existing and new ideas.
Unless we ask the big questions, we won’t find the answers which meet the scale of the challenge we face.
A sustainable future depends upon our ability to perceive the limits of certainty, and to embrace the uncertainty that has always been there.
The motivation behind multi-capitals approaches is to highlight their value to the economy. Why not focus upon the value of the planet as a going concern?
Defining and delivering true social utility requires a fundamental perspective and approach to assessing the purpose of enterprise in the first place.
There is plenty of evidence out there for sustainability and financial out performance, we must use such evidence to take us towards a brighter future.
Out with the old? The “new” seldom really is new, built as it so often is upon the ramshackle foundations of the old – not upon fresh footings of its own.
Allowing the values we hold to be expressed through action should not be a matter of guilt. Sustainability will come when we turn the tide.
Capitalism has no stated end-goal, no clear outcome or purpose, yet it dominates our planet. We need a little more from our operating system.
The future evolution of business; Rejuvenative Enterprises will thrive upon the changes our planet faces, for the good of all.
What’s the state of the planet in 2014? Here’s our SWOT on Earth for the new year
Using money to put things on a level playing field makes sense, but only if the things we are comparing are actually comparable – natural capital is not.
Suicide by planet…will our current model of capitalism make us the first species to willfully self destruct?
We will have more than 9 billion people on the planet by 2050 – lets tidy the house for the vistors we have coming.
The limits to growth are framed by thermodynamics, not sentiment and custom. We must evolve our systems of value to work within and alongside this reality.