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How our Perception impacts our Understanding of Sustainability – Part 1

Green Project Management

Perception is reality. We have heard that many times. One definition of perception “is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the presented information, or the environment.” The key with perception though is that people generally believe perception is fact, and not just an opinion or option.

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A Strategic Imperative for Anticipatory Leaders Is Cognitive Performance

Daniel Burrus

By Daniel Burrus and Neil Smith. (In this blog series on how elevating cognitive performance is a game changer for organizations, I’ve invited Neil Smith, CTO at Think Outcomes , to join me in writing on this important topic due to his expertise and the cognitive performance software his firm has created.). AI and cognitive computing have grabbed headlines.

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TWI2050 Report: Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Network

The World in 2050 (TWI2050) was established by SDSN Partner, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) to provide scientific foundations for the 2030 Agenda. It is based on the voluntary and collaborative effort of more than 60 authors from about 20 institutions, and some 100 independent experts from academia, business, government, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations from all the regions of the world, who met three times at IIASA to develop pathways toward ach

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Seven essential books on energy and climate change

Edouard Stenger

Looking for a summer read with a bit more substance than the latest mystery novel? These seven books are loaded with it. They probably won’t make you shiver, but they will give you insight into the greatest threat facing our planet as well as clear steps that can be taken to address it. Going for carbon neutrality would not only avert the suffering and deaths of million of people in the not-so-distant future, it would also save lives in the present. .

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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How would your business choose Sustainable Development Goals? Start with our ideas:

Corporate Sustainability Collabrorative

The language of sustainability can seem like an alphabet soup of acronyms, making the very personal work we do feel rather impersonal. SDG. UN. GRI. SRS. Despite the jargon, these are acronyms that connect businesses back to one central goal – make the world a more just and secure place for all. The Corporate Sustainability Collaborative (CSC, just to add one more acronym to the heap) hosted its Quarterly Meeting in early September, focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (S

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Making globalisation work for all and corporate responsibility

Roel Nieuwenkamp

This article was originally published on OECDONTHELEVEL on 7 July 2018 In the first post of his Legacy Blog Series, Roel Nieuwenkamp takes a look at responsible business conduct in the broader context of trade and investment policies in the globalisation debate.

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OIl Companies Admit Climate Change Is Real In Court Case

Clean Techies

A new court case has given oil companies the opportunity to admit, on the record in open court, that climate change is real. Learn the implications of this for climate, business, and investing.

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Recycling Solutions Summit

Green Technology

Recycling, one of the most important actions we all can do to protect our existence on the planet, is in crisis and recycling plants are shutting down. In the state of California alone, more than 450 recycling plants have shut down recently and thousands of cargo containers filled with U.S. recycling that were once ready to sell to China are now sitting idly and are likely going to be sent to the landfill.

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Why Your Sustainability Report Might be Awful?

Green Project Management

If you parse through the thousands of sustainability (non-financial reporting) online either direct from websites from major brands such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, or Nike, or even the mid-major companies that are trying to do the right thing, you will see something missing; and it is glaringly obvious once you start looking for it. A common […]. The post Why Your Sustainability Report Might be Awful?

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A Warning about Models

Green Project Management

Due to the complexity of sustainability and social responsibility, we use a lot of models. One of the key lessons learned though is that “colouring by numbers does not guarantee success” It is important to realize the limitations and constraints of models, and the fact that they should always be re-evaluated, particularly when new information […].

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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Disposable Plastic Straws… What can we do?

Green Project Management

I went out recently with some friends and had a curious experience. And of all things it was around disposable plastic straws. What caught my attention was that each place we went to did not offer straws. More importantly though the establishments were proud and adamant about their no-straw policy. It opened up some interesting […]. The post Disposable Plastic Straws… What can we do?

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The Playbook Series: Global Warming

Green Project Management

This is a follow on post to “Keep on scammin’ on: The evil brilliance, success and recurrence of The Playbook.” The strategies from The Playbook have been employed by industries that are under threat of losing profits when scientific evidence proves that their product causes significant harm to the public, society or planet in some […].

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Characteristics of a Sustainable Project Manager (2 of 9) “Inclusive Leader”

Green Project Management

This second installment of Characteristics of a Sustainable Project Manager focuses on the “Inclusive Leader.” Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.” As political and ideological differences foster growing tension around the world, nationalism, violent extremism, climate change denial, and economic uncertainty, seek to stifle progressive […].

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Characteristics of a Sustainable Project Manager (3 of 9) “Change Agent”

Green Project Management

This third installment of Characteristics of a Sustainable Project Manager focuses on the “Change Agent.” Peter Drucker is famous for many quotes, none more so than “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” Characteristic #3: Change Agent — challenges business-as-usual mindset, embraces change, seizes opportunities, develops […].

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Mastering Supply Chain Sustainability: Where Does ESG Fit In?

Speaker: Hortense Grouvel

In this new webinar, you will learn firsthand how to set up a sustainable supply chain program that will help meet increasing ESG requirements stemming from regulators, customers, consumers, and investors alike. Hortense Grouvel, ESG expert at IntegrityNext, and Sean Whelan, Global Senior Manager at Halliburton, will look at how ensuring compliance will also help you increase sustainability performance, resilience, and innovation, allowing you to unlock the full potential of your supply chain op

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Characteristics of a Sustainable Project Manager (1 of 9) “Benefits Focused”

Green Project Management

There are a countless number of blog posts, books, articles, and papers on project competence or the application of knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to achieve the desired results (See the IPMA ICB 4.0) and even more materials on the knowledge of technical practices that a project manager should possess. There isn’t much discussion […].

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Sustainable Estimating

Green Project Management

The only certainty is that nothing is certain. Pliny the Elder, Roman scholar, 23-79 CE Our culture encodes a strong bias either to neglect or ignore variation. We tend to focus instead on measures of central tendency, and as a result we make some terrible mistakes, often with considerable practical import. Stephen Jay Gould, naturalist, […]. The post Sustainable Estimating appeared first on Delivering a better world, one project at a time.

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The necessity for Project Management skills: The transition to freelance and project work

Green Project Management

The Only Person that Likes Change is a Baby with a Wet Diaper. Anon By nature we hate change; seldom will we quit our old home till it has actually fallen around our ears. Thomas Carlyle(1795-1881) Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin(1924-1987) […]. The post The necessity for Project Management skills: The transition to freelance and project work appeared first on Delivering a better world, one project at a time.

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Focus on Strengths Not Just Weaknesses – the Value of Appreciative Inquiry

Green Project Management

I always enjoyed the message from the featured image above. As a management consultant, validator, and assessor I am often engaged by organizations to analyze their operations and systems to identify opportunities for improvement. I have also spent a couple decades on advising on how to implement better practice methods and processes around various disciplines […].

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What Regulations Will Impact Sustainability Comms in 2024?

Navigating the waters of sustainability reporting disclosures and regulations can be intimidating, to say the least. With various measures set in motion in 2023 to keep companies accountable, there is a lot in store for brands’ impact communication in the upcoming year. 3BL is kicking off this January with our Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Capricorn Edition by highlighting the impact of: The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Climate disclosure rules The European Commission

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Sustainable Project Management: The GPM Reference Guide 2nd Edition

Green Project Management

GPM Global is delighted to announce the publishing of the Second Edition of the Sustainable Project Management: The GPM Reference Guide. The guide is 156 pages and is available on Amazon in both paperback and electronic Kindle formats. Sustainable project management is a rapidly growing discipline. With changing expectations of consumers and investors and the […].

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Does Big Business Care about Sustainability?

Green Project Management

Does big business care about sustainability and social responsibility? I often ask attendees to my courses and presentations this question. In general, the response is a strong negative: “NO big business couldn’t care less about sustainability or social responsibility!” GPM’s experience though is the exact opposite: YES big business aggressively cares about sustainability and social responsibility!

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Challenges with Using PERT for Estimating

Green Project Management

This post was modified from one I developed several years ago for the Mercure AACE 2013 program I took, called W5_PM_PERT-Challenges. I am still surprised that with the number of project managers I meet who recommend this technique, which effectively puts the Flaw of Averages on steroids. This post is not specifically about sustainable change […].

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So… What is a Project?

Green Project Management

“All is flux, nothing stays still.” – Heraclitus “The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” – Alfred North Whitehead When I ask “what is a project?” I enjoy the different perspectives and interpretations. Concepts like work packages, ongoing operational tasks and even programmes are often perceived as […].

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What Questions Are Brands Asking About Their ESG Initiatives Ahead of 2024?

Temperatures are rising (and not just metaphorically) as key stakeholders anxiously anticipate the outcomes of COP28. While companies reconsider their 2024 environmental sustainability strategies, there is another aspect of ESG that deserves exploring, the social sector. In the latest edition of "Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Sagittarius Edition", 3BL hones in on this sign’s bold quality of asking questions others are burning to know the answers to.

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How Gamification Can Alter Our Behavior

Daniel Burrus

During this unique period of technology-driven transformation, the education sector has so far been slow to embrace the power of digital tools that can be used to accelerate learning. Spending time, energy and money protecting and defending conventional teaching methods only postpones the inevitable and keeps the transformative power of digital disruption, when used wisely, from taking training and education to a new level of success.

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Keeping Up is a Fool’s Game

Daniel Burrus

Many business consultants agree that benchmarking is imperative to strategic planning. By using metrics, a business will study the practices, designs, and financial outcomes of industry leaders with one distinct purpose: To keep up with the pacesetters. There’s just one problem. Keeping up—with technology, with the competition, with anything in business or life—is what some would call a fool’s game.

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Five Steps to Change Your Thinking

Daniel Burrus

When you make changes, are they coming at you from the outside in or inside out? In my 30 years of working with top leaders from business, health care, government and education, I have found that the majority of change comes from the outside in. When a new law is passed, you have to make changes in order to comply with it; when a competitor comes in offering lower prices, you probably have to change some aspect of how you do business; and when a new technology comes out that changes customer beh

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Tesla Is Redefining the Customer Experience

Daniel Burrus

One of the harsh realities of this fast-paced digital world is that almost everything we buy is out of date by the time we get it home. To obtain the most value of any purchase, especially if it is an expensive one, we need to adopt a future mind-set to help us avoid picking up legacy products. Driving has long been considered a symbol of personal freedom — an open road going forward, with almost limitless possibilities and opportunities on the horizon.

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The Silver Lining to Corporate DEI Challenges

In our latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Scorpio Edition, 3BL embraces the perspective of one of the zodiac's most misunderstood signs: Scorpio. While this sign often has a darker view of the world, they do not shy away from shining a light on controversial topics. This month we take a deep dive into corporate pullback of DEI and how companies can utilize astrological advice to reinvent its social impact communication.

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Next Civilized City and Sustainable Development Forum in China

Sustainable Development Network

On 3-5 November, the “2018 Future consensus forum— Next Civilized City and Sustainable Development” was held in Beijing. The forum was jointly organized by Institute for Sustainable Development Goals of Tsinghua University (TUSDG) and Yeosijae Future Consensus Institute from South Korea. More than 300 hundred experts from all over the world participated in the forum and discussed issues around sustainable urban development.

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FABLE Advances on Sustainable Land-Use and Food Systems

Sustainable Development Network

The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use and Energy (FABLE) Pathways Consortium met for its third full consortium meeting on 3 to 5 December at PIK in Germany. The 60 participants, including 37 FABLE country team members, made great progress towards the adoption of global targets to frame the technical work and the future FABLE interim report. Separately, the FABLE Brazilian country team appeared in German news and a paper on FABLE was published in Horizons – Journal of International Relati

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Launching SDSN’s next European network: SDSN Belgium

Sustainable Development Network

On 29 November, 2018, SDSN launched its latest national network. SDSN Belgium was officially presented at the Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference (G-STIC) in Brussels. The new national network joins 30 existing national and regional networks that are localizing the SDGs in their relative context, educating and engaging their students and the general public on sustainable development, working with governments on SDG achievement, and offering innovative solutions for the SDGs

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SDSN USA Launch: Moving America Forward

Sustainable Development Network

On December 4, 2018 the US chapter of the SDSN was launched, at Columbia University in New York. The chapter is co-directed by academic centers at Columbia University, Yale University, and the University of California San Diego. The SDSN USA joins 29 existing SDSN networks that are creating new online courses, educating their students and the general public, working with governments, engaging and empowering young people, and offering innovative solutions for the SDGs.

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Supercharge Your ESG Content This Libra Season

Throughout Climate Week, a feeling of urgency on tackling the climate crisis was palpable. Yet, questions continue to linger about corporate progress. Are we truly moving the needle or are we stuck in a cycle of empty statements and a flood of reports and guidelines? In the latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Libra Edition , we use Climate Week outcomes to explore how brands can communicate progress credibly.