How to tell a sustainable business from a greenwashing one: Interview

Interview with Paul Gilding

Ahead of the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, environmentalist and author Paul Gilding speaks to Eco-Business in a wide-ranging interview on the global climate crisis and human nature, and how some businesses will die in the next decade to make way for sustainable ones.

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Real sustainability may not make business sense??

This short article on the business case for sustainability by Charles  appeared in the Guardian on 8 January and the full text is available at  You may wish to give particular attention to the copious discussions at

street sign no cars Guardian

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And in 2014 we shall be spending some time looking at . . . Slow Food

This will be one of several thinking exercises that will be introduced into the curriculum for 2014.

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment. Slow Food believes that everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of biodiversity, culture and knowledge that make this pleasure possible.

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SDES 2013 Master Class – Final reports

Authors, countries, titles of final reports for Sustainable Development, Economy and Society 2013

Note: All these reports have been placed in the SDES course library at writing on computer - fair use, however since they are the private property of the student you will not be able to access them directly there. If on the other hand you would like to see their report, please get in touch via and your request will be transferred to the author.

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Fair Use, Copyright, Citation and Original Work

- From updated section of : SDES Final Report Guidelines (

writing on computer - fair useBefore we get into the details, let me plead with you to be very careful as you prepare your working materials and start to  write, to be extremely careful to acknowledge your sources in the proper way. You are the author so the words must be yours. We live in an era of such enormous availability of materials on just about any subject, and all that often only one easy click away. But we also have minds. So please show me in your paper how you use your mind and acknowledge all those sources in the appropriate way

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Report: The Nexus of Food, Energy and Water

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SD Timeline 2011 – 2012 : Delphine Tas

* Click for Timeline 2011-2012. Delphine Tas

Rent Seeking and Transportation Service Innovations

impossible - Steve Blank on Rent seekersThis double blog reposting on this important topic is worthy of our readers’ attention on several grounds. Here at World Streets we are, after all, in a very real way in the transportation service innovations business, that being a key underpinning of the transition and the “politics of transport in cities”.  We recommend you consult it in two passes: the first being to read below the full text of Dave King’s concise commentary that appeared yesterday, 26 June, in “Getting from here to there”. And from there you may wish to move on to the full piece of Steve Blank in the Berkeley blog – click here.

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ISG Session 6 Report. 8 June 14:00 – 18:00

isg - Tingyu LIU- Class Rapporteur: Tingyu LIU

Mr. Daniel Laprès gave us a speech on “The Challenge of Sustainable Development for China”.  His key points and conclusion are as follows:

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ISG Session 3 Report. 7 June 09:00 – 13:00

ISG - Lisamarie Escudero JiménezClass Reporteur: Lisamarie Escudero

This session was based in the presentation of the Sustainable Development Timeline of the last decade, followed by the presentations of five quick reports.

The timeline concludes in 2012 with 3 main issues: the trade disputes on solar energy, raising the question whether is better to access to this technology for a low price or act as a protectionist group or country and private people the access of this technology for a more affordable price; The Rio 20+ reunion and their call for climate change and safety of the biodiversity and the reach of cutting by half the percentage of the word’s people without access to safe drinking water, one of the millennium targets in 2005.

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ISG Session 5 Report. 8 June 09:00 – 13:00

Class Rapporteurs: Anh Ngoc

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La légende du Colibri

Un jour, dit la légende, il y eut un immense incendie de forêt. Tous les animaux terrifiés, atterrés, observaient impuissants le désastre. Seul le petit colibri s’activait, allant chercher quelques gouttes avec son bec pour les jeter sur le feu. Après un moment, le tatou, agacé par cette agitation dérisoire, lui dit : « Colibri ! Tu n’es pas fou ? Ce n’est pas avec ces gouttes d’eau que tu vas éteindre le feu ! »

Et le colibri lui répondit :« Je le sais, mais je fais ma part.


Not Sustainable Development

garbage dumpAs your professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Society you would have thought that I might at least have sat you down at the beginning of the seminar and given you a clear understanding of that oft-repeated rarely-questioned phrase “sustainable development”.

This Nathalie Nomblot brought most embarrassingly to my attention yesterday when we were struggling to find a good topic for her make-up Quick Report, which I had usefully (!) suggested  she might write on “sustainable development” and “something else” (her choice).  To which she energetically wrote back:  “In one sentence, could you please give me your definition of Sustainable Development? That would help!”

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Sustainabilty Strategies: Bring in All Local Actors, Views & Implementation Partners

Too often when it comes to new sustainability initiatives, the common  practice is to concentrate on laying the base for the project in close working relationships with people and groups who a priori are favorably disposed to your idea, basically your choir. Leaving the potential “trouble makers” aside for another day. Experience shows that’s a big mistake. Instead from the beginning when w are working with these potential divisive issues we have to take a . . .

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ISG Session 1 Report. 6 June 09:00 – 13:00

Class Rapporteurs: Yudy Artunduaga – Gustavo Chamorro

isg - yudi and GustavoAgenda

  • Round table, introduction of the students talking about their nationality, the way Sustainable Development takes place in their countries and their expectations from the Seminar.
  • Insights on their footprint, different perspectives.
  • Questions and answers on sustainable development thinking, ideas, insights, thoughts.
  • Presentation of Timeline bullet points by the students.

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ISG Session 4 Report. 7 June 14:00 – 18:00

- Rapporteur: Yulia Kharchenko


  1. ISG - Yulia KharchenkoNicolas Le Dourec (personal and professional experience sharing with International MBA students)
  2. Quick report – Gustavo Chamorro (Fairtrade)
  3. Quick report – Aissatou Diallo (Oil exploitation in Nigeria)
  4. Quick report – James Alva Hanson (Difficulties in the global educational system today)
  5. Quick report – Marie-Cécile Le Breton (Global water crisis)

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Quick Report: Chamorro on FairTrade

Quick Report - Gustavo Chamorro* Click for Chamorro on FairTrade

ISG Session 2 Report. 6 June 14:00 – 18:00

-Class Rapporteurs: Andrea Copsey and Aissatou Diallo

isg - andreean and Aissatou

14:00. Presentation from Dr Robert Ayers  on Economic Growth Enigma: Money or Energy

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The Unexpected Renaissance

Haentjens - book coverThere I was in Paris last week,  pretty much minding my business which for the most part consisted of leading a last-semester international  MBA class into the wilds of Sustainable Development, Economy and Society, and my eye fell on a little blue book in the reception area. The title, “Crises: La Solution des Villes” was close enough to the topics that occupy our attention here, that I opened it and started to read. And what I found in the very first chapter was a highly engaging account of how a certain number of European cities, who back in the sixties and seventies were in deep pain mainly as a result of the entirely unanticipated process of deindustrialization, decided to react and turn their desperate situations around. And in the process, separately and together, began to reinvent the paradigm of the 21st century city.

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Eric Britton: My Ecological Footprint

isg - eco footprint britton

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Daniel Laprès on “The Challenge of Sustainable Development for China”

Work of Daniel Laprès on China

daniel-lapresBusiness Law in China – 2008 revision, This e-book published in August 2008 brings together practitioners and scholars from China and other countries to create a unique work of compilation, analysis and assessment of the current state of Chinese business law.

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Biodiversity is down

biodiversity is down