From the archives: NOT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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As your professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy 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  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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Nicolas le Douarec on “Questions to your Answers”

Our second  guest speaker Nicolas le Douarec suggests that you take a few minutes during your preparatory week to view four short videos which he has carefully selected to set the stage for his “questions” presentation and the lively discussion that will surely follow.

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Robert Ayres on Economic Growth Enigma: Money or Energy

robert ayres - 2Professor Robert Ayres will be joining us as a guest speaker on Thursday at 14:00.  You will find a short bio note summarizing some of the high points of his career and prolific  output just below. In his presentation  and in  the following question period Ayres will be looking at some important aspects of the future of the planet, which holds out some interesting clues for the future career and expertise choices of young people looking at a future business career.  As he rakes through the smoldering coals of a world soon to be  saddled with post-peak oil prices that will never again come back to “normal”, he may have a few clues for your future. Continue reading

Guest speaker: Robert Underwood Ayres

Professor Robert Ayres will be joining us as a guest speaker on Thursday at 14:00.  You will find a short bio note summarizing some of the high points of his career and prolific  output just below.

In his presentation to our seminar and in  the following question period Ayres will be looking at one important aspect of the future of the planet, which holds out some interesting clues for the future career and expertise choices of young people looking at a future business career.  But his point of departure may surprise: he will open with a tough look at the on-going financial crisis facing and already to an unfortunate extent crippling the world economy.  As he rakes through the smoldering coals of a world soon to be  saddled with post-peak oil prices that will never again come back to “normal”, he may have a few clues for your future.

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Guest Speakers 2013: Ayres, le Douarec, Laprès

Thursday, 6 June at 14:00

robert-ayresProfessor Robert Underwood Ayres is an American-born physicist and economist whose  career has focused on the application of physical ideas, especially the laws of thermodynamics, to economics; a long-standing pioneering interest in material flows and transformations (Industrial Ecology or Industrial Metabolism); and most recently to challenging held ideas on the economic theory of growth. Trained as a physicist at the University of Chicago, University of Maryland, and Kings College at the University of London (PhD in Mathematical Physics), Ayres has dedicated his entire professional life to advancing the environment, technology and resource end of the sustainability agenda. His major research interests include technological change, environmental economics, “industrial metabolism” and “eco-restructuring”.

In his presentation to our seminar and in  the following question period Ayres will be reporting on one important aspect of the future of the planet, which holds out some interesting clues for the future career and expertise choices of young people looking at a future business career.  But his point of departure may surprise: he will open with a tough look at the on-going financial crisis facing and already to an unfortunate extent crippling the world economy.  As he rakes through the smoldering coals of a world soon to be  saddled with post-peak oil prices that will never again come back to “normal”, he may have a few clues for your future.

* Ayres presentation notes on Economic Growth Enigma: Money or Energy here.

Friday, 7 June at 14:00

Nicolas le Douarec: “I am co-creating and investing in innovative businesses, Nicolas le Douarec-portraitenabled by emerging technologies, and surfing on social and behavioural trends. After graduating from French Grandes Ecoles, I spent 15 years within the BP group, serving in 8 high profile executive and leadership positions. In 2006, I set up, co-founded and ran mobizen, a carsharing operator in Paris, France. In 2008, I sold mobizen and joined Veolia to lead Veolia’s response to the Autolib RFP. Upon losing the bid, I went on and co-founded and lead CityzenCar, where neighbors can share their own cars. I aspire to becoming a master at leading people and organizations through large, complex, deep, and sustainable change. ”

* Le Douarec presentation notes on Questions to your Answers here.

Saturday, 8 June at 14:00

daniel-lapresDaniel Laprès speaking to The Challenge of Sustainable Development for China.

* Background and reading notes here.