Making Change Happen
Speakers cover all aspects of leading, inspiring,
and motivating adaptive change to improve sustainability in
business, government, the community, politics, and the media.
Individuals and small groups can and do accomplish big things.
The more daunting our challenges appear, the more urgently we
need leaders who can inspire hope and show through their example
how badly needed changes can be accomplished.
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Making A Difference.
Individuals and small groups can make a big difference. In fact,
the recent history of environmental activism contains many examples
of effective action, and these empowering presentations explain
why and how people can make a difference. More
Activism & Civic Engagement. Citizens urging (and
applying pressure to) government agencies and public officials
as well as corporations and business leaders is a time honored
and effective means of promoting change. Civic engagement can
also mean volunteer mobilization and voluntary action to implement
needed steps. See Rob
Caughlan, Mark Dubois,
Denis Hayes, Ric O’Barry, David Helvarg, Michel Gelobter, Rick
Johnson, Dune Lankard,
Gloria Flora, Raj Patel, Zoe Weil, John Marshall Roberts, Jeff
Hohensee, Duane Elgin, Ellis Jones,
David Steinman, Allen Green, and Ted Smith.
Building & Leading Nonprofits. Creating and growing
a nonprofit organization can make it possible to raise tax deductible
donations, secure foundation funding, and administer the many
practical elements of educational and advocacy campaigns. Leading
such organizations in turn requires a whole package of skills.
See Christine Ervin,
Denis Hayes, Mark
Van Putten, Huey
Johnson, Rick Johnson,
L. Hunter Lovins,
and Bill Birchard.
Change In Large Business Organizations. Large organizations
of any kind aren't easy to change. They have cultures, traditions,
long-established practices, entrenched bureaucracies, and a
myriad of other barriers to adaptation and innovation. Leading
change toward sustainability requires many skills, tools and
techniques. See John Marshall Roberts, John Renesch, Bill Birchard, Bob Doppelt, David Hurst, Jack Giampalmi, Bill Shireman, L. Hunter Lovins, Rob Abbott, Tim Sanders, Linda Ferguson, and Darcy Hitchcock.
Careers That Make A Difference. Whether starting a career upon leaving school, making a mid-life career shift, starting a business, or adding a green dimension to a business already underway, your career or business decisions can make a real difference in the world. See Melissa Everett, Josh Tetrick, Natalia Allen, and Diane MacEachern.
Environmental Law. A wide range of laws governing environmental
protection and related practices are on the books, and many
lawyers and legal experts make it their job to see that these
laws are carried out. See Mark
Van Putten, Rob
Verchick, Tom Turner,
Wil Burns, Dotty LeMieux, and Rob
History of the Environmental Movement. The history of
the environmental movement is profoundly inspiring and empowering.
Again and again, visionary individuals and small groups have
become powerful and grown large, and as this has happened, they
have brought about change. See Rob
Caughlan, Denis Hayes,
Doug La Follette, and Tom Turner.
Politics & Sustainability. Any successful transition
to sustainability will require supportive governmental policies
and programs, and that in turn will require getting leaders
elected at all levels and across the political spectrum who
understand and will do what is needed. Once such leaders hold
office, continuously lobbying and informing them is critical
to keep them moving and support them in moving in helpful directions.
See Rob Caughlan,
Terry Tamminen, Mike Harcourt, Denis
McCloskey, Raymond Bradley, Walter
McGuire, Michel Gelobter, Kate Troll,
Dotty LeMieux, and Mark Van Putten.
Leadership In Government Agencies. Large governmental
agencies need inspired leadership to move ahead boldly, creatively,
and rapidly in developing environmental programs and policies.
Providing this leadership is a special skill. See Roger
Ervin, Gloria Flora,
Terry Tamminen, Mike Harcourt,
Bob Doppelt, and
Businesses To Change. How can businesses be motivated to change? Prompts to change may come from the outside, from shareholders, from employees, from middle managers, from top managers, or from the Board of Directors. There are at least as many effective ways to motivate change as businesses have interests. Many approaches have been successful, and many of those are shared by our speakers.
See Denis Hayes, Terry Tamminen, John Marshall Roberts, Jerry Yudelson, Gil Friend, Tim Sanders, John Renesch, and Bill Birchard.
Empowerment & Change. People who work at all levels
and roles in an organization can identify waste, spot opportunities
for improvement, and generally participate helpfully in all
kinds of ways in sustainability efforts. Mobilizing this potential
requires a focused effort. See Bill
Birchard, Bob Doppelt, Josh Tetrick, Melissa Everett, Pamela J. Gordon, Tim Sanders, Dixon de Lena, and Darcy Hitchcock.
Social Marketing. Selling behavior change for the public
good isn't best approached like selling soap. Marketing experts
have developed unique methods that are often much more effective
than conventional techniques. See Doug
Lee, Annette Frahm,
and Walter McGuire.
Green Purchasing By Government. Government can have a
powerful positive impact by incorporating green standards in
purchasing decisions of all kinds. See Denis
Hayes and Tom Kemper.
Green Parenting. Parents, care-givers, teachers, extended
family and others with roles in raising and educating kids often
want to know what they can do to help kids appreciate the natural
world and understand the importance of stewardship. At the same
time, greening the practical elements of parenting, from cloth
diapers to healthy baby food to non-toxic toys, is an important
part of a green lifestyle and beneficial and healthful for kids.
And to complete the picture, exposing kids to the natural world
is increasingly thought by many to play an important role in
healthy emotional and intellectual development. See Dan
Chiras, Zoe Weil, Lynda Fassa, and Michael Castleman.
Women & Sustainability. Women make many choices and
have many opportunities to contribute to the transition to a
more sustainable world. They may also have special and especially
powerful motives to make such contributions. See Diane
MacEachern, Ann Goodman, Summer
Rayne Oakes, and Rob Verchick.
Resolving Environmental Conflicts. In many instances
of conflict over environmental issues, both sides can benefit
from a reasonable resolution of their differences. Conflict
often consumes resources that could be better spent actually
implementing solutions to problems, and many differences are
not as costly or difficult to resolve as the parties to the
conflict initially believe. See Chris
Gloria Flora, Dotty LeMieux, Allen Green, and
Environmental Whistleblowers & Whistleblower Protection.
When a governmental agency, business, or other organization
is hiding environmental misbehavior or negligence, often we
depend on whistleblowers to learn the truth and force a change
in behavior. These truth-tellers often pay a price, and protecting
them is the way we'll get the truth out more often. See Gloria
Flora, Linda Ferguson, and Richard
Economics. Our economy is entirely dependent on a healthy
and sustainable environment, and a sustainable future means
rebuilding and restructuring our economy so that is sits on
a foundation of environmental sustainability. See Eban Goodstein, Raj Patel, Adam Davis, Michel Gelobter, Yoram Bauman, Gil Friend, Bill
Shireman, L. Hunter
Lovins, Chris Maser, Quiet Riot, and Kate
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