Corporate Leadership

Engaging Sustainable Leadership throughout the Organization

If companies are not leveraging sustainability in order to reduce costs, increase employee engagement, and improve their position in the marketplace, they are missing an important opportunity.

This program – offered jointly by the nonprofit Center for Business Excellence, the Sustainable Leadership Forum, and other organizations – addresses the key issue of our times, which is fostering leadership at all levels in the organization (and in society) in order to create a more sustainable future. The proposal is that the program, outlined below, would be developed, offered, delivered, and expanded through a joint venture.

Components and Aspects of the Program

Separate components would be offered for 4 different audiences:

  • Corporate Sustainability Officers and their immediate staffs (co-creation sessions)
  • Senior executives
  • Middle managers
  • Key employees and stakeholders
  • All employees

The content, style, and message of these programs would differ somewhat, but would center around:

  • The nature and urgency of the challenge
  • The converging crises (a la Jared Diamond, Richard Heinberg, etc.): climate change, species collapse, resource depletion, etc.
  • Plausible future scenarios: ecosystem collapse, technological utopia, relocalization, sustainable development
  • Elements of sustainable development: permaculture, cradle-to-cradle, life-cycle analysis, metrics, etc.
  • New business models for sustainability
  • Opportunities and vulnerabilities of the organization in the new environment
  • Language and its role in engineering change
  • Driving change through the organization: engaging leadership for sustainability at every level
  • Stages of denial and how to address them
  • Managing Spaceship Earth
  • Gaia: Restoration, Regeneration, and Ultimate Sustainability
  • Leading the Change (title of our book series)

If you believe that your organization would like to participate in this program and/or partner with us to bring it to corporations, governments, churches, and universities, please contact Jonathan Cloud at 908-396-6179 or [email protected].

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Past Events

Correction: We'll be hosting this year's holiday potluck — "Bringing Solar Power Home for the Holidays" — on Saturday, December 15, from 4 to 9 p.m. Click here for more details. RSVP to [email protected].
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Sustainable Neighborhood & Community Conversations (III).
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Transforming Neighborhoods and Communities II.
Saturday, September 8, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Transforming Neighborhoods & Communities.
Saturday, June 16, 2012: SLF Potluck June 16: Sustainable Living Communities.
The Sustainable Haiti Conference took place April 23-25, 2012 in Miami.
"Inside Job" Movie Party. Saturday, February 11th, 6:00 PM, Liberty Ridge, The Hills, Bernards Twp, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.
2nd 'Buy Haitian, Restore Haiti Conference', January 26, 2012, Karibe Convention Center, Petion Ville, Haiti
Dec 11 SLF Potluck: "Bringing Sustainability Home for the Holidays" Basking Ridge, NJ. RSVP to [email protected].
Saturday, July 9, 2011, 4 p.m. Open House Party & Potluck, Saturday, July 9, 4 p.m., Basking Ridge, NJ.
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Saturday, May 21, 1-4 p.m. EcoCenter Update. At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.
Saturday, April 16, 1-4 p.m. "Haiti & Us: The Leading Edge of Sustainable Development." At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. A copy of the update presentation has been posted here.
Saturday, March 19, 1-4 p.m. "Creating the Morristown EcoCenter." Held at 55 Bank Street, Morristown, the site of the proposed EcoCenter.
Saturday, February 19, 1-4 p.m. Monthly meeting, ""A Profound Transformation in Consciousness," Morris County Library, Whippany, NJ. Click here for details.
Saturday, January 15, 1-4 p.m. Putting Idealism into Practice: Tour of Half Moon House. Click here for details.
Saturday, December 18, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: "Reinventing Wealth," followed by our annual "Potluck for the Planet" from 4 to 8. Click here for details.
Saturday, November 20, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: "How Do We Measure Sustainable Value?". Click here for details.
Saturday, October 16, 1-4 p.m. Challenge and Strategy Session: "Toward a Sustainable Growth Strategy for New Jersey".
Download the slide presentation here, and the discussion paper here.

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Leadership Quotes

"Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged."
(Thomas A. Edison—thanks to Regan Caton)

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” (G.B. Shaw)

"There is the true joy of life: to be used by a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; to be thoroughly worn out before being thrown on the scrap heap; to be a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that life will not devote itself to making you happy." (G.B. Shaw)

"Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed." (Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya - thanks to Christine Comaford, Rules for Renegades)