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Leadership for Sustainability - Realizing Opportunities in a Time of Great Change

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An evening workshop at Oracle Stockholm offices for members of the European Professional Women's Network and and Oracle Women's Leadership Network. On September 9, 2013

An evening workshop at Oracle Stockholm offices for members of the European Professional Women's Network and and Oracle Women's Leadership Network. On September 9, 2013

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  • 1. 1© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Leadership for Sustainability Realizing Opportunities in a Time of Great Change Christer Söderberg Open World Foundation European Professional Women's Network / Oracle Women’s Leadership Network Stockholm, September 9, 2013
  • 2. 2© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org The Big Picture Where are we now? Sustainability & Resilience Quality Leadership & Responsibility Classical vs. Quantum Physics Collaborative Coalitions for a Healthy Planet
  • 3. 3© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org ”Minds are like parachutes, they only function when open.” - Frank Zappa
  • 4. 4© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org
  • 5. 5© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org ”To live inside that system and to actually feel it in your body was an amazing experience. Your body understood that you shouldn’t damage the plants – it was inconceivable, and you didn’t need to be reminded.” - Mark Nelson,”bionaut” From the book ”What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?” By Tony Juniper, page 23 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Biosphere_2_-_1998_a.jpg
  • 6. 6© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Sustainable Development “Sustainable Development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” - 1987 Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, by Gro Harlem-Brundtland
  • 7. 7© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Human growth 20/80 dilemma Ecosystems 60 % loss dilemma Climate 550/450/350 dilemma Surprise 9/11 dilemma ”The Quadruple Squeeze” Stockholm Resilience Center, Courtesy Johan Rockström
  • 8. 8© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Stockholm Resilience Center, Courtesy Johan Rockström
  • 9. 9© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org World Energy Outlook 2010, International Energy Agency
  • 10. 10© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org World Energy Outlook 2010, International Energy Agency
  • 11. 11© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org •  Shenandoah-2/Gulf of Mexico - 15 billion barrels of oil. •  Harpoon Discovery/Newfoundland - estimated to hold between 100 million and 200 million barrels of oil. •  Offshore Cote d'Ivoire - potential reserves eclipsing 1.8 billion barrels. •  Gullfaks, North Sea - on 40-150 million recoverable BOE •  Santos Basin/Libra, Brazil - 12-15 billion barrels •  Coronado Prospect/Gulf of Mexico - The scale of the reserves is still under appraisal for commercial viability 150 days 2 days 18 days 1.5 days 150 days n/a Total: 321.5 days
  • 12. 12© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org
  • 13. 13© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org (The Guardian, April 26, 2013) Paradigm Shift ? ”…IMF authors say it’s quite possible that a decent-sized decline in oil production could have “dramatic” effects that could prove very, very difficult for the world to adjust to.”
  • 14. 14© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Paradigm Shift ?
  • 15. 15© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Is Sustainability Still Possible?
  • 16. 16© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Name top three ways your company positively impacts eco-systems. 1. 2. 3.
  • 17. 17© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Resilience: “Resilience is the capacity of a system to continually change and adapt yet remain within critical thresholds.” (Resilience refers to the capacity of a social-ecological system both to withstand perturbations from for instance climate or economic shocks and to rebuild and renew itself afterwards.) - 2008, Stockholm Resilience Center, Resilience Theory, as developed by Buzz Hollings
  • 18. 18© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org ”… supply reductions of this magnitude would require a more than 200 percent increase of the oil price on impact, and an 800 percent increase over 20 years.” - IMF Working Paper: Oil and the World Economy: Some Possible Futures, Michael Kumhof and Dirk Muir, October 2012
  • 19. 19© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Acknowledging the effect of our cognitive biases may be the first step towards building resilience against a future perfect storm of economic and environmental challenges. -  World Economic Forum, Global Risks Report 2013, p. 20
  • 20. 20© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org http://www.solarsystemquick.com/the_sun.htm
  • 21. 21© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Quality? The standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something: an improvement in product quality -  http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/quality In manufacturing, a measure of excellence or a state of being free from defects, deficiencies and significant variations. - http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/quality.html#ixzz2e7ahg1QN Quality (business), the non-inferiority or superiority of something Quality (philosophy), an attribute or a property -  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quality
  • 22. 22© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Attributes? Criteria? Qualities of Quality? •  The Soil? •  The Water? •  The Air?
  • 23. 23© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Example 1: Soil Solutions BioChar: •  Waste Management •  Water Retention •  Soil Fertility •  CO2 Sequestration
  • 24. 24© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Example 2: Water Solutions Plant Trees: Recover springs Restore wildlife Increase biodiversity Generate income = Resilience
  • 25. 25© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Example 3: Emissions Electric cars Public transport Trains = Lower costs
  • 26. 26© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Questions: Infinite growth on a finite planet? What can we do?
  • 27. 27© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Name top three renewable resources used by your company. 1. 2. 3.
  • 28. 28© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org The Good News: Transition Towns Movement http://www.transitionnetwork.org/ Global Ecovillage Movement http://gen-europe.org Wiser Earth Movement http://www.wiser.org The Internet – the inter-connected world
  • 29. 29© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org ”We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.” -  E. O. Wilson, Evolutionary Biologist
  • 30. 30© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org
  • 31. 31© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Leadership Courage Responsibility (Response-Ability) Healthy Planet - Healthy People - Healthy Profits
  • 32. 32© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Painting by: Robert Storm Pedersen
  • 33. 33© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Leadership: Leadership is first and foremost about who you are; know yourself, and walk your talk, . . . and be your ultimate potential P = p – i What is in your way? (Performance = potential – interference - Timothy Gallwey,The Inner Game)
  • 34. 34© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org ”Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.” – Niels Bohr
  • 35. 35© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Classical vs. Quantum Mechanics Classical mechanics consists of the work done in the areas of chemistry and physics prior to the 20th century. This includes the organization of the periodic table, thermodynamics, the wave theory of light, and Newtonian mechanics. Quantum mechanics was born out of the inability of classical mechanics to reconcile theory with experiment. -  UC Davis http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Physical_Chemistry/ Quantum_Mechanics/Classical_vs._Quantum_Mechanics
  • 36. 36© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Quantum Field Theory Quantum field theory is the language in which all of modern physics is formulated. It represents the marriage of quantum mechanics with special relativity and provides the mathematical framework in which to describe the creation and destruction of hoards of particles as they pop in and out of their ethereal existence and interact. -  University of Cambridge http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/research.html
  • 37. 37© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org ”The observer is the observed.” - J. Krishnamurti
  • 38. 38© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org
  • 39. 39© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Scene from ”A Beautiful Mind”, 2001. Directed by Ron Howard. With Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer.
  • 40. 40© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Nash Equilibrium: ”The best result comes, from everyone in the group doing what’s best for himself, and for the group.” (A group of players are in Nash equilibrium if each one is making the best decision that he or she can, taking into account the decisions of the others.)
  • 41. 41© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Name top three ways your company touches the heart of employees & customers: 1. 2. 3.
  • 42. 42© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Collaborative Coalition A practical example
  • 43. 43© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org
  • 44. 44© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org
  • 45. 45© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org
  • 46. 46© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org
  • 47. 47© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org
  • 48. 48© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org
  • 49. 49© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org
  • 50. 50© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Name top three sustainability/ resilience projects/initiatives in your company. 1. 2. 3.
  • 51. 51© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Tipping Point or Turning Point?
  • 52. 52© 2006 - 2013 Open World Foundationwww.openworldfoundation.org Thank You ! www.openworldfoundation.org www.openworldcafe.com www.openworldvillages.com christer@openworldfoundation.org

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