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  • BSSB Boonah Workshop 1

    1. 1. Sustainability Workshop 1 Mid Course Correction: Introducing sustainability to small business
    2. 2. … . Thank you BSSB partners, supporters, funders, mentors, workshop participants
    3. 3. BSSB was created to help small business take advantage of opportunities and prepare for challenges: <ul><li>It’s a first for practical, relevant, common sense sustainability: </li></ul><ul><li>- Small business knowledge and skills </li></ul><ul><li>- Hands-on sustainability for small business </li></ul><ul><li>- Small business networking, collaborating, influencing, </li></ul><ul><li>showcasing </li></ul>
    4. 4. BSSB has 3 key sections: <ul><li>Free workshops at Beaudesert, Tamborine Mountain, Boonah </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring, Training & Leadership Program </li></ul><ul><li>Networking, influencing and showcasing sustainable small business </li></ul>
    5. 5. Free Workshops <ul><li>Series of 3 at Beaudesert, Mt Tamborine, Boonah </li></ul><ul><li>1 whole of shire strategic workshop late 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to the big issues and how they could affect your business (opportunities and threats) </li></ul><ul><li>Very practical and hands on – relevant to your business </li></ul><ul><li>Great networking opportunity </li></ul>
    6. 6. Mentoring, Training, Leadership Program <ul><li>Fits your business, family and life commitments – time-friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Practical, hands-on, real and relevant outcomes for your business </li></ul><ul><li>3 x half days with business mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Accredited progress towards Cert 4 studies with Permaforest Trust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 classes over 5 months </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>self-directed research and planning for your business </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Workshopping, networking, peer support </li></ul><ul><li>Real outcomes for real businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Subsidised fee that includes everything $619 </li></ul>
    7. 7. Shire-Wide Networking <ul><li>BSSB website with resources and links </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of sustainable business network to influence and lead </li></ul><ul><li>Development of sustainable business directory to showcase your business </li></ul><ul><li>2009 Beaudesert Eco Expo – showcase your business </li></ul><ul><li>Help create a clean and green region – maximise opportunities for your business and the region </li></ul>
    8. 8. How to get involved: <ul><li>Come and talk to us (Jan and Sally) </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out an Expression of Interest and leave it with us tonight </li></ul><ul><li>Let your friends, neighbours and colleagues know about these opportunities </li></ul>
    9. 9. Now to the Workshops <ul><li>The Aims of our workshops include: </li></ul><ul><li>Developing practical understanding about sustainability and how it’s relevant to small business </li></ul><ul><li>Recognising emerging issues, opportunities and threats for small businesses within external drivers like climate change, peak oil, water scarcity </li></ul><ul><li>Revisiting and reviewing your business in light of external threats, to better understand your business story and consciously include sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Linking practical, relevant sustainability tools to your business that also address emergent issues </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying relevant sustainability tools for your business </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying sustainability-linked incentives, rebates, grants and other resources that are available to small business </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing together small business players in the region to network and collaborate and evolve local economies and enterprises </li></ul>
    10. 10. Workshop 1 Topics Mid Course Correction: Introducing sustainability to small business <ul><li>What is sustainability and why is it important to business? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the ingredients of a sustainable enterprise? </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging issues and threats – what’s already happening and what’s on the horizon? </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of sustainability – what’s in it for you and your business? </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies and methods for implementing sustainability </li></ul>
    11. 11. Workshop 2 Topics Bringing Local Business and Economy Home <ul><li>The local business and economic landscape in the community and region </li></ul><ul><li>Globalisation and localisation (including the rise of localisation </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships and collaboration – beyond marketing to meaningful relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Sufficiency – living within our means </li></ul>
    12. 12. Workshop 3 Creating Your Own Sustainability Story <ul><li>Local inspirations – real life case studies and examples </li></ul><ul><li>Creating your own sustainable story – beginning with your business to create or adapt a business plan that includes sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring the Sustainability Toolkit – links, resources, information </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection and next steps </li></ul>
    13. 13. What is Sustainability <ul><li>Sustainability is all about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. </li></ul><ul><li>There are limits imposed within sustainability because the foundation of life on earth, human society, the economy and business is the ability of the Earth to function effectively – clean air, water, soil, the flow of sunlight energy, biodiversity. </li></ul><ul><li>The Earth also needs to be able to absorb the effects of human activities while functioning effectively. </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability is a journey – it’s a process of change and adaptation. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Why is sustainability important to business? <ul><li>All economies, communities, cities, towns, households, businesses and enterprises – all humans depend on a healthy, functioning planet </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise is different to business – it’s about local needs and conditions, it’s adaptable and it’s universal </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘Affluenza’ endless growth economy cannot be sustained – population growth, consumption growth, resource scarcity, waste, poverty and social injustice. Even wellbeing and happiness are compromised </li></ul><ul><li>The four pillars of sustainability are: </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological </li></ul><ul><li>Economic </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural </li></ul>
    15. 15. Sustainability has been around a long time <ul><li>First Nations and Indigenous People were the masters </li></ul><ul><li>In Australia the Aboriginal People lived in deep sustainability at every level </li></ul><ul><li>“ Treading Lightly” by Tex Scuthorpe and Karl-Eric Svieby tells this vital story </li></ul>
    16. 16. What are the basics of a sustainable business? <ul><li>The Trinity of Management – Great product, great marketing, great financial management (Ernesto Sirolli) </li></ul><ul><li>- Good systems, structures and governance </li></ul><ul><li>2. Resource management – energy, water, ‘waste’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Pollution, emissions and other impacts – compliance </li></ul><ul><li>- Reducing, reusing, recycling </li></ul><ul><li>- Reducing, controlling, stabilising and avoiding costs </li></ul><ul><li>- Regenerative practices – within the business, in the community, with the Earth </li></ul><ul><li>- Passive and moving infrastructure – materials, embodied energy, orientation </li></ul>
    17. 17. What are the basics of a sustainable business? <ul><li>Culture, Values, Heart </li></ul><ul><li>- Enterprise can be solutions-driven – an opportunity for positive change </li></ul><ul><li>- Relationships, networks, partnerships, alliances </li></ul><ul><li>- Localisation, local investment and building community </li></ul><ul><li>- Leadership and influence </li></ul><ul><li>- Social justice, equal opportunity, participation, living wage </li></ul><ul><li>- Learning in and from action </li></ul><ul><li>- Observing, monitoring and maintenance </li></ul>
    18. 18. The Ray Anderson Story <ul><li>Interface – 21 years of business as usual </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Hawken’s “Ecology of Commerce” – the spear through the chest </li></ul><ul><li>Daniel Quinn’s “Ishmael” </li></ul><ul><li>We have become ‘takers all’ </li></ul><ul><li>Restorative enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce, reuse, reclaim, recycle, redesign </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt best business practices - then advance and share them </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable technologies – use and investment when viable </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>Threshold of the next industrial revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Biomimicry – emulating nature’s systems </li></ul><ul><li>Available income not natural capital </li></ul><ul><li>Cyclical practices not linear </li></ul><ul><li>Do well by doing good </li></ul>
    19. 19. Emerging issues, threats and opportunities – the bottleneck <ul><li>Climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Peak oil </li></ul><ul><li>Energy costs and issues </li></ul><ul><li>Resource scarcity – water </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Homer-Dixon “The Upside of Down” </li></ul><ul><li>Ian Dunlop “An Unholy Trinity” </li></ul><ul><li>“ A Crude Awakening” </li></ul><ul><li>There are innovations, solutions, opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>“ Think Global: Eat Local” </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Futures for the region </li></ul><ul><li>Localisation, decentralisation, resilience and innovation </li></ul>
    20. 20. Benefits of business sustainability What’s in it for you and your business? <ul><li>Creating an aware, informed, nimble, resilient and adaptable business </li></ul><ul><li>Creating networks and collaboration – strength in numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiencies – resource use and costs </li></ul><ul><li>Green is the new black – consumer awakenings and emerging markets </li></ul><ul><li>Government legislation, incentives, grants, support </li></ul><ul><li>Values alignment for you and your staff </li></ul>
    21. 21. Reflection and Action <ul><li>A short story “Being in family, community, country” </li></ul><ul><li>What’s in that pack of yours? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s made you sit up and think? </li></ul><ul><li>Reflecting upon your own business and its direction </li></ul><ul><li>One action you can take from tonight </li></ul><ul><li>The Regional Network and Directory </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring, Leadership and Training Program </li></ul><ul><li>Come back for workshop 2 – focus on our region and home economy </li></ul>
    22. 22. Contact Details <ul><li>Building Sustainable Small Business in Scenic Rim Region </li></ul><ul><li>c/- Ethos Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Beechmont Q 4211 </li></ul><ul><li>Ph: (07) 5533 3813 </li></ul><ul><li>BSSB Email: info@bssb.org.au </li></ul><ul><li>Ethos Foundation Email: info@ethosfoundation.org </li></ul><ul><li>BSSB Web: www.bssb.org.au </li></ul><ul><li>Ethos Foundation Web: www.ethosfoundation.org </li></ul>
    23. 23. “ We want and deserve the delight that comes with working communities. Wandering into a cavernous Wal-Mart is a desolate experience. Cheap, but cheap in every way. Wandering through a town where you depend on the people around you, and they depend on you – that’s called living. Humans were built for it…” Bill McKibben

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