Talks and Presentations

  • More frequent flier points anyone?

    As is drearily predictable, the BBC's much trailed new Earth science programme – Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey – turned out to be another excuse for collecting air miles and for presenters to have fun.  For once, however, Brian Cox missed...

  • The idea of the graduate attribute

    I am recently returned from an HEA policy think tank on Graduate attributes and the green economy. This is the two-page stimulus paper I drafted for the event: The idea of the graduate attribute This is appealing, seductive almost, and...

  • In praise of the LHC

    I should declare an interest at the outset: I am a big fan of the Large Hadron Collider, and in complete awe of its purpose. There is a story (true, I'm told) of an American physicist appearing before an Senate...

  • Successful day out in Bicton

    An enjoyable day at Bicton College in Devon today.  The SWLSC 'Coalition' held its first seminar of the 2011/12 year with the theme of 'beyond the KPI'.  This used a collaborative format where 6 of us gave short (5 to...

  • Cradle to cradle to ... what exactly?

    At the Management International Conference in Portorož, I listened to a confident presentation about cradle to cradle ideas by Albin Kälin, CEO of EPEA Switzerland.  I suppose I should say Cradle to Cradle® as this phrase has been registered.  Anyway. EPEA...

  • Managing sustainability?

    I'm jus returned from Slovenia where I gave a keynote at the 12th Management International Conference, MIC, in Portorož. The title of the conference was Managing Sustainability?, and I was asked, in particular, to talk about the ? in the title...

  • 20 questions in the woods

    A good day at the Hampshire Collegiate School on Friday, opening their splendid new learning outside the classroom facilities.  What a wonderful setting for the addition of a building that is not only nicely designed and constructed (by their own...

  • Video contrasts

    I watched two videos yesterday.  The first was the latest communications output from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation; the second a promotional video from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust in anticipation of its 50th year celebrations in 2012.  Regular readers will know...

  • Don't be nice. Be effective

    This was the rather puzzling sub-heading to the First Biennial Lecture on Sustainability at the University last night, given by Atkins' Director of Sustainability and former CEO, Keith Clarke.  The actual title was: Sustainability and Climate Change. What attracted me,...

  • Incentives, nudges, citizenship and right actions

    There was a good turn out for Andy Dobson last night and his talk stimulated wide-ranging comment and questions.  He compared (dis)incentives and nudges with what he has called sustainability citizenship in his recent Green House paper.  The former are...