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Driving massive change through creative collaboration – is there still time for the bees?

Scientists found bees from six of the 12 neonicotinoid-treated colonies had left their hives and died. Photograph: Rex Features

The article Driving massive change through creative collaboration – is there still time for the bees? Written by Kathryn Cooper, President & Chief Learning Officer of the Sustainability Learning Centre, was originally published on the Sustainability Learning Centre blog.

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“Honeybees abandoning hives and dying due to insecticide use, research finds.” This is the headline in the Guardian, May 9th, 2014. The most recent study by Dr. Chensheng Lu, an expert on environmental exposure biology at Harvard School of Public Health, points to neonicotionoids as a trigger to colony collapse disorder.

Business As Usual - Doomed to Fail - So What's Next?

The article Business As Usual - Doomed to Fail - so What's Next? Written by Kathryn Cooper, President & Chief Learning Officer of the Sustainability Learning Centre, was originally published in the Sustainability Learning Centre newsletter.

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There is a reason that Business as Usual is "doomed to fail" in today's world.

In our wisdom, we have socially constructed global market systems that have evolved to be socially, dynamically and generatively complex. 

Can We Play in the (Oil) Sand Box Together?

The theme of The Natural Step’s upcoming Accelerate conference is “Collaborating for Sustainability.” Over the past two years, we at The Natural Step have dedicated ourselves to better understanding what it takes to collaborate more effectively across organizations to bring about the kind of breakthrough results that can shift systems toward sustainability. Accelerate will be another chance to learn together on this topic.

One thing we’ve learned is that systems change is unlikely to happen if we only collaborate with our natural allies. Instead, transformative change really does require understanding and working with those whose interests and perspectives are different than our own.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the hyper-polarized debates about Canada’s energy system and response to climate change, arguably our most important sustainability challenge. My observation has been that while many people tend to lament the polarization, we also tend to go back to mostly working in the realms in which we are most comfortable, mostly engaging with people who share our views. What do we miss when we follow these patterns?

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