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Will we run out of food before we run out of oil?

When I was growing up, people used to worry about running out of oil. That has changed, as many of us now worry about whether we can keep enough of those fossil fuels in the ground to limit the dangerous effects… Continue Reading

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What sustainability leaders can learn from treasure hunters

Is sustainability leadership like a treasure hunt? Initially, I didn’t think so, as these two concepts have different characteristics. Treasures generally don’t move, while sustainability is an ever-moving target. Treasures are usually quite tangible and concrete, making it easier to… Continue Reading

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Bursting social media bubbles for social change

What if you could use the power of communications to drive change for a better world? Meet Kajsa Rosenblad, a Swedish-Dutch communications student at the University of Amsterdam. Over a cup of tea at my dining table, here’s what she… Continue Reading

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Take those first steps towards a sustainability career

Are you looking to integrate sustainability into your career? Your chances to do so are much higher if you leverage your current skills, rather than trying to land that job as CSR manager by taking some sustainability courses. This was… Continue Reading

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2017: Countdown of my best-read blogs

2017 has been another year for positive change! A busy one, with less time to write than less year, but all for good reasons. I wrote 25 blogs (versus nearly 40 in 2016), continuing the interviews with inspiring people I meet, reviews of relevant books, and… Continue Reading

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Al Gore’s call: be inconvenient to drive positive change

Just over 10 years after the award-winning documentary film An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore is back with a new film. I am very grateful that Triodos bank invited me to the screening of Al Gore’s new documentary film, An Inconvenient Sequel:… Continue Reading

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Tips to bring sustainability into the boardroom

The Dutch corporate governance code was updated in 2016, placing long-term value creation at the forefront. But what defines long-term these days? And for whom should this value be created? Primarily for shareholders, for clients and other stakeholders, or for… Continue Reading

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Top tips for greenwashing: communicating sustainability in horticulture

In October 2017, I was invited by the MPS-group to lead a workshop for and with leading growers of flowers and flowering plants from the Netherlands. This was part of event in preparation for an international horticulture trade fair. The focus… Continue Reading

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Empowering talent to tackle humanity’s challenges

Meet Annick Schmeddes, the founder of Sustainable Talent, the leading sustainable career agency in the Netherlands. Early 2016, she led a workshop for Nyenrode alumni and we’ve kept in touch since. As talent increasingly includes sustainability performance as a factor in deciding… Continue Reading

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Top tips for reading sustainability reports

To mark International Literacy Day, this post is about reading sustainability reports. In 2016, the theme for International Literacy Day actually was “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. Which is quite similar to a recent blog post about how to… Continue Reading