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Sustainability requires change in the boardroom

How do you supervise long-term value creation and societal impact? Earlier blog posts shared tips to bring sustainability into the boardroom and the conclusion that sustainability belongs in the boardroom. In the context of a course I am teaching to… Continue Reading

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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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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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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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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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Starting small to build trust and to inspire big change

Meet Andrea van der Graaf, managing director of renewable energy company Tegenstroom and of sustainable investment fund Meermaker. Andrea and I used to work together at Greenpeace in the late ‘90’s. After a recent event about climate change, which we… Continue Reading

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Why change is all about curves, choices and chaos

Meet Rob Wetzels, an inspiring and highly dedicated coach, teacher, and expert on sustainable development. Rob and I met on the day he retired from Nyenrode’s Center for Sustainability. It was odd that we’d not before, but since then, we –… Continue Reading

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Meet a business activist urging us to consume and produce less

Meet Mihela Hladin-Wolfe, Environment and Social Initiatives Manager at Patagonia. Unsurprisingly, we keep running into each other at various sustainability events. Most recently, we ran into each other at the People’s Climate March in Amsterdam. It’s high time for climate… Continue Reading

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Managing transformation for one planet

Meet Caroline van Leenders, senior process manager sustainable transitions at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. During 2016, I ran into her at several sustainable finance events. After watching her present about her Community of Practice Financial… Continue Reading

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Sustainable change is hard work, even at Unilever

Meet Anniek Mauser, Sustainability Director at Unilever Benelux. After working with her on a project in the spring of 2016, we reconnected at the launch of Carola Wijdoogen’s book. As everyone always looks up to Unilever’s ambitions and progress, it… Continue Reading