Increasingly we hear more and more on emerging sustainable, responsible, collaborative economies. For example:
Patagonia, following on from Chouinard’s Responsible Business have launched their Responsible Economy initiative, and wisely, not having the answers shape the programme with the mission to start the debate – and ‘catch the wave‘.
Recently the TSSS and Earthshine launched an interesting and influential paper, BluePrints for a Sustainable Economy whose aim is to share a journey with people around the world, to help generate greater awareness of the issues and possibilities, to promote debate, to provide a sense of hope for what might be, and how we could all make the transition towards a more sustainable economy.
In the introduction to Towards New Innovative Collaborations I wrote “Our built environment collaborative working journey is now venturing into new territories. The future for a responsible built environment will increase both pressure and opportunities beyond collaboration and partnerships to co-collaborate and co-create hybrid projects, moving to open innovations that in turn stimulate further opportunities.
So, what would a responsible, collaborative and sustainable economy for the construction sector look like?
Lets have the conversation.
How do we move from being the 40% negative sector to the 40% positive sector? How do we heal the future?
“We can not call it a sustainable construction economy when we take more from nature than we give back”
We are seeing a number of excellent initiatives emerging, particularly in the area of restorative sustainability, converging on a sustainable construction economy – but what are the barriers, where are the leaders and drivers who will get us there?
This is just one of the topics planned in our Sustainability Leadership Conversations – join our Google+ community and participate in our twitter based conversations. The next conversation on Nov 5th with Eric Lowitt explores the Collaborative Economy.