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25 July 2017

New! Employee Engagement for Sustainability Training

I've been caught on the hop by my new Green Jujitsu: Employee Engagement for Sustainability online course getting approved by Udemy in super short time. I was working up the launch campaign when it suddenly went live. So I'm having to improvise...

You can see what the course is all about in the video above – basically the opportunity to revolutionise your Sustainability programme through one simple change in mindset – and a smorgasbord of ways to apply it!

If you use this link to register before 31 July 2017, you'll get a whopping 75% off the full price of £95 – already a bargain. I won't be offering this level of discount again, so make sure you grab it now! Don't delay...

 

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12 December 2016

Join Green Academy in 2017

For those who don't know, Green Academy is our unique series of 10 sustainability webinars (on-line seminars). These are different from most freebie sustainability webinars in 3 ways:

1. They are designed and delivered as learning sessions, not sales pitches;

2. We provide you with a workbook for each session, so you can apply the learning to your organisation and generate an action plan to take forward;

3. We charge a modest fee to take part which is extraordinary good value given the amount you learn.

The video below explains how it works.

Here are the Green Academy dates for 2017:
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If you sign up to Green Academy 2017 before midnight on 31 December 2016, we'll give you 33% off the usual price of £330.00 + VAT using the button below (or e-mail us and we'll send you an invoice)


Alternatively you can sign up to the free taster session, 17 Kick Ass Sustainability Ideas for 2017, on 18 January here, although you won't get the same deal on the other 10 afterwards.

 

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25 November 2016

Green Academy Black Friday Offer

green-academy-2017OK, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. This year, for the very first time, we're offering a Black Friday deal on next year's Green Academy – and it's a whopper! All 10 webinars (11 including the Taster) for just £165.00 + VAT – 50% off the normal cost. But only if you sign up today – just click the button below.



If you're not familiar with the Green Academy format, with our unique workbooks to help you apply the ideas directly to your business, then check out the video below. 

And there's more! We're also offering 50% off our on-demand Workshop Masterclass. If you are not using workshops as a change management tool, then you should be – you're almost guaranteed buy-in if you involve people in designing the change you are trying to make. Click here to get 50% off the usual price of £60.00 + VAT.

You can't say fairer than that!

 

 

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21 January 2016

On Demand: 16 Kick Ass Sustainability Ideas for 2016

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Yesterday I hosted our annual Green Academy Taster Session, this one entitled "16 Kick Ass Sustainability Ideas for 2016" – a fast moving run through some cutting ideas at the forefront of sustainability. We had a fantastic turnout from around the world – including a strong antipodean contingent – a truly global affair.

You can watch the session here (requires Webex viewer download). To get the full experience, you should download the workbook first.

We have a special offer on the full 2016 Green Academy syllabus – just £264.00 + VAT if you sign up before 31 January 2016. You can see all the sessions here.

Click here to get the discount via a credit/debit card or Paypal – or drop me a line if you'd prefer to be invoiced.

Having done 14 ideas for 2014, 15 for 2015 and now 16 for 2016, I'm wondering how much further I can take it!

 

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5 October 2015

New! Workshop Facilitation Masterclass

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I'm really, really excited because, following months of work, my new workshop facilitation masterclass is now available on Udemy. Clients and regular readers will know that the workshop is the key weapon in my sustainability arsenal. This is for three reasons:

1. You get more brains working on the problem;

2. If you are an outsider, those brains know their day job much better than you do, so using that knowledge for sustainability gives better solutions;

but most importantly...

3. You get buy-in. Psychologically, if you propose something new to someone, they exaggerate the downside and are lukewarm about the upside. However, if they work it out for themselves, they exaggerate the likely benefits and downplay the risks. Your playing field tilts from uphill to downhill.

So I've done getting on for 100 workshops ranging from board level strategy development to external stakeholder engagement. This course means you can learn how I do it for yourself! Just click here for more.

Note that subscribers to the Low Carbon Agenda will get a 50% off code on Thursday 8 Oct. Fill in you details in the box on the right to make sure you get your discount.

 

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23 January 2015

Watch On Demand: 15 Kick Ass Sustainability Ideas for 2015

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If you missed our fab 15 Kick Ass Sustainability Ideas for 2015 on Wednesday, you can catch it by clicking here (viewer download required).

The webinar was a taster for our Green Academy training series. To get full benefit from the session you should download the workbook here and complete it as you watch.

 

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15 October 2014

Horses for (Sustainability) Courses

Gareth KaneIn my executive coaching, I try to adhere to the Socratic/pull model where you guide the coachee along with a series of searching questions. The idea is they get to work through the problem themselves, getting a deeper understanding, and they're more likely to implement the resulting ideas - just in the same way I use workshops in place of traditional 'clipboard' consulting.

This patient approach is against my nature, which is to jump in with advice before the other person has stopped talking. It takes quite a bit of discipline not to butt in all the time.

But with one coaching client, I have to drop this approach and push advice. This particular business owner wants to bounce ideas off me, talk through what is and isn't working and ask me what I would do in certain circumstances. If I suggest something to him, he'll roll it around in his head and work out how to make it work for him in practice.

I'm the opposite - despite my enthusiasm for giving advice, I'm not that great at taking it. I had a consulting coach for a year and while I valued his advice, I always felt he was trying to corral me in particular direction rather than let me think things through. I spent most of my time telling him why his advice wouldn't work for me, which wasn't very productive.

At the end of the day it doesn't matter which approach is 'better' - or worse 'right' (although I find for most people the pull approach works best and so it's my default). What really matters is doing what is best for your audience - Green Jujitsu in other words. It takes humility to work to their preferred way of learning rather than your favoured methodology.

And that's my advice.

 

 

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24 March 2014

Sustainability Workshops Work (or I wouldn't run so many)

BenFranklinI'm off later today to Birmingham to run a client workshop to develop a sustainability strategy. As I've mused before, given the number of workshops I run, I could be accused of thinking "The answer's a workshop, now what was the question?", but I will reach out to "The First American", Benjamin Franklin, in my defence:

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."

Too many sustainability practitioners are in the first category, some fall in the second, but only a few genuinely do the third. If you want people to 'get' sustainability, you've got to involve them, and I find the workshop is the best vehicle for this. I tend to bring in my expertise after participants have had their say, not beforehand, to polish the workshop outputs into a workable plan/strategy and fill in the gaps, but the process is as important as the output.

 

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15 April 2013

Do Business Schools Get Sustainability?

bowlerDeprived of BBC radio here on my Spanish holiday, I've taken to downloading the Beeb's podcasts to listen to while cooking or doing the washing up. The change in medium is leading to quite a bit of serendipity and at the weekend I happened upon Peter Day's World of Business and, in particular, an edition on whether big-name MBA courses are worth the huge amount of money they cost.

Pertinently, Day asked academics from Harvard Business School and the Sloan Business School at MIT how come the Masters of the Universe they had expensively groomed had failed to avoid the great financial crash of 07/08. The immediate response was "we have an ethics module."

We have an ethics module.

Hmmm. Kind of reminds me of "we have ISO14001" as a straw that businesses clutch at when they're challenged on their sustainability performance. ISO14001 will not deliver sustainability. A module on business ethics is hardly going to overcome the predominance of the profit motive in the rest of the course.

Out of interest I took the top scoring business school on the 'Beyond Grey Pinstripes' social/environmental ranking, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and had a browse through their MBA cirrculum. There was indeed quite a lot on ethics, but virtually nothing worthwhile on the fundamental relationships between business, society, and the environment. On environmental issues there was a lot on the green buildings in which the course was taught, but I couldn't find anything about, say, the circular or low carbon economies. If it was there, it wasn't obvious. And Stanford is meant to be the best at this.

No-one needs to pay me megabucks a year to learn an inconvertible and basic truth that underpins all business: the economy exists to serve society which is part of the environment - and all three are thus interdependent.

If a business school isn't teaching you that, I'd ask for your money back.

 

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11 December 2012

Green Academy 2013 Special Offer

2013 will be the third year of our Green Academy on-line training programme - our low-carbon, time-efficient, cost-effective way of boosting your personal performance as a sustainability practitioner. The syllabus is shown below.

On each session, you print off a workbook then log into our live on-line presentation (webinar). As we progress through the principles and exercises, you apply the concepts to your own organisation in the workbook so you end up with a highly practical action plan to implement. Everybody who registers gets a recording of the session, so it's not the end of the world if you miss one.

As last year we are offering a whopping great 33% off subscriptions taken out before the end of 2012:

Advanced series: 10 webinars just £220.00 + VAT

(click here to register for the advanced series by PayPal/credit card)

 

Introductory series: 4+1 webinars just £100 + VAT

(click here to pay for the introductory series by PayPal/credit card)

 

If you prefer to pay for either by BACS, please contact us.

That's 14 hours of stimulating interactive learning for much, much less than one of those bog-standard, death-by-powerpoint "conferences" you keep getting plagued about!

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27 June 2012

Try out Green Academy

You may have seen or heard about our Green Academy on-line training sessions and wondered if it would work for you. Well here's an opportunity to experience Green Academy offline by following the recording of yesterday's "Go Green or Go Bust: An Introduction to Green Business" webinar.

The session covers the business case for sustainability, defining sustainability, business & sustainability, inspiring case studies, and potential pitfalls. You can access the recording using this link.

To get the full experience, you should download and print out the workbook which allows you to apply the learning to your organisation. You can get it using this link: Green Academy intro workbook.

 

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20 February 2012

Learning The Sustainability Ropes


Well it's first day back in the saddle after a great half term doing dad things with my eldest, Harry - the break coincided with his 5th birthday, so there's been a lot of fun going on. One of the things I've really noticed over the last year is how far his confidence has come on when it comes to climbing frames, adventure playgrounds and the like. This time last year he was rather timid compared to his peers, now he's at the top of everything, showing off.

While some of this change could be natural development, I put a lot of it down to my own attitude holding him back. For years I did what many modern parents do and stand over (or under) him, shouting encouragement, advice and warnings. Often he would just give up, so eventually I gave up too, and let him do his own thing while I checked Twitter from a park bench. The change was incredible - every time I looked up from my iPhone, he'd be trying something new. And over time I noticed he would be even more adventurous when the climbing frame was crawling with other kids - I thought they'd make him nervous, but I was wrong - it drove him (literally) to new heights.

I've noticed the same thing with the thousands of people I have trained in sustainability over the years. If they're into sustainability then, yes, you can play the expert role and give lectures. But for people who less convinced, I've found it is better to put my ego in check and let them explore sustainability, and what it means to them, with their peers. So more and more of my work is about asking the right question, rather than providing the 'right' answer. Getting a group of people who work together to develop their own sustainability solutions moves an organisation much further forwards than, say, giving individuals an understanding of the concept of 'Factor 10'. And you often get some corking new ideas to boot.

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5 January 2012

12 for 2012

Here are 12 potential green business new year resolutions of varying ambition for your business - pick one and drive it through to get 2012 off to a sustainable start:

  • Set some really ambitious stretch targets to hit by 2017 and 2022;
  • Engage employees in a carbon/waste/water reduction programme - ask for ideas and use them;
  • Instigate a carbon reduction competition between staff teams/sites;
  • Be kind to cyclists: improve racks, start paying cycle mileage, subsidise cycle purchases, improve site access;
  • Install/improve teleconferencing facilities;
  • Radically increase the number of employees working from home;
  • Work with a supplier to develop a more sustainable supply of raw materials/goods;
  • Bump up the weight given to sustainability in supplier selection (and tell your suppliers);
  • Initiate the development of a new, greener product, service and/or product service system;
  • Delete an unsustainable product line;
  • Install (more) on-site renewable energy systems;
  • Invest in more efficient/alternatively fuelled vehicles, subsidise low emission vehicle purchases by staff.

Whether or not you decide to do any of the above, you MUST do the following in 2012 - no excuses!

  • Learn some new green business skills.

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9 December 2011

Green Academy Pages Go Live!

Regular readers will have seen posts on the blog here for our Green Academy series of environmental training webinars - dozens of people have taken part at one time or another in 2011 and the feedback has been fantastic. Well now we've completed a successful single cycle of the programme, we've launched new pages here on the website. You can peruse all the sessions and book into those you fancy.

If you haven't come across Green Academy yet, I explain how it works here:


And, wait, there's more!

To celebrate, we've decided to run a Christmas special deal. If you book over the festive period, we'll give you a whopping 33% off the Advanced Series (10 webinars, normal cost £330.00+VAT, deal £220.00+VAT - click here to get the discount) and the Introductory Series (4 webinars, normal cost £150+VAT, deal £100+VAT - click here to get the discount).

We have to receive payment by 6 Jan, so get your skates on!

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12 September 2011

Greening the bean counters

I usually start off my seminars by asking delegates why their company should go green (try it - much more effective than you telling them why they should go green). The first answer is almost always "Save money" and, after compiling a list of other reasons, this is identified as the most important.

I always challenge that answer. The delegates have explained how customer pressure is a factor, yet they then discount this in favour of short term cost cutting - maybe it's the current economic climate to blame. I usually point out that, without customers, the bottom line is an irrelevance.

There is always more scope for increasing sales than cutting costs. This is an essential truth to get across to anyone doing investment appraisals of green projects - they need to factor the scope for raising the top line into their calculations, rather than just a simple return on investment (ROI) assessment.

Interestingly those who seek to raise the top line will cut costs into the bargain - Marks & Spencer's Plan A programme was never intended to save money - but it has. But if you take a penny pinching attitude and expect a direct ROI on projects, you will never back the ambitious ideas that will set you apart from the pack in the market - missing out on the big rewards of green business.

So, don't forget to get the bean counters greened up and aware of their importance in the Sustainability performance of the organisation.

 

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7 June 2011

Green Academy July Sessions

From July, Green Academy splits into two streams so there will be two sessions on 6 July:

11:00 BST An Introduction to Green Business - a free taster session covering the business case for sustainability, business and sustainability, a selection of inspiring case studies and some information on The Green Academy. E-mail us to register for the session.

14:00 BST Advanced: Green Products and Services - the sixth in the series covers the power of redesign of products and services. Contents include:

  • Benign by design - the case for changing products and services;
  • Understanding the market.
  • Practical techniques to green your product or service;
  • Advanced innovations (product service systems, virtual products etc);
  • Finding green market niches for your business in the emerging low carbon economy.
  • Inspirational case studies.

The advanced session costs just £45.00 + VAT per person to participate - use the button below to pay by card or Paypal. Contact us to make a BACS payment.





This is just one in our series of 10 advanced stream webinars - you can see the full list and terms and conditions here. All ten cost £330 + VAT - reserve your seat using the button below:


Here's what participants say:

"Gareth's webinars are smart, punchy and thought provoking. His approach shows how sustainability is about achieving commercial advantage and not simply an altruistic gesture. Highly recommended." Graeme Mills, GPM Network Ltd.

"[The webinars] are great value and I would recommend them to both CSR professionals and SME owners." Louise Bateman, GreenWise

"I consider this a must for organisations looking for practical help in improving their sustainability performance." Ted Shann, Wipro

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10 May 2011

Green Academy session #5: Greening The Supply Chain

The fifth of our Green Academy Webinars will be held on 1 June at 14:00 BST. The hour long session will explain why you need to tackle the environmental impact of your supply chain and how to go about it. Contents include:

  • Don't buy trouble - the case for greening the supply chain;
  • Basic green procurement techniques;
  • Engaging with suppliers to find solutions;
  • Advanced techniques - industrial symbiosis, buying services rather than products, strengthening weak chains.

The webinar costs £45.00 + VAT per person - use the button below to pay by card or Paypal. Contact us to make a BACS payment.





This is just one in our series of 10 webinars - you can see the full list and terms and conditions here. All ten cost £330 + VAT - reserve your seat using the button below:


Here's what participants say:

"Gareth's webinars are smart, punchy and thought provoking. His approach shows how sustainability is about achieving commercial advantage and not simply an altruistic gesture. Highly recommended." Graeme Mills, GPM Network Ltd.

"[The webinars] are great value and I would recommend them to both CSR professionals and SME owners." Louise Bateman, GreenWise

"I consider this a must for organisations looking for practical help in improving their sustainability performance." Ted Shann, Wipro

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14 April 2011

Green Business Webinar #4: Good Housekeeping

The fourth of our Green Business Webinars will be held on 4 May at 14:00 GMT. The hour long session will cover everything you need to know to green your organisation internally:

  • Quick wins for different types of business;
  • Aligning processes to sustainability;
  • Housekeeping tools: auditing, balances, group work, brainstorming;
  • Financing green projects.

The webinar costs £45.00 + VAT per person - use the button below to pay by card or Paypal. Contact us to make a BACS payment.

 

This is just one in our series of 10 webinars - you can see the full list and terms and conditions here. All ten cost £330 + VAT - reserve your seat using the button below:


Here's what participants say:

"Gareth's webinars are smart, punchy and thought provoking. His approach shows how sustainability is about achieving commercial advantage and not simply an altruistic gesture. Highly recommended." Graeme Mills, GPM Network Ltd.

"[The webinars] are great value and I would recommend them to both CSR professionals and SME owners." Louise Bateman, GreenWise

"I consider this a must for organisations looking for practical help in improving their sustainability performance." Ted Shann, Wipro

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6 January 2011

New! Green Business Webinar Series

I am delighted to announce our brand spanking new series of ten dynamic hour long webinars covering the whole range of green business issues.

What you will get:

  • The essential skills, knowledge and understanding you need on the critical business issue for the 21st Century;
  • A practical action plan to apply your learning immediately to your business or organisation;
  • Invaluable insights and experiences from other participants.

Every webinar will include brand new content that I haven't be delivered anywhere else. All this in a cost-effective, time-effective and low carbon package.

The programme for 2011 is as follows:

  • 2 February: Sustainability and Your Business
  • 2 March: Strategy, Management Systems & Targets
  • 13 April: Staff Engagement & Culture Change
  • 4 May: Good Housekeeping: Waste, Energy & Water
  • 1 June: Greening the Supply Chain
  • 6 July: Green Products and Services
  • 7 September: Green Communications & Marketing
  • 5 October: Corporate Social Responsibility – the Ethical Angle
  • 2 November: Green Business Leadership
  • 7 December: Advanced Sustainability Techniques

All webinars will run from 2-3pm UK time. The cycle will continue into future years so you can join at any point and get all 10 seminars.

Each webinar costs just £45.00 + VAT and there is a whopping 25% discount if you purchase the whole series at once. If you try a single session and want to upgrade to the whole series, we will discount a further 10%. If you sign up for all ten, I'll throw a free copy of my book The Three Secrets of Green Business into the bargain.

Sign up for the February webinar at £45.00 + VAT


The 10 webinar series costs just £330.00 + VAT


Other payment methods:

Cheques should be made payable to Terra Infirma and sent to Terra Infirma Ltd, 157 Stratford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5AS. We need your e-mail address to register you for the seminar.

For BACS payment, please e-mail us here and we will send you details.

All payments must be received by close of play the day before the session. For full details including terms and conditions see here.

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13 September 2010

Clipboards vs Flipcharts

Tomorrow I'm running a waste workshop for a small manufacturing company (you wouldn't know their name, but you'd know some of the brands they manufacture). The whole structure of the workshop is designed to embed the underlying principles into the thinking of the participants. In fact the reason for having a workshop rather than doing a "clipboard consulting" walkover review is to develop sustainable solutions owned by the company employees, not by me.

There is no Powerpoint (hurrah!) because I want them to come up with the answers rather than me preaching to them. So the technology comes down to the humble flipchart and pen. I will elicit the drivers for going green for them, because I want them to think about them rather than having to sell those drivers to them. We will be developing a model of their company and identifying where opportunities to make improvements lie.

This approach has three benefits:

  • We get to harness their brainpower, experience and knowledge to identify problems and solutions rather than just my expertise;
  • They own the solutions, making it far more likely they will be implemented effectively;
  • The enthusiasm generated by this approach can lead to further spontaneous solutions appearing in the future.

For these reasons, I'm increasingly finding that my consultancy, staff engagement and training projects are converging in an amorphous single beast. Training makes more sense if learning is applied to the organisation concerned and consultancy is much more likely to 'stick' if there is a capacity building/engagement element.

Whether or not you engage an outside provider to help you green your organisation, I thoroughly recommend going down the workshop approach. So put away those clipboards and get out those flipcharts!

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