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Beth Knight: A behavioural competency model for sustainability professionals

22 August 2016 – Successful organisational transformation relies on many variables, not least the skills and abilities of those leading the change. For those of us working in organisations to drive change for sustainability then, an important part of ensuring impact is to understand the leadership skills and abilities that are likely to be most effective.

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Jaison John: Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink

3 December 2015 – Dubai, a large metropolis, has become renowned for innovative engineering, technological feats, and infrastructure development. As most cities that have undergone astonishing growth in the political, economic and social spheres, it is now facing urgent environmental dilemmas.

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Immanuel Commarmond: #consumptionmustfall

13 December 2015 – South Africa’s highest trending hashtag in 2015 was #feesmustfall. In October, and shortly after #rhodesmustfall demonstrations simmered, students took to the streets in protest against the proposed exorbitant 2016 fee increases across tertiary institutions.

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Sarah Nicholls: Changing behaviours in the name of sustainability or Ebenezer Scrooge?

15 December 2015 – Shifting gears here on the ‘It’s the little things’ blog. I had previously bounced around ideas on what, within sustainability, has the most potential for impact. As prompted by my Cambridge programme, I will now follow more closely with the themes given in our curriculum. This blog therefore focuses on the theme of sustainable consumption and behaviour change.

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Anna Pattis: Sustainable consumption = no consumption?

8 November 2015 – Scenes like 'Black Fridays' in the US, or recent footage of young Danes camping outside the stores of H&M for three days to buy the latest fashion designed by a known designer, depict a small picture of what seemingly a lot of people focus on in our society.

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John Revess: Mindful consumption

6 December 2015 – My blog is taking a departure from my own behavioural change programme (which is going well by the way) and looking at wider societal issues around sustainable consumption.

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Lexi Zimmerman: My Journey Towards Carbon Neutrality

13 December 2015 – At the beginning of 2015, I decided to start tracking my CO2e emissions. I was interested in quantifying the effects of my lifestyle.

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Sarah Green: Personal sustainable consumption and changing behaviors of friends

10 December 2015 – A few things have happened recently: 1) I spent 5 days with top young leaders of ASEAN in Malaysia who are doing incredible things to change the world; 2) I celebrated Thanksgiving with my family and 3) COP21 in Paris took place.

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Mark Parker: Do We Really Need More Stuff? Sustainable Consumption and Behavioural Change

15 November 2015 – As Christmas rolls round I start to go through the usual process, what should I buy my wife, child and family, what should I say if they ask “what would you like for Christmas Mark” and I wonder if it will snow and whether Indiana Jones will be on the TV...you know, the usual…

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Essi Lindstedt-White: The commons – tragedies, games and corporate citizens

17 March 2015 – One of the areas we discussed in our first week in Cambridge was the challenge of shifting business incentives from the short term to long term, which would line up better with sustainability.

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Minette Bellingan: Two very different approaches to recycling natural fabrics

25 February 2015 – The potential for recycling won’t on its own make fashion sustainable. Putting months-old purchases in a charity or recycling bin won’t undo the waste of resources or make up for any human or environmental cost involved in their manufacture.

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2018 intake workshop dates

Workshop 1: 23–29 September 2018 
Workshop 2: 31 March–6 April 2019
Workshop 3: 1–7 September 2019   
Workshop 4: 29 March–4 April 2020

2017 intake Workshop Dates

Workshop 1: 2–8 September 2017
Workshop 2: 8–14 April 2018
Workshop 3: 2–8 September 2018   
Workshop 4: 31 March–6 April 2019

2016 intake Workshop Dates

Workshop 1: 18–24 September 2016
Workshop 2: 26 March–1 April 2017
Workshop 3: 30 July–5 August 2017
Workshop 4: 8–14 April 2018