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Read more at: Is the polycrisis a call for urgent action on Social Injustice?
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Is the polycrisis a call for urgent action on Social Injustice?

26 January 2023 - In this blog, Priya Rajasekar and Elspeth Donovan, convenors of the 8-week open online course on Business and Social Justice, argue that the ‘polycrisis’ which has emerged as a buzzword at the recently concluded World Economic Forum at Davos could be addressed effectively through collaborative business leadership and action on social justice. The authors call for a critical and collaborative engagement with the systemic and institutional legacies of social injustice that have permeated business thinking and action as a way to lead the transformation out of this crisis.


Read more at: Following COP15 how can businesses overcome financial barriers to investing in nature-based solutions?
how can businesses overcome financial barriers to investing in nature-based solutions

Following COP15 how can businesses overcome financial barriers to investing in nature-based solutions?

24 January 2023 – Edmund Dickens and Elizabeth Clark from CISL's Business and Nature team unpick perceived financial barriers to investing in nature, and some methods to overturn these and unlock the opportunities of nature-based solutions.


Read more at: Collaborative leadership? It’s what a sustainable future in the built environment sector requires.
Collaborative leadership? It’s what a sustainable future in the built environment sector requires.

Collaborative leadership? It’s what a sustainable future in the built environment sector requires.

25 January 2023 - Dr Tim Forman, Senior Research Associate and Deputy Director of the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment ( IDBE ) postgraduate courses, described how 'shared leadership' was central to the refurbishment of Entopia, the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's (CISL) new home. A type of collaboration that is vital to navigating the new reality of the built environment sector. This empowering and collaborative approach to sustainability also underpins CISL’s part-time accredited and non-accredited education programmes for built environment professionals.


Read more at: Communicating purpose: How to activate and embed purpose in your organisation
Communicating Purpose: How to Activate and Embed Purpose in Your Organisation

Communicating purpose: How to activate and embed purpose in your organisation

17 January 2023 - The Great Realignment has shown that current employees, as well as future recruits, make choices based on a company’s values. Zoë Arden, CISL Fellow and an independent leadership and stakeholder engagement specialist examines the significance of having a clear purpose for an organisation and how to bring it to life.


Read more at: The importance of lifelong learning in Sustainability Leadership
The importance of lifelong learning in Sustainability Leadership

The importance of lifelong learning in Sustainability Leadership

16 December 2022 – Dr Tanja Collavo, Course Director for the Master’s in Sustainability Leadership, discusses the importance of lifelong learning and its relationship to the new Master’s in Sustainability Leadership Flexible Route, launching in September 2023. Knowledge - of best practice, of issues to be tackled, of their underlying root causes, and of existing solutions - is fundamental to realise positive social and environmental impact.


Read more at: Delivering a better future for people, nature and planet
Driving impact for a sustainable economy

Delivering a better future for people, nature and planet

30 November 2022 - In her foreword to CISL’s inaugural annual review, CISL Director and CEO Clare Shine reflects on the challenges we face in this critical decade and how CISL aims to create a new sustainability narrative.


Read more at: A community of action: Celebrating the impact stories of our global CISL Network
Celebrating the impact stories of our global CISL Network

A community of action: Celebrating the impact stories of our global CISL Network

30 November 2022 - CISL Fellow Zoë Arden introduces impact stories from our global CISL Network, celebrating individuals who are driving change in their industries and communities.


Read more at: Board Leadership - "If you don't ask, you don't get it" - Mahatma Gandhi

Board Leadership - "If you don't ask, you don't get it" - Mahatma Gandhi

30 November 2022 - In this third in a series of blogs on Board Leadership, CISL Fellow Prof. Richard Calland builds on the argument about the new corporate governance framework for understanding the leadership responsibility of the board by shifting from the legal and conceptual issues of principle to the ‘how’ of governance. Specifically, what are the questions that a board should be asking itself and the executive of the company if it is to provide the leadership needed? The blog offers an Oversight Framework to help board directors think through how to position themselves to ask the right questions at the right time.


Read more at: Accelerating net zero transformation in turbulent times: Insights from senior business leaders
Net Zero Business Transformation

Accelerating net zero transformation in turbulent times: Insights from senior business leaders

11 November 2022 - How do organisations keep the net zero transformation central to their strategies during times of extreme volatility and uncertainty? Marking the launch of CISL's framework to support businesses on their decarbonisation journeys, Dr James MacPherson, Programme Manager and Bianca Drotleff, Project Manager from CISL’s Centre for Business Transformation reflect on the actions businesses must take for an effective transition, and the opportunities that await early adopters.


Read more at: Make the ask: negotiation done differently

Make the ask: negotiation done differently

3 October 2022 - Viola Jardon, Senior Programme Manager for CISL’s Accelerator, shares how female founders can enhance their negotiation skills, harnessing their unique strengths to get what they want and create their own power.


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