The current form of modern capitalism is unsustainable long term: focusing on continuous growth targets at the expense of overshooting the world’s resources and a distinct lack of social inclusion.
We are in the process of moving into the next global revolution and a systemic change, the Sustainability Revolution.
As Generation Investment Management put it in “The Transformation of Growth,” their 2017 white paper:
“The Sustainability Revolution appears to have the scale of the Industrial Revolution and the Agricultural Revolution — and the speed of the Information Revolution. Compared to these three previous revolutions, the Sustainability Revolution is likely to be the most significant event in economic history.”
There are huge opportunities for positive exponential change for 21st century enterprises operating in an upgraded 21st century system. Businesses should meet unmet needs, and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals give some guidance on what the biggest unmet needs in the world are.
I am interested in being an agent for facilitating positive change primarily through the power of enterprise, enabled by the ecosystems that cities provide.
My core work activities are in Strategy, Development and Operations, and applying this to Systems and Enterprise Transformation.
I have three main areas of focus:
1) Driving a systemic change to sustainable capitalism, and developing ecosystems that support this change, for purpose driven enterprises of all sizes to thrive
2) Working on the transformation of enterprises towards a model of sustainable development: a focus on a triple-bottom line - focusing on positive economic (profit), social (people) and environment (planetary) impact; through the evolution of new business models, exponential technologies and innovations;
3) Working with early stage enterprises building innovations tackling the biggest global challenges, particularly in relation to the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals.
I am optimistic about the possibility for the future, as long as the power for rapid development that we have at our disposal is focused and deployed in the right manner to the right things (i.e. not worsening environmental and social issues, or solely making the global elite's lives even better, or just easier).
This means combining the following, to use for-profits as a tool for change:
Breakthrough business models
I look to develop enterprises through addressing these intersecting areas:
Alongside this cities (and mid sized cities in particular) provide huge opportunity to drive change. They vitally sit between the public and private; and the national level and individual. There's great opportunity in building the right ecosystem, platforms and connective tissue for people and organisations to launch change-making projects with exponential potential.
"Today’s gap represents a failure of planning sometime in the past"
Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel (RIP) - "High Output Management".
We are paying now for a failure of planning in the past, and due to compound interest, to close that gap will take double the effort, but with exponential potential, hopefully not double the time; but we have to start now.