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We have a long track record of working with organizations to help them become sustainability leaders. Our effort to support the emergence of role model organizations that can inspire others is a key part of our mission.

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Getting Fit for the Future – Sustainability and Management Consulting

The article Getting Fit for the Future – Sustainability and Management Consulting, written by Jac van Beek, was originally published on www.cmc-canada.ca

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Several weeks ago, I explored the effects of a volatile economy on management consulting. I would like to explore management consulting and another type of volatility – dramatic changes to our natural environment.

It’s Not All High-Fives: Balancing the Positive and Constructive at IMPACT!

IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training, Guelph, ON, March 2015

If you have ever watched the Monty Python Argument sketch, you may think back on all of the people who appeared to thrive on opposition and arguing for arguments sake. While simply being contrarian can be maddening for most, so can the other extreme where discussions are dominated by overwhelming agreement, or “groupthink”. The most recent IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training, a collaborative project of The Natural Step Canada and The Co-operators, brought together over 45 individuals to explore opportunities in sustainability and social entrepreneurship. While IMPACT! created some very positive experiences for the attendees, did it balance this positive group dynamic with critical and constructive feedback?

A Message from Chad Park, Executive Director:

The past year has been one of intense development for The Natural Step Canada. 2014 was the second year of a five year strategic plan focused on shifting our approach from working mostly one organization at a time, to multi-organizational collaborative interventions aimed at catalyzing profound change in larger systems.

The centrepiece of this focus is the Sustainability Transition Lab (STL), which blends our backcasting approach and experience enabling sustainability-driven change within organizations, with best and emerging practice in multi-stakeholder change processes. We’ve spent the last couple of years developing the STL program and methodology, and 2014 was when we really began to put it into practice.

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