News from AtKisson Group: Our growing “handprint”
AtKisson Group is now 22 years young, and we are pleased to report that our “handprint” — a word that means our reach and positive impact — is still growing. We are reaching into more countries, more cultures, with our mixture of robust, science-based sustainability assessments and strategies, creative tools and methods, and a focus on helping the people who make sustainability happen.
Of course, if we’re growing, that means that our footprint is also growing. As a network of small private firms, university centers of expertise, foundations, and experienced individual practitioners, in fifteen countries, it is difficult indeed to accurately measure either our footprint or our handprint. In the future, we hope to document the extent to which our handprint offsets our footprint. Is that possible? We will look into it and let you know.
Meanwhile, here is some internal news from our extended global network — just a sampler of what we are actually doing these days. What’s missing? There are also projects going on in Russia, Indonesia, Belize, and several other countries. We’ll tell you about those another time! Let’s start now with Kuwait.
We recently submitted a 64-page report (plus annexes) to a major international client about what is happening with sustainability and economic development in the sea — the so-called “Blue Economy.” (The report is not yet public.) We are increasingly working on the 2/3 of the planet that is water: earlier this year we also helped the Swedish Government with a series of consultation meetings focused on the basis for the country’s new Marine Spatial Plan. Stay tuned for more Blue Economy news in the near future.
Senior Associates Axel Klimek (Germany) and Piotr Magnuszewski (Poland) have been running our new “Competitive Sustainability” workshop with large corporate clients, to a very positive reception. The new workshop combines the “Green & Great” sustainable business simulator with a fast-paced Pyramid workshop exercise, giving participants an intensive one-day introduction to sustainability management, systems thinking, and innovating for positive change. Contact us for more details.
Interested in attending an upcoming training workshops on sustainability tools and leadership, hosted by the Sasin Graduate Institute of Management in Bangkok, Thailand? Click here >>
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Alan AtKisson completes service for Pres. Barroso; Council publishes final report
For the last two years Alan AtKisson (Sweden) has been working (on a volunteer basis) as an advisor to Pres. Barroso of the European Commission, as a member of his Science and Technology Advisory Council. With President Barroso stepping down at the end of October, the Council is also stepping down. But the Council concluded its service with a very well-received report, forecasting trends and making recommendations, called “The Future of Europe is Science.” The report is just 20 pages, easy to ready, chock full of fascinating information, and of interest to anyone who is interested in science and sustainability (not just in Europe). It’s available here for free download:
The AtKisson Group’s Compass Education team (which works with schools and teachers and is in the process of spinning off to become an NGO) will be presenting intensive workshops as part of a large international conference in China, and it is also fast developing new curricula and other materials to support its well-structured training program. You can now pursue our whole-system training on education and sustainability through three levels, each with certification standards and requirements. The team is also being strongly supported by its first-ever student intern, Daniel Um, a recent graduate from Manila International School. Daniel was also a student leader in the Global Issues Network conference, in 2012, that used the Pyramid workshop to such great impact — and gave rise to the Pyramid 2012 campaign … which gave rise to the Pyramid 2030 initiative. Be sure to sign up for the new education newsletter, Compass Points, and watch developments at http://CompassEducation.org
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