Pioneering investors of 21st century systems change infrastructure – who are you?

Pioneering investors of 21st century systems change infrastructure – who are you?

Cathedrals have been some of the most important infrastructure projects in the history of humankind. They have been places where people have come together for a higher purpose, to connect, to make sense of the world and to be together in community. In many ways, they were unique infrastructure projects compared to projects of today:… Read more

How can we keep innovations social? The case of anaesthetics and lethal injections

How can we keep innovations social? The case of anaesthetics and lethal injections

Social innovations come in all kinds of shapes and sizes but they are rarely black and white. Despite the positive intention behind them, they sometimes end up being used counter to their purpose. The good news is that under two circumstances activists are likely to succeed in righting this wrong. Anaesthetising the social? Anaesthetics are… Read more

One, two, free: how natural capital accounting can help drive environmental sustainability through corporations

One, two, free: how natural capital accounting can help drive environmental sustainability through corporations

Corporations are beginning to take the natural capital that their businesses rely on seriously. From 2013-2014 there was a 34 per cent increase in the number of corporations mentioning ecosystem service provision or natural capital in their annual reports[1]. There is also a growing awareness of the economic value of natural processes and the ways… Read more

Internalising the externalities: how can businesses incorporate the value of nature into decision-making?

Internalising the externalities: how can businesses incorporate the value of nature into decision-making?

“Climate change presents a unique challenge for economics: it is the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen.” -The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change The loss of wild nature The loss of wild nature is a case study in what happens to mutually beneficial resources when there is no adequate accounting and… Read more

Emily Dunning: a social innovation journey Part II

Emily Dunning: a social innovation journey Part II

I have just returned from my six month trip overseas investigating sustainability initiatives, which involved travelling overland from the UK to Hong Kong via the Trans-Mongolian Express and then onto Japan and New Zealand. Here is some the learning I gained along the way. At the risk of sounding clichéd, travelling really does re-instil the… Read more