strategic planning

Sustainability Planning Guidebook for Teams

This is a recently created resource at Penn State University that we are using to incorporate sustainability into our strategic planning process at the individual unit or department level. This is our first iteration and we are hoping to get plenty of feedback to make the resource better. The audience is Higher Education institutions and much of the thinking in the book comes from ISSP folks that have been pioneering the way. Would love feedback and even some folks to test this out in their own institutions.

Natural Step Story (book review)

coverRobert, Karl-Henrik (2002) The Natural Step Story: Seeding a quiet revolution. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers.

Order: The Natural Step Story

Even though I’ve been teaching The Natural Step framework for years, it was nice to get reconnected to the story of its creation. I’ve seen Robert speak, years ago, but this book allows you to get deeper into his thinking and experience. It also corrects some often quoted misconceptions. He talks about how the framework came to be and some of the success stories. But this is no whitewash. He also talks frankly about the challenges the organization encountered and the political attacks on his integrity. He provides a handful of powerful but effective communication tools for defusing resistance. For anyone who uses or lectures on TNS, this is a good touchstone to go back to, to hone your story and get the details right.

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