Sustainable Frontiers: Unlocking Change through Business, Leadership and Innovation

Sustainable Frontiers: Unlocking Change through Business, Leadership and Innovation

by Wayne Visser

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Sustainable Frontiers throws down the gauntlet to business to step up and be the catalyst for a sustainable future. It presents eight keys to unlocking transformational change – through leadership, enterprise, innovation, transparency, engagement, responsibility, integration and future-fitness. Far from being another tame review of corporate social responsibility and sustainable business initiatives, the book dispels the myths of sustainability and challenges us to let go of old systems that are failing to deliver economic, social and environmental transformation. Sustainable Frontiers gets to the heart of why the sustainability and CSR movements have failed in the past and offers a new view of how sustainable business practices can shape-shift to make a genuine difference inside and outside organisations. The book gathers together experiences from across the globe and shows to the reader what can be achieved with the right vision and leadership. Expect to be challenged, engaged and inspired to join the revolution on the sustainable frontier.Making a successful transition to a more sustainable future depends on letting go. Sustainable Frontiers shows how we must find ways to let go of an industrial system that has served us well, but is no longer fit for purpose. How we will need to let go of old styles of leadership and out-dated models of business, high-impact lifestyles and selfish values. How we must learn to let go of cherished ideologies that are causing destruction and beliefs about ways to tackle problems that are failing to resolve crises.If we are to reach sustainable frontiers, it must begin with changing our collective minds - and only then will we change our collective behaviour. How we accomplish such a global mind-shift is the subject of Sustainable Frontiers. And it starts by admitting that those of us at the vanguard of the sustainability revolution also have to change. We will also have to let go of cherished beliefs and strategies that are not working - starting with the way we communicate our vital, life-saving mission.

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ISBN-13: 9781351284066
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/08/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 190
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Wayne Visser is Director of the think tank Kaleidoscope Futures, Founder of CSR International and Vice President of Sustainability Services for Omnex Inc. In addition, Wayne is Chair of Sustainable Business at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa, Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Development at Deakin Business School in Australia and Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership in the UK.

Wayne is the author of twenty-three books, including Sustainable Frontiers (2015), Disrupting the Future (2014), CSR 2.0 (2013), The Quest for Sustainable Business (2012), The Age of Responsibility (2011) and The World Guide to CSR (2010). He is a guest columnist for The Guardian newspaper and has also published over 300 other works (chapters, articles, etc.). He has delivered more than 250 professional speeches all around the world, with his work taking him to 70 countries in the last 20 years.

Wayne has been listed as one of the Sustainerati Top 70 Sustainability Thinkers & Commentators on Twitter (2015); a Top 100 Influencer on Twitter in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Business (2014); a Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior (2013); a Top 100 Global Sustain Ability Leader (2012 & 2011); a Top 100 Thought Leader in Europe & the Middle East (2011); a Top 100 CSR Leader and a Top 20 Sustainability Leader (2012 & 2009). He is also the recipient of the Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Award (2013), the Emerald Literati Outstanding Author Contribution Award (2011) and the Outstanding Teacher Award of the Warwick MBA (2010/11 & 2011/12).

Table of Contents


Introduction: the art of letting go

1. Unlocking change through transformational leadership

2. Unlocking change through enterprise reform

3. Unlocking change through technology innovation

4. Unlocking change through corporate transparency

5. Unlocking change through stakeholder engagement

6. Unlocking change through social responsibility

7. Unlocking change through integrated value

8. Unlocking change through future-fitness

Epilogue: connecting Earth and sky

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