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Thank you to Guy and all who attended January 17th’ inspiring talk with Guy Dauncey. Guy packed the house at SAP LABS with his progressive, innovative, and truly brilliant ideas and insights.

Guy’s Book “A Journey to the Future: A better World is Possible” is available here.

Some of his big ideas are described in the article below by Jenny Tan.

Guy Dauncey Believes We Can.

At January 17th’s Board of Change event, featured speaker Guy Dauncey introduced his new book, Journey to the Future, with practical solutions for solving the world’s largest issues.

And not too soon. The world saw a troubled 2016. But let us be clear: Dauncey is an optimist. The founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association and honourary member of the Planning Institute of British Columbia thinks the future can be bright with a mindset change and by taking several specific steps. Firstly, the ‘rational dominator culture’ mindset we govern society by is not rational, said Dauncey. The mainstream belief that Company A can only benefit if Company B loses by the same amount is false, he emphasised. It erodes other forms of wealth such as trust, cultural wealth, and faith, said Dauncey, and we all lose if we cannot trust each other. Sounds idealistic? Dauncey highlights studies which show humans are inherently cooperative — and show the economic concept of the ‘rational’, solely profit-seeking human may be rooted more in history than in science.

Dauncey’s ideas are ambitious, but plausible. Last Tuesday, Dauncey made the audience sit up with his proposal to make banking a public function. After 2008, he noted, governments created money (through quantitative easing) to bail out banks after they crashed due to recklessness. Why not create money to build affordable housing instead? Public banking can sound like an abstract, utopian concept, he acknowledges, but public banks do exist — and one such bank earned record profits in 2008.

In Journey to the Future, 24-year-old Patrick Wu explores Vancouver in year 2032 and finds a city of hope and innovation. But the shift did not occur by chance. Residents hashed out practical solutions together, took bold but feasible actions, and held responsibility for the world in their own hands. A better world is within reach.

For more information about Guy Dauncey’s latest book, Journey to the Future, visit http://www.journeytothefuture.ca/.

Article by Jenny Tan
Food and climate journalist

@thejennytan
Podcast: The Canadian Diaries

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How we are able to move around a city is critical to its livability and our overall well-being. The construction of bike lanes and the recent transit referendum have brought transportation issues to the forefront, but what are the various options open to people seeking low carbon options for their daily commute.

At our next event, the Board of Change will take over the parking lot at MEC’s head office, where we’ll showcase many of the alternative transportation options that are available. Join us on May 26, where you’ll not only meet some of the most innovative people in this industry, but you’ll have the opportunity to try out their electric bikes, cars, scooters and more. For more information, and a list of participating companies click here.

Our featured speaker on April 28 is Lea Elliott, Principal of Naturehood Ecological Consulting. Lea turns lessons from nature, scientific research and case studies into relevant and effective environmental action for professionals that they can use to be more sustainable at work.

Lea will present her new book: Work Like Nature: sustainability lessons from ecosystems for your job or business. She’ll share ideas from nature that will help you work more sustainably. You’ll gain insights from Vancouver’s green innovators who are working like nature and creating wins for the environment, their businesses and their communities. Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired by nature and our local innovators.

At Vertality6 we got many great ideas, which Coro Strandberg, one of our hosts, summarized in this short report according to the new business leadership research she has conducted: “The Qualities of a Transformational Company”. The report has some interesting findings which might intrigue you! Check it out and share your ideas on how the Board of Change can further catalyze transformational change through business by contacting: info@boardofchange.com. We’d love suggestions on how we can scale this new approach to business in our region!

British Columbia’s carbon tax has been an environmental and economic success.

The Board of Change, Clean Energy BC, Climate Smart, the Pembina Institute and Clean Energy Canada are working with B.C. businesses to register their support for a stronger carbon tax during the ongoing Climate Leadership Plan consultation.

As leaders in Canada and around the world commit to stronger and stronger climate-change policies, B.C.’s carbon tax has remained frozen since 2013. The result: carbon pollution is once again on the rise in the province, and we risk being left behind as the world shifts to a low-carbon economy. (more…)

Why sustainability?

This month’s sustainable guest is Aron Bjornson, director of marketing at Salt Spring Coffee. I had the honor of meeting Aron during a Board of Change  event last year about 1% for the planet. In this interview, Aron and I talked about what it takes to achieve better business practices within an organization. There are a lot of great strategies available to SMEs but not all of them will be a good fit to every organization. It is imperative to evaluate before implementing.

For Aron, working to make a difference was not a choice but a must. He wanted to find work where he could make a difference in other people’s life. Working with his staff, suppliers, farmers or other departments, Aron always strives to create a better place for everyone he interacts with. People taking decisions without questioning their impact is clearly a lack of knowledge. It amazes him to see decision makers who are not taking into account the consequences of their actions and do not try to dig deeper to understand the real impact of their decision making process. Society acts as if there was no generation after their own. We are here for a lifetime and then the next generation takes over. It is our responsibility to make sure that our actions will not be having a negative effect on our children’s lives. It is a selfish way of thinking. As businesses, we have the obligation to look into a longer-term piece and holding ourselves accountable for the actions we are taking well passed just selling a product.

When Mickey first started Salt Spring Coffee in the early 1980s they already had a sustainability vision by being organic farmers and providing roasting coffee as a selling product. They had a sense of curiosity (first step to sustainability) by asking the real questions:

  • How can I get the best product?
  • How can I achieve greater quality and reduce the impact?
  • How can I give back to the employees and the community?

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This month, Maxime at LeadingAhead is discussing sustainability with Coro Strandberg. Coro is an industry pioneer since 1992 when she received her first mandate towards social responsibility. After holding various roles in business and government, in 2004 Coro decided to pursue her own path and founded Strandberg Consulting. Since then, she has been working with multiple industry leaders developing long term strategies benefiting her clients not only financially but also with better business practices. (more…)

This week’s federal budget has some new tax initiatives features that progressive businesspeople can reasonably applaud – the planned phased-in reduction of the federal corporate tax rate on the first $ 500,000 of income from an active business, from 11% to 9%; and some modest incentives to encourage manufacturing. (more…)

Beginning on March 16, 2015, lower mainland residents will be invited to participate in a referendum on whether to approve an increase in the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) from 7% to 7.5% to help fund an $8 billion 10 year transit plan for the Greater Vancouver region. The additional tax revenue is estimated to bring in about $250 million in new funds each year and will allow for increased service for all modes of public transportation including the skytrain, buses, seabus, and west coast express trains. (more…)

Ray Anderson passed away a few years ago, and at the time of his passing, sustainability leaders spoke in unison about his commitment, vision and courage to try to remake an entire corporation with a large ecological footprint. The story of Interface is one we all should revisit, given the trajectory of the company and what is now a significant history for a company that has change its products, its processes and its culture. Nothing ever will be perfect, but the Interface story is one we all would do well to review a rich and pretty well-documented history.

Photo Credit: Interface

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