IMPM Webinar: December 8, 2022

Thursday, December 8, 2022 12:30to13:30

A 21st Century Sustainability Agenda Requires “Radical Renewal”

Join us online December 8, 2022 at 12:30 pm EST/5:30 pm GMT for a lively discussion on the role each of us and our organizations can play to combat climate change.

Featuring: Henry Mintzberg, John Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies (Strategy & Organization) at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management; Rodney Irwin, COO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development; and Daniel Hires, Director of Partnerships for Inner Development Goals.

Hosted by McGill University and the International Masters Program for Managers (IMPM).

“Enough of the imbalance that is causing the degradation of our environment, the demise of our democracies, and the denigration of ourselves. We require an unprecedented form of radical renewal.” - Henry Mintzberg, Rebalancing Society

According to Mintzberg, radical renewal will have to begin with the world’s largest sector of organizations (plural sector) including NGOs, social initiatives, healthcare, secular and faith-based charities, amongst others.

“Too many governments have been co-opted by the private sector. Corporate social responsibility can’t compensate for corporate social irresponsibility.” 'They' won’t do it. We shall have to do it, each of us and all of us, not as passive 'human resources,' but as resourceful human beings.”

And yet the major global environmental decisions are being made by governments, who are too often influenced by the private sector, and may or may not have the knowledge or capabilities to implement change. At the COP27 meetings in Egypt, this past November, while governmental negotiators reaffirmed the need to keep global warming within the 1.5 Celsius limit, they did not agree to pathways or means to achieve it.

What is a goal without a strategy to achieve it? And this December's COP15 meetings on Biodiversity in Montreal, governments from around the world will come together to agree on a new set of goals to halt and reverse nature loss. What role should we as citizens and organizations play in all of this?

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