Case Study: Creating centers of well-being.

cover_COWBPLACE: Stockholm, Sweden

SITUATION:  The think tank of AVBP was given  an interesting challenge: how to develop tourism in areas  of natural beauty that have  easy access to cities? The need was to encourage visitors to be tourists  closer to home. These tourists were looking for active holidays, with high interest and with a high degree of health involved.

FRAMING QUESTION: how can we develop our tourism business using our proximity to cities, areas of natural beauty and focus on health to develop a booming tourist industry, where people come back year after year.

SOLUTION: The Center of Well -being concept was proposed by the think tank. The basic idea is to create and market an area in a way to make it “sticky” offering so much and such a range  that the visitor will be enticed back time and again. Continue reading “Case Study: Creating centers of well-being.”

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What does the IPCC report mean for business and investors?

The UN’s climate science panel’s report contains stark warnings about sea level rises and temperature rises. But what does this mean for the private sector?  In this blog, Stephen Hinton gives his views. Continue reading “What does the IPCC report mean for business and investors?”

The sustainability challenge of phosphorus

An important background briefing for all who want to understand sustainability: why the element phosphorus is one of the limiting factors in soil fertility and why we cannot rely on mined sources indefinitely.

For more information on the pollutant fee approach, developed by Höglund, see the white paper.

First edition of Signals of Change newsletter: September 2013

Signals of Change newsletter monitors the news flow from a wide variety of sources from the last 30 – 60 days for developments that could inform your organization’s social and environmental strategy which in turn could affect your overall business strategy. Signals of Change Newsletter is produced in cooperation between the Open World Foundation, the Institute of Swedish Safety and Security and Stephen Hinton Consulting.

The newsletter is released once a month to subscribers only. (To subscribe and be fully up to date – it’s free – click here). The newsletter is released a few weeks later for public reading on partner websites. Continue reading “First edition of Signals of Change newsletter: September 2013”

Case Study: using complementary currency to drive volunteering and collaboration

Journalist BirGitta Tornerhielm shows off her vouchers for ITK
Journalist BirGitta Tornerhielm shows off her environmental currency

PLACE: County of Uppland, Sweden

SITUATION:  Despite best efforts, rural areas – even some close to large cities – are experiencing a decline in population, investment  and or services. As unemployment is rising, and the production of services is moving away from the area, the ability of the area to handle challenges such as economic downturn, food shortages, freak climate, power failure etc. is decreasing.

When disaster strikes, the authorities and corporations cannot alone be relied upon, it is up to citizens to meet these challenges.

SECONDARY SITUATION: The above applies too, to the task forming the sustainable society. The challenges are similar but the time-frames differ. Firm public engagement, and collaboration between authorities and businesses is needed to meet the nation’s ambitious environmental goals.

FRAMING QUESTION: Are there  tools available that can be used to encourage citizens to take part in developing the sustainable society, tools and approaches that can encourage them to contribute their time and skills to developing a local resilient capability? Is so, how can these tools be implemented? How can corporations and authorities be involved? Continue reading “Case Study: using complementary currency to drive volunteering and collaboration”

Why I am starting consulting again

After leaving Ericsson in 2001 I started exploring alternatives to the Industrial Society. During recent years, volunteering for the Water and Food Award, and helping start an Eco -Village were profound experiences. Among others things I had the opportunity to step back and look at what is happening.

Many businesses in going about their business are actually undermining the conditions needed for people to live well. Albeit inadvertently.

No-one means it to be this way, I am sure, but the planet is becoming crowded, our financial systems are leading to uneven wealth distribution and our energy systems are depleting non-renewable energy and climate systems. Several boundaries have already been breached and more are on their way to being exceeded. We are entering into times when we are living outside the safe zone. Continue reading “Why I am starting consulting again”

Case Study: investigating fees on phosphorus to usher in the circular economy

PLACE: Baltic Islands, Sweden

SITUATION:  The Baltic sea is close to a tipping point, where phosphorous trapped in sediment may well start to be released. Regardless of whether emissions stop completely, there is a risk that the living eco-system will be threatened by this influx of nutrients. It may completely destroy all food chains through a massive algal blooming, for example. Continue reading “Case Study: investigating fees on phosphorus to usher in the circular economy”

Speaking of Sustainability in the Future Perfect

Reflections on  experiences at this year’s Future Perfect festival, designed to bring together sustainability thinkers and doers…

The Future Perfect Festival, held on the Stockholm archipelago Island of Grinda,  wrapped up recently. The event, now in its third year, is designed to provide a space for those engaged emotionally and professionally in sustainability; a space where they can gather, engage in dialogue and co-create.

Future Perfect, the brainchild of John Manoochehri, is a unique kind of festival, and it is badly needed. Even if, like myself, you are engaged in sustainability on an almost daily basis, the topic is far too wide for any one mind to take in. We need to listen to each others perspective. If we as a species are going to successfully transition away from the present counter-sustainable culture we live in we need to do it together. This means talking, listening to each other, sparking ideas off each other, trying ideas out, coming up with ideas together, and developing our perspective by reflecting in the company of those who both agree and disagree with us. Continue reading “Speaking of Sustainability in the Future Perfect”

Case Study: Walking maps

PLACE: Huddinge Municipality,  part of Greater Stockholm, Sweden

SITUATION:  The Municipality had decided to set up a circular “walk for your heart trail”. The problem is that the municipality is so large, and has so many places that make fine walks it looked like the trail would not have the impact intended, as too few would use it, either because it was too far away or because the options were better and so many. Continue reading “Case Study: Walking maps”