“I see the challenges of climate change demanding radical rethinking of how society works and in turn how business could operate in a different world characterised by zero carbon, circularity and better equality.”
I think my deep concern for sustainability goes back a long way, certainly to life as an undergraduate reading systems science where my eyes were opened to bio-digesters in India, food webs and the thinking of great minds such as Forrester on Systems Dynamics – then I had kids, got a career, responsibilities and buckled down to a life as a Management Consultant working for govt and big corporates.
Then in 2016, I attended the “FutureBuild” conference; a building and renewables showcase twinned with the “ThinkCircular” event – I was rehooked. Not quite the consumer sceptic of my early 20s but all the experience of transformation, business innovation, process redesign, digital disruptors all converged on the need to find ways to be productive, profitable without the destructive impacts of selfish capitalism.
As a consultant I specialised in designing, planning and delivering transformations, helping clients think through their visions and better ways to achieve the goals they set themselves, working with their teams and customers to bring them along on the journey, working out what they might need to do to enable changes that would stick and ensuring they delivered the outcomes they set out for. I see the challenges of climate change demanding radical rethinking of how society works and in turn how business could operate in a different world characterised by zero carbon, circularity and better equality.
I believe we will be heading to a much more localised future with less frequent travel, short loop supply chains where possible and shipping only viable for goods that cannot be sourced otherwise. Tax systems regeared to charge for consumption, waste and carbon on global footing, the disappearance of disposable anythings and reconnected communities with families less dispersed where local economies can be much more rounded than those of the industrial revolution.
Now, as JamJarCo Limited, I am able to focus on providing business consultancy and support where I can adapt traditional disciplines to enable successful change, to work on the popular groundswell needed for bottom up change and the political will to support a deep shift in socio-economic mindset.
For me personally this means an end to slavish commutes, more time enjoying the natural world from the New forest to Purbeck, a front garden converted to a vegetable garden, a greenhouse rescues and repaired and better support for those around us.
I cycle to keep fit, walk the dog, love the beach and sail whenever I get the chance.