October 23, 2018
We can learn a lot if we listen to the trees—and pay attention to the party going on underneath! Nature has much to say about how to realign our industrial value chains, embrace biodiversity, and maintain soil microbiology. The question is, are we smart enough to listen and move toward a regenerative economy?
Lorraine Smith is a writer and independent consultant who advocates for the shift to a regenerative economy. Lorraine has consulted for leading change-agents and large companies since 2004, and she is a sought-after speaker in the realm of sustainability and corporate innovation. Lorraine collaborates regularly with John Elkington’s team at Volans and sits on the Sustainability Advisory Board of Fibria, a large Brazilian forest products company. She also serves on the Board of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and the Review Council of the Future Fit Business Benchmark. Lorraine is currently working on her first book, a series of essays exploring the relationship between people and trees.
Today, Lorraine joins Ross, Christophe and Paul to share her ‘silver lining’ approach to environmentalism, explaining how a shift in the conversation can lead to true progress. She discusses her work with corporate boards, describing the value of understanding a company’s current circumstances and humbly checking your assumptions at the door. Lorraine offers insight around accelerating the rate of change and helping business think beyond emissions reduction to elevate the use of products that use CO2 as feedstock. Listen in to understand how we can expand the way we think about sustainability and create a regenerative economy based on the natural process that has been evolving for 3.8 billion years!
[2:59] Lorraine’s path to reversing climate change
[8:05] Lorraine’s current work in the climate space
[9:40] The themes of Lorraine’s forthcoming book
[13:01] The ‘silver lining’ approach to environmentalism
[16:33] Lorraine’s work as a consultant to companies
[21:53] Our role in the deforestation supply chain
[25:12] Lorraine’s insight around what we can do
[26:52] Lorraine’s advice on accelerating the rate of change
[33:59] How companies can go beyond emissions reduction
[38:19] The evolving language of environmentalism
[42:37] The dichotomy of being open-minded vs. permissive
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