Archive for March 2011

The Trim Tab   Leave a comment

At Equilibrium, we’re all about creating a new, more “virtuous” business cycle by helping organisations embed transformative strategies around sustainable development. We like to focus on the principle of “leverage” whereby small, well-focussed actions can often produce significant, enduring improvements, if they are in the right place. 

 

Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (1895-1983) was an American engineer, author, designer, inventor and futurist, who had a great metaphor for the principle of leverage – the “trim tab”.

 

A trim tab is a smaller rudder on the main rudder of a ship. Its function is to make it easier to turn the rudder which then makes it easier to turn the ship. The larger the ship, the more important is the trim tab, because a large volume of water flowing around the rudder can make it difficult to turn. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted March 30, 2011 by equilibrium in Climate Change & Sustainability

Thoughts on sustainable development   Leave a comment

Sustainable development could well represent one of the biggest evolutions of the business environment since the IT boom – empires will crumble and new fortunes will be made based on the speed and effectiveness of integrating the principles of sustainability into an organisation. Huge profits will open up for those companies with the foresight to innovate and develop new revenue streams with this change.

The developed world has produced big houses and high-rise buildings, factories and farms, motor vehicles and power plants, all conceived to serve a useful purpose: to make our lives easier, cleaner, more convenient and more productive. Unfortunately, during the design phase little thought went into the long-term impacts on the Earth and its ability to continue providing for us. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted March 16, 2011 by equilibrium in Climate Change & Sustainability

Smart Water Fund – 2011 water innovation funding now open   Leave a comment

The Smart Water Fund is the Victorian water industry’s flagship centre for funding and managing collaborative research in the water sector. Established in 2002, the SWF is an initiative of the Victorian Government and the States’s water utilities (City West Water, South East Water, Yarra Valley Water and Melbourne Water). To date, is has conducted seven funding rounds with approximately 180 projects receiving total funding of $25 million toward a total research value of $50 million. Read the rest of this entry »

Lomborg and Green   Leave a comment

The challenging issue of climate change continues to generate debate and controversy among many sectors of the community, including scientists in Australia and overseas.  Many support the idea that global warming is a clear threat to humanity, that it is largely caused by human activity, and that solutions to the problems of climate change must be found urgently.  Others challenge the view that world warming is caused by humans or that it poses a serious risk. The debate is about to flare up again as the Federal Government pushes for a price on carbon.

I went along to see a short (and expensive!) presentation by Adjunct Professor of the Copenhagen Business School, Bjorn Lomborg (author of ‘Cool It’ and ‘The Sceptical Environmentalist’) at the RACV Club last night. He is the organiser of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, which brings together some of the world’s top economists, including 5 Nobel laureates, to set priorities for the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted March 8, 2011 by equilibrium in Climate Change & Sustainability