Just in from 4-5 days at the Tallberg Forum in Sweden. much better than last time I was there, a couple of years back. Met a fair few people I knew, and many I didn’t – including Leif Utne of Zanby, who seemed to Twitter non-stop. We mutually mentored. I took a couple of lovely walks down by the lake, one with Wouter van Dieren and his wife Jeanette.
I took part in a closed session on planetary boundaries, with the outputs confidential until Nature publishes the related story in September. I also spoke at a parallel session of entrepreneurship and scale, with Alejandro, and moderated a plenary session on the last morning, with speakers like Ray Anderson of Interface, Iqbal Qadir of the MIT Legatum Center for the Entrepreneurial Development and Mia Horn af Rantzien, Deputy Director General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. We managed to get a good dynamic going with the participants in the tent, which was a strong positive as far as I was concerned. Session topped and tailed by Carl Mossfeldt.
Stand-out sessions by people like Charles Handy and by John Liu, the latter on the ecological restoration of China’s Loess Plateau. Great conversation on the 3-hour bus back to Arlande airport with Nicky Gavron. Later addition: My mother was taken seriously ill while I was away – and was shipped off to hospital in Moreton-in-Marsh. Very sadly, the mother of another of my panelists, Emmanuel Dennis Ngongo, who plays a key role in developing the YES Campaign across Africa, died while he was away.