I spent yesterday and today in Marlborough House, St James’s, at a conference hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat. The theme: ‘Regenerative Development for Reversing Climate Change.’ Supported by the Cloudburst Foundation and facilitated by the Value Web.
I took the photo above in the car park while our small breakout group was reviewing the rushes of a short video we were making on why we must learn to love carbon.
Left to right: Herbert Girardet (World Future Council), Mauro Paolini (Cloudburst Foundation), Toby Herzlich (Biomimicry for Social Innovation), Baroness Patricia Scotland (Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat) and Janine Benyus (Biomimicry 3.8).
In her introduction, Patricia commented that the experts present (convened under a ceiling depicting various bloodthirsty moments in the Battle of Blenheim) were like a massing of blue whales – in that they/we were large, rare and deeply affected by climate change. Not quite sure what to make of some of that, but I think I know what she meant!
Came away keen to explore how the 52 member states of the Commonwealth might be even better mobilised to drive change. And am devoting my next round of monthly columns to some of the ideas that surfaced during the two days.