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The Eden Project, July 2001.


I have been using computers since the late 1970s, but the Internet still seems like a miracle to me.

This final section is an effort to open doors to a number of the organisations we are involved in or like and, in a number of cases, support. I may have said in the introduction to the Projects section that early on I didn't want to work for an NGO, but I have always had a huge enthusiasm for these organisations and the people who found and run them. What I really wanted to do was to work with them. And that's something that my work on a range of different forums, committees, councils and boards has enabled me to do over the years.

It has also helped me to get much deeper into the worlds of business, finance and, to a lesser extent, government. Most of these bodies have done useful work, some remarkable work. And all have been powerful learning experiences. Among other things they have taught me that there is a huge reservoir of intelligent, experienced people who are prepared to help in building critical mass for some of the big changes that have to come in our societies and economies in the new century.

Amnesty International
Fighting for human rights

Spreading the word on socially responsible investment in Asia.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Spin-off from Amnesty. John is on the board of trustees.

Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES)
Originally founded as the Valdez Society in the wake of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, CERES has been a partner in such areas as reporting and corporate governance.

Common Ground
One of the most delightful NGOs, blending the arts and environment, promoting everything from parish maps to apple days.

Our daughters, Gaia and Hania, have both done Earthwatch projects in Baja California - and found the process transformational

The Eden Project
As they say, "if you believe there should be a place ... that celebrates life and puts champagne in the veins ... is all about education but doesn't feel like school hold conversations that might just go somewhere ... where research isn't white coats in secret but shared exploration to help us all ... that is a sanctuary for all who think the future too precious to leave to the few - because it belongs to us all. Then welcome.

Environmental Law Foundation (ELF)
They fund legal actions in defence of the environment. John has been on ELF's Council for years.

Environmental Data Services (ENDS)
Britain's leading environmental information source for business. John was a co-founder in 1978.

The Environment Foundation
Rooted in the insurance industry, the Foundation fought the Charity Commissioners and won, establishing sustainable development as a charitable objective. Has a 'values for sustainability' programme. John is Chairman.

Friends of the Earth
Pretty much our favourite environmental NGO.

Future Forests
Aim to slow climate change and regenerate forests. Run by Jonathan Shopley, a long-time colleague and friend.

Long may they rule the waves.

Julia Hailes
Since we met in 1986, nothing has been the same. We co-founded SustainAbility in 1987 and have written 8 books together.

The Haller Foundation
The Foundation is committed to sustainable eco-system thinking. Its primary objective is to raise money to support and promote the pioneering work and principles of Dr. Rene Haller, a Swiss naturalist, working in Kenya.

London Cycling Campaign
As a cyclist, travelling from Barnes to Hyde Park Corner, and more recently to Holborn, John has found them hugely useful.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
MSF is an international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 80 countries. In countries where health structures are insufficient or even non-existent, MSF collaborates with authorities such as the Ministry of Health to provide assistance. MSF works in rehabilitation of hospitals and dispensaries, vaccination programmes and water and sanitation projects. MSF also works in remote health care centres, slum areas and provides training of local personnel.

New Economics Foundation
John co-founded The Other Economic Summit (TOES), from which NEF was a spin-out. He was a Patron of NEF for many years.

The Schwab Foundation
Founded by Klaus Schwab, who also founded the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Foundation identifies, celebrates, networks and supports social entrepreneurs. Managing director is Pamela Hartigan, who is so-authoring a book with John.

Co-founded by John and Julia in 1987. A platform for much of the work we have done since.

Transparency International
Fighting corruption.

UN Global 500 Roll of Honour
The Roll was opened in 1987. Julia and I were elected to the Global 500 Roll of Honour in 1989 for their "outstanding environmental achievements." Now transitioning into 'The Champions of the Earth'

World Resources Institute (WRI)
John worked with them during the 1980s - and two SustainAbility people have come across from WRI, Kavita Prakash-Mani and Peter Zollinger.

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
John raised money for them in 1961, aged 11, and has worked with them many times over the years.