I think it can often be disheartening to look at the world today and even our close network of friends and see how many people are not aware of sustainability issues. I find comfort in companies like BSR, The Business of a Better World, where I get a lot of my news about these issues. BSR works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to build a just and sustainable world. BSR works to create sustainable business strategies, through researching, consulting and collaborating.
For more than 20 years, BSR Has put together a conference, bringing together more than 1,000 leaders in business and sustainability from around the world to share their expertise and knowledge. The BSR Conference 2013, The Power of Networks, focused on the power that networking has provided the preeminent global platform for sharing best practices, collaborative approaches, and opportunities to advance sustainable business share ideas and discuss solutions centered around one main theme. The biggest question asked was “How can we harness the power of these networks to solve our biggest sustainability challenges?” If you watch the videos of the conference it really inspiring to hear how many great ideas are out there and to see how many passionate people there are working on this issue. I think the whole theme of the conference brings up a critical key in finding solutions, and that is collaboration. We need to be working together on a shared goal to implement any plan that we have. It gives me hope that such a strong collaborative effort is being put together with the meeting of many of the most knowledgeable people on this issue on a global scale. The next conference is being held in New York in November.