Project New Zealand: save the date for our annual conference

14 April 2014

If you want to be a part of shaping New Zealand’s future, join us at our annual conference where leaders from around the world will gather to explore the latest trends and identify tangible steps to transform business and community.

Project NZ will introduce a new approach to solving sustainability challenges called ‘The Big Shift’ (#theBIGshift). Created by our partner Forum for the Future (UK), one of the world’s leading sustainability organisations, it is a simple and effective method to identify practical ways of bringing about change. Already used by global brands like Nike, Unilever and Marks & Spencer, this will be the first time it has been used in New Zealand.

CEO of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) Rachel Brown says that, like Forum for the Future, SBN believes we need a big shift in the way we do business to bring about a more sustainable future.

“We’ll be launching #theBIGshift approach at our conference, and attendees will be among the first people in New Zealand to learn how to apply it to New Zealand organisations. I’d therefore encourage anyone with an interest in making New Zealand a model sustainable nation to join us and be a part of this change,” she says.

Hosted by AUT University Business School, Project New Zealand will bring together business, academia, government and social enterprise to connect and identify solutions over the two-day conference.

#theBIGshift approach is used in organisations across different sectors to transform the systems they operate in onto a more sustainable path. The model uses simple, practical steps to map problems, identify solutions and embed change.

“Both Forum for the Future and SBN believe that many of the systems we rely on – such as food and energy systems – aren’t working. We need to change these systems to make them more resilient, more equitable and able to continue into the future. We need to find practical ways to address this – which is where the #theBIGshift approach will help,” says Rachel.

We will be announcing more information and early bird tickets very soon, so make sure 16-18 September is pencilled into your diary.

Find out more about Project NZ.

Find out more about #theBIGshift.

Thanks to our academic partner, AUT Business School; Forum for the Future, Soar Print and Yealands Estate Wines.



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