Therefore the team of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) travelled to London to celebrate our foundation.
Our host was the Royal Geographical Society, chosen for its role in the history of adventure and exploration, which are key themes for IFLAS’s approach to leadership and sustainability. A diverse audience of around 300 executives from business, government, academia and the voluntary sector heard a range of speeches that called on us to meet the challenge of sustainability with a new spirit of adventure.
Our host, RGS Vice President Paul Rose, explained how the Institute approaches “sustainability” as a goal that requires a major change in our way of life. He introduced Ed Gillespie, co-founder of communications advisors Futerra, who shared insights from his travel around the world without flying. Then our senior lecturer Dr Kate Rawles described her adventure in cycling across the USA, talking to locals about climate change.
Best-selling author of books on wild swimming, Daniel Start, then discussed the value of wilderness in bringing us perspective.
|Professor Jem Bendell addresses delegates|
at the Royal Geographical Society
The co-founder of the dance band Faithless then took to the stage to about our understandings and feelings, as the starting point for action on sustainability.
The founder of IFLAS, Professor Jem Bendell, then discussed the need for the sustainability professionals to be bolder in their change strategies, so that they relate to the scale of the problems faced.
Lord Hastings concluded the proceedings with congratulations to the University for its bold move to combine leadership and sustainability with a critical yet positive agenda. A is available at the top of this page.
The event attracted a range of media attention. Kate, Ed and Jem appeared on the American sustainability show, . For the Guardian, Daniel wrote about the , Jem wrote about the importance of a , and Kate shared .
Although the Institute was only launched in May 2013, it already runs the world’s largest specialist sustainability MBA programme, with the Robert Kennedy College, attracting students from over 100 countries (). IFLAS has also developed a specialism in sustainable economic innovation, hosting two sold out , co-writing a World Economic Forum co-organising the United Nations first ever , and publishing peer reviewed academic content (by Bendell and Greco, 2013).
This year, the Institute’s director Professor Jem Bendell has delivered keynote talks on the future of currency in Switzerland (), Netherlands, China, and the Philippines, and soon in Russia and Australia. He also presented at the head office of BT on .
In September the global management development firm Impact International and IFLAS launched their partnership at the Royal Society of Arts, attended by senior managers in De Beers, Red Cross, and Thomson Reuters, amongst others.
The partnership will roll out a portfolio of short courses in 2014, and a new joint offering for leadership development by engaging stakeholders. More information on that partnership is available at
Also in 2014 IFLAS launches a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Leadership, which targets professionals with some experience in this field, who want to benefit from the University’s 100 year prowess in experiential learning at the Ambleside Campus, to help guide their future vocation.