Jessica caught up with Laura in March, four months after their conversation, in November 2020.
Laura’s note to Jessica:
When we spoke, I used the analogy of the ‘blizzard’ and needing to find my way back to a renewed sense of Purpose and focusing on Sustainability within my innovation practise.
How have I got on? Well, second lockdown stalled me slightly, as I repurposed to play ‘Mum / terrible Supply-Home-School-Teacher” to my two kids, but… I realised I needed to fill a gap in my knowledge around how to transform organisations towards Net Zero.
I know how to reimagine Business Models, but not in the profound way that Climate Change will force businesses to reduce emissions over the coming decade and towards 2050. That’s a whole different ball game, and it’s an urgent need. So, I’m studying Business Management: Towards Net Zero at Cambridge University for 8 weeks. That will give me a deep dive into the implications of reducing emissions across every area of an organisation, its Supply Chain, Transport Infrastructure, how government policy will increasingly play a part, and risk mitigation of the effects of Climate Change will need planning for and designing for. It’s a steep learning curve. It’s both fascinating and frightening in terms of the scale of change we will all face, but I can’t think of a problem more worth solving.
One of Laura’s mentors wanted some thoughts on why she’s studying the CISL (Cambridge Institute in Sustainable Leadership)’s Climate Change Business Course and she created a short paper. You can read it here.