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A podcast about the business of sustainability. John Treadgold interviews business leaders in sustainability, impact investing and social enterprise who are re-defining economics and building companies as a force for good.

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A podcast about the business of sustainability. John Treadgold interviews business leaders in sustainability, impact investing and social enterprise who are re-defining economics and building companies as a force for good.

    Michael Traill: Update on Social Impact Taskforce, and planning Capitalism 2.0

    Michael Traill: Update on Social Impact Taskforce, and planning Capitalism 2.0

    Michael Traill is one of the founding-heroes of impact investing in Australia. He led a pioneering finance deal in 2009 which bought out the assets of the struggling child-care company ABC Learning. He revived the business as Goodstart Early learning, which remains Australia’s biggest child-care centre group. And a foundational story of impact investing in Australia.

    Since then the sector has grown, and last year the Federal government setup a taskforce to make recommendations about what they can do to help nurture impact investing. And in their wisdom, they made Michael the chair.

    The taskforce published an interim report at the end of 2019 and final recommendations were due to be released in the middle 0f 2020. But covid-19 put a spanner in the works, and the report’s been delayed.
    So, with lots of my listeners eager to hear about progress, I thought now would be a great time to invite Michael onto the show.

    As usual all the show notes are on my website at www.Johntreadgold.com

    Enjoy

    • 41 min
    Viktor Shvets: As debt and the information-age collide, what will the new-economy look like?

    Viktor Shvets: As debt and the information-age collide, what will the new-economy look like?

    I have Viktor Shvets on the show today. He not only runs Macquarie Bank’s office in Hong Kong, but he’s also written a book.

    It’s called “The Great Rupture: Three Empires, Four Turning Points, and the Future of Humanity”, it’s an impressive read, it pulls together history, economics, geo-politics and psychology to try and map how the mis-steps of key empires, in the past, can help us prepare for a very uncertain future.

    Viktor doesn’t shy away from the big issues in his book, and we cover it all in this episode. He offers one of the best explanations I’ve heard for the origins and the impacts of the debt-bomb that’s been building ever since Alan Greenspan’s infamous Put, that began pumping money into the financial system, in response to the 1987 stock market crash.

    And while the debt continues to grow today, of course the big question is, when will the music stop?

    We go deep on this episode. We look at the History of China, it’s missed opportunities to globalize many centuries ago, and its rapid rise in the new information age.

    And, I quiz Viktor about whether our addiction to economic growth is compatible with a healthy environment. It seems clear that the financialisation of our world means we’ve pushed beyond the carrying capacity of our eco-system. So, can we step away from the brink, before it’s too late?

    All the show notes are on my website at www.johntreadgold.com, plus, a long list of book recommendations from Viktor.

    Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ingrid Burkett & Alex Hannant: designing the future of business, team-work & regenerative thinking

    Ingrid Burkett & Alex Hannant: designing the future of business, team-work & regenerative thinking

    I have the co-directors of the Yunus Centre at Griffith University on the show today. Ingrid Burkett and Alex Hannant have published a paper called Roadmap to Recovery and Regeneration, it recognises that right now is a pivotal moment for renewal.

    Ingrid Burkett has a masters in business and she’s a graphic designer. She uses design-thinking to drive innovation and entrepreneurialism across all aspects of social impact.

    She was previously President of the International Association for Community Development, and she was the Inaugural Social Design Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW and UWA.

    Alex Hannant has a Masters in Development, and his research is focused on social entrepreneurship.

    Alex was previously CEO of the Ākina Foundation in New Zealand, and he serves on the Board of B-Lab Australia and New Zealand.

    I really enjoyed this conversation, these two are clearly a great team, with complimentary skill-sets and a united vision for what they hope the Yunus Centre can achieve.

    All the papers and articles are at: www.Johntreadgold.com

    And if you feel the urge, please leave a review on iTunes, because it helps more people find the show.

    Enjoy!

    • 43 min
    John Elkington: a lifetime of corporate sustainability and the rise of the Green Swans

    John Elkington: a lifetime of corporate sustainability and the rise of the Green Swans

    John Elkington has been at the forefront of environmental research, advocacy and writing since the 70’s. He launched a consulting company called SustainAbility, long before the term had become the buzzword that it is today. He’s a writer, a speaker, and a provocateur.

    A lot of his work has been in corporate sustainability, helping companies adapt and innovate amid environmental and social change.
    Plus, he written a new book, it’s called Green Swans. It riffs on the concept of Black Swans, popularized by Nassim Taleb. But instead of representing unexpected catastrophic events, Green Swans represent an opportunity, for positive change.

    In this episode, we discussed:
    • The seismic shifts occurring in 2020, and the prospects for the decade to be one of huge change, “The exponential decade”.
    • Why incumbent industries resist change, even when they can foresee their own demise.
    • The importance of government to legislate for clean-energy.
    • And the sad reality that government’s may need to pay big dollars to keep fossil fuels in the ground (akin to how the slave-trade was ended).
    • Change comes from the edge of systems, disruptors aren’t going to be found in big-multi-national companies.
    • Is the human brain capable of dealing with a challenge like climate change? Or should we use artificial intelligence to take-over where we have failed?
    • John’s early years, and how he quit economics to pursue environmental management.
    • His work in corporate sustainability, and his role as ‘the grit in the oyster’, to drive change in organisations, where there are incentives to stick with the status-quo.
    • The power of science-fiction to predict the future. And the rise of Chinese sci-fi as the most prescient looking-glass.

    Enjoy, and be sure to let me know your thoughts over at www.johntreadgold.com

    • 59 min
    Simon O’Connor: Impact Investing is booming, RIAA’s 2020 Benchmark report

    Simon O’Connor: Impact Investing is booming, RIAA’s 2020 Benchmark report

    There’s plenty of uncertainty in the world right now, but optimism is returning. We’ve got a battered economy, and lots of people out of work, but for impact investors, that’s an opportunity. It’s a chance to build-back better.

    The Responsible Investment Association of Australasia, aka RIAA, have just released their Benchmarking Impact report for 2020. So I’ve managed to wrangle the CEO, Simon O’Connor, to come back on the show and tell us all about it.

    The report captures the full spectrum of work being done on impact investing in Australia. It looks backward to gauge performance, as well as forwards, laying out expectations of the country’s most progressive investors.

    Simon’s no stranger to the podcast, he’s been on before discussing his role as co-chair of the Australia Sustainable Finance Initiative. And he was very generous to jump on without much notice.

    Have a listen, and then jump onto the website at www.johntreadgold.com to find a link to the report.

    Enjoy!

    • 32 min
    Bronwyn King: A true influencer, getting tobacco out of our investments

    Bronwyn King: A true influencer, getting tobacco out of our investments

    Bronwyn King is not a fund manager, she’s a doctor. Nonetheless she’s led a personal crusade to help the finance industry to wise up about the true impacts of investing in smoking. And as of last year her team were responsible for getting a massive $1.3 trillion in pension dollars to be invested under tobacco-free policies.

    Cigarettes kill millions of people every year. And the unfortunate truth is that many Australians actually have money invested in these companies. Whether they know it or not, many super funds still have big holdings in big tobacco.

    Dr King is a true influencer. She speaks with confidence and conviction, she’s backed up by piles of research and she’s isn’t easily intimidated. She’s honed her pitch in board rooms, at the UN and even on the TedX stage.

    Bronwyn knows well the semantic gymnastics that can be played to dodge questions about how tobacco companies can make it into ESG funds. But this is not an issue that can be dealt with through engagement, there’s no healthy dose of smoking.

    And please note that this episode was recorded on the 4th of March, was well before the corona virus restrictions were in force. It would be the last time I was able to record in the studio. Hopefully, we’ll be back in there soon.

    For all the show notes, go to www.johntreadgold.com

    Enjoy!

    • 39 min

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Sydney1764803 ,

Excellent social economics research resource!

I’ve been listening to your podcast to research various paradigms and views of impact and inequality, and to do due diligence on possible consulting partners. Loving it - love the perspectives and the economy lessons. Learning so much! Thanks JT!

#NoTobacco ,

#NoTobacco

Great interview with Dr Bonrwyn King AO

Nick THG. ,

Bronwyn King - getting tobacco out of our investments

Thanks for bringing on someone as influential as Bronwyn King to discuss this important issue John. Great interview!

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