Resource & Review – The Going Further Initiative
Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on December 13th, 2007
This week concluded one of the many Going Further programs – an initiative I was fortunate enough to participate in. The Going Further Initiative, convened by Dr Helen Sykes, is about sustainability and leadership. Each program runs for 6 months in the form of monthly lunches and is designed to stimulate debate about the relationship between economic, environmental and social/cultural issues. At each event, key speakers from across the sectors speak about the ways to develop a sustainable, forward looking and cohesive society.
In the most recent program topics and speakers included:
‘Climate Change and Sustainability‘
Dr Peter Christoff, Vice President, ACF
Ms Angela Rutter, The Climate Project Manager , ACF
Mr Chuck Berger, Acting Director of Sustainability Strategies, ACF
â€˜Sustainability and Business
Ms Julie Bisinella, Head of Corporate Responsibility, ANZ Bank
Ms Joanne Martin, Head of Strategy and Projects for Breakout, ANZ Bank
â€˜Sustainability, Science & Our Parks
Mr Mark Stone, Chief Executive of Parks Victoria, Parks Victoria
Professor Mark Burgman, Environmental Science, School of Botany, The University of Melbourne.
â€˜Climate Change Policy: The Challenge for Government
Dr Ron Ben-David, Deputy Secretary, Department of Premier & Cabinet.
I thoroughly enjoyed participating in this Initiative as – aside from the tasty lunches in often sky-rise buildings! – I learnt more from the informative discussions on a broad spectrum of sustainability issues as well as meeting some fantastic people in this field. I was very impressed with Helen Sykes’ grace in convening each of these meetings and her support in our work. I recommend this Initiative to anyone who is interested in becoming more involved in sustainability.
For more information visit the Going Further website at http://www.goingfurther.com.au/.