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2017-10-10 - #064

Sustainable Business Models - from Niche to Mainstream?

We're delighted to be able to announce this month our speaker is Christoph Auch, the Professional Education lead for EIT Climate KIC - the European Unions premier public-private innovation partnership focused on all aspects of climate change.

In his presentation this month we'll get an introduction to EIT Climate-KIC's view on how the shift will happen - moving from business models that are constrained by profit-prioritization, to ones that integrate social, environmental and economic factors - strongly sustainable business models.   

As usual, we are meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
  • Date: Tues Oct 10 
  • Time: 90 minutes starting 16h30 EST / 13h30 PST /21h30 GMT / 22h30 CET

To join the meeting please see to the F2F co-ordinates or virtual logistics posted to our LinkedIn Group in this post.

Anyone who joins the LinkedIn forum is considered a member of this group and is welcome to join at the meeting

Sustainable Business Models - From Niche to Mainstream?


To introduce himself and his talk, Christoph wrote:

We probably all agree: for a bright future we need a shift from only commercially oriented business models to strongly sustainable business models. But how to ensure the wide application of strongly sustainable approaches? How to convince companies and other users to apply seemingly more complex methods? And how to accelerate paradigm shifts that come along?

At Climate-KIC, our mission is to drive innovation in Europe towards a low carbon economy. We therefore have used new approaches for business modelling in a few of our programmes, such as professional trainings, start-up programmes or graduate courses – with the intention to make it mainstream in the long-term. 

In this sessions I will share our experiences, both failures and successes, in applying strongly sustainable business approaches in Climate-KIC programmes. 

We will also discuss and share ideas about strategies and success factors for a wider adoption of such approaches, including communication, user perspective and the importance of context.”


The slides presented plus a link to the unedited recording of this meeting is available via our DropBox and GoogleDrive in the folder for this months meeting.  Please contact Prof. Nabil Harfoush for access to the dropbox via the Linkedin Group.

The link to the recording will be posted as a comment to the Linkedin Post about this meeting, along with on-going discussion about the meeting by our members.  A copy of the recording is also stored in the DropBox and GoogleDrive folder for this months meeting.

Attendance list is updated at the event (if a location is not provided participant was F2F in Toronto)
  • Christoph Auch, Leader Professional Education, EIT Climate KIC, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Antony Upward, SSBMG Co-founder, Convener Flourishing Enterprise Innovation Toolkit ProjectAdjunct Prof. OCAD University Faculty of Design
  • Panos Panagiotakopoulos, Better Business Evaluator, Better My Business
  • Doug Worts, World Views Consulting
  • Stephen Davies, Prof. MDes Strategic Foresight and Innovation, OCAD University
  • Randy Sa'd, REFOCUS on Sustainability
  • Renia Tyminski, Transition PEC
  • Simon Robinson, Holonomics Education, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Rodrigo Sanchez - Independent Full-Stack Designer, NYC
  • Nabil Harfoush  - SSBMG Convener, Prof, OCADU Strategic Foresight and Innovation
  • Lindsay Clinton, Fresh Eye Thinking
  • Morris Fedeli, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
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