Cultivating the Next Generation
Phoenix, Arizona, March 5th, 2014 - Cultivating the next generation of Sustainability Professionals is no small feat, as the teams at Arizona State University ("ASU"), Global Institute of Sustainability, and Manzimvula Ventures, Inc., both know.
Diving Deeper into Manzimvula's Integrative Strategic Approach
Creating a culture and an organization that understands action and the value in focusing combined individual intent on sustaining outcomes is not easy. The leadership and environment needs to one that can in fact can focus creativity to stimulate innovation, while delivering the outcomes intended for cutovers and all stakeholders. This supports longevity and a sustainable business model that is fluid because the culture and leadership can adapt to an ever-changing and more complex operating environment as the organization grows into the future. The Manzimvula® integrative Strategic Approach™ (‘ISA’) is a process and program rooted in Sustainability that takes a systemic view of four ('4') core components, Vision, Guiding Principles, Community and Culture, and how they are understood and perceived across the organization.
Listening with True Intent
There are times in our lives, for each of us that we really thought we were listening and later realized that in fact, listening was actually the last thing we were doing. Sometimes we get caught up in the moment, in the excitement and we forget what we intended to do and accomplish. Listening with true intent is exceptionally hard. Even when we might not actually voice our thoughts, we are still having them. Justifying, criticizing, refuting and reasoning why we know better, out idea is better, or why the audience we are working with is just plain wrong. That audience could be one person a small group or a large group of people.
Bringing the EMSL to Life
Phoenix, Arizona, January 16, 2014 - Manzimvula is a part of the launch of an innovative new program, the Executive Master's for Sustainability Leadership ('EMSL'), offered by Arizona State University ('ASU') in Phoenix, Arizona. The program targets corporate leadership candidates at every level of management looking to make a differnce in the future of their organizations and how they work and contribute in the world and prepares professionals to advance sustainability practices and lead culture change in their organizations.
A journey to the edge of life…
In our lives, as we are growing up and maturing, a vast many of us are taught and learn to take care of others before ourselves. For me I have always looked to take care of the people around me. This came to me as part of my experience growing up in South Africa, where I saw people treated differently, to the extreme. For me this was confusing and stressful, as most of the people closest to me where treated differently, treated badly.
Sustainability Leadership - Building the economic model of tomorrow
Many of us talk about Sustainability and the need to do more. What is shocking to me is how little we are doing. What makes it even more serious is how many of us are sitting on our hands knowing that time is running out for us to be able to preserve our planet and everything we have today for the generations of tomorrow. We took a look at ourselves and made the decision that we need to be an active and contributing part of the change we need by helping to create the education and leadership that we need now. As a result, Manzimvula is part of the team helping Arizona State University to imagine and deliver a new Executive Masters Program in Sustainability Leadership. A program with an objective and more importantly the capability of producing Sustainability Leaders within a 13 month program built on practical hands on experiential and immersive learning.
Manzimvula recognized in B Corp's 2013 Best for the World Overall List.
Chandler, Arizona, April 17th, 2013 - Manzimvula recognized in B Corp's 2013 Best for the World Overall List
Today B Corp took a moment to honor the Best of the Best: 67 businesses who scored in the top 10% of all B Corps for overall social and environmental impact. To learn more about the Best for the World B Corps and their impact, check them out on B Corp's website here.
Extractive Industry: Filling the Gaps
We talk of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility and what the things are that we should and need to be doing with respect to Community Engagement. I was recently asked to evaluation an agenda for an upcoming event focused on Sustainability in the Extractives Sector and I took the Race Car Driver approach to my mini-evaluation. What I mean by this is I looked to see what wasn’t there rather than what the content was that was already there and in a very comprehensive manner I might add, as I read through the agenda, speakers list and the descriptive content.
Warren Te Brugge presents at EUEC 2013, Phoenix Arizona
Vancouver, BC, January 28th, 2013 - Warren Te Brugge presents at EUEC 2013
Manzimvula joined the EUEC 2013, 16th Annual Energy, Utility and Environment Conference in Phoenix this week with over 2,000 attendees as CEO and Founder, Warren Te Brugge presented 'Creating the Mindset of Sustainability' in the conference Sustainability Projects track.
Indigenous People's Rights: The Need for Open Dialogue
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in a dialogue this fall hosted by the University of Arizona, Professor James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Dr. Mary M. Poulton, Director of the Lowell Institute of Mineral Resources. There were a number of questions posted to the group of approximately 100 participants including; What are the processes and programs that can be put in place? What kind of initiatives do indigenous peoples themselves have? What is the knowledge of indigenous people's rights and experience in the industry? What is the accountability within the industry, relative to indigenous people's rights?
As I observed the interactions, listened to the presenters and participated in the discussions and break-out sessions It became clear to me that what was needed most was to broaden and increase the number of such dialogues to include more of the people from within communities and the people actively involved in the engagement process in order to improve and help develop the lives of the peoples being discussed. This may sound really elementary, but in fact, it is not what is taking place. Institutions, academia, government, and industry are represented and there are complex, intellectual conversations taking place, yet I fear the most fundamental, practical points are being missed as legal, political and rights positions are being discussed and debated in board- and meeting-rooms as well as battled out in courts, around the world.