If I had my own private jet, I would be crossing the country for two conferences this week: Sustainable Brands in San Diego and Women and Sustainability in Social Entrepreneurship in New York City.
Actually, I will be spending much of the week attending Little League games and end-of-year school field trips. My carbon footprint will be smaller, and my kids will be happier.
Sustainable Brands offers a livestream, so you can watch the various sessions from the comfort of your couch. I will be watching with interest sessions related to marketing and communications. I also have a crush on anything Patagonia and want to learn about the Higg Index.
Check out Tuesday afternoon’s session with top executives from Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Schneider Electric, and Patagonia: “Emerging Vertical Partnerships for Scale in Impact Measurement: The Case for the Higg Index.” Huh? Hopefully, I’ll get the idea after listening to the pros.
Sadly, there isn’t a livestream for the Women and Sustainability in Social Entrepreneurship event. Never fear, dear reader. I will be interviewing Natalie Grillon co-founder of Project JUST in NYC and hopefully others in San Diego.
So, it will be almost like conference-going, minus the hors d’oeuvre receptions. You will just need to slice up some cheese and buy some good, cheap wine.
There is a map of the world painted on a basketball court near my house where each continent is merely a leap away. Truly, we are closer than any other time in history with our ability to experience far-away places instantaneously.
Watching next week’s events from my computer, I hope to feel some optimism that progressive solutions will keep climate change at bay. We don’t want Earth to become like the one painted on the blacktop; worn with time and weather, borders fading into asphalt oceans.
[Painted World Mural Image by Kelly Taber]