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Climate, People & Organizations: Putting Out Fire With Gasoline

Yesterday I talked with the group from Discourse Collective based in the US about climate change and the political economy underpinning the climate crisis. The podcast below links to many of the arguments from our book Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction, and includes a pretty wide-ranging discussion of where things are heading …

2017-04-02 02:27   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: What if? Trump’s environmental legacy in 2019

Shortly after the election of Donald J. Trump as 45th President of the United States in November last year, Jane Lê and I were asked by the University of Sydney Business School to imagine what the US would look like in 2019, two years into the new Presidency. So we cast caution to the wind …

2017-03-29 01:35   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Professor Michael Mann in Australia

Last week the Sydney Environment Institute and the Balanced Enterprise Research Network at the University of Sydney Business School hosted a visit to Australia by world-renowned climate scientist Professor Michael Mann. Professor Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental …

2017-02-13 10:07   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Review of A Friend of the Earth

Originally published in 2000, A Friend of the Earth by T. C. Boyle is a gripping, humorous and emotional novel which charts the life of committed eco-activist Ty Tierwater and his battles to confront humanity’s destruction of nature. I first encountered an excerpt from this book several years ago when reading the anthology I’m With …

2016-12-28 05:05   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Call for Papers: ‘Organizing and the Anthropocene’

The following is a Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the academic journal Organization. Full paper submission deadline is 28th February 2017. ‘Human activities have become so pervasive and profound that they rival the great forces of Nature’ (Steffen, et al., 2007) Through the rapacious consumption of fossil fuels, industrial activities and the …

2016-12-14 22:14   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Energy Security: The New Black!

As many Australian readers will know, ‘energy security’ has become the latest buzzword in government and industry circles. Much of this new focus has been driven by the political fallout following October’s catastrophic storms in South Australia and a state-wide power blackout. In the political recrimination that followed, the Federal Government and some media outlets argued …

2016-11-23 21:52   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Paris and Magical Thinking

Following a vote by the European Parliament, the Paris climate agreement negotiated late last year has now become legal reality far faster than even the negotiators of the agreement expected. This is good news in an area of science and politics that tends to deliver increasingly grim pronouncements. A very useful synthesis of what this means for …

2016-10-06 09:20   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Capital & Class Review of Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations

Book Review: Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations. Processes of Creative Self-Destruction by Christopher Wright and Daniel Nyberg, Capital & Class, 40(2), pp.394-396, doi:10.1177/0309816816661148n Marc Hudson, Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester. In December 2015 world leaders gathered to proclaim climate change was a threat that they were (finally) going to do…

2016-08-09 23:58   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Launch of Facing the Anthropocene

Last Friday evening I was asked to speak at the international launch of Canadian ecosocialist Ian Angus’ new book Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System. The transcript of my address is reproduced below (spoiler – I really liked this book!): It’s a great pleasure to speak to you tonight at …

2016-05-14 02:24   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: The climate crisis in quotations

In researching the climate crisis and our civilization’s inability to respond in any coherent, rational form, I’ve been struck by the way literature (both fiction and non-fiction) often provides insight into our demise. One side activity here has been to collect quotations from literature, film and elsewhere that resonate for me on these issues. In …

2016-05-04 11:59   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Review of Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations

Originally posted on Anna Barber: myartisliving: It is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism.* Internet shopping; social media; consumerism; celebrity TV shows; fast food; cheap air travel…they have all been a part of our lives for so long that it’s increasingly difficult to remember a time…

2016-03-06 01:53   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Teaching sustainability in the business school: Challenging Business As Usual?

Sustainability has become an increasingly fashionable concept in management education as business schools seek to respond to growing social criticism of business activities. Unfortunately, much of what passes for sustainability teaching involves co-option of the concept of sustainability within existing neoliberal discourse. So, is teaching sustainability in a meaningful way possible in the…

2016-02-23 10:50   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Recent Commentary on Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations

Our new book Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction has been a feature of a number of recent analyses of the climate crisis. For instance, world-renowned ecologists Anne and Paul Ehrlich recently wrote an article entitled “Faith-Based Economics: The Corporate World and the Survival of Civilization” which critiqued business assumptions of economic…

2016-01-23 21:15   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Challenging ‘Fossil Fuels Forever’

There is a disconnect between ever more alarming scientific projections of anthropogenic climate disruption and the contrasting conservatism of mainstream ‘business as usual’ political discourse. This wholly irrational future is the focus of our new book Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction (Cambridge University Press, 2015). It is a…

2016-01-12 23:20   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Corporations and climate change

Global businesses, many of them now larger and more powerful than nation states, exhibit enormous sway on humanity’s response to the climate crisis. Indeed, in the lead-up to the Paris climate talks later this month there is growing media focus on so-called business “leadership” on climate change. For instance, just last month Royal Dutch Shell, …

2015-12-07 08:18   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Explaining Creative Self-Destruction and the Climate Crisis

Recently, Daniel Nyberg and I did an interview with Catherine Zengerer on radio station 2SER’s “On the Money” show about our new book Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction. The interview is a good outline of many of the core arguments in our book. As the summary accompanying the interview outlines: With climate change …

2015-11-17 09:00   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Panel Discussion on Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations

Bill McKibben has argued that “it’s possible that there’s no greater example of corporate irresponsibility than climate change – I mean, these companies melted the Arctic, and then rushed to drill in the open water. ” With the recent revelations that oil giant Exxon has known about the likely catastrophic impacts of continued fossil fuel …

2015-10-22 09:00   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Having it All and Avoiding Climate Disaster? Maybe Not

The University of Sydney Business School recently featured the new book that Daniel Nyberg and I have authored Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-destruction as part of their Research Highlights series. The book is presented as “a sobering yet hopeful account of how corporate myths have slowed our response to human-caused climate …

2015-10-20 08:58   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Robert Manne Launches Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations

On Tuesday last week at RMIT in Melbourne, leading public intellectual and La Trobe University Emeritus Professor, Robert Manne launched our new book Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations. We are indebted to Robert for agreeing to launch our book, as he has been one of the most articulate and considered commentators confronting the issue of climate change and its …

2015-10-09 23:55   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Creative Self-Destruction and the Climate

Leading public intellectual and Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University, Clive Hamilton very generously wrote the excellent Foreword to our new book Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: processes of Creative Destruction.  Below is an adapted version of that Foreword recently published in The Conversation. ——- In his 2006 landmark report on how we should ……

2015-09-29 23:24   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: New book on Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations

Our new book Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction has just been published. Based on research that Daniel Nyberg and I have been conducting over the last 6 years, the book explores the complex relationship that the corporate world has with climate change and the central role corporations play in shaping political and social responses to the…

2015-09-25 11:00   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Naomi Klein talks about Capitalism Vs. the Climate

In her latest book, This Changes Everything (2014), Canadian writer and activist Naomi Klein argues that unrestrained capitalism is at the root of the climate crisis and that the global response to climate change has, thus far, been shaped by wealth and power. Earlier in the month I had the chance to speak with Naomi Klein …

2015-09-18 09:42   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Using social media to turbo-charge your research!

Recently I helped organise a social media training event at my university. The idea was to expose academics to different social media platforms, highlight the advantages of social media for academic work, and also teach them the basics of blogging and Twitter. Afterwards I was interviewed about how and why I use social media in my …

2015-09-07 10:09   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Fossil Fuel Divestment as Effective Climate Change Action

Earlier in the year I was asked to talk at a Politics in the Pub event on the subject of ‘How Effective Is the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement in Speeding up Action on Climate Change?’.  I shared the stage with Blair Palese, Australian CEO of 350.org, and it was an opportunity to talk about how divestment …

2015-08-27 09:30   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Representing Climate Change?

Writing about climate change often requires some type of visual reference particularly given the way our eyes are drawn to the visual in social media settings and more generally in public debate. But how do you visually represent the human-induced climate disruption we are now living through? As Naomi Klein has demonstrated so powerfully, climate change …

2015-07-12 09:15   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations out in September

Just heard that our new book Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction will be released in both paperback and hardback in late September. The book is based on research that Daniel Nyberg and I have been conducting over the last 6 years exploring the complex relationship that the corporate world has with climate change and examines …

2015-06-03 11:41   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Road to Paris and Science Based Targets Initiatives

On May 1, the Balanced Enterprise Research Network (BERN) at the University of Sydney Business School  hosted an event in collaboration with the UN Global Compact, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and WWF Australia on the Road to Paris and Science Based Targets Initiatives. This forum launched the initiative ‘Science Based Targets‘ – which aims to …

2015-05-28 03:45   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Climate change as a moral issue for business?

Last Monday Greens Leader Christine Milne delivered a landmark speech at the University of Sydney on the next steps for global warming policy around the world and Australia’s role as we approach the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris this year. I participated in the event as one of the respondents to Senator …

2015-04-29 23:12   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations out later this year

Our new book Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction will be out later this year. The book explores the complex relationship that the corporate world has with climate change and examines the different ways that corporations engage with the climate crisis. Topics include climate change as business risk; corporate climate politics; the …

2015-04-24 00:54   Click to comment

Climate, People & Organizations: The Age of Neo-bureaucracy

A common theme in popular business discourse is the demise of bureaucracy and the emergence of a new, more liberating post-bureaucratic era. While subject to variation, common themes in this genre include organisations becoming less insular, hierarchical and rule-bound and more change-focused, enterprising and collaborative. Indeed, the persona of the manager as leader is a …

2015-04-14 08:45   Click to comment


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