Future Leaders to Develop Innovative Models to Accelerate Carbon Cutting

By Common Purpose, PRNE
Thursday, November 24, 2011

LONDON and MUMBAI, November 25, 2011 -

If no action is taken to reduce emissions, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere could reach double its pre-industrial level as early as 2035[1]. Addressing this issue requires leaders both from more developed and newly industrialised countries to work innovatively together.

Unique carbon cutting measures are happening locally in both India and the UK, but can those actions be accelerated and multiplied to reduce carbon emissions by 50% in the next five years?

This is the challenge that participants on the Dishaa Venture, run by leadership development organisation Common Purpose, will be tackling next week. Dishaa aims to expand, enrich and energise relations between India and the UK by investing in the development of the next generation of leaders from the two countries.

During the Venture, held in London from 29 November to 3 December, participants will meet with carbon experts including:

  • Lord Nick Stern, Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics (also a member of the Dishaa Advisory Group and UK-India roundtable)
  • Ian Short, Chief Executive, Institute for Sustainability
  • Nafees Meah, Head of Science, Climate, Energy, Science and Analysis, Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The diverse group of participants, 20 from the UK and 20 from India, are skilled and respected practitioners in their fields and looking to effect change both in their organisations and wider society. They will undertake research tasks beforehand, develop their thinking and work together to come up with innovative approaches to the challenge. They will then present their findings and models to a cross sector group of policy experts from the UK and India.

The Dishaa Venture is run in partnership with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and sponsored by United Business Media (UBM), Tilda, Cisco, Fly Kingfisher and PwC. British Prime Minister David Cameron is patron of Dishaa and launched the Venture in July 2010.

Jennifer Duvalier, Group People & Culture Director, UBM, explains why her organisation sponsors the Dishaa Venture: “UBM is a keen supporter of Dishaa, believing that individuals learn most powerfully when they have the opportunity to engage with impactful development experiences and to share their learning journey with a diverse network of fellow learners. It has given UBM’s participants an experience to engage with talented others from India and the UK, and to contribute to building an innovative approach to accelerating and multiplying carbon cutting methods that will benefit both societies - a rich legacy.”

Founder and Chief Executive of Common Purpose Julia Middleton said: “The links between the UK and India are long standing but more importantly, they are deep, edgy, thoughtful and multi-dimensional. By learning together the participants will be able to enrich the connections between both countries and produce some very exciting ideas.”

Notes for editors

Common Purpose is an independent international leadership development organisation. Over the past 21 years, Common Purpose has designed and delivered courses that help people at all stages of their career become more effective leaders in society.

Common Purpose runs courses that give people from the private, public and not-for-profit sector the inspiration, skills and connections to become better leaders both at work and in society. Common Purpose helps people, organisations, cities and regions to succeed, by broadening the horizons of their leaders and developing their ability to work together and lead complex change.
www.commonpurpose.org and www.commonpurpose.org/ventures

Key information

  • Four-day intensive Venture in London, UK - 29 November-3 December 2011
  • Continued development of solutions with expert advisors and mentors using Cisco TelePresence, December 2011 - June 2012
  • Presentation of solutions to a panel of policy experts, Autumn 2012
  • Participants from organisations including Hindustan Unilever, Welsh Government, British Red Cross, Government of Uttarakhand, Rajiv Ghandi Foundation, Standard Chartered, 3i, BAE Systems and Vodafone Group Plc
  • Interviews with and quotes from stakeholders, spokespersons, participants and alumni of Dishaa available
  • Photographs and videos from both current and previous Dishaa Ventures available
  • At each event the participants will be presented with a challenge to explore. They will investigate the challenge locally, and work together to come up with ideas and recommendations. Each year a different challenge will be selected for that year’s participants to investigate.
  • The challenge for the last Dishaa Venture in February 2011 was: Heart surgery at $1,000 (USD) - what has to change in how society operates and innovates to make this a reality? The final report which includes models and solutions from this is available upon request.
  • Availability to accompany Dishaa participants as they visit corporations, community projects and local government initiatives to investigate the carbon reduction challenge.

1. The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change


For further information please contact:

Isabella Betkowski
Communications and Alumni Officer

T:    +44(0)207-608-8122
M:    +44(0)7958-560-943
E:    isabella.betkowski@commonpurpose.org


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