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The Sustainability Innovation Exchange is a series of text-based online conversations led by Cranfield University and hosted by GlobeScan on this site, which we hosted on Wednesday 25th May. Together, we explored how policy can channel the innovative power of individuals towards more sustainable ways of living. All of the discussions and the materials shared are available to event registration via the Sessions page.

Whether or not you were able to take part in the day, please take 3 minutes to complete our post event survey here. Your responses will help us, and policymakers, to understand the impact of this type of open consultation process

We were joined by people from all walks of life, who share an interest in trying to change things so that our planet becomes more environmentally and socially sustainable into the future.

We started with a 30 minute plenary session discussing how policy helps or hinders you in your efforts to innovate for sustainability.

The workshop then split into 3 topic “rooms” for you to choose from. In each online discussion room we explored key challenges and opportunities, and put forward policy suggestions for comment and debate. In the morning: Education, Networks and Funding. In the afternoon: Scaling up, Impact and Open policy making.

We wrapped up with a session summarising where we go from today. Which ideas attracted the most energy from you, and present the biggest opportunities to make an impact? Who do we need to sell these ideas in to and how?

Video introductions to each session can be viewed here

Schedule for Wednesday 25 May

Session 1: 10am – 11.30am BST (11am – 12.30pm CEST). We recommend logging in 10 minutes before sessions start

  • 10am – 10.30am: Plenary
  • Introduction to the topic; listening to your thoughts on how policy helps and hinders sustainability innovation. This session will be moderated by David Grayson CBE, Director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management.

  • 10.30am – 11.30am: Topic rooms
  • Room 1: Education
    Room 2: Networks
    Room 3: Funding

    Break for lunch. You can still explore the site, look at the morning’s conversations and continue to post comments in this time.

    Session 2: 2pm – 3.30pm BST (3pm – 3.30pm CEST). We recommend logging in 10 minutes before sessions start

  • 2pm – 3pm: Topic rooms
  • Room 4: Scaling up
    Room 5: Impact
    Room 6: Open policy making

  • 3pm – 3.30pm: Wrap up - Taking action:
  • This session will see the moderators playing back the key discussion themes from the discussion, and the policy recommendations they will be lobbing for going forward. We will be asking you to all make commitments about how you can press for change in your own sphere of influence.