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[E4C38] Humanity in 2050 – How Business Can Ensure Our Survival In a Volatile World – Kaleidoscope Futures – Wayne Visser

Kaleidoscope Futures - Wayne Visser



I just got back from Awesomeness Fest, a conference hosted by Mindvalley, a media company that spreads ideas of enlightenment through online courses, apps, and other exciting ventures.

What I find incredibly inspiring is the growing movement of entrepreneurs who not only want to create wealth, but who want to address global problems specifically through for profit business & technology innovation.

Dr Wayne Visser is one such social entrepreneur. He’s the Director of Kaleidoscope Futures, and Founder of CSR International. In addition, Wayne is Chair of Sustainable Business at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa, Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Development at Deakin Business School in Australia, and Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership in the UK.

He has authored 20 books on the subject of sustainable futures and corporate social responsibility, and is a guest columnist for UK newspaper, The Guardian. Wayne is listed as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior, and is a recipient of the Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Award, the Emerald Literati Outstanding Author Contribution Award, and the Outstanding Teacher Award of the Warwick MBA.

Wayne’s here today to talk about the evolution of corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and the future outlook for human civilization.

My biggest question for him was really, “Are we all going to hell in a handbasket?”

Wayne reveals where he thinks we’ll be in 2050. Are we actually heading in the right direction toward, if not actually eradicating poverty and starvation? And if we are, what do we need to do right now to ensure that the progress we make today ensures a brighter future for everyone, not just for those who can afford it. In this episode, you will discover:

  • The future of corporate social responsibility.
  • The three qualities of successful social entrepreneurs.
  • What companies need to do to tap into the power of going glo-cal – that is, serving local markets while having global impact.
  • Some of the most exciting clean technologies on his radar.
  • What we must do to avoid world chaos and more environmental disasters.
  • The five strategies for resilience and survival in a volatile world.
  • The four different types of change-agents we need to ensure a sustainable future – and which one are you?


Mentioned in this interview

  • Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership
  • Gordon Institute of Business Science
  • Deakin University
  • Rio Earth Summit
  • Anurag Gupta – A Little World
  • Muhammad Yunus – Grameen Bank
  • World Economic Forum
  • Patagonia outdoor clothing
  • Global Reporting Initiative
  • Footprint Chronicles
  • Interface ® / Ray Anderson
  • Mondragon Corporation
  • Ann Makosinski – Hollow Flashlight 
  • Freeplay
  • Millennium Development Goal 
  • Jane Chen – Embrace Innovations

Where to Find Wayne

  • Kaleidoscope Futures
  • CSR International
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

Wayne’s Books: The Quest for Sustainable Business | The Age of Responsibility

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Lorna Li is a business coach, entrepreneur and Amazon rainforest crusader, with a passion for green business, social enterprise, and indigenous wisdom. She helps changemaking entrepreneurs harness the power of the Internet to reach more people and make a bigger impact, while designing the lifestyle of their dreams. She is an Internet marketing consultant to changemakers, and works with innovative tech startups, sustainable brands, social enterprises & B-Corporations on SEO, SEM & Social Media marketing.
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