Category Archives: Can accountants save the planet?

Affirming the silence: putting the Earth first, starting with the Reef

‘What is the link between nature and accounting? I must confess, I do no know.’ So wrote accounting academic Ruth D. Hines in her 1991 note ‘On Valuing Nature’. Fourteen years later, in 2005, Hines vanished into legend. Her friends and former … Continue reading

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Imagining the future: Griffith Review at the National Library of Australia and other upcoming events

Tomorrow night at the National Library of Australia I’ll be talking with Griffith Review founding editor Julianne Schultz, director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Brendan Gleeson and historian of ideas Libby Robin in an event based on Griffith Review 52: … Continue reading

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Purpose as compass, guiding star, anchor, rudder: Purpose 2015, a conference in sixteen pics

For the last two days I’ve been immersed, overwhelmed, inspired, altered, repurposed, connected – actually, it’s really hard to find the right word for what it was like to be at Purpose 2015, a two-day conference held in Sydney’s Darlinghurst … Continue reading

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‘We need a paradigm shift equivalent to the flat-earth round-earth shift’: World Forum on Natural Capital, Edinburgh 2015

I’ve just spent two days listening to dozens of experts speaking about the interaction of business and the natural world. On 23 and 24 November 2015 I was in Edinburgh for the second World Forum on Natural Capital (the first was in … Continue reading

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New York, New York, ‘Rock Stars of the New Economy’ – and ‘Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?’

I’m very excited to be speaking at two public events in New York City next week, one organised by the Accountants Club of America and the other by New York University. Here are the details: Wednesday 6 May 2015 Accountants … Continue reading

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On the value of oceans and how the earth pays for our iDevices + eGadgets – or, I’m still down the accounting rabbit hole

Storms have smashed Sydney and New South Wales for days, flooding roads, railways, entire towns, uprooting trees, tearing off roofs, sweeping away beaches, cars, houses, animals, people. The tempestuous weather makes clear once again the almighty power of our planet … Continue reading

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‘The world is not run from where he thinks’: Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall – and some upcoming talks on Six Capitals and Double Entry

I’ve just finished reading Hilary Mantel’s bestselling, prize-winning Wolf Hall. I’m a little late to the party – it was published in 2009 and the mini series has already screened on BBC 2 – but wow! What a novel. The reign … Continue reading

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