This week we spoke to education and learning specialist Eleanor Saunders as we look at Sustainability as a cross cutting topic in third level, professional and corporate education, and innovation for sustainability.
- Eleanor is an education and learning specialist with more than 15 years experience supporting people to be their best. She has developed award winning programmes where leaders and change makers engage with complex challenges that push them to adapt their organisations and businesses.
- She has a strong start-up background working as a business coach supporting the launch and growth of greentech and sustainable businesses. She sits on evaluation, governance and advisory panels.
- Eleaner believes that unsustainable practices are so embedded in some regions of the world, and that the kind of incremental shifts in customer behaviour in western countries cannot be replicated – or expected – elsewhere. “You have to go through an entire paradigm shift for an existing system to end and we are in a stage globally, where the system that we have is still fossil based, is still based around kind of unsustainable practices, use of human labour in a way that is unacceptable, monetary flows that do not support kind of sustainable living styles globally.”
- At the industry level, similarly, for the fashion and agri-food production industries, Saunders details how it is challenging to enact large-scale change. “[They] have so many layers to their supply chain, or the different processes that they’re doing that for them to overnight say ‘we need to switch and be sustainable’ – it’s almost impossible.”