IFLAS organises many events in the Lake District and London, on the cutting edge of both the leadership and sustainability agendas.


 IFLAS Professor Jem Bendell

Dr Jem Bendell

Future of Collaboration for Sustainability: in the company of revolutionaries?

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 5.30-7pm

Percival Lecture Theatre, Ambleside Campus, LA229BB

Over twenty years ago, large companies and environmental groups started teaming up to address global problems like deforestation and overfishing. Suddenly both sides realised the benefits of collaboration for sustainability. In 1997 Jem Bendell co-wrote "In the Company of Partners" about this phenomenon, with IFLAS Deputy Director Dr David Murphy. Today such partnerships are widespread. But what are they delivering on their original promise?

Dr Jem Bendell is a Professor of Sustainability Leadership and Founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS). A graduate of the University of Cambridge, he has twenty years of experience working on business sustainability, as a researcher, educator, facilitator, advisor & entrepreneur, having lived & worked in six countries.

IFLAS Open Lecture Speaker  

Mick Fowler

On Thin Ice: Business Ethics and Climbing Ethics

Tuesday 25th April 2017, 5.30-7pm

Percival Lecture Theatre, Ambleside Campus, LA229BB

Mick Fowler is an award winning author, lecturer and climber. He was voted the ‘Mountaineers' Mountaineer’ in a poll by The Observer newspaper and in 2012 he was awarded the King Albert Mountain Award for his “outstanding contribution to mountaineering”.  

Mick will be exploring ethics and ethical choices in the field of climbing and parallels in the workplace. He will be discussing what steers climbers to make the ethical choices that they do, the consequences of those choices and whether or not those consequences were foreseeable or intended.

IFLAS Open Lecture speaker

David Saddington

Turning science into stories: How do we get people to care about climate change?

Tuesday 16th May 2017, 5.30-7pm

Percival Lecture Theatre, Ambleside Campus, LA229BB

​As a climate change communicator David works to raise the profile of the issue through blogging for media outlets like the Huffington Post, writing book contributions and organising innovative large scale public awareness events in the centre of UK cities involving outdoor cinema, interactive science experiments and panel debates. He is constantly looking for new and innovative to engage with the public and is currently exploring using Virtual Reality technology to tell the story of climate change. 

In this IFLAS open lecture, which follows a year where ‘post-truth’ and ‘populist’ politics have reshaped the western world, David will share his ideas about what all of this means for climate action and how sustainability leaders need to respond. By turning science into stories David believes we can reenergise the conversation around this global challenge and create a more inclusive and diverse voice for change.

To register a place on any of the above Open Lectures, contact iflas@cumbria.ac.uk

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Some contributors to the 2015 Leading Wellbeing Research Festival have provided extended papers, if you would like copies please email iflas@cumbria.ac.uk.

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