MIT LEADERSHIP DIALOGUES
LFLF.117: A Leadership Dialogue about Pioneering a Green Regenerative Economy – Innovations We Can Collectively Create
Where: (Classrooms have not yet been assigned)
Faculty: C. Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management
Schedule: Thursday, October 23, 9:00am-12:30pm
Contact: Otto Scharmer, E53-423, Phone (+1) 617-253-0486, Scharmer@mit.edu
We live in a time of transformative change and massive institutional failure. Among the issues we confront are climate change and energy, food, and water crises--not to mention poverty (1.4 billion people living on less than $ 1.25 a day), terrorism, and other misguided acts of violence and war. Finding effective solutions to these global problems will require leaders, change makers, and regular citizens to work collectively to find new ways of living and working together. In particular, we need to continue the already pioneering innovations related to the emerging green regenerative economy--locally, regionally, and around the world. In today’s leadership dialogue we will hear from some of the most interesting and accomplished innovators in the field of business and sustainability. After sharing their compelling personal and professional stories, they will engage with us in a dialogue about some of the bigger questions of our time:
• What would it take to make the innovation stories they have shared this morning work on a larger scale?
• What other changes need to happen to put the global economy on a more sustainable, responsible, regenerative path?
• What is our own role in this larger movement? What can we do at MIT that would help us become a catalyzing force for change?
Darcy Winslow is currently on a one-year special assignment with Nike, Inc., topping a 21-year career at the firm. She has held several positions including general manager of sustainable business strategies, a role focused on developing and implementing more environmental and socially sustainable business strategies across the organization. She also led the creation of the Women's Footwear Division and Nike's Global Women's Fitness, Footwear, Apparel and Equipment business. Most recently, she served as senior advisor to the Nike Foundation, and co-led a holistic business realignment effort within the Nike brand. She has served on several boards, including the International Sustainable Development Foundation, the China-US Council on Sustainable Development, and the American Heart Association. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors to: Greenopolis, Cloud Institute for Sustainability, and World Pulse Media/Pulse Wire. She received her BS in exercise science and MS in exercise physiology and biomechanics, and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.
Gregor Barnum, Director of Corporate Consciousness at Seventh Generation. Gregor is the grandson of Walter Rockwell of Rockwell International. In the late 1980's when Rockwell was sited for environmental injustices, Gregor thought it to be a call to educate corporate America to incorporate environment into the very fabric of the corporate strategy. As a result he helped engage and grow a New Haven based corporate environmental management-consulting firm that used the fundamentals of R. Buckminister Fuller’s thinking in helping Fortune 500 companies design business “to do more with less”. He also was the Director of Operations/Business Development for o.s.Earth, Inc., in New Haven, an educational company, building global and regional simulation events for both education and corporate markets. (The product was originally created by R. Buckminister Fuller and called The World Game.) He presently is the Director of Corporate Consciousness at Seventh Generation, Inc – the leading brand of natural household products in the United States – in Burlington, Vermont. He works with Jeffrey Hollender, President of Seventh Generation, in evolving the company’s corporate responsibility program. He has his Masters Degree (MAR) from the Yale Divinity School with a focus on ethics.
Michael Dupee serves as the Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Mike leads the company's overall Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, including providing strategic direction and reporting publicly on the company's social responsibility initiatives and programs; managing the company's allocation of 5% pre-tax earnings into socially responsible projects; and generating increased understanding of and recognition for the company's SR activities, both internally and externally. Michael was a 2005 Fellow in the Sustainability Institute’s Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program and serves on the Steering Committee for the Society for Organizational Learning’s Sustainability Consortium. Prior to joining Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Mike was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York, NY, making and managing opportunistic investments in distressed financial assets from 2000 to 2004. Mike earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, and Master in Business Administration degrees at Georgetown University and his B.A. in history, magna cum laude from Boston College.
Peter M. Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founding chair of the SoL (Society for Organizational Learning) Council. He is the author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, co-author of the three related fieldbooks, Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Society, and Organizations and most recently, The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World. Peter lectures throughout the world about decentralizing the role of leadership in organizations to enhance the capacity of all people to work toward healthier human systems.