Events

Upcoming Events

  • Sydney Ideas - The Future of Fossil Fuels in a Climate-Challenged World 31st Mar 2015 6:00pm-7:00pm

    Presented by the Balanced Enterprise Research Network (BERN) at the Sydney Environment Institute and 350.org Australia

    Over the last two centuries, the growth of our modern global economy has been fundamentally based upon the exploitation of cheap fossil fuel-based energy. However, as climate science has highlighted, the combustion of fossil fuels and resulting greenhouse gas emissions now pose an existential threat to our environment, and indeed, the very future of human society.

    Anthropogenic climate change is now underway, evident in a warming world, increasingly intense droughts and floods, sea-level rise and ocean acidification. While politicians and business obfuscate over the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the latest climate science emphasises our window of opportunity in avoiding catastrophe is closing.

    To avoid dangerous climate change, scientists have demonstrated that the vast majority of known fossil-fuel reserves must be left in the ground. In response, new social movements have emerged aiming to reduce humanity’s addiction to coal, oil and gas. Technological developments in renewable energy also offer the potential to fundamentally disrupt the fossil fuel economy. In this special Sydney Ideas event, a panel of leading thinkers will address the issue of the future of fossil fuels in a climate-challenged world.

    More information and registration

Recent Events



Past Events

2014

BERN Symposium; 14 February 2014

"Corporate Social Responsibility: New Challenges, New Concepts"

Guest Speakers:

  • Dirk Matten, Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
  • Stewart Jones, Professor of Accounting, University of Sydney Business School
  • Catherine Bremner, Head of Environmental Sustainability, ANZ Bank
  • Melinda Leth, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Net Balance
  • Dan Cass, Principal, Dan Cass & Co.

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BERN Seminar; 18 February 2014

"'Policy by Numbers'? Corporate Advocacy in the Internet Domain"

Guest Speaker:

  • Associate Professor Mikkel Flyverbom, Copenhagen Business School

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Sydney Ideas; 18 February 2014

"The Enigma of the 'Responsible' Corporation"

Guest Speaker:

  • Professor Dirk Matten, Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada

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Sydney Ideas; 3 March 2014

"Eliminating the Idea of Waste"

Guest Speaker:

  • Mr Tom Szaky, CEO Terracycle

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BERN Seminar; 24 November 2014

"Bold visions: corporate sustainability that takes a big step forward"

Guest Speakers:

  • Kate Brown, Grosvenor’s Group Director of Sustainability
  • Paul Edwards, Mirvac's Group General Manager Sustainability

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2013

Symposia on Poverty Alleviation and Profitability; 29 July 2013

Co-branded event with the Poverty Alleviation and Profitability Research Group

Guest Speakers:

  • Consul of Malawi, Consul Trent Smyth
  • David Faulmann, Communications and Stakeholder Manager, Business for Millennium Development
  • Srinivas Sridharan, Associate Professor of Marketing, Monash University
  • Tharani Jegatheeswaran, Client Director, Not-for profit, Deloitte
  • Susan Goodwin, Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney

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BERN Launch; 29 August 2013

Guest Speakers:

  • Greg Bourne- Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Board Chair
  • Sam Mostyn - Non-executive Director and Sustainability Adviser
  • Matthew Bell- Ernst & Young Climate Change and Sustainability Services

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DISRUPT.SYDNEY Conference; 5 September 2013

Co-branded event with the Digital Disruption Research Group (DDRG)

Guest Speakers:

  • Anne Bartlett-Bragg, Managing Director of Ripple Effect Group Asia Pacific
  • Paula Bray, Manager of Visual and Digitisation Services at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
  • Steve Cadigan, Coach, Speaker, Advisor - Cadigan Talent Ventures Pacific

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BERN Seminar; 25 November 2013

"Corporate Citizenship: Implications for Business, Citizens and Governments"

Guest Speaker:

  • Professor Jeremy Moon, Gourlay Professor for Ethics in Business, Nottingham Business School

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Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies Seminar; 2 December 2013

"Varieties of Power in the Diffusion of Management Ideas: The Case of McKinsey & Co"

Guest Speaker:

  • Dr Joe O'Mahoney, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Studies, Cardiff Business School

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BERN Symposium; 10 December 2013

"Qualitative Research: Balancing Empirics and Theory"

Guest Speakers:

  • Professor Stewart Clegg, University of Technology Sydney
  • Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher, University of Sydney
  • Dr Jane Le, University of Sydney
  • Dr Jaco Lok, University of New South Wales
  • Associate Professor David Oliver, HEC Montreal
  • Professor John Roberts, University of Sydney

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BERN Seminar; 12 December 2013

"Employee Engagement - Manipulation or Voice"

Guest Speaker:

  • Professor David Guest, King's College London

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