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Scenes from the 2018 Sustainability Centres Workshop

These photos give a visual sense of the diversity, learning and positive energy that characterized the fourth biennial Sustainability Centres Workshop on June 25-27, 2018, at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City. Photographs are by Thomas Johnson. Commentary is taken from a workshop reflection written by Tima Bansal, NBS executive director.

Workshop Participants

Workshop participants came to the workshop from every continent except Antarctica.

Sharing Ideas

Workshop participants found ways to address individual centre challenges and work collectively toward something bigger.


Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions aimed to help centres gain more traction. Topics included ‘developing your centre’s unique identity,’ ‘storytelling for dissemination,’ and ‘metrics for impact.’

Walking and Talking

Discussions about the challenges and opportunities of running a centre continued throughout the entire workshop – during our dinners, boat rides on the East River, and walks through New York’s streets.


Media Panel

Representatives from Harvard Business Review, The Conversation, and Bloomberg offered advice on how academics can reach a business audience.


Powerful Conversations

Jason Jay, co-author of Breaking through Gridlock argued that we need to better understand our own motives and look more favourably at others’.


Design Thinking Workshop

Our session on design thinking at frog design asked us to build empathy for stakeholders, in order to reach them more effectively.


Behind the Scenes

Even the organizers had fun: a conference call between Cornell and NBS.


Moving Forward

Tima’s closing thought: We can feel energized by the progress made in sustainability within business schools, but also very aware that we have so much more progress to make.

About the Sustainability Centres Community

Want to learn more about the Sustainability Centres Community and its biennial workshop? Check out the community’s landing page, which links to past events and resources for centre leaders.

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