By popular demand we are again extending the programme into the afternoon to create extra space for meeting and mingling, getting to know each other and re-connecting with ECI. This time we will focus on "Soft Skills for Environmentalists" – a great opportunity to take stock of your own skill set and pick up some tips and tricks from fellow-alumni!
This year, the classes of 2006-07 and 1996-97 are celebrating 10 and 20 years since they graduated from ECM and we hope to welcome back many contemporaries for a special reunion.
Our special guest from the 20th anniversary cohort will be Dr Vanessa Timmer, co-founder and Executive Director of One Earth, a Canada-based environmental ‘think and do tank’ focused on sustainable consumption and production. In her pre-dinner talk she will be looking back on her career journey ‘From ECM to imagining sustainable futures’.
£42 Alumni and guests
£32 current staff
£22 current ECM, MPhil and DPhil students
Guests are most welcome
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Sam Gordon started his post-ECM career as an environmental project manager but moved into HR in order to improve support for new graduates moving into work. After a stint as an entrepreneur he joined the Association of Graduate Recruiters in 2014 as their sole Research Analyst, and now captures, shares and influences national trends in how employers recruit and train young people. He delivers the AGR Annual Surveys, the largest and most comprehensive employer surveys of student recruitment in the UK, and will share examples of how this research can support your learning curves and help you make an impact in your next job.
ECM alumni across years and sectors will talk about their soft skill learning curves.
Senior Consultant at Southreach Ltd developing renewable energy projects
Senior Researcher in the Natural Resources Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development
Senior Project Manager at Office of the Quartet, Israel
Principal of Linacre College, ECI Advisory Board Member
Panel Discussion with mentors and mentees of ECI’s Mentoring Programme.
Mentors and mentees of ECI’s Mentoring Programme will discuss with Sam Gordon which skills are particularly important for people working in the environment sector, how best to acquire relevant soft skills, and which role mentoring can play.
How can we imagine and create sustainable ways of living? Join Dr Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director of One Earth, to explore how this question inspired her to apply to ECM and to shape her career over the past twenty years.
Vanessa reveals the first results of a global initiative on envisioning sustainable ways of living. She shares examples from around the world of the ways people have mobilized their creativity to visualize sustainable futures and catalyze social change. Vanessa also looks at how three aspects of her ECM experience continue to influence her work today: 1) bridging research and practice, 2) applying a systems approach, and 3) collaborating with unlikely allies and interdisciplinary partners. In this presentation, she traces her policy influence at the United Nations level, her work with cities in North America, her academic path and collaboration with researchers, and her passion for storytelling. Vanessa invites us all to use our collective imaginations to create better futures. researchers, and her passion for storytelling. Vanessa invites us all to use our collective imaginations to create better futures.
Dr Vanessa Timmer is the Executive Director of One Earth, a Vancouver, Canada-based environmental ‘think and do tank’ focused on sustainable consumption and production. One Earth works with cities, the Canadian and US Government, the United Nations, researchers, and civil society, and partners including the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Utrecht University, and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. The One Earth team advises the City of Vancouver on its Greenest City Action Plan on Lighter Footprint and Zero Waste and supports the Plan’s implementation. One Earth is a co-founder of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption and the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption. From 2013 to 2015, One Earth curated the New Economies theme of Cities for People, initiated by The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation – a Canada-wide experiment in advancing a movement to create more resilient and livable cities through innovation networks.
Vanessa sits on the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee for the United Nations 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles Programme. In Canada, she is a Board member of the National Zero Waste Council and on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Circular Economy Innovation Lab. Vanessa writes, speaks and teaches on social change, sustainability, leadership, and systems thinking. She is a past Associate and Fulbright scholar with Harvard’s Sustainability Science Program and holds a Doctorate in environmental studies with degrees from Queen’s University, Oxford University and the University of British Columbia. Vanessa co-hosts the award-winning Canadian television show, The Sustainable Region. In 2013, Vanessa was named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty under 40. One Earth is catalyzing ‘Disruptive Imaginings: creating better futures’ – a global campaign to create compelling visions and experiences of life in sustainable futures.