Business man in a forest

After speaking at the Sun Valley Forum earlier this year, Susan invited Aimée Christensen to discuss how we can influence decision-making in a capitalist society to better protect the Earth and its ecosystems. Aimée Christensen is Founder and Executive Director of the Sun Valley Institute and CEO of Christensen Global Services. She has 25 years’ experience in policy, law, investment, and philanthropy including with Google, the World Bank, Baker & McKenzie, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Energy, where she negotiated the first bilateral and regional climate change agreements (Costa Rica 1994, et. al.) and the Virgin Group where she helped shape several of Sir Richard’s...

Mountains surrounding a green valley

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” That is what I thought as I attended the Sun Valley forum on The Future We Want.* We heard the worst of what humans can do--what we have done to our planet and other life--and the best of human courage, innovation, heart, passion and determination. The conference was not for the faint of heart but for those leaders who see our problems and face them squarely and clear-eyed. There were over 200 such people there, wonderfully including powerful young high school activists. Their passion and insight balanced the strategic plans of the older generations. The topics for the forum were informed by two reports. The first is the World...

Sunrise in a valley with a creek flowing through it

A 3-day gathering of leaders, luminaries, and change-makers from across the globe will come together at the 5th annual Sun Valley Forum, put on by the Sun Valley Institute on July 23-26, 2019. “Accelerating environmental harm is a threat multiplier to our economically interdependent world and calls for urgent, proactive leadership to build resilience,” reads the website. The forum will bring together leaders from a variety of backgrounds to create new “cross-sector collaborations, mobilize capital towards promising ideas, and inspire uncommon thinking.” Our Earth needs a new way forward from the increasing environment-related risks and changes associated with its life support...

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