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Sustainability, Diversity & Leadership

  • Thursday, 15 October, 2020 - 18:00 to Thursday, 15 October, 2020 - 20:15
  • Online, ,
  • The Future Economy Network
  • sustainable interests, diversity interests, leadership interests. small businesses, start ups, large corporations. community groups, university/college groups, students and teachers, BAME communities, individuals interested in the event title.


We are keeping a close eye on all updates in relation to COVID-19. Our October events are now online, and include the same opportunities to network, take part in live discussion and the option to do a 60 second pitch!

As sustainability professionals, we must lead the cultivation of an inclusive world for all. We not only must do what we can for the environment, but also explore how to create healthy platforms for people of all backgrounds to embrace commonalities, celebrate differences and heal tensions.

The Future Economy Network are welcoming four speakers for an evening panel discussion split into four topics around sustainability, diversity and leadership. We are welcoming Network members Schumacher Institute, Stride Treglown, Bright Green Futures (as part of Centre for Sustainable Energy) and Global Goals Centre to speak at this event.


18:00 - 18:05 - Registration

18:05 - 18:20 - Facilitated Networking

18:20 - 18:30 - Introduction

18:30 - 18:45 - Discussion 1 - “Systems Thinking, Narrative, and the integrating of Inclusive Design”

18:45 - 19:00 - Discussion 2 - "Young people will be the most affected by the climate crisis. What role do businesses play in engaging with young people to have a better and sustainable future?"

19:00 - 19:10 - Break

19:10 - 19:25 - Discussion 3 - "Does the environment mean the same thing to different people?"

19:25 - 19:40 - Discussion 4 - "Sustainability in the built environment relies on better upskilling and education. How is this moving forward, and how can we ensure diversity in this sector?"

19:40 - 19:45 - 60 Second Pitches

19:45 - 19:50 - Close & Upcoming Events

19:50 - 20:00 - Optional Facilitated Networking Group 1

20:00 - 20:10 - Optional Facilitated Networking Group 2

Meet The Speakers!

Steve Maslin, The Schumacher Institute
As a Consultant Member of the NRAC since 2003 and Chartered Architect since 1992, Steve’s specialisms are Inclusive Design and Neurological Needs in the built environment. Steve is also a Senior Fellow at the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems, has served on the BRE Standing Panel of Experts and has sat on BSI committees for Inclusive Design, Facilities Management and Dementia Friendly Communities standards. He is also a blogger, conference speaker and lecturer at several universities. He is currently working on a book in the theme of “Enabling Mind Friendly Environments”.

Rachel Bell, Director, Stride Treglown

Rachel Bell is an Architect, Head of Business Development and recently appointed Director at Stride Treglown. Beyond her role, Rachel supports numerous initiatives. She is currently on the SW Regional Board for LandAid and is the Vice National Chair for Women in Property.

As a visible industry role model, Rachel has won many awards and accolades for her contributions. In 2018-19, she was named a UK Construction Week Role Model, Property Week RESI Trailblazer, Insider SW Property Personality of the Year, SW Mentor of the Year and was twice a finalist in the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.

‘Stand Tall’ is her mantra – something she encourages everyone to do.

Tasneem Rahman, Bright Green Futures (Centre for Sustainable Energy)

Tasneem is a first year Geography student at LSE who took part in Bright Green Future's Environmental Leadership Programme, to develop her awareness of sustainability within young people’s lives, career paths and how young people can elevate their voices. Within this, she has developed an interest in sustainability and food waste and completed a work enquiry on Climate Finance. Her local project was addressing the environmental benefits of Meat Free Monday’s for her school. She also has an interest in Sustainable Development and Doughnut Economics.

Manu Maunganidze, Project Director at Nature Youth Connection and Education CIC and Education Lead at Global Goals Centre

Manu works with environmental and cultural organisations to figure out how they can become more in tune and relevant to diverse communities. This involves research, strategy creation, community outreach, facilitating conversations and team-building. This work is definitely amplified through being a Director at Bristol Green Capital Partnership. Manu also works as an outdoor educator through my non-profit NYCE, working with young people who do not normally get an opportunity at creative or nature-based education. And for his sanity, Manu works as a multi-disciplinary artist currently on a research and performance fellowship with Bristol R+D. He dreams of a more compassionate equitable world beyond our current consumer- and media-driven one.

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