November 1, 2019
transport revolution

Audio intro: transport rebels

A REVOLUTIONARY GENERATION OF transport planners is bringing new thinking to climate response.  Interview with James Gleave, of Transport Futures. …

October 29, 2019
transport revolution

Audio intro: sustainability goals

EXPLORE THE CHALLENGE FOR transport and energy with cleantech author Felicia Jackson.  To survive and thrive in connected global markets, shrewd businesses now understand they must perform a role in creating a better world.  National and local government have
October 29, 2019

The changing financial markets

sustainable finance report cover

THE CLIMATE CRISIS IS focusing criticism on the financial system.  As investment targets lock-on to sustainable finance, local authorities — for many years working on pollution, poverty, education and more — are having to gear up for a new paradigm …

October 24, 2019

How can councils address the climate crisis?

IT’S THE LOCAL TEAMS who, in practice, are saddled with the burden of tackling the climate emergency now declared by more than 1,000 jurisdictions around the world. Where do they start? How can they identify and prioritise the real challenges?

September 16, 2019

Strategic planning for prosperity and sustainability

To survive and thrive in connected global markets, smart businesses now understand they must play a role in creating a better world. Government can help create an environment to facilitate that.

It’s not only the hard business case that is …

August 13, 2019
engineering platforms for story

Engineering safe platforms for story

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, 
And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

(William Shakespeare,
May 12, 2019

Live webinar

The Hero Hidden Within: Episode 1 of 4 — Monday 13 May 2019, 14:00 – 16:00 UK time. Join live webinar presented by professional script editor, Jaemes Gregory. Add your name to the invite list for Episode 2.…

May 11, 2019

Direction reflection

May week 1

THE START OF this month sees the ONTENTE fellowship take a first step on the year’s journey. The new road underfoot seems quite a different challenge, as we tentatively feel our way across several obstacles: the UK …

February 4, 2020
deepening audience engagement

Deepening audience engagement


HUMANS ARE SOCIAL ANIMALS and need to belong.  For business, turning your audience into a community can be a powerful strategy for success, wherever there are shared interests.

However, building community means more than gathering visitors at an event or …

January 25, 2020
attract event sponsors

Attract event sponsors

AS AN EVENTS EXECUTIVE responsible for large audiences, sponsorship is rarely off your to-do list. It’s an important revenue stream that adds huge value to your visitors.

For many of your competitors, it’s a perennial challenge to attract event sponsors. …

January 18, 2020
Sector thought leadership

Generate thought-leadership insights

WHEN ‘NORMAL’ STOPS WORKING, businesses look for thought-leadership. Who else has got stuck? What have other people done to think — and act — differently?

There’s a lot of confusion about thought-leadership — even among international event and media executives.   …

January 15, 2020

Sustainable Events ISO20121

WHAT DO YOUR EVENTS say about your risk?  Your values are differentiators in a crowded marketplace.  You want  potential clients to know that you will enhance their value chain — not add a liability.

But do your events communicate how …

January 11, 2020

Innovating trade missions and market visits

TRADE MISSIONS HAVE COME A LONG WAY since the mediaeval merchant Marco Polo travelled the Silk Road to open up trade between Europe and the Orient.  Over quarter of a century, he recorded his experiences and published his insights.  More …

December 11, 2019

Greening finance for global risk

IN SPITE OF THE urgency in the fight against climate change, the system of finance remains stubborn in its tradition of focusing on short-term profit, rather than long-term sustainability of said profits. Our goal is to highlight the radical changes …

December 2, 2019

Dialogue, Birmingham, November 2019

(Click image for presentation, icentrum, November 2019)


Through what lenses should I be looking at my value?

How do we empower children to lead, teach and change their parents’ behaviour?

How do I change my perspective on the …

December 2, 2019
cooperative inquiry enquiry group

Deepening audience engagement

“Co-operative inquiry [or enquiry] is a way of working with other people who have similar concerns and interests to yourself, in order to understand your world, make sense of your life and develop new and creative ways of looking at …

November 26, 2019

Addressing complex problems: a potted history

Addressing complex problems: a potted history

Today, many problems are non-linear in nature: we need to think in systems rather than in a straight line, and to access more profound intelligence.  This is a short, potted history of efforts to …

November 13, 2019

Ending badly.  Collapse, catastrophe or extinction?

FOLLOWING THE COLD WAR, in 1992 Francis Fukuyama published The End of History and the Last Man, suggesting mankind’s political ideology had completely evolved.  From now on, all around the world, it would be western liberal democracy, all the …

November 13, 2019

Recruiting heroes for an uncertain adventure

PEOPLE WANTED FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY.  Low wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, safe return doubtful.  Honour and recognition in case of success.  Apply Ernest Shackleton, 4 Burlington Street, London.

Why don’t people turn up for events? Because …

November 12, 2019

Can flying go green?

ARE AIRLINE COMPANIES FLYING into a storm of greenwash? …