A New Era: A New Green Economy

The climate crisis is escalating faster than most people imagined, and we must act now to change critical dimensions of the tasks, structures and day-to-day practices of our companies. Just as human civilization moved from the Agricultural Era to the Industrial Era, and from the Industrial Era into the Digital Era, we are now simultaneously moving into two eras at once: while every day we are getting deeper into the Digital Era, we are also taking first steps into the emerging Regenerative Era.

A CDP report found that some companies (those who are positioned to win or adapt) also see potential in responding to climate change. According to a New York Times article “Some 225 of the world’s largest corporations highlighted roughly $2.1 trillion of possible opportunities in a warming world, with the majority expected to materialize within the next five years.”

So how will companies get there?

Leading the Way

Leaders who do not treat the emerging regenerative reality as a priority are simply ceding opportunity to those who do. Now is the time to engage with the disruptive forces reshaping virtually every industry by turning radically disruptive signals into strategy, and strategy into action. This is the time for each enterprise to re-envision itself for the new emerging era, to re-think its operations and organization, to innovate its offerings, and to build a culture where its people are inspired and enabled to create the future together.

To paraphrase Microsoft’s Chief Environment Officer Lucas Joppa: every company in every sector of the global economy will be transformed in the coming 8–10 years with a singular focus on climate impacts and benefits. This will require entirely new levels of innovation throughout every enterprise and unique ability to continually engage all stakeholders.

The IdeaScale Climate Action Sweepstakes: IdeaScale is Committing More than $75,000 in Software and Services to Help You Tackle Climate Change!

IdeaScale’s innovation platform was built to address these types of challenges collaboratively and at scale. You can harness its capabilities to tap into the passion and creativity of the people who know your business best — your employees. How can they help you solve this problem? IdeaScale has seen our customers leverage the power of the crowd to solve numerous sustainability challenges. For example, you can ask your network:

  1. How can we decrease our carbon footprint? i.e. What are some opportunities to reduce waste, reduce pollution, partner with better suppliers?
  2. Optimizing Processes. i.e. Preparing for a Post-COVID World: Please submit ideas addressing how we can minimize gas emissions in returning to the office as it relates to other modes of transportation, flex-time, carpools, etc.
  3. How can we take initiative, as a company, to contribute to saving the planet? i.e How can we create energy positive office/homes (for wfh), zero one-use silverware/cups in office, plant guerilla gardens, encourage plant based diets
  4. How can we encourage the use of renewable energy? i.e. Collect ideas on how the company can set the right example for using renewable energy

To learn which challenges that can be solved using crowdsourcing, download the full list.

If you aren’t sure how to get started, however, IdeaScale is now offering free access to a complete regenerative economy offering where our services team will help you plot a course, engage the crowd, launch a campaign, and identify at least 100 new opportunities for your business. All you need to do is share your email to enter.

Learn more about our Climate Action Sweepstakes here! Deadline to enter is January 31st.

This article was originally published on the IdeaScale blog here.




IdeaScale is the leading innovation management software platform for the enterprise, government, and education. Gather ideas, implement them. www.ideascale.com

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