You (as a company but also as an individual) are interested in Sustainable Development at the national and international level but you don’t really know where to start? One of the main principles to keep in mind is that Sustainable Development can only be efficient if knowledge is shared and spared all over the world. That’s why those who have already been involved in this progressive movement have created different networks to help each other.
We will mention some initiatives that may be of interest. Of course, there are plenty of sharing/sparing networks so this is just a starting point. Speaking of starting points, check out the Commons – A Worldwide Sustainability Resource Inventory. It is an inventory of websites dealing with Sustainable Development and a good starting point when you are searching for information all over the world about subjects related to eco-friendly practices.
- Best Practices
- Free Intellectual Property (connected to another term which is “Public domain”)
Companies and individuals taking part in these networks work in “collaboration” and share “best practices” or new technologies on a free intellectual property basis to reach a common goal: a greener way of life or a more sustainable way to do business for the benefit of the planet. The purpose of these networks is to mobilize people and make their efforts valuable and efficient worldwide (since Sustainable Development is, after all, a global issue which requires global efforts).
Eco-Patents is a project which follows the above principles. It aims at creating a platform to share technologies and practices among individuals and companies. The patents will be identified in a searchable Website hosted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The idea was launched by IBM during its Global Innovation Outlook conference and then extended to the world community. This project is in progress and needs your contribution, so feel free to contact them to help out.
GreenBiz Leaders is another interesting platform which features examples companies that have successfully incorporated environmental stewardship with their business. Per the site, the initiatives in the database have been recognized by a credible third-party organization or government agency. These organizations meet predetermined environmental criteria or have achieved recognition for their environmental achievements.
Adaptive Environments offers a great opportunity to open our eyes to issues connected to the social branch of Sustainable Development. This field is often forgotten, as the “environment” is generally the most debated subject, hiding this other side of the battle. This is a “Human centered design” project which provides ideas to take care about people in a more sustainable way (those “practices” come from businesses, companies and individuals’ initiatives) – this is not a platform kind of site but it presents “practices” that can be implemented by other businesses.
The ITDP focuses on sharing experiences all over the world related to Transportation and Development. They describe their own projects (hence, again, it is not exactly a “sharing network” kind of website), projects that can provide ideas to help adapt transportation to eco-friendly principles. The projects are implemented in different countries around the world, demonstrating that each of us, in our very diversity, can contribute to a more sustainable way of life which will benefit he whole planet.
Of course this is not an exhaustive list but it gives you some ideas of what is out there and what you can participate in! The more we share, the more efficient our actions will be. This will help us move forward instead of duplicating efforts or reinventing the wheel, if you’ll pardon the cliche.