[Sdpg] CANCELLED/DEC 5/Gunter Pauli of ZERI Evening Talk/Green Jobs to the Blue Economy
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
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Thu Nov 26 23:22:32 PST 2009
Due to emergency requiring the speaker to return unexpectedly to
Europe, this event has been CANCELLED, thank you for removing from
Contact: Margie Bushman
SBCC Center for Sustainability
(805) 965-0581, ext 2177, email: msbushman at sbcc.edu
Santa Barbara City College Center for Sustainability
From Green Jobs to the Blue Economy
with Gunter Pauli of the ZERI Foundation
Saturday, December 5, 6:30-9 pm 2009
Admission $10 general public, $5 students
SBCC West Campus, Fe Bland Forum
How a new generation of entrepreneurs can
bring innovations to the marketplace,
secure basic needs for all,
and make sustainable businesses competitive.
Gunter Pauli suggests by emulating Nature we can evolve from
an economy based on scarcity to an economy based on abundance---the
cascading, nutrient rich, Blue Economy.
Gunter Pauli, famous eco-entrepreneur and passionate
proponent of green development worldwide, will discuss the potential
for green jobs to revitalize and reinvigorate our economy with
creative systems thinking in a public talk on December 5, hosted by
the Santa Barbara City College Center for Sustainability. Author of
the soon to be released book "The Blue Economy, 10 Years; 100
Innovations; 100,000,000 Jobs", Pauli shares four years of research
and case studies identifying 100 innovations that have the potential
to generate as many as 100 million jobs worldwide in the next 10 years.
The former president of the hugely successful biodegradable
soap company Ecover, Pauli was responsible for Europe's first
ecological factory located in Belgium, that subsequently turned into
a "green" tourist attraction. He founded "Zero Emissions Research
and Initiatives" (ZERI) at the United Nations University in Tokyo,
and established the Global ZERI Network, redesigning production and
consumption into clusters of industries inspired by natural
systems. Leapfrogging past stagnant models of business that no
longer work, Pauli is known for innovative strategies for the first
and third worlds, involving the genius of both street kids and savvy
business icons alike. Noting that whole systems thinking is a
learned process best learned early, Pauli has written children's
books in many languages and helped create curriculums for schools.
At the evening talk Pauli will share successful
entrepreneurial projects from around the world that exemplify ZERI's
waste equals food and system design logic, including a program to
convert coffee pulp to mushrooms, brewery waste to pig food, and
spirulina from heat of a coal power plant. Waste is always seen as a
resource that with creative thinking, can be used to create multiple
enterprises from singular ones, with benefits for the economy and the
environment. Pauli is fond of saying that returns on investment from
these kinds of business models far exceed those of companies like Microsoft.
Gunter Pauli was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1956. He
graduated in Economics from Loyola's University in Belgium and
obtained his masters in business administration from INSEAD in
France. His many entrepreneurial activities span business, culture,
science, politics and the environment. Pauli is the founder and
former President of Worldwatch Europe, and a member of the Club of
Rome. He is the author of 17 books in 21 languages. Pauli currently
lives in Japan.
The event takes place on Saturday, Dec 5, 6:30-9pm at the Fe Bland
Forum on the SBCC West Campus, 721 Cliff Drive. Admission is $10 for
general public, $5 for students. No reservations are required. For
more information please call (805) 965-0581, ext 2177, email
msbushman at sbcc.edu.
Hosted by the SBCC Center for Sustainability. Co-sponsors: Santa
Barbara Permaculture Network, SBCC Scheinfeld Center for
Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the SBCC Students for
Sustainability. Part of the SB Carbon Economy series convened by
Quail Springs & Orella Ranch.
Quotes by Gunter Pauli:
"There is no unemployment in eco-systems"
"Eliminate pollution by absorbing waste the way ecosystems do"
"A new model of enterprise, see the company as an open economic
system and a closed ecological system"
"Nature does not know the concept of waste; the only species capable
of making something no one desires is the human species".
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