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The Great Disruption Author Adds RSM Visit to European Book Tour

A notable international advisor for action on the ecological and economic crisis will speak at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) on Monday 19 March, on the release of the Dutch version of his book The Great Disruption, translated by Maurits Groen.



The Great Disruption Author Adds RSM Visit to European Book Tour

A notable international advisor for action on the ecological and economic crisis will speak at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) on Monday 19 March, on the release of the Dutch version of his book The Great Disruption, translated by Maurits Groen.

Australian researcher, writer and former Greenpeace Director Paul Gilding says it’s time to stop worrying about climate change and instead brace for impact ‘because global crisis is no longer avoidable’. “We have come to the end of Economic Growth, Version 1.0, a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we lived beyond the means of our planet’s ecosystems and resources,” he says, and advocates that humanity is now presented with an enormous opportunity to build a new approach to economic and social development.

RSM was honoured when Paul Gilding accepted its invitation to meet and talk with several parties involved in sustainability in Rotterdam; from RSM and its student population, from Erasmus University, and from the community at large. 

Paul Gilding is scheduled to meet with RSM researchers and professors working on issues of sustainability in business at RSM and Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Academics involved in the discussions are Professor Jan Rotmans, founder of the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) based at Erasmus University, and Ecorys Sustainability Chair Professor Gail Whiteman who leads the RSM Centre for Corporate Eco-Transformation, as well as other RSM researchers working on sustainability.

Paul will answer questions from MBA students of the global Net Impact sustainability organisation, and will speak to RSM business students and community members on Monday 12:30-13:30 in the J Building 1-49. The invitation has been extended to representatives of Rotterdam Climate Initiative, which is a partnership involving the city, the harbour authority, local environmental protection agencies and others, with the objective of reducing CO2 emissions and climate-proofing the city.

Paul Gilding’s visit was initiated by RSM’s sustainability initiative Greening RSM, and is being presented with support of Net Impact: Erasmus University RSM Graduate Chapter. Both organisations are dedicated to the school’s sustainability initiatives. Paul’s visit is an extra date on his European book tour after a series of appearances throughout the Netherlands, most recently the Economic Exchange Conference in Amsterdam on 16 March. RSM’s news services will publish a report of his talk with students online following the event.

Paul Gilding’s book tour is organised by translator Maurits Groen, translator of Helden uit noodzaak; hoe onze generatie dankzij de ecologische en economische crisis de wereld gaat redden. There is a limited supply of the Dutch version of the book on sale at RSM on Monday. It is also available from Maurits Groen’s website, www.mgmc.nl.

DRIFT (Dutch Research Institute for Transitions) is a research institute based in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. It focuses on sustainable transitions and its scientific research includes transition dynamics and transition management, and studies of interacting cultural, economic, technological, behavioural, ecological or institutional developments. www.drift.eur.nl

The RSM Centre for Corporate Eco-Transformation is led by Professor Gail Whiteman and aims to help companies to make the transformation to a more sustainable system of low-carbon production and consumption. Gail Whiteman is NEI ECORYS Professor of Sustainability and Climate Change at RSM. www.rsm.nl/ecotrans

 Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 business schools in Europe. It is located in the international port city of Rotterdam where core Dutch values of openness, flexibility and acceptance of diversity have attracted businesses on a global scale. Our emphasis is on ground breaking research and practices relevant to business; our primary focus is on developing business leaders who carry their innovative ideas into a sustainable future. Our portfolio includes a broad array of bachelor, master, doctoral, MBA and executive education programmes. www.rsm.nl

For more information on RSM or on this release, please contact Marianne Schouten, Media & Public Relations Manager for RSM, on +31 10 408 2877 or by email at mschouten@rsm.nl

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Business-Society Management , Newsroom , MBA