We launched the Southwood Foundation to build on the interconnections of people and nature within the natural limits of the planet. But where do you start?
For us, an important part of this journey has always been to practically look at things at a system level and break down disciplinary silos. We know that you can’t begin to positively change a system if you don’t understand it.
That’s why we decided to start mapping the sustainability stakeholder landscape.
Using publicly available data, we have been busy gradually building such a map. It shows the cross-sectoral landscape (policy, standards, community and business) of roughly 300 non-profit organisations working towards sustainability. As far as we know it is the first of its kind.
In collaboration with academic experts we are progressing our initial research. We want to get a fuller picture of how they all fit together. Focused initially on London, we will be identifying linkages, existing and potential, between all the relevant stakeholders.
Our aim is to build up a detailed system map of the stakeholder landscape for sustainability by May 2019.
This is how we are practically beginning our journey to build new connections and communities across industries. The end goal is to use this as a tool for joined-up thinking and strategic planning.