Wednesday, March 6, 2013

You're Invited : Six imPossible Things Sustainability In Business Conference

Set aside Friday, March 8 to be inspired, energized, and called to action at the Six imPossible Things, the Fourth Annual Sustainability Conference at Argosy University! Topics include extreme weather, human trafficking in Minnesota, innovating with scarce resources, and changing societal behaviors. Impossible? Come see for yourself!


Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, March 8, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CST)
Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway
Eagan, MN 55121

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CONFERENCE AGENDA

8:00 AM Registration
8:30 AM Conference Opening
8:45-10:15 AM Climate Change Resilience - Accelerating the Integration of Change
After decades of intense debate, scientists, politicians, and communities now recognize the urgency imposed by extreme weather, and more broadly, climate change. Resilience represents the ability of a system to remain functional by reorganizing itself when faced with unexpected, destabilizing shocks. Climate change resilience depends on our capacity to mitigate the effects of extreme weather and adapt to the new normal, to maintain a dynamic equilibrium. The morning conference session will address the reality of extreme weather, with a particular focus on Minnesota; the response of business supply chains to unpredictable events; and the state policies needed to make Minnesota increasingly resilient. 

Michelle Hesterberg, Federal Field Associate, Environment Minnesota

10:30-12:00 Innovating with Scarce Resources
The second conference session addresses two barriers to action:  scarcity of resources and legacy behavior.  Extreme and unpredictable weather exacerbate existing economic, environmental and social problems.  Faced with major challenges, people often blame money and politics for lack of action.  The conference continues with the topics of frugal innovation and the psychology of behavioral change.  Innovating with scarce resources addresses major challenges for American businesses, schools, non-profits and public development organizations.  The psychology of behavioral change addresses the mental barriers that impede action when societal risks are upended by global forces. 

Wade Miller, Senior Compliance Consultant, Wenck Associates, Inc.
Deb Pangerl, Executive Director, The IMAGE Project

12:30-2:00 p.m. Inspiring Others by Doing
Whether deeply worried, slightly concerned, or still unconvinced of the imminence and importance of climate change, environmental degradation, social injustice or economic inequities, we are all inspired by those who do something to solve a particular problem. The last session of the conference presents examples of individuals and organizations that focused their passion and energy on generating the change they wanted to see in the world, making our societies more sustainable.  Despite the scope of the problem, individuals make a difference.

Linda Miller, Executive Director, Civil Society
Scott Saehr, Director of Sales and Marketing, Smude Enterprises, LLC
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Argosy University, Twin Cities
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