The Quick Rundown.
It’s been a turbulent period of time for all of us recently. One thing seems very clear — leadership matters hugely. The Instigator usually focuses on organizational strategies — how companies, investors, and NGOs can tackle environmental challenges. But personal strategies matter too. To achieve the change we seek, we need more people across society to step up, get outside their silos, think big, and devise personal engagement plans that will work in the real world. The best way to do this is to start now, play to your strengths, and find ways to reinvent yourself.
In 2016, I was speaking in front of a huge audience at the Paris climate convention. And I’ll let you in on a secret.
I thought I was killing it.
At the time, I was the CEO of the Nature Conservancy, and I was speaking on a panel about food, agriculture, and climate change. Just as I was making what I thought was another absolutely brilliant point about sustainable ranching, another panelist interrupted me.
“Sustainable ranching? That’s like saying you’re in favor of making torture less painful.”