By Hannah Tranter, Natural Capital Leaders Platform, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
On 31 July 2015, Nexus2020 question collection formally ended with over 700 submissions from a range of people including business practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, non-governmental organisations and sustainability specialists. The Nexus2020 team is delighted that the project’s call for questions has received higher than expected enthusiasm and engagement from experts across the world.
Questions were submitted and collected through a variety of channels including twitter, face-to-face workshops, webinars and external promotion. For example, a twitter chat for World Environment Day (#nexus2020), conferences including the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s annual Natural Bridge event and the Institute of Water’s annual conference, webinars, and other people and organisations hosting node sessions, including Asda and Lancaster University.
Input and contributions were all valuable – constituting part of an vital academic exercise that aims to prioritise the most important questions to be answered in relation to business sustainability.
A voting process will now take place to start filtering and categorising the questions. This will be carried out by the Nexus2020 team, engaging 20 esteemed academics from a range of disciplines and 20 business leaders from numerous different sectors.
The process will culminate in a two day workshop in September 2015, bringing together these 40 experts to identify the top 10 research questions for business sustainability. The priority research areas will be presented at the 2015 Nexus Network annual conference on 19 November 2015.
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