It all started with a university degree course – environmental science with a sandwich year in industry where my job was explaining recycling to people. I have literally never looked back! Other than to reflect that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s first report, published in the first year of my degree course, was astoundingly accurate... a harbinger of change.
A quarter of a century later, society finds itself now facing a series of huge challenges – a warming planet, a billion or two more people, plastic all over the show, congestion and air pollution and sedentary lifestyles. Some are unintended consequences, but others are merely unaccounted for externalities coming home to roost.
All of which make my job quite possibly the most interesting, challenging and valuable that it has ever been, and one that will keep me and an increasing number of people very busy trying to fix things over the next quarter of a century.
THIS Workspace is the most productive place I have worked – or I suppose the most productive I have been whilst ‘at work’. Having worked in-house and then set up and grown consultancy businesses, what I have found works for me and many other creatives is the space to be yourself. Why force someone to wear a suit or tie or particular shoes if it constricts them?
Obviously there are boundaries, but at the same time there has been no place for rigid, inflexible, old fashioned nonsense in my working environments. If I could design the perfect office it wouldn’t look very different!
As to the future – world peace is a while off, with conflicts increasingly driven by scarcer resources and a changing climate... but the rise of innovation and sustainable technology will finally bring an end to greenwash. Here’s to a brighter, kinder future.