By Dr. Dwight Collins
The first reference is by Professor Andrew Hoffman in his chapter entitled “The Evolving Focus of Business Sustainability Education.” It is largely about the role of sustainability in US MBA program curricula. Andy is Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment. In his chapter, he references PGS (p. 285) along with other MBA programs that he presents as examples of programs striving to incorporate sustainability themes in their academic offerings. We are in good company. The other examples he references are MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Harvard Business School, University of Cambridge, Yale School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and University of Western Ontario's Ivey School of Business.
Linda is an American systems educator, author, and co-founder of the Society for Organizational Learning Education Partnership. Our article is entitled “Big History Teaches Systems Thinking and Transforms Worldviews.” In it, we reference a lecture I give each semester at PGS in which I describe the exciting new discipline of Big History and how the experience of being exposed to the field is often transformative for young people, tilting their attitudes and behavior toward better caring for nature and life on the planet. The Big History frame is similar in a number of ways to other worldviews we touch on in our PoSM course.
Sometime in the coming weeks I hope to share with interested readers more about Big History, as well as how I was introduced to the discipline of Big History, became friends with the discipline’s founder, David Christian, and came to appreciate the deep linkage between Big History and sustainability.
Pamela J. Gordon is president and founder of Technology Forecasters Inc., a Bay-Area based strategic sustainability consulting firm. After interning...