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The Exponential Promise in an Inconvenient Truth

01 Nov 2021

The biggest opportunity for exponential, post-traumatic growth lies within sustainable innovation. The most investable theme of the next decade is sustainability. The smart money is abandoning old-world-stranded assets, decoupling from archaic ways of doing things, and debunking old scarcity mindsets. New physical and mental ghost towns will emerge amongst those that resist change, while nascent flourishing talent clusters and emergent brands will harness the opportunities of Conscious Capitalism. This transformation is already afoot and is only gathering pace as we approach COP26 this week. If you are a true entrepreneur, leader, and humanist, this is your moment to shine. The zeitgeist has shifted. Have you?  

Sustainability Futurist Anders Sörman-Nilsson H&M x Accenture*Sneak preview of our documentary with the H&M Foundation and Accenture shot at our Thinque Studio in Avalon Beach, Sydney

Melissa Etheridge serenaded climate action in the song 'I Need To Wake Up' for the 2006 movie 'An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning', and while some have dismissed the movie and its movement as ahead of its times, it seems like now its moment has truly arrived.

'Cause I need to move
I need to wake up
I need to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Something's got to break up
I've been asleep
And I need to wake up
And as a child
I danced like it was 1999
My dreams were wild
The promise of this new world
Would be mine
Now I am throwing off the carelessness of youth
To listen to an inconvenient truth.'


*Baby X Sörman-Banning - name suggestions are welcome :)

When I think of what kind of future I want to contribute to and co-create for my sons - our youngest soulmate born as late as last week - I want to be able to look them straight in the eye and say I was part of the generation that helped move humanity from a linear economy of unethical wastefulness and scarcity thinking to sustainable thinking and innovation - to catalyse exponential mindsets of circularity and abundance. As a reformed road warrior and global keynote speaker my 'carelessness of youth' certainly led to carbon emissions (carbon offset yes, but what about the associated externalities of travel, Anders!). Even bringing a child into the world comes with carbon guilt! We have all done enough listening now. It is now time to take massive entrepreneurial and transformational action - on a global scale.    

To this effect, we've produced an impact documentary together with the H&M Foundation and Accenture on how digital transformation is driving a momentous sustainability shift in the fashion industry (check out the sneak preview - shot locally at our Avalon Beach studio in Sydney).

There is a collective awakening happening right now about the fragility of our natural environment and the disruption of the fashion industry value chain. Sustainability is not a fad – it is the biggest challenge and entrepreneurial opportunity since the dawn of industrialisation. It is time to liberate our human creativity and ingenuity.

This is not about the next collection, this is about systemic transformation. Sustainable will enduringly be - in fashion. The only way to sustain a competitive advantage is to innovate responsibly – to be both humanitarian and planetarian.

Fashion - be it fast fashion or slow fashion - is rapidly setting the trend for other industries to follow suit and elevate into Conscious Capitalism and we want you to answer the call to arms. Tomorrow might be too late.

In the meantime, we are excited to announce the launch of the second season of the 2nd Renaissance podcast with a special focus on sustainability and the 3Ps of People, Planet and Profit. Check out our trailer and make sure you subscribe to the show today in time for next week's drop of the first episode with Raj Sisodia - the author of Conscious Capitalism.

2nd Renaissance Season 2 Anders Sörman-Nilsson

We are at the early dawn of a 2nd Renaissance and explosion of human creativity and entrepreneurship, driven by exponential technologies and a rise in humanism. In this second season of the 2nd Renaissance, global futurist Anders Sörman-Nilsson deciphers why now is the most significant entrepreneurial opportunity since the dawn of industrialisation and what leaders can do to harness the winds of change. This new season features various interviews with innovators, activists, investors, and thought leaders who are helping us build a sustainable future. First drop lands next week... Check out the preview above, and make sure you subscribe to the show via Spotify or your preferred podcatcher


Climate change doesn’t care whether SMEs like it or not. It will happen without your permission. The good news is that sustainability is the biggest entrepreneurial opportunity since the dawn of industrialisation. I am excited to discuss this and other megatrends at American Express’ Business Class Virtual Masterclass on November 4th, 2021. Register now as my guest

American Express Futurist Anders Sörman-Nilsson

As entrepreneurs and strategists, at Thinque we understand the battle between delivering short-term profits and making your brand a sustainable innovator, which is why we co-design strategy and transformation journeys that deliver on the 3Ps of People, Planet and Profit.

Here is how we do it:

  • Schedule a sustainability maturity audit
  • Co-Design a Sustainability Kick-Off with Futurist Anders Sörman-Nilsson
  • Map a Sustainability Transformation Journey with your leadership team

So, schedule a HD/HIFI meeting with futurist Anders Sörman-Nilsson now.

And in the meantime, subscribe to the 2nd Renaissance podcast so you can stop worrying about disruptive regulation getting ahead of you, consumers abandoning your brand and your kids judging you for failing to act, and instead: become a sustainability hero, drive sustainable profits and transform into a purpose-led organisation that augments the 3Ps of - People, Planet, and Profit.

2nd Renaissance Podcast Futurist Anders Sörman-Nilsson

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