The Resource Revolution Trainer

Coupling Sustainability with Excellence. An online self-training guide for business.


Decoupling – Introduction from the International Resource Panel

In this video the IRP introduces decoupling as key approach in the making of sustainable growth and development. It includes views from former IRP co-chairs Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Janez Potočnik.

“The old vision of growth is out. No longer can we pursue business models that are linear in nature. The move towards a more circular economy has many advantages - for companies as well as for society. Economic gains, enhanced security of supply, lower emissions and more jobs. Innovation is key - both with regard to more intelligent material flows and new business models. I encourage you to embrace this new revolution and make good use of this online training resource.”

  • Anders Wijkman, Senior Advisor to the Stockholm Environment Institute and Board Member, World Resources Forum

Resource Revolution – Introduction from McKinsey & Company

In this video McKinsey introduces the historical background of industrial revolutions and the arrival of the Resource Revolution. It presents a new revolution in how we conceive products and run our businesses. Human ingenuity and innovation takes centre stage.

“We have come a long way since the 1970s Limits to Growth report and the first public-private partnerships created to promote sustainable approaches such as cleaner production, eco-efficiency, sustainable consumption, social responsibility and clean-tech innovation. As illustrated by this online training course, knowledge, action, and technology have evolved and large-scale intervention for sustainable resource management is today a priority along with responsible investment and multi-sector innovation in both developed and developing economies.”

  • Dr Ligia Noronha, Director, UNEP Economy Division

Interview with Resource Revolution Authors

Stefan Heck, Consulting Professor at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University and Matt Rogers, Director at McKinsey & Company introduce the theme of their book

“Training and management education on resource productivity needs to be prioritized. The Resource Revolution that emerged during the supercycle of high commodity prices since 2000 has brought some very new developments, ones that have yet to permeate the mind-sets of most business leaders. Even though the supercycle of double-digit annual price increases until recently has abated, companies in all sectors need to brace for a new wave of disruption. Those who fail to recognize the changing resource dynamics will put themselves at a competitive disadvantage and miss exciting new value-creation opportunities.”

  • Matt Rogers, Director, McKinsey & Company

The Zeronauts – Breaking the Sustainability Barrier

Zeronauts author John Elkington introduces the theme of his book in a presentation at the Singapore International Foundation's Ideas for a Better World Forum. He points to a new breed of innovator, determined to drive problems such as carbon, waste, toxics, and poverty to zero.

“Whether we think of zero emissions, zero deforestation or net zero resource consumption, the concept of zero remains as challenging as ever. We need more business champions to become Zeronauts, helping their businesses dig deeper, engage wider, aim higher, and invest longer. I warmly welcome the arrival of the Resource Revolution Trainer platform, which will help managers worldwide come to come to grips with the underlying science and translate it into effective action across their businesses.”

  • John Elkington, author, advisor, and Chairman, Volans

The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Introduction from the World Economic Forum

This video introduces the Fourth Industrial Revolution as Global Agenda Item for 2016 at the WEF. It includes perspectives from researchers world-wide, illustrating different areas of radical change in technological innovation.

“In its most pessimistic, dehumanized form, the Fourth Industrial Revolution may indeed have the potential to “robotize” humanity and thus to deprive us of our heart and soul. But as a complement to the best parts of human nature—creativity, empathy, stewardship—it can also lift humanity into a new collective and moral consciousness based on a shared sense of destiny. It is incumbent on us all to make sure the latter prevails.”

  • Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum