Lecture focuses on purpose-driven approach

The UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Lecture 2024 heard from a leading global expert on sustainable organisations.

The UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Lecture 2024 heard from a leading global expert on sustainable organisations.

It was an honour to welcome Dr Victoria Hurth to the Isle of Man for the event on 17th April 2024. 

The lecture allows us to hear wider viewpoints on the issues at the heart of Biospheres.

Victoria is a Fellow of the Cambridge University Institute for Sustainable Leadership and is involved in setting ISO and other standards globally.

She was technical author for the first national standard in purpose-driven organisations (PAS808) and advised the UN on the methodology for SDG 12.6.1 (sustainability reporting). 

Her talk, ‘Making Sustainability a Reality’, set out the case for purpose-driven organisations with wellbeing at their heart, and for optimism and unity.

Chief Minister Hon Alfred Cannan MHK with Dr Victoria Hurth

Welcoming Dr Hurth, Chief Minister Alfred Cannan MHK, Chair of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, said: 'As the only entire nation UNESCO Biosphere, we are deeply committed to playing a leading role in finding solutions to some of the pressing issues that must engage us all: the climate and biodiversity crises and other challenges that prevail.

'All while in the most challenging of global circumstance. All while living happy and fulfilled lives, carrying out our daily business and growing the economy that underpins all our actions. Achieving this is the very essence, really, of the work of a UNESCO Biosphere.

'Our Biosphere lecture allows us to gain a very valuable wider global perspective and it’s a highlight of our calendar.'

Jo Overty, Project Officer for UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, said: 'Dr Hurth's powerful lecture and her practical tips for making a difference inspired us all, and we thank her for coming to the Island to deliver it.

'Thank you to all who came from a large cross section of our community and to those who made the event a success. Special thanks to event sponsor Cayman National Bank (Isle of Man).'

A video of the event is here.

The slides are here.

Dr Hurth's website is here.

Photo: Sean's Shots

Posted up on 18th April 2024


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