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'Deep Adaptation' and system wide disruption of organisations for sustainability

A CBOS and CDS event, organised to mark the Sustainability journal's special issue 'System Wide Disruption of Organisations for Sustainability'

  • 2 Dec 2020, 11.00am to 2 Dec 2020, 12.00pm GMT
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free

Professor Jem Bendell will present his theory of Deep Adaptation, and explore how this can be applied at the organisational level. He will look at how this differs within different types of organisation - corporations, market, society - and how people organise themselves to deliver a Deep Adaptation agenda (within NGOs for example), as well as how the theory can be used to disrupt the status quo.

This seminar has been organised to accompany the special issue on "System-wide disruption of organisations for sustainability" in the journal Sustainability. It is co-hosted by the Centre for Business, Organisations and Society and the Centre for Development Studies.

This event will take place on Zoom. Register to attend


Dr Aurelie Charles of the Centre for Development Studies will chair the webinar. Professor Jem Bendell will present his research for 40 minutes, followed by a Question and Answer session.


Jem Bendell is a Professor of Sustainability Leadership and Founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability at the University of Cumbria. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and the University of Bristol and has two decades of experience in sustainable business and finance. He is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders (in the World Economic Forum), the International Leadership Association and Net Impact.

Professor Bendell has been published over 100 times, including academic journals, books, UN and NGO reports, on leadership, change and sustainable development, primarily within international development studies and management studies.

His theory of Deep Adaptation is a framework and community for people who expect societal collapse in their lifetime due to the climate crises. It's a way for them to stay engaged and useful, and to support eachother through climate-induced disruption.

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