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How Ecological Knowledge Can Catalyze System-Level Change: Lessons from Agriculture & Beyond

Posted May 23, 2022 | Industry | Sustainability | Leadership | Amplify
Agriculture
Saeed Rahman, Natalie Slawinski, and Monika Winn examine how pioneering companies in agriculture, agri-food, and other sectors can build and leverage ecological knowledge (knowledge about the very ecosystems they rely on) to develop innovative practices that help regenerate social and natural systems. In doing so, these companies can reap benefits for their business and help turn our unsustainable agricultural systems into systems that sustain a growing human population without severely degrading or destroying ecological systems necessary for agriculture and other industries.
About The Author
Saeed Rahman
Saeed Rahman is Assistant Professor of Strategy at the School of Business, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada. His research interests include ecological knowledge, regenerative business, regenerative agriculture, social-ecological systems perspective, and systems resilience. Dr. Rahman’s research investigates whether and how new knowledge about organization-nature interdependencies allows a business to effectively adapt to threats from… Read More
Natalie Slawinski
Natalie Slawinski is Professor of Sustainability and Strategy and Director of the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada. Her research focuses on understanding sustainability, temporality, and paradoxes in organizations. Dr. Slawinski’s most recent research examines these themes in the context of the social enterprise. She has been published in Organization… Read More
Monika Winn
Monika Winn, Professor Emerita, served as Professor of Sustainability and Strategy, Francis G. Winspear Scholar, and cofounder and Director of the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada, until July 2020. She is a pioneering scholar in the area of business sustainability and has won many awards. Her leadership helped sustainability and social responsibility become… Read More
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