On the 7th of October, the eve of the 3GF, founders and friends of the GEC met in Copenhagen to decide on ‘what next’? Our members agreed that Green Economy is pushing innovation all over the world and civil society must be an equal co-architect with business and government as it evolves. They agreed that the GEC is helping to keep the dialogue honest, and can be responsive, develop collective knowledge and help members stand together on shared issues. But they also agreed that the next phase for the GEC should also be inspired by a big idea, something that clarifies and galvanises, something that stretches across our varied membership and reaches up to something that no one organisation can achieve alone?
?Here?s a thought. Facebook now has 1 billion users; there are 31 billion searches on Google every month and the number of text messages sent and received every day exceeds the population of the planet. What if all those people were talking about a new way of doing things? What if we could move the conversations about sustainable development out of airless UN conference rooms and into pubs, classrooms and boardrooms around the world?
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