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Michael Townsend
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Solar Impulsive! "Now you can fly longer with no fuel, than you can with fuel." 
Solar Impulse, the aeroplane that is powered only by the sun, lands in Hawaii after making a historic 7,200km flight across the Pacific from Japan.
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Is a new sustainable economy 'mission possible'? 
Capitalism is fast approaching the tipping point into a new sustainable economy that will allow people and the planet to prosper
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Reframing the Game: On Pivotal Role of Business in Driving Societal & Systemic Transformation.  Great piece by .@PaulPolman via +The Huffington Post 
By changing the way we do business, by looking beyond our own impacts to systemic areas where we can make a transformational difference, and by working with others to achieve shared goals, business can play a bigger role in creating a better future.
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"Seen just about every form of discrimination devised by man." John Edmonds in #ManMade - important new book: http://ow.ly/NrD7y .@Manmade_ETJE
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One of my students produced an excellent case study on this, too. #innovation #business model #purpose
 
What a great idea...
The units are spacious, have solar panels, and can last an average of three years.
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Where is the debate heading in 2015?  Transformation - enabled by three big shifts in business thinking and practice...
High marks for corporate social responsibility are no longer what drives companies into sustainable practices. It's business. But to get it right, companies must transform.
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Towards a Sustainable Economy: "By collaborating across boundaries and joining up the dots across the many great works that already are taking shape, we can all help accelerate a much needed tipping point."
Collaboration generates fresh ideas and breaks old patterns. A new publication with articles by Unilever and HP execs serves up food for thought.
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Great interview: articulates why I'm proud to work with .@PaulPolman
Essential read!
"There's no reason you are special because you happen to have this job."
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"Some of the greatest minds on the planet are innovating and developing solutions that work."
Mike Townsend argues a collaboration between business leaders and academia can help drive the development of a truly sustainable economy
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What if business leaders & leading academics came together to shape a sustainable economy - for the good of all?
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  • Earthshine Solutions Ltd
    Founder & CEO
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Michael Townsend is the Founder and CEO of Earthshine Solutions, is passionate about promoting the benefits of sustainable business, and author of The Rough Guide to Sustainable Business (forthcoming).

Michael is an engineering graduate and MBA. A business transformation leader with over twenty-five years experience in a range of sectors. Michael has developed “best in class” performance for a range of organisations, including Norwich Union (Aviva) Insurance, Barclays Bank, BAA, British Airways, Mace, The Home Office and Gazeley.

Michael established Earthshine in 2006, to help organisations deliver sustainable business success, through integrating business & sustainability performance to impact on the top/bottom-line, and make the transition to a sustainable, low carbon world.

Earthshine has been working with organisations large and small across UK, Europe and North America, including Aviva, DWP, Life Technologies, LoyaltyOne, Myrtha Pools, Rough Guides, Triodos Bank, Wilson James, and others.

Earthshine established a major not-for-profit global research project in 2009 to help businesses accelerate the transition to a sustainable, low carbon world by improving awareness of best practices and the positive business case for change. Essentially this project aims to make sustainability easy for business to do, and show that it delivers financial results - a ‘no brainer’. More information on the project can be found at The Sustainable Business Lab.

Michael is a regular writer for Sustainable Business magazine and Huffington Post in UK, along with a variety of blog sites and Twitter. Today, he is focused on making The Rough Guide to Sustainable Business one of the most influential books in its field.

Outside the business environment Michael enjoys family life, country living, reading, listening to music and pursuing his lifetime hobby of playing drums, most recently with rock band "The Wishing"!
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