Happy Earth Day!

It’s time to create a future where business is truly sustainable and people around the planet thrive. 

There are so many great possibilities around this right now, and so many companies are creating business models that are good for people, the planet, and the bottom lines. Wild Innovation is thrilled to be working with a company focused on creating a more sustainable future. More on that later! 🙂

What are you doing to help create more a prosperous and sustainable future?

Go Wild!

#earthday #prosperity #inclusion #sustainblefutures #future #futuresfriday

Australia’s One Billion Animals Lost is Only the Beginning

Sadly, Mass Extinctions will Continue

Trends don’t look good for creatures, big and small, around the world. Predictions estimate that Australia’s mass wildfires have now killed one billion animals…and counting.

The knowledge of mass extinctions is not new. The planet’s flora, fauna, animals and natural resources have been under duress for quite sometime. As the number of humans increase-the amount and quality of wildlife habitat decreases.

Dr. Larkin Powell and I discuss this very issue in Episode 27 of the Rural Futures podcast, which can be accessed by going to: https://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/episode-27-researcher-larkin-powell-intersects-humanity-wildlife-ecotourism/

There is nothing that happens in rural landscapes that does not effect wildlife. The tie between human community and the biotic community is tighter than ever before.

Dr. Larkin Powell
Professor of Conversation Biology, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The truth is that we are all connected. Larkin provides an example of seeing flowers being produced in Columbia that are ultimately purchased in places like Nebraska. We also talk about chocolate and coffee. Much of what we consume travels a long way to find our plates!

What does this mean? None of us are removed from the tragic fires in Australia.

Larkin notes that there are long-term concerns about extinctions. I talk about a strategic foresight tool, Future Users, and propose that generations living on the planet today (including that of my children) will see mass extinctions in their lifetimes. Australia is only the beginning. Go ahead and add polar bears, bees, cheetahs, elephants and many, many more to the list.

As we see the continued psychographic (wants, needs and desires) shifts in the human population…

We definitely have to put sustainability at the forefront.

Dr. Connie

We all need to do better, including me and my family. A more prosperous future for all, including women, depends on humanity having -and taking care of- this wonderful planet. The time for future-focused leadership and innovation, with a focus on sustainability, is NOW!

Dr. Jim Cavaye, Professor of Regional Community Development at the University of Southern Queensland, was one of our Faculty Fellows at the Rural Futures Institute. I wish Jim and everyone in Australia all the best as they move forward in this very challenging situation. Jim: We are here for you friend!

I tried to find what legitimate information on to donate to relief efforts in Australia. I found this news site in Australia that may be useful. If you know of legitimate places people can help, please share!

Prayers and Love to You Australia!

Dr. Connie

Check out the interview with Dr. Larkin Powell by clicking on the link below:


Larkin Powell, Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, talks with Dr. Connie about the opportunities within ecotourism, humanity’s affect on wildlife and natural landscapes, the benefits of precision agriculture for animal habitats, the possibility of mass extinctions of wildlife in the coming decades and more.

Women Worldwide Podcast Interview with the incredible Dierdre Breakenridge

I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Dierdre Breakenridge. Dierdre is a PR guru, entrepreneur, teacher, author and awesome person! Learn more about Dierdre and her work by going to her web site: https://www.deirdrebreakenridge.com/

We had a million things we could have talked about in this episode of Women Worldwide; however, we ended up talking about futuring, the importance of a vision and how to have fun while pursuing your desired future! Check out this episode Women Worldwide and join Deirdre’s mission to advance a global conversation designed to help women succeed in business and in life.

Futuring – What is it and Why Do You Need It In Your Business?

Leading a Sustainable World

Check out the article, “UN expert makes case for ecological farming practices to boost food production.”  It discusses the importance of agroecology in feeding a growing population while taking into consideration our precious natural resources.

As leaders, it has become critical for us to consider the Triple Bottom Line (Environmental Sustainability, Social Responsibility and Profitability/Financial Stability) in all we do…we can live without iPads (yes, it is possible! 🙂  However, we cannot live without our natural resources or bees (which are declining in population)!

Check out the article by clicking below:

Making Green at Apple Jack tomorrow 10:00 AM CST

Come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City, NE to hear my presentation on “Making Green.”  The goal is to talk about businesses making “green” by using sustainable practices.  A large focus will be on Beatrice Bakery (BeatriceBakery.com).  They are a great example of an innovative business putting some great entrepreneurial strategies to work for them!!

Learn about how others are being green while making green so you can too!

What:  Making Green
Where:  University of Nebraska-Lincoln Kimmel Education and Research Center
When:  10:00 AM CST

For more info visit:  kimmel.unl.edu

Have a great weekend everyone!
-Dr. Connie

2 Major Global Leadership Challenges: Innovation and Sustainability

We are going to take a break from our Nigerian case study to think about another issue (which relates to Nigeria as well as the rest of the world).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the world population increased from 3 billion in 1959 to 6 billion by 1999. These figures indicate that the world’s population doubled in a 40 year period. The Census Bureau’s latest projections imply the world population will increase to 9 billion by 2040, which is a 50 percent over the next 41 years.

Why is this important? Natural resources are in limited supply, which means the global leadership challenges associated with environmental and social issues are vast. Degradation, alteration and contamination of natural resources, issues related to food security and quality as well as threats to human health and wildlife are causing critical concern. The growing population combined with issues related to quality and quantity of natural resources in problematic. There is a need for leaders around the globe to work together and create a collective global vision designed to motivate individuals, communities and organizations to greater levels of social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

Further, most of the projected population growth will occur in the poorest and least developed regions of the world, which are already experiencing shortages of quality food, soil, air and water as well as lack of access to education, worker rights, healthcare and global political capital.

More developed countries face many of the same but also different issues. Agriculture has been so successful that many people living in the developed world enjoy a high degree of food security but are separated from the primary production of agriculture. Most see only products in attractive wrapping on their grocery shelves. For these people, it is difficult to understand the roles that agriculture and food security play in political stability and comfortable living standards as well as the cultural and educational achievements they enjoy.

Significant changes, including mechanization and the introduction of chemical pesticides, have helped increase agricultural production over the last century. However, global food shortages, increased contamination of natural resources and rising rates of consumer consumption continue to threaten the welfare of natural resources, wildlife and humankind.

Pressures on farmers to produce higher yields from their land to feed a growing population has accelerated the adoption of technologies that are less labor intensive but require higher levels of energy and natural resources. High input agricultural practices contaminate water and soil. Some health concerns (such as cancer) are linked to chemicals people use everyday, including those used to produce food. We all eat and wear agriculture everyday. Successful, sustainable agriculture is critical to the well-being of us all.

Innovation in both thought and technology is needed to change current trends causing environmental degradation as well as concerns related to human health and the well being of wildlife. As the population grows, more food must be grown on a smaller amount of land using less water and fewer inputs.

Buying trends also impact food production. Some individuals in more developed countries are beginning to demand more organic and locally produced foods free from chemical inputs such as hormones and pesticides. However, these production practices traditionally require intensive human input, including labor and time. They also sometimes require a greater land mass.

Rapid increases in consumer consumption and waste production must also be addressed. The environmental, educational, political and socioeconomic disparities between people around the globe creates a leadership challenge that must be approached from a holistic perspective unlike the world has ever experienced. It’s time for individuals and leaders to realize that we are all in this together. We must also realize that our agriculture and natural resources are critical factors related to both our success and failure as a global community. The world is truly a global community, and everything we do impacts one another.

World leaders must change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors on a global scale. Scientists, politicians, business and community leaders must work together to create a global vision of agricultural and environmental sustainability that can be achieved in short order. This type of innovation requires entrepreneurial leadership. We need leaders who are willing to create an atmosphere of innovation while encouraging others to become more entrepreneurial themselves. This will require leaders around the world to change. They must be willing take some calculated risks in an effort to pioneer new paradigms that benefit the global good.

Green for Good Conference: Profitability through Sustainability

Green for Good Conference: Profitability through Sustainability
Being “GREEN” for Good Conference: Profitability through Sustainability
Thursday, May 21, 2009 9:30 AM- 12:30PM
UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center5985 G Road, Nebraska City, NE 68410

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Kimmel Education and Research Center will host the “Being GREEN For Good” Conference on Thursday, May 21, 2009. The conference is designed to help small business owners, community leaders, and entrepreneurs “grow profitability through sustainability” by learning more about how environmental and social responsibility impacts the bottom line.

9:30 AM: Sustainability through Profitability: The Triple Bottom Line By: Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D.

9:40 AM: Defining Green: What is it and how does it Impact Businesses? By: Robin DiPietro,Ph.D.

10:40 AM: Energy/Water Efficiency at Work By: Shirley Niemeyer, Ph.D.

11:40 AM – Panel and Round Table Discussion with Local Businesses and Leaders Implementing Green Practices

Karen Houser, General Manager, Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Shawnna Silvius, Marketing and Program Coordinator, River Country Economic Development Corporation in Otoe County

Jeanna Stavas, Inn Keeper and Owner, Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast in Nebraska City, NE

12:30 PM: “Free” light networking lunch featuring Nebraska products and video interviews. During lunch, participants will have the opportunity to record video interviews focused on gathering information regarding their “best practices” and future goals of implementing additional green practices into their businesses.

Space is limited, so register today!!!

RSVP by Monday, May 18, 2009- Email- dheidzig5@unl.edu or Phone 402.873.3166
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