NEST - New Era for Sustainability & Transition -

NEST is a think tank that brings together a community of professionals around transition topics with high ecological, social and societal stakes. A nest for the future was born with the collective’s first project, which resulted in Proposals to accelerate business transition while respecting planetary boundaries. NEST key outcomes :

Answering a call for a NEST for future

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Come up with thoughts out of the mess and complexity when gathering groups to handle with topics where environement and social issues are key challenges. This NEST initial project gathers profesionnals among consultants and stakeholders involved in transition from within business community.

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The nest that is gathering those who have to deal with their anxiety related to the global warming and provide courage to navigate through relunctance to change. When the project is flying, the upside-down nest can help as safety helmet.

Encourage the tipping point

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Through the lens of epidemiology, Malcolm Gladwell developed the tipping point theory: He explains 'how little things can make big difference'. It would happen when 3 factors would be aligned - rare birds, adherence and context – then the social phenomenon will grow spontaneously and snowball into a social epidemic situation.

The tipping point is the magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spread like wildfire » (Malcom Gladwell)

We hope NEST will accelerate and support the tipping point within the business community.

NEST’s operating model

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Sufficiency « by design » : When NEST is coming to an end with a project, the nest is getting empty. NEST is organised so that it can rest and recover without generating non necessary work. We are consequently working following « low admin » and « low tech ».

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Governance is organized to encourage sharing and transfer of the nest : NEST is designed to welcome and develop other projects.

The origin of NEST - which came first : the egg or the nest?

Driven as much by the conviction that it is necessary to identify the conditions necessary for consulting to evolve towards a horizon that respects the planetary boundaries, as by the desire to use consulting in its role as an accelerator of the transformation of companies and the economy, the NEST (New Era for Sustainability & Transition) collective constituted itself into a think tank for this initial project to produce a set of proposals with a view to envisioning and building the company of tomorrow. Workshops were organized to gather consultants from various consulting firms, who contributed voluntarily to come up with the Proposals to accelerate business transition within planetary boundaries.

The think tank NEST benefited as well from the contribution and support of a community of interests involved in corporate transition: Printemps Écologique, which renews the unions landscape by introducing ecology into Work Councils, Corporate groups in which employees voluntarily carry out impactful projects, students eager to find in the corporate world trust for a desirable future, employees committed in ecological associations (Réveil Écologique, etc.) and researchers interested in issues of corporate mobilisation.

Proposals to accelerate business transition within planetary boundaries. Consultants cross-views over their insights and business practices, the first project of NEST

Our work focuses on three key issues to encourage practices changes within consulting firms and more widely within business community.

I- Transforming our operations and supporting a cultural revolution within the consulting firm

Ensure that all employees and management are aware of and knowledgeable about climate issues

Encourage and support change from within

Place impact at the core of the Human Resources Management

Adopt a policy of sufficiency to limit our carbon footprint

Align the governance bodies of the firm with climate/biodiversity issues (example for French scope)

II - Encouraging low-carbon transformation and the search for impact among our customers:

Encourage low-carbon transformation and the search for impact among our customers

Ensure that climate, sustainability and biodiversity issues are integrated into all the services offered to customers

Encourage a paradigm shift by suggesting and guiding customers towards the levers of the circular economy, the economy of functionality and sufficiency.

Invest in new narratives or customer experience models

Align the customer approach with the recommendations arising from the conclusions of the IPCC report.

III - Generating positive externalities by rethinking the creation and sharing of value

Favour contributions to the general interest and the common good over and above economic performance

Encourage cooperation between firms by pooling and sharing good practices, studies, tools and data.

Encourage cooperation between customers on issues related to the management of common goods

Encourage ‘coalitions’ between players in the same sector

Provide feedback from the field (use cases, examples, etc.) to legislators and governmental/intergovernmental bodies by creating a platform

By signing our Proposals, distributing them in your company or participating in NEST workshops, you actively support the collective approach which ultimately aims to implement these Proposals.