Welcome to a lunch seminar with our guests Anne Tate and Bob Massie on Monday October 10th at 12.00, Terrace Room, eighth floor Holländargatan 32
What objects or ideas are fixed and what can be changed?
Dialogue Between Prof Anne Tate and Bob Massie
In Anne’s field, roads, buildings, and entire cities – though made of hard physical elements – can be altered and improved according to human design, whereas this seems nearly impossible to Bob.
In Bob’s field, long-standing rules, beliefs, and social or political practices can deliberately through human intelligence, whereas to Anne these seems fixed.
In a dialogue mixing theory and practice, Bob and Anne will talk about how sustainability can be advanced by reformulating the ideas of what is “normal” and what is ”established.” Anne will draw from her experience as the thought leader who led to the complete redesign of one of the largest and most important pieces of real estate in Boston area, a huge property known as “Assembly Square” that now hosts hundreds of millions of dollars of high-dense mixed use development as well as thousands of residents and jobs.
Bob will talk about the transition in theory and terminology that led to the creation of the Global Reporting Initiative. Starting with accepted concepts in the field of accounting – such as “general acceptance” “comparability” and “materiality” – an international team of innovators redefined them to include critical sustainability concepts that in turn have changed the way both corporations and investors understand the creation of value.
As a group we will discuss: what lessons can we draw from these practices looking forward?
Anne Tate is a professor in architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and a pioneer in sustainable planning.
Robert K. Massie is the co-founder of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), former Executive Director of CERES, and founder of the Investor Network on Climate Risk.