Sustainable Futures and Local Government (Across the Pond Series)

Posted by: on November 30th, 2023

Today we are talking about sustainable futures, what that means and how it intersects with local government. I am joined by co-host John Diamond, Professor Emeritus, Edge Hill University, UK and three esteemed guests.

  • Christa Breum Amhøj Co-founder Action University, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Pam Adams, Sustainability Planner at Centre Region Council of Governments, Pennsylvania, US
  • Jim Price, Borough Manager, Crafton Borough Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

This is the second episode in our Across the Pond series in which we engage topics that are both global and local. Where do we locate the limits of our understanding and how can we reach across boundaries to gain insights?

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John Diamond is an Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Professional Practice at Edge Hill University in the UK. He works as a critical friend to leaders and practitioners in the not-for-profit and university sectors. Central to his approach is the active use of conversations and dialogue as a way of developing and strengthening the power of relational practice and learning . He is a co-editor of the internationally focused Handbook of Teaching Public Administration (2022) and is co-editor of two book series – University-Community Policy Connections and Critical Perspectives in International Public Sector Management

Christa Breum Amhøj – See also: Slide Deck – Life Affirming Collaboration (Three Waves of Sustainability)

Pam Adams

Jim Price

Resources Mentioned in the Show






00:02:23 Intro: Sustainability and regenerative approaches.

The timestamp for when the podcast starts to discuss the different perspectives on sustainability is 00:10:27. Understanding different perspectives on sustainability.

00:13:00 Regenerative perspective on public management.

00:18:39 New public entrepreneurial perspective: redefining resources and organizations.

00:28:57 Local communities can drive innovation and experimentation for sustainable solutions.

00:30:51 Governance is a continual process.

00:41:00 Climate change research is crucial.

00:43:06 Academia and municipalities need to collaborate for sustainable change.

00:49:00 Importance of university-locality relationships.

00:56:09 Case studies drive sustainable change.

01:02:21 Importance of local engagement.

01:05:55 Holistic approach for sustainable future.

01:12:37 Importance of leadership and collaboration.

About Nancy J. Hess

I help leaders pioneer extraordinary change through high engagement and whole systems approaches that focus on HR and People.