We are an international Non-for-Profit and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in the UK and Germany. Our mission is to empower and inspire individuals to take up agency and responsibility in their own workplace to build truly sustainable, successful and value-creating companies.
Our backgrounds are in Climate and Sustainability, HR, Energy, Change Management, IT and Business Consulting.
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We have reached a lot within the last four months. Now we want to scale our venture and grow to 1,000, maybe even 10,000 planetgroups across the globe by the end of next year. To get there, we need your support.
Supported by a strong and professional core organization – which we will gradually build up from among our network of volunteers – we are looking for your expertise and enthusiasm in the following areas:
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I would call myself a “latecomer” with regard to climate change and the effects of our current economic system on the planet. It was only in 2019, with my four children taking to the streets in “Fridays for Future” rallies, that I really woke up to the subject. After a few months of reflection I decided to leave my role as Managing Director of “my” HR Consultancy interpool, and after some more reflection and discussions the idea to start planetgroups entered my mind. As part of my HR work, I had conducted a large amount of systemic change work and related trainings and facilitation, much of it influenced by Otto Scharmer`s “Theory U” approach. So this is now my best bet to do my share in saving the world. We can do it, if we believe in it. And if we do it together. The solution to the climate crisis is community, not CO2.
Being in nature has always been a miraculous antidote when modern living has threatened to push me off balance. And though my professional involvement in sustainability issues is quite recent, my world view has always been informed by a deep appreciation for the wonderous web of relationships which maintains and replenishes this beautiful blue dot that we call home. So, by the beginning of 2020, when I became tired of the immobilising despair of watching our planet die, I decided I had to choose hope and take action. Having always been at heart, a connector, a convenor and a community builder I made a conscious decision to start mobilising these skills and experiences to help bring people, profits, purpose and planet back into alignment. Today, fortified by learnings from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and a network of inspirational colleagues and contacts, I am shaping my contribution to sustainability – helping planetgroups to facilitate partnerships, networks and programmes that harness the business community’s energy, ideas and passion to collectively co-create a more sustainable future.
My childhood was largely spent playing outside in a peaceful natural environment. I want future generations of kids to have the same privilege.
Consequently, after 15+ years working in global positions in the retail, travel retail and beauty industries across Europe and Asia, in 2019 I finally let myself acknowledge the urgency for ‘people and planet positive’ actions. Once I did, I knew that my professional footprint was no longer the footprint I wanted to have. I had to change. So I took a career break and I trained formally on Sustainable Business Development with Cambridge University, and with B Lab Switzerland to become a B Leader. And in the process I met with a lot of amazing and inspiring people!
Energy and passion have always been my personal drivers. Passion for the outdoors, sports or new professional projects. Receiving and sharing energy with friends, family or business partners. Engaging people and being part of a team makes me thrive! This is why I am very excited and proud to be part of the planetgroups team. The power of collective energy and collective intelligence will be the key to a sustainable and desirable future!
I first saw the impact of the human species on our planet when I was a little child, collecting trash in the forest with my soccer team. Nevertheless, it was my travels to South America which finally convinced me to dedicate my professional work to help our planet. Protecting the beautiful landscape on one hand and seeing it destroyed on the other hand, was something I couldn’t understand, knowing that other solutions exist. During and after my studies of business engineering in Berlin I dedicated myself to the field of renewable energy working with a wind farm developer, a transmission system operator and a startup that enables regional energy communities. In 2020 I decided to focus more on climate protection, reforestation and carbon accounting. What I like about planetgroups is that we enable and inspire people to take planet action and show them that it is easy to take that first step.
My interest in climate change and sustainability solutions first started a few years ago when, through my work with universities in the United States, I was exposed to several exciting environmental innovation projects and new green technologies. At this time, I realised that much of this innovation would never actually achieve enough traction or funding to reach its full potential or generate the positive change to our planet that it was designed to do. I decided to dedicate my career to assisting this process and proceeded to look at ways to highlight innovation through online collaboration. I am excited to be part of the planetgroups team. I believe it is an exciting opportunity to take a positive collaborative message forward and show that it’s not just technology companies and innovators that can offer planet positive solutions, each of us as individuals can also affect real change from within.