My favorite annual reports

So,  the excellent Lori Duvall (formerly of Sun) moderated a panel  on sustainable goals and reporting at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Sustainability Symposium  last week.  Here’s a picture of the panel with myself, Kathie Gerwig  and Bruce Klafter:

copyright SVLG 2010

… I can’t remember the context of this particular moment, but I seem to be either doing a seated version of the hokey-pokey, or telling people that neglecting metrics will make your ears grow very, very big.

It’s some consolation that Adam Werbach also appeared to be doing the hokey-pokey later that afternoon:

copyright SVLG 2010

Adam, if anyone can re-brand the hokey pokey as cool and green, it’s you. But I started it, for the record.  (Standing hokey-pokey is nowhere near as cool as seated hokey pokey.)

Lori asked what our favorite sustainability reports were. I have to say mine are not from companies, but from two individuals who have taken the “what gets measured, gets managed” adage to the extreme in their own lives.

I saw Nicholas Felton at Poptech. He’s a designer from New York and has been doing annual reports on himself since 2005. They are  a gorgeous rendering of the details of his life over the course of a year:

…Over the years, he’s reported on streets walked upon, animals eaten, topics of conversation, books read,  total carbon from air travel, and music played.

Inventor and MacArthur genius grant winner Saul Griffith did a deep dive into his 2007 carbon footprint and came up with this pie chart.

You can see his full presentation here.

I love these because they are visually compelling; they tell a story in an interesting way that makes us want to read and understand and puzzle over them; and, they both challenge us to do better. Griffith’s presentation points out that his current consumption is 18,000 watts per year, whereas for planetary sustainability, we each need to get to 2400 watts per person.  A great report, or metric, not only tells you something about the past. It challenges you to more effectively craft a vision for the future.

So,  the excellent Lori Duvall (formerly of Sun) moderated a panel  on sustainable goals and reporting at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Sustainability Symposium  last week.  Here’s a picture of the panel with myself, Kathie Gerwig  and Bruce Klafter:
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