Alicia
Alicia
Apr 24 · 3 min read

Today’s Clean Coffee was an intimate affair with three humans and the timer taking part. Note to self: Good Friday is perhaps not a great day for a meetup! Nonetheless, we didn’t let the small numbers stop us and ended up having a relaxed and fruitful conversation. We — Chris and Alicia— switched roles this time, with Chris taking on the role of facilitator and Alicia being a regular participant instead.

Topics we talked about:

  1. How can we build on the momentum that seems to be growing with climate change protests at the moment — is there anything we can be doing to help amplify?
  2. What’s the most convincing argument you can make for management? Reduced turnover? Ease of hiring? Long term Risk exposure?
  3. I’m looking for examples of a coherent policy around travel that I can refer to, or share with orgs who want to do something about the impact of flying. Is there anything around?

Topics we didn’t have time to talk about:

  • What’s the closest thing to a pledge to say you won’t work with fossil fuels or similar in your profession?
  • Is there anything like Extinction Rebellion happening in Berlin/Germany?
  • I’ve been taking more flights recently — how can I best offset those, if I can’t avoid them?

Links & notes related the topics we discussed

Topic 1: How can we build on the momentum that seems to be growing with climate change protests at the moment — is there anything we can be doing to help amplify?

There’s organising (building capacity to act on a request), and there’s mobilising (making the request) . More useful theory below:

One approach might be to create sample policy. We’re trending towards open anyway with company playbooks. What if we make it easy to make PRs or share sample policy?

Topic 2: What’s the most convincing argument you can make for management? Reduced turnover? Ease of hiring? Long term Risk exposure?

In one example shared, having it come from the top, with a existing structure helped. B-Corp is serving a community not really catered for by the existing sustainability industry as they mainly work for much larger corporates. There are examples available though, and models we could try.

Topic 3: I’m looking for examples of a coherent policy around travel that I can refer to, or share with orgs who want to do something about the impact of flying. Is there anything around?

Stripe is doing good work here:

Offsetting tends to be focussed around trees, but that’s also an artefact of us studying it more than alternatives. Grasslands are another option, and often grow faster:

Clean Coffee

Clean Coffee is a remote meeting that takes place once a month where people working in tech discuss ways to tackle climate change in their organisations

Alicia

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Team player. Facilitator. Data scientist. Runner. Cyclist. Feminist.

Clean Coffee

Clean Coffee is a remote meeting that takes place once a month where people working in tech discuss ways to tackle climate change in their organisations

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