EDUCATION: This bowl of porridge is just right… (Part 2)

Welcome to the second in a three-part series of entries dedicated to educating you on, well, education!  Last time we wrote about a few of the questions you should be asking yourself, and gave you a couple suggestions for resources to learn more.  Today we present a slightly deeper exploration of these resources.  Because if you simply Google “sustainability consulting” you will end up on SSC’s website, and you’re already here! 

So make sure you read Part 1 before continuing. 

We’ll wait. 

All done?  Great!  Moving on…

There are a gazillion blogs, websites, and magazines dedicated to sustainability professionals and information.  Here are a couple of the best that will keep you up-to-date on all the latest news and views:

  • CSR Wire is the premier source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news, reports, events, and information.  It’s a must-read if you want to be a knowledgeable sustainability consultant
  • The Stanford Social Innovation Review is a general academic journal that seeks to; “share substantive insights and practical experiences that will help those who do the important work of improving society do it even better.”  Since the ultimate goal of working in sustainability is to make sure our global community remains viable for our children and grandchildren, the SSIR is worth checking out
  • Grist is sort of like The Onion for climate news – except their stories are real!  Scary, eh?  But seriously, if you’re interested in learning more about the “looming climate apocalypse” and have fun while you’re at it, this is the website for you. 

Now that your cup runneth over with loads and loads of background information, it’s time to reach out to the greater sustainability community.  There are a number of fantastic networking groups that are free or inexpensive to join, many of which will give you access to hundreds and thousands of sustainability experts, consultants, and organizations.  Here are a few:

  • Net Impact is, according to its website, “an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.”  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. 
  • The SSC Consultant Network – yes, we are promoting ourselves.  SSC’s network brings together more than 600 of the world’s leading sustainability consultants.  Joining the network has many perks; you can learn from your peers (and teach them a thing or two!), strengthen your skills, or even get help breaking into the sustainability-consulting world. 

On Tuesday we’ll give you some resources where you can put your newfound knowledge to work.  That’s right…we’ll show you where to find a job.   

By the way…this blog mini-series is just a small fraction of the information available in our Sustainability Consulting 101 webinar.  More useful links, resources, ideas, and strategies are available for download here.