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Calling all innovators and implementers! Beginning in June, Sustainable Brands will launch a new “Issues in Focus” editorial package examining ways brands are “activating sustainability” — driving behavior change toward sustainable consumption.
Guest editors Sally Uren of Forum for the Future, Suzanne Shelton of Shelton Group and the SB editorial team are seeking articles, interviews and case studies for publication.
Shifting to a sustainable economy requires a new kind of brand-consumer partnership. As consumers begin to vote with their dollars for more innovative products and services that both delight the purchaser and support the long-term health of society, they help create competitive advantage for the brands that best deliver. Getting there requires convincing less conscious consumers that they can have their cake and eat it too (drive positive change and indulge their needs), and teaching them to choice-edit for the most personal, planetary and societal impact.
This month we explore the latest models supporting a shift toward sustainable consumption (collaborative consumption, dematerialization), and ways in which brands are engaging consumers to encourage more conscious, less wasteful behaviors. This Issue will explore:
Join us for a transformational experience at SB Brand-Led Culture Change — May 8-10 in Minneapolis. This event brings together hundreds of brand leaders eager to delve into radical lifestyle shifts and sustainable consumer behavior change at scale. The trends driving cultural acceleration are already underway, and you can be at the forefront of this transformative movement.
We will look at the history of how companies have influenced consumer behavior, as well as what’s next on the horizon for brands, to explore untapped potential in this space and to offer inspiration.
Please send content ideas to the email addresses below.
Our readers are business leaders and strategists seeking information about how others are profitably innovating for sustainability. They seek insights and ideas that might be applied across market sectors about how to drive top-line growth while successfully reducing the impacts of their operations, and engaging key stakeholders along the way.
We evaluate submissions based on currency and relevance of the examples or ideas presented, balance of perspective, strength and clarity of content and delivered principles. See our Writers’ Handbook for further guidelines.
Written (600-1000 words), audio and/or video perspectives. Focus areas might include:
What is behaviour change? Why, where and how behaviour change is important for brands; the scope of brands to create behaviour change; the importance of brands collaborating to positively influence behaviour.
What can we learn from….? Brilliant examples of behaviour change in surprising places:
Explore interesting research and findings into sustainable behaviours — particularly in emerging economies (e.g. research into different laundry habits in Brazil, London, India).
Examples of brands changing behaviour past and present: A critical look at the effectiveness (or not) of brand-led behaviour change initiatives; comparing sustainability and non-sustainability related activity.
Brands shifting attitudes and norms, and educating. E.g:
Brands delivering social purpose in practice — e.g.
Examples of brands changing behaviour in the future. Explore examples around four themes:
Marketers, creatives, account handlers, strategists, sustainability experts, brand managers — anyone creating communications with the goal of influencing stakeholder behaviors.
Share a one-paragraph to one-page overview describing your most successful (or unsuccessful) ideas, initiatives, campaigns, implementations and takeaways from your organization, industry, students, staff, etc.
We’re looking for leading-edge thinking, tools, campaigns, platforms — any brand activities aimed at driving more sustainable behaviors. Preference will be given to pieces that provide perspectives with enterprise-wide and ideally market-wide implications and applications.
Sally Uren, guest editor
Suzanne Shelton, guest editor
Jennifer Elks, managing editor
Published May 11, 2013 3pm EDT / 12pm PDT / 8pm BST / 9pm CEST