New release: Resilience Zones

logo boxedThe Next Practice (TNP) in partnership with ICLEI released a new service offering called Resilience Zones, at ICLEI Canada’s Livable Cities Forum in Vancouver. Taking a comprehensive approach to climate adaptation, catastrophic risk management, and local economic development, the Resilience Zone process focuses on creating the market conditions for continued development and re-investment in at-risk urban districts, precincts and neighbourhoods.

For more information about Resilience Zones click here.




Harnessing the potential of shared value partnerships

We know that new forms of business models and partnership are required to realise the potential of shared-value business opportunities.  TNP has been able to provide some of the lessons from it’s work on the creation and scaling of shared value products and services that deliver commercial and social return in a new article The Role of Value Networks.

Shared value explores the incorporation of social importance in value propositions as a means to support the bottom line.  This approach focuses on the re-design of core business lines to include and deliver targeted social impacts as a strategy for greater market penetration, market share, and competitive advantage, in addition to legitimacy benefits.

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Experts’ Workshop on Sustainable Cities

Communitas Experts' Workshop Jeb Brugmann, TNP Partner, was invited to moderate an international expert group meeting hosted by the Communitas Coalition at the United Nations (UN) in New York City on December 5th and 6th, 2013. Communitas’ work is focused on embedding sustainable urbanization into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being negotiated by the United Nations. The discussions were organized based on the following 6 SDG thematics areas:

1. Integrated urban planning & design for city-region connectivity & efficiency and inclusive public space

2. Participatory democracy, poverty & inequalities reduction

3. Prosperity & jobs for all within planetary boundaries with a focus on youth & women

4. Universal access to affordable & quality social services & public utilities incl. shelter, water & sanitation, transport & energy

5. Linkages with rural development, including food security & resources provision

6. Resilience through risk prevention & management & environmental sustainability

For a full listing of participating organizations and to review the agenda and expert summaries, click here.

Building resilient cities

TNP Partner, Jeb Brugmann, authored a report titled “Building Resilient Cities: From Risk Assessment to Redevelopment” as part of the “Building Climate Resilience in Cities” workshop series organized by Ceres, ClimateWise, The University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, The Insurance Advisory Panel and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability.

Building Resilient Cities

Historically, efforts to build climate resilience in cities have been led by public policy and planning efforts. As cities continue to grow in scale and complexity, large scale investment and widespread behavioural change is needed to ensure that cities are prepared to manage future risks, illustrating the crucial role that the private sector has to play. This report identifies one of ways in which the private sector can work to mitigate the negative outcomes of climate change through a new strategic planning framework, called a “Resilience Zone”.

To read the full report, click here.

Arivi has arrived!

Since The Next Practice’s (TNP) beginning in 2004 we have supported businesses around the world to develop products and services that meet the needs of low income populations, while offering a sound business case for investment. During a 2007 client project, TNP supported the bp Ubuntu team in the first generation development of a paraffin stove designed specifically for the households in South African townships and rural settlements. We are pleased to share the news that the same technology and design is being brought back to market as the Arivi stove.

Products for low income households don’t have to be crude to be affordable.  The aim is elegant designs with straightforward, durable components that address the distinct customs, use environments and risks of an underserved segment. These designs can be both affordable and aspirational. Arivi is proof. See the video below to learn more.