The Future We Want: A Systems Approach to Growing Sustainable Business

Esalen Institute Coast

Come to the world-renowned Esalen Institute from May 18-20, 2012, on the scenic northern California coast near Big Sur, for a dynamic, interactive workshop on systems thinking and sustainable business.

Led by Christina Page, Dana Fellows Cohort #1 and Global Director of Energy and Sustainability Strategy for Yahoo!, the workshop will feature best practices and case studies from the front lines of corporate sustainability in a stunning natural setting. For more information or to register, see the Esalen course catalog listing at, contact Christina Page (chris_page99 {@}, or see additional details below.



Is “green” always more expensive? Must a financially healthy company exploit the environment? Does success at work mean an ecologically and emotionally unsustainable personal life? How is clean technology solving—or contributing to—all of these problems? And how are personal journeys and systems thinking woven in to this process?

Christina Page will use examples from the front lines of corporate sustainability, while inviting participants to share their own experiences and brainstorm ideas for a sustainable future. Drawing upon the fields of systems thinking, organizational learning, and ecology, we will emerge with a better understanding of what sustainability could look like in the business sector and in our personal lives.

The workshop is for anyone interested in sustainability and business innovation, as well as exploring their ideas with others. We will use tools and examples from the innovation of Silicon Valley, the energy efficiency and business acumen of Rocky Mountain Institute, and the organizational learning and systems-thinking work of Peter Senge and Dana Meadows.

Who is teaching it?
Christina Page is Global Director of Energy and Sustainability Strategy for Yahoo!, where she is responsible for shaping the company’s corporate environmental activities. Her recent work includes Yahoo!’s commitment to reducing the carbon intensity of data centers, and managing a $10 million green IT grant from the Department of Energy for innovative data center design. In 2010, Yahoo! was named one of Newsweek’s top 10 Green US businesses.

Prior to joining Yahoo!, Chris was at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a Colorado-based “think-and-do tank” led by energy efficiency guru Amory Lovins. While at RMI, Chris advised clients such as Shell, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart and PG&E on corporate sustainability strategy and energy efficiency opportunities. Chris has taught sustainable business at National Taiwan University, Peking University, and the University of Colorado. She has also been a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and a writer/editor for the public radio environmental program “Living on Earth.”

While living in Colorado, Chris was a member of the all-volunteer Mountain Rescue Aspen team, providing aid to lost and injured parties in the Rocky Mountains. She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Religious Studies from Brown University and a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Where is it?
The Esalen Institute was founded in 1962 as a center devoted to the exploration of what Aldous Huxley called the “human potential;” the world of unrealized human capacities that lies beyond the imagination. Esalen is situated on 27 acres of spectacular Big Sur coastline with the Santa Lucia Mountains rising sharply behind.

When is it?
May 18-20, 2011.

How much does this cost?
Cost of the workshop includes:

  • Food
  • Access to various yoga and tai chi classes throughout the weekend when workshop is not in session
  • Access to Esalen’s spectacular mineral hot springs and grounds
  • Lodging

Cost runs from $405-$1595 per person (depending upon how luxurious you want your accommodations to be – Esalen has it all!).

For more information regarding the workshop content, please contact Christina Page at chris_page99 {@} For specifics on Esalen tuition, logistics and other details, please call 888-837-2536 or go to Esalen’s website.

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