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We received over 100 essay submissions, with areas of expertise ranging from energy to community relations. The quality of work was outstanding, covering almost every facet of sustainability. This made the shortlisting process a hard task. Following two rounds of shortlisting, we have our final nine essays. Each with their own unique perspective, the short-listed entries represent the best cross-section of work, offering both radical and practical solutions to the question:

‘How do we build from the current corona crisis towards a more sustainable future?’
We ask you to consider this question from one or more of the following perspectives:

  • Cultural, behavioural and societal change;
  • Government policy, regulatory & institutional change; and/or
  • Business leadership, governance and practice.

Shortlisted Entrants

Essay Prize Shortlist from David on Vimeo.

Yash Dewan (First Prize) – Considering broader conceptual frameworks, as well as a range of near and mid-term solutions, Yash’s essay provides a holistic approach to building from coronavirus towards a sustainable future, with reference to the water sector and employment challenges.

Dylan Ngan (Joint Second Prize) – A wild card amongst the entries, Dylan’s philosophical angle centred on the use of a value-based approach to uncertainty and how, to effectively lead us out of crisis, we must question what is important and why.

Manjot Heer (Joint Second Prize)– Building on personal experience, Manjot’s essay centred on the use of innovation hubs to develop renewable energy projects between academia, government and business, facilitating the step change in creativity and collaboration needed for a sustainable future.

James Poston (Third Prize) – Including primary research, James’ work mapped out clear, practical actions for government, businesses and civil society to recover from coronavirus in a way that builds back better.

 

Alicja Boryn - Alicja’s essay focused on culture, policy and business responses to the pandemic. Her essay covered everything from food chains, to legal frameworks for political accountability and measures to protect the unemployed.

Anneli Tostar – Anneli’s essay emphasized the need for tax reform to free up funds for the future. By backing income support packages to transition to a circular economy, more tailored forms of engagement with under-represented groups and provisioning extra support for renewable projects, her suggestions called for a sustainable, equitable future.”

Parth Devalia – With an emphasis on leveraging the moment to redefine social contracts and forge a new economic model which values preparedness, Parth’s essay gave a variety of recommendations ranging from a one off wealth tax, to investor action and purpose-led business.

Manjot Heer (Joint Second Prize)– Building on personal experience, Manjot’s essay centred on the use of innovation hubs to develop renewable energy projects between academia, government and business, facilitating the step change in creativity and collaboration needed for a sustainable future.

Patrick Hinton – Providing both a government led and community centred approach to achieving a sustainable future, Patrick’s suggestions ranged from the need for a green recovery via economic stimulus packages, to youth empowerment.

Sergiu George Jiduc – With a strong economic focus, Sergiu’s essay put forwards guiding principles for a green economic recovery, as well as practical green stimulus interventions available for policymakers in the short term.

 

The work of many other highly scoring entrants will feature and be credited in our virtual book, which is being put together to showcase the essays and the artworks.