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Paul Hawken


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Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist and author. Since the age of 20, he’s dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

President Bill Clinton called Paul’s book Natural Capitalism one of the five most important books in the world. Hawken’s latest, Blessed Unrest, describes the magnitude and power of civil society to address humanity’s challenges.

Presented in partnership with the Australian Conservation Foundation, Paul will be in conversation with Alexandra de Blas.


Alexandra de Blas

Alexandra de Blas is the principal of de Blas Communications, a business specialising in social and environmental sustainability. She was previously a environment journalist. For eight years Alexandra was the voice of ‘Earthbeat’, a weekly specialist environment program on ABC Radio National. Sh... Read more

Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken’s Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (Little Brown, September 1999) co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been read and referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton, who called it one of the five most important books in the world today. P... Read more


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