Diane and Tom, are in the business of thinking about converging crises and they help corporate leaders not only peer around the corner, but formulate strategies that make sense in our changing world.
We live in a world of converging crises. War in Europe, food and energy insecurity, historic flooding in Pakistan and historical drought in the US, COVID shutdowns in China, American and European sanctions that disrupt supply chains…the list goes on. The good old days probably were not as good as we now like to remember, but they certainly were more predictable.
We can forget about that new normal thing we hoped would emerge as the pandemic receded: No normal is the new normal.
But life goes on. We need to make decisions about a future that is blurry at best. Imagine that you’re a CEO of a big company. How do you cope with a world that seems to be spinning off its axis? How do you find workers when you need them, decide where to open new plants, assure a reliable supply chain. And what do you do about climate change?
Our guests on the New Thinking for a New World podcast are in the business of thinking about converging crises and trying to help corporate executives cope with them. Tom Armstrong is president of Madison River Group, which specializes in advising on climate change and Earth systems outcomes. Diane Osgood is a sustainability strategist with deep practical experience in the real world. How do they help corporate leaders not only peer around the corner, but formulate strategies that make sense in our changing world?
ABOUT OUR GUESTS
Thomas R. Armstrong, PhD is President of Madison River Group (MRG); a strategic, action-oriented consulting firm specializing in climate change and Earth systems outcomes. MRG’s contributions include the Adaptation Actions in a Changing Arctic (AACA; a three-volume, circum-Arctic assessment); development of a climate communication strategy for SpaceX and Elon Musk, and the development of the first Montana State Climate Assessment. Prior to MRG, Tom served within the White House during the Obama Administration as the Executive Director of the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), a senior author of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Head of Delegation to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, and the Chair of Sustaining Arctic Observing Systems (SAON). Before Joining the White House, Tom served as the Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) Senior Advisor for Climate Change under Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as well as the science lead for climate change under Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.
Diane Osgood helps companies navigate climate-related risks, find opportunities and report strategically. As a pioneering sustainability strategist with over 2 decades of corporate sustainability experience, she focuses on building profits with sustainability and ESG embedded into operations, creating new sustainable products and services, and managing risks. It’s more than work; it’s her passion.