dark blue, bright green (lets set the world alight)

Dark blue bright green. Lets set the world alight

Post carbon transition (PCT)? No idea. BUT I know someone who does. Lots of them. Many not realising their unique potential contribution. Some have: Governor, Bank of England (Economics, St Peters); Editor, Guardian (English, Pembroke); CEO, Royal Shakespeare Company (History, St Johns); Warden, Goldsmiths (Education, Kellogg). Intellectual diversity is what Oxford alumni have in spades. And this is what PCT needs: engineers, chemists, lawyers, bankers, politicians, artists, teachers, journalists, etc.

Alongside diversity PCT needs purposeful, well-positioned critical mass. There are 2-3,000 PCT people in Oxford University. But Oxford University is in 300,000 graduates, across 200-plus countries, with incredible reach.

Last months JP Morgan climate report was by an Oxford graduate. More than 300 graduates are at JPM, 1 in every 1,000 Oxford alum. But another 3,000 alum ie 1 in 100 are already PCT planet savers, from Oxfords School of Geography & Environment. You can double/triple this across the wider alum cohort (but they dont know each other). Catalysts!

The SIP trick is mobilising more of the cohort. Imagine this media headline: Oxford University asks graduates to save planet. With their brains - each realising their unique contribution.

How? [In Oxford speak] give them an essay crisis (urgency challenge), a reading list (tool box of updating insights) and let them know about each other. Create a dynamic network of networks, swapping ideas/experiences - across a creatively competitive matrix of locations, sectors and thematic solutions (plus a pinch of inter-college spice). No prescription. Purpose-driven 21stC Oxford PCT Society.

Last week Storm Greta was in Oxford, proclaiming the world is on fire. Dr James Martin had a special phrase for Oxfords strategic ability to respond to such challenges: the invention of invention. For PCT, he would see dark blue, bright green. Lets set the world alight. Then tell Cambridge. (In)Sensitive Intervention Point.



Oxford University and Graduates


Trigger (intervention)




Feedback Dynamics


Timescale and scaleability





Ian Curtis

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