Current activities


Paul’s key current focus areas include:

  • Travelling around the world following the release of his book The Great Disruption by Bloomsbury Press the USA, Europe and Australia in 2011 and in The Netherlands in 2012. Paul gave over 70 public talks in 8 months in 2012 in Australia, USA, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, and NZ.
  • Publications and thought pieces. His most recent was a paper with financial risk expert Phil Preston on the impacts of The Great Disruption on valuation of coal, oil and gas companies. Another was a thought piece with Jorgen Randers, one of the authors of the seminal 1972 publication The Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth, which was titled The One Degree War Plan. This was published in the academic journal The Journal for Global Responsibility.
  • A particular focus in 2012 is working on the implications of The Great Disruption for security and defence community. He recently attended a private forum with Defence Chiefs in Singapore on these topics and is currently working on an article for the foreign policy focused Brown Journal on the same area.
  • His regular writing and commentary is published on this site as The Cockatoo Chronicles,  that is emailed free to subscribers and both these and other writing is published at Giles Parkinson’s ReNew Economy website.
  • He has advisory relationships with various companies in Australia and internationally. These currently include serving on the Sustainability Advisory Board of Dutch company DSM and acting as an advisor to NZ Dairy Coop, Fonterra. He has in recent years also advised and conducted speaking engagements for various companies including BHP Billiton, Fosters, Stocklands, DuPont, Object Consulting and the Victorian EPA.
  • He is one of  the Global Core Faculty of the Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme run by Cambridge University’s Program for Sustainable Leadership and is Chairman of the Australian program. In this program he lectures and facilitates senior executive seminars and special programs around the world driving corporate action on sustainability. These have included the groundbreaking P8 Summit where the Chairman/CEOs of 8 of the world’s largest pension funds came together to define action they could take on climate change.

Paul’s history is one of deep commitment to social action and cutting edge experiments in social change in both the business and the non-profit sector. As well as the above activities Paul has, over his 35 years of active engagement on sustainability, helped to break new ground in many areas as an entrepreneurial businessman and CEO and as a creative campaigner and activist. More details can be found on this site under Paul’s history.