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, Germany in 2012 and Brazil in 2014. Paul has given hundreds of talks since the books release.
  • Publications and thought pieces. Published various papers on issues including the impacts of The Great Disruption on valuation of coal, oil and gas companies and, with Jorgen Randers, one of the authors of the seminal 1972 publication The Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth, The One Degree War Plan. This was published in the academic journal The Journal for Global Responsibility.
  • A new focus over recent years was the implications of The Great Disruption for security and defence community. He attended a private forum with Defence Chiefs in Singapore on these topics and has written a paper 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 have included in recent years Unilever, BHP Billiton, NZ Dairy Coop, Fonterra and DSM.
  • He is a Fellow at Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and is on the Global Core Faculty of the Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme run by CISL 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.

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.