This resource contains the full seminar recording, alongside some shorter clips highlighting some of the key and interesting talking points made by the speakers: Bridget McKenzie, Cultural consultant and environmental activist, Claire Buckley, Environmental sustainability expert from Julie’s Bicycle, and Ruchir Shah, Director of External Affairs at the Scottish Wildlife Trust. It also features a number of useful resources, reports and toolkits to help you with environmental sustainability within your own heritage organisation.
Bridget McKenzie highlighted that literate leadership is about wisdom and that there are a number of overlapping leadership frames, of which digital leadership is just one part. You can see Bridget’s diagram in the video below, which highlights the other frames of leadership. Bridget argues that digital leadership tends to sit in an area focused on efficiency, but that literate leadership needs to be digitally enabled and informed by by both regenerative principles and regenerative culture.
Claire Buckley shared some useful tips for how you can make sure that your digital projects, products and programmes are better for the environment. Firstly, it’s important that we consider the wider impact of digital tools and technologies and not just fixate on our carbon footprint. Once we have that understanding, we can then work on reducing those impacts. Claire also suggests that leaders need to put a green lens on digital planning, strategy and activities and that if you have an environmental strategy, digital should be a part of it, and that if you have a digital strategy, it needs to include environmental action. Finally, Claire brought it back to skills and literacies by making sure that your teams are aware and mindful of the environmental impact that the organisation’s work has.
Ruchir Shah began his presentation by highlighting the emotional journey that is part of digital leadership. He spoke about the pace of digital change and the challenge of keeping up with trends. This fast pace can create a lot of anxiety for leaders, which can be compounded by the anxiety we are already facing due to the earth crisis. Ruchir asked that if there is one message that you can take away from his presentation, it’s that we should be kind to ourselves.
Digital transformation and change is certainly not ‘net-zero’ and there’s a lot to be mindful of when it comes to the ecological footprint of how we deploy digital technologies. Understanding the ecological footprint of our digital activities can also help with some of the anxiety that we face around digital change and transformation, particularly in an earth and nature loss crisis.
Understanding your heritage organisation’s environmental impact is about more than just tracking its carbon footprint. It’s about how you can change the rhythm of your organisation to help the people working within it make more sustainable choices. As a leader, you need to have sustainability at the heart of everything you do, to make sure that it is reflected within the culture of your organisation. But, as Ruchir said, it is also important that we are kind to ourselves and mindful of the pace of change. So it is important that we take small and practical steps, so that we don’t become overwhelmed by the challenge that lays ahead.
- Culture Declares Emergency
- Culture Takes Action toolkit
- Creative Green Tools
- How to make your digital engagement activities better for the environment
- Digital Transformation: Resources for digital transformation within Scotland’s environment sector
- The Diverse Values and Valuation of Nature.
- Briefing Report: Environmental Sustainability in the Digital Age of Culture
- The Networked Condition: Environmental Impacts of Digital Cultural Production
- The Carbon Footprint of the Internet.
Digital leadership – Heritage, digital and the climate crisis resource (2022) by Culture24 supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, licensed under CC BY 4.0
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