I don’t think i2019 Conference Highlights Reportt is a project management thing – despite the emphasis that this puts on activities with defined end-dates – I suspect it is more about human nature; the fact that most of us are uncomfortable with things that are incomplete, unfinished, continually ongoing. But we’re learning.

The big themes that have preoccupied major project practitioners (and others) over recent years – climate change and sustainability, diversity and inclusivity, new ways of working, amongst others have encouraged us to accept the new status quo; that of permanent change.

That’s not a bad thing. Far from it. If something is in a continual state of development that should make progress easier because we no longer have to strive for (unrealistic) perfection, we can focus on delivering improvements and changes incrementally. And we should celebrate these rather than taking them for granted.

Let’s look at just one aspect of this: sustainability and the circular economy.

Following our annual conference in September 2019, the Association and our members made a series of commitments:

We agreed to:

And since this is an ongoing challenge rather than a series of ‘finite tasks’, we have also:

Where will all this activity take us? Who can say. But the one thing you can say with certainty is that, working with other organizations and associations and with the support from members, we can continue to develop and diversify our responses to and our activities to anticipate the requirements for a sustainable future.

Help us sustain the momentum

  • If your organization doesn’t have a Major Projects Association sustainability ambassador
  • If you’d like to be involved in shared CoP26 activities involving other members
  • If you’d like to organize and deliver a Sustainability Ambassadors webinar for the series
  • Or if you have other ideas in this space

Then, talk to us.