Paul Gilding

Independent writer & advisor on sustainability


Paul Gilding has spent 40 years trying to change the world, doing everything he can think of. He’s served in the Australian military, chased nuclear armed aircraft carriers in small inflatable boats, campaigned on human rights, plugged up industrial waste discharge pipes, been global CEO of Greenpeace, become a visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, started and run two successful companies and advised the Boards, CEOs and executives of some the world’s largest companies.

Paul is now an independent author, strategy advisor and entrepreneur for a sustainable economy. He has worked with the Boards and executives of many leading global companies including Unilever, BHP Billiton, DSM, Ford and DuPont and is a widely recognised global authority on the economic and business implications of sustainability and climate change. He is a Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership where he researches and teaches on the inevitable global economic transformation around sustainability.

In 2011 Bloomsbury published his widely acclaimed book “The Great Disruption” which has since been translated for publication in Germany, The Netherlands and Brazil. His views have been featured in major media outlets around the world including by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Tom Friedman in the New York Times, where Friedman concluded “Ignore Gilding at your peril.” He now travels the world alerting people to the global economic and ecological crisis now unfolding around us, as the world economy reaches and passes the limits to growth.

He is confident we can get through what’s coming and in fact thinks we will rise to the occasion, with change on a scale and at a speed incomprehensible today. He tells us to get prepared for The Great Disruption and “the end of shopping”, as we reinvent the global economy and our model of social progress.

He lives on a farm in southern Tasmania, Australia with his wife, where they grow vegetables and raise chickens, pigs and their children.


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