Big Tech as a Transformer and Disruptor for One-Planet Prosperity

Sara Ellis Conant April 1, 2023

Big Tech plays a huge role in the future of our planet, faced with tipping-point environmental and social threats. While it provides numerous benefits, it also creates significant harm. Autodesk is one of the few Big Tech firms that gives hope. The thirty-second largest tech company in the US, it has neutralized GHG emissions across its operations and entire value chain for two years, has issued a sustainability bond offering totaling $1B, and more. In this workshop, we’ll explore how Autodesk contributes to a regenerative and sustainable planet for all, including the role of coaching to support transformational leadership. We’ll engage with participants to generate insights and solutions to the question: “With so little time to avert planetary catastrophe, how can we dramatically increase Big Tech’s role as a positive disruptor?”




Sustainability, Regeneration, One Planet, Climate Change, Climate Action, Big Tech, Positive Disruption

Purpose and Desired Outcome

The purpose of this session is to: * Briefly spotlight the tipping-point environmental and social threats facing our planet * Emphasize the pivotal role that Big Tech currently plays and might play as a force for good (One-Planet prosperity) and harm (One-Planet misery) * Highlight that there are a few Big Tech firms making a positive difference * Showcase what some of those difference are and how they are achieved * Underscore that we need to dramatically accelerate Big Tech’s role as a force for good if we are to avert climate catastrophe, mitigate mass extinction, move towards equity, and more * Above all, engage audience members in solutioning around what it will take to transform and disrupt Big Tech to do “more good” and “less bad” — in support of a regenerative & sustainable, equitable, thriving planet for all Participants will walk away with ("desired outcomes"): * Insights into the role of Big Tech as a force for good and ill * Case studies from Autodesk on making positive impacts * Greater motivation to make a huge difference * Resources for change-agency re: dramatically accelerating Big Tech’s role as a force for good * A concrete action plan (minimal commitment: one action; ideally many actions) inviting them to step into their boldness and greatness as change agents * Access to a free app to log action commitments, track progress, update goals, and more * Periodic reminders encouraging follow-through on action commitments * Access to a platform for ongoing engagement with others – share ideas, track what others are doing, collaborate on projects, and more


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Artists & Culture-makers

  • Government

  • Academia

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameJoe Speicher or Ben Thompson
  • TitleVice President of ESG and Impact // Director, Sustainable Business
  • OrganizationAutodesk
  • StatusInvited
  • NameSara Ellis Conant
  • TitleCEO & Co-founder
  • Organizationa)plan coaching
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameLawrence Ellis
  • TitleFounder // Lead Sustainability Advisor
  • OrganizationOne Planet Prosperity Network // a)plan coaching
  • StatusConfirmed
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