Let Alone be Innovative And Environmentally Sustainable

Aylin Altuntaş – Founder AA Executive Consulting

“All the world is a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exists and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts…”
As You Like It, Shakespeare

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll in 1865, is a story of a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar humanlike creatures.

“Black Holes may be the openings to the different time zones. If we suddenly fall into a black hole, we may reborn to a different universe in a different period of time… Can the black holes be the doors to the Wonderland where there are more Alices and white rabbits?” Carl Sagan

So is it what Shakespeare was saying; “while the players are playing their acts in one scene, totally unaware of the alternative realities in the parallel universes, may accidentally open a door and find themselves totally in another scene with new laws, new rules, and a different scenario?”

Well, I guess we will never find out until we fall into a black hole…

Coming back to our suffering planet; due to rising temperatures caused by the climate change, dry regions are getting drier and wet regions wetter. The change in the water level currently impacts 40% of the world’s population and as many as 700 million people are at-risk of being displaced as a result of drought by 2030. Between 80-90 of all the documented disasters from natural hazards during the past 10 years have resulted from floods, droughts, tropical cyclones, heat waves and severe storms.

The fashion sector generates 20% of the world’s wastewater. Some fashion companies are acting on it. A Finnish start-up is making shoes from waste coffee. Every pair is made from 300 grams of used coffee grounds equivalent to 21 cups of coffee and 6 recycled plastic bottles. A German luxury brand is making shoes out of pineapple leaf fibres. A British fashion designer is making clothes from mushrooms. A Swedish fashion retailer makes the soles of sandals from algae.

While I was chilling with my friends in Soho, London, a few months ago, a young man approached to our table and asked from where I bought my blouse. I was more than happy to tell him that I had bought it from a Turkish fashion company in İstanbul. He introduced himself as an American designer and asked if he could find the shop in London. Unfortunately the Company is not exporting, at least not yet! Our fashion designs MUST be able to be purchased from all around the world with the computable prices. Let alone be innovative and environmentally sustainable!

As the Japanese proverb says: “If one can do it, I can do it. If no one can do it, I must do it.”

Aylin Altuntaş
London/İstanbul

References:
As You Like It, William Shakespeare, 1599
Alice In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, 1865
Dr.Carl Sagan, astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrobiologist, author
Dr.Michio Kaku, Parallel Worlds, theoretical physicist, futurist
World Health Organization
World Economic Forum

Aylin Altuntaş –Change Leader, Executive Coach, Conference Speaker
Aylin Altuntaş is graduated from Boğaziçi University, Simultaneous Translation and Interpretation Department, İstanbul, Turkey in 1994. Altuntaş attended French Language courses at College International de Cannes in 1993.
Aylin received Trainer Certificate in Switzerland in 1998 and Boğaziçi University Human Resources Management Certificate Program in 1999-2000; completed Harvard Business School On-Line Management and Leadership Development modules in 2003. She received training about ROI in Training in Switzerland and Basic Labour Law Training in Turkey in 1999. Altuntaş got Leadership and Change Management Training in Switzerland in 2000 and was certified as a trainer on Coaching, Counseling and Change Management in 2004 by Right Management Consultants, USA. In 2005, she completed Starbucks Coffee Company HR Management Program in Seattle, USA. Aylin, in her career in Human Resources, Training and Personnel Development in the global companies for 12 years, gave training to every level of employees on various subjects related to management & leadership development; she educated numerous trainers. Aylin Altuntaş further is competent to develop emotional intelligence as well as managing group dynamics during the period of change.
Aylin started her career at Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) and after the graduation from the university, worked at the foundation of the Family Hotel in Pamukkale. She later, worked as the HR and Training Manager at Gategourmet, one of the world leaders in airline catering business and as the Head of HR and Training for Turkey at Starbucks Coffee Company, a Global Brand. She finally was the HR Director and Executive Committee member at Conrad Hotel, a brand of Hilton Worldwide, where she was the leader to increase employee satisfaction from 54% to 86% in 3 years. Aylin left Conrad targeting to share her knowledge and experience in her professional life nationally and internationally with different companies and executives.

Aylin Altuntaş is the founder AA Executive Consulting® and has given Management Consultancy to the companies in Turkey about corporate culture, branding and managing the people side of change since 2009. She has given training and career coaching to the executives. Aylin Altuntaş is a member of, ACMP (Association of Change Management Professionals), USA.