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About ESA, Jackson S. M. (2012)

A summary of this article about ESA was published in the Apokoronas Environment Handbook March 2012.

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Sense and Sustainability, Jackson S.M. (2012)

In ‘Cranfield Take on Corporate Sustainability’, Greefleaf.

This paper is based on academic research, however it is written in a practitioner, management style. This chapter explains the importance of ensuring congruent stories in companies to encourage managers’ sensemaking to be aligned with the organisation’s corporate sustainability aspirations. This is illustrated through real business case examples and suggestions for practical action.

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How Managers Make Sense of CSR: The impact of Eastern Philosophy in Japanese Owned Transnational Corporations, Jackson S. M. (2012)

In G. P. Prastacos, F. Wang and K. E. Soderquist (Eds.), ‘Leadership & Management in a Changing World: Lessons from Ancient East and West Philosophy’, Springer- Verlag.

This paper was presented at a conference in Athens in June 2011 ‘Leadership & Management in a Changing World: Lessons from Ancient East and West Philosophy’. The conference was an inaugural collaboration between Athens and Beijing Universities. This paper discusses an empirical research study conducted at two transnational Japanese consumer electronic product manufacturers to explore whether the underpinning corporate Japanese philosophy has an impact on how the operational mangers made sense of the organisational CSR aspirations.

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Making Sense of Sustainability from a Business Manager’s Perspective, Jackson S.M. (2010)

Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility- Occasional Paper.

This paper is a summary of research conducted between 2007 and 2009 about how managers’ sensemaking process can lead to enacting or not enacting their organisation’s CSR or sustainability initiatives.

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Apokoronas Environment Handbook

A concise compilation of very useful information on environmental related topics including recycling and waste, pollution, water conservation, energy management, access to the country and illegal building.

The official website of the Apokoronas Environmental Group which is committed to finding practical solutions to the challenges in the Apokoronas region.

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Powered only by Cretan sunshine, ESA is a beautiful building rooted in the earth amongst ancient rocks and olive trees, surrounded by nature. Its construction is a leading example of sustainability in practice. ESA is an experiential and creative place where people feel enlivened, uplifted and creative. Great living and great learning happens at ESA. A perfect setting for:

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Our passion is contributing towards co-created sustainable enterprise for positive impact on communities and the natural environment on a global scale. Leadership and entrepreneur issues of adaptation, resilience, authenticity, sustainable-self, values connected sense-making and the continued emancipation of women (WISE) to take up more leadership roles in the world are at the core of the ESA sustainability experience.

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Crete is the sustainable destination of the past and of the future.


The island birthplace of Zeus, Crete, nestled between Europe, Africa and the Middle East is rich with mythology, gastronomy, music, art, agriculture and one of the first civilisations, the Minoans. These days many rural Cretan villages, thrive on a sustainable lifestyle of barter and exchange with a strong connection with the land. ESA is thrilled to be collaborating with Cretan Urban Adventures to co-create a truly immersive sustainability experience which will make visitors leave with a richer connection with LIFE!