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Raz Godelnik, Assistant Professor of  Strategic Design and Management, Parsons School of Design, The New School

From ‘Sustainability’ to ‘De-Growth’ Business Models

Speaker:  Raz Godelnik, Assistant Professor of  Strategic Design and Management, Parsons School of Design, The New School

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

6:00pm to 7:00pm Pacific Time

Online via Zoom (link below)

About the Speaker 

Raz is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management at the School of Design Strategies, where he explores sustainable business models and how companies can respond effectively to the climate crisis. Currently, he serves as the Director of the BBA Strategic Design and Management  Program. His new book “Rethinking Corporate Sustainability in the Era of Climate Crisis - A Strategic Design Approach” was published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2021.

Raz teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in innovation, leadership, sustainable systems, business models, and strategic design. He is involved in research projects focusing on developing sustainable business models, climate action, and sustainability-as-unusual tools and frameworks for business (Sandbox Zero). He also led a collaboration between Parsons students and refugees in Berlin, working together on entrepreneurial initiatives to address refugee needs in cities and refugee camps. Between 2015 and 2018 Raz served as the Co-Director of the graduate program in Strategic Design and Management.

Raz is the co-founder of two green startups (Hemper Jeans and Eco-Libris) and has been writing regularly on issues related to sustainable business, climate change and strategic design. He holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Communication and Economics from the Hebrew University.

Learn more:  Raz Godelnik, Parson’s School Profile

Zoom Link to Join


The host for this lecture is Professor Lyuba Zarsky.   This lecture is part of her course on Sustainability Management & Strategy.   You may contact Dr. Zarsky at

The lecture is supported by the Center for the Blue Economy, a research organization at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.  CBE contact: Rachel C. at or visit our website at: or call 831-647-4183 (must leave message and receive call back).