Welcome back to the Public Sphere Podcast – an initiative by the Public Sphere Journal with the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The overarching theme of this mini-series is “Sustainable Communities”. We hope to develop a deeper understanding of sustainable communities, by going beyond environmental sustainability, and exploring the complexity of development with public policy. 

The first episode of this mini-series showcases an interview with Mr. George Hamilton, the current President of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) in the US that drives innovative sustainability and climate solutions by transforming communities, cities and factories. He had headed ISC since 1991 and has developed and carried out hundreds of projects in 30 countries. In the late 1980’s, he was Planning Director for the State of Vermont in the US where Mr. Hamilton has been a member of a variety of boards, commissions, and delegations designed to advance climate solutions, sustainable development, citizen participation, community development and environmental protection. Rahul Kumar and Mallory Smith come together in this episode to ask important questions, especially on how to convince developing countries governments to take sustainable decisions. In conversation with Mr. Hamilton, the interview highlights the importance of understanding different cultures and perspectives which could be augmented to bring in innovation for sustainable developments. The discussion with Mr Hamilton, goes on to elaborate the complexities in measuring sustainable communities. The episode concludes with a brief discussion with Nicolas Benkel Brander. Nicolas is a Master of Public Administration student at the LSE and who has worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Latin America for several years.