MacGregor explained that presenting the impactful stories of extreme weather events in the book’s first half helps make the complex concepts within climate, resilience and sustainability more relatable to readers.
“By putting it together with real stories in the first half of the book, it becomes less theoretical, because the challenge with all of these topics is to show that it does actually impact each of us.” MacGregor said. “I think there will be at least one story within the first half of the book that everyone will find relatable.”
The book shares practical examples and case studies that draw on hundreds of completed WSP projects across a full range of client organizations, markets, sectors and scales. According to MacGregor, these all exemplify WSP’s proven Future Ready® process and prepare practical strategies for readers to reduce risk, maximize resources and drive return on their investments.
More specifically, the book explores ways that leaders and project managers can effectively confront four megatrends:
- our changing climate,
- shifting societal trends and a growing focus on equity,
- increasing pressure on natural resources and ecosystems, and
- rapid developments in technology.
“When we started having these conversations internally, what became very apparent is that the whole conversation around climate resilience and sustainability was getting very siloed,” MacGregor said. “In that sense, we could be driving the situation from different angles and with different client types, but perhaps everybody is facing the same challenges.
“You could write a book about each of the four megatrends,” he continued. “But the goal with this book is to provide readers a better understanding and give them a better lens around climate, society, technology and resources as a whole, and the interrelationships between them. To do that, we tied all of these different challenges and concepts together.”