Author and global sustainable development leader Felix Dodds has spent more than two decades observing and participating in international development meetings, including the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the Conference on Human Settlements in 1996, the Johannesburg Summit in 2000 and the Millennium Development Goal meetings in 2005. His most recent book, authored with Michael Strauss and Maurice Strong, Only One Earth: The Long Road via Rio+20 to Sustainable Development, will have a companion out later this year: Written with Elizabeth Thompson and Jorge Laguna-Celis, From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda: Building a Bridge to a Sustainable Future will provide an inside look at the 2012 conference and an optimistic perspective on where it might lead.

Dodds recently shared his thoughts with Ensia and Terry Waghorn of Forbes on the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development—more commonly known as Rio+20—and the future of sustainable development.