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Coronavirus and long-term sustainability

Coronavirus and long-term sustainability

Originally published on LinkedIn   Coronavirus overtakes climate change as a hot topic, yet the two share similar attributes. Coronavirus is an existential threat; one aspect of well-being and long-term sustainability for all of us on this planet. In fact, I have...

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The science of well-being

The science of well-being

Originally published on Linkedin  What constitutes well-being? In many ways this is a rather sensitive topic as political, religious, cultural and ethical issues come into play. What may be seen as generally 'good' by one, may be regarded as 'bad' by another. Even if...

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Night-time Photovoltaic cells

Night-time Photovoltaic cells

Originally posted on LinkedIn   Unless you have been living under a rock, most of us have heard and may even have solar technology atop our roofs at home. Indeed, the price of solar has come a long way down ever since it was first introduced in 1954 with a slim...

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Seven sustainable new year’s resolutions

Seven sustainable new year’s resolutions

Civilization is faced with an existential crisis of proportions never faced before. Despite this, solutions abound, with new innovations appearing at every turn. We have the know-how, we have the technology and science on our side. We 'simply' need the...

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Business models matter

Business models matter

Originally posted on LinkedIn Sustainable business models as the holy grail of entrepreneurship Business models are imbued within the very fabric of every enterprise, whether known or not. Often enterprises display several business models at once (think Amazon, Google...

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The interceptor reduces ocean plastics

The interceptor reduces ocean plastics

Originally posted on LinkedIn Continuing our innovation series, let's look at a scalable and affordable solution that globally addresses our plastics in the ocean. Whilst there are several programs afloat (pardon the pun) to clean up and remove plastics from the major...

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Reasoning from first principles

Reasoning from first principles

Originally posted on LinkedIn With upwards of three billion people dependent on seafood for their animal protein intake; making the industry accountable for its actions, by measuring and incentivising business impact towards a sustainable food system that works for...

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All-in-one clean water solution

All-in-one clean water solution

Originally posted on LinkedIn As part of our innovation series, where we look at solutions for the future, this week we examine the Zero Mass Water SOURCE hydropanels providing clean water. Founder and chief executive, Cody Friesen - a professor at Arizona State...

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The history of sustainability

The history of sustainability

Business was invented to make our life better, or so we are told. What is clear is that much of our unsustainable issues are due to the disregard of business far and wide, the world over. Whilst business is the biggest culprit, it also represents our greatest source...

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The Flourishing Enterprise Institute

The Flourishing Enterprise Institute

Originally posted on LinkedIn Earlier this month we launched the Flourishing Enterprise Institute (FEI). Seven years in the making, 1600+ members strong, and 80+ monthly meetings later, it aims to be a planetary network of applied research nodes dedicated to...

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Sustainable Veganism: truth or fiction?

Sustainable Veganism: truth or fiction?

Originally posted on LinkedIn Is veganism sustainable? Whilst conventional wisdom would have you think so, a rethink may be in order. An article published in the Washington Post details how a number of studies including one by Carnegie Mellon University, undermines...

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Safer Nuclear reactors

Safer Nuclear reactors

Originally posted on LinkedIn   I have been asked if Nuclear Power is considered renewable. Well - yes - it is. They do not produce carbon dioxide emissions. However, it represents a risky business, as they produce radioactive waste and thus not good for the...

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How business can THRIVE

How business can THRIVE

THRIVE will be the subject of a pre-release showcase presentation on Jan 14th/Jan 15th, 2020 at the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group meeting held online via zoom. We encourage all to attend this free event here. If you like to participate in this project by...

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TESLA moves in mysterious ways

TESLA moves in mysterious ways

Originally published on LinkedIn (Updated Oct 1, 2019) TESLA's latest acquisition may seem all about autonomous ride-sharing "robotaxis". In fact, being actively involved in the AI, machine and deep learning space myself, I can tell you that it is about a lot more....

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Australia’s stance on Climate Change

Australia’s stance on Climate Change

Originally published on LinkedIn After recently returning from a twenty-year stint abroad, I have been spending the last few months "surveying the land". It appears that whilst there are some great projects on the ground, we Australians are way behind reducing our...

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Breakeven Renewable Energy

Breakeven Renewable Energy

Originally published on LinkedIn Over $1 trillion has been invested in renewables worldwide, creating around 10 million job opportunities. Renewables benefit the environment as they represent a clean and sustainable source of power. This includes solar, wind,...

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The right to repair

Consumerism has certainly taken its toll on society and the environment. Take all the effort that goes into mining the raw materials for the consumer electronics industry, transport of the same - often from afar – only to eventually end up dumped. E-waste - the trash...

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Death by air pollution

A recent report shows that over a million Indians die every year due to air pollution. Power plants have been encouraged to install scrubbers to curb emissions. Eighty percent of particulate matter, sulphur and nitrous oxides comes from thermal power companies....

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Law enforcement in the Philippines

Up until not so long ago, I thought that this third world-come-developing country was like the wild wild west! I have come to discover that in fact the Philippines has plenty of law and law enforcers. Spend a day or two in this marvelous pleasant summer paradise, and...

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Sustainability matters!

Sustainability matters! Working in the ‘sustainability’ space with medium to large enterprises over the years, I have unfortunately at times been faced with the casual response of: “this does not affect us, nor do we have any say”. This ‘why should I care’ attitude is...

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Backcasting the future of sustainability

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail! It was not so long ago that the catch-cry of business was planning. As the adage goes: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. As a high achiever, this compelled me, several years ago, to become the best planner possible and...

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Business transitions for sustainability

Business transitions for sustainability Over the last twenty years, it has become apparent that government and business play an important and active role in achieving sustainability. In particular, understanding to what extent one’s own business is sustainable,...

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure???

I had an interesting experience recently that I would like to share. Being an ecologically friendly person into re-use and recycling, I thought I was doing the right thing. It turns out, no one was interested! This is what happened. I have just returned to Australia...

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