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Night-time Photovoltaic cells

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 6% efficiency. Modern cells boast...

Brexit – the UK is no longer part of the EU: 5 key implications

I am not a man of politics. Personally I find it all too disconcerting, more problematic than useful. I would certainly like to see those in power adopt a far more pragmatic and strategic long-term vision, rather than their often narrow-sighted requirement dictated by...

Drought, Destruction, Death, and Denials: the politics of public affairs

Climate crisis, exports, and renewable energy Australia is facing the worst drought ever, brought on by the climate crisis. Yet not all, including our political leaders, are convinced. The Morrison government claims Australia 'only' contributes 1.3% of all total...

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 motivation and...

Business models matter

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 etc.). Unfortunately, often...

The interceptor reduces ocean plastics

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 oceans of our world, there...

The World Benchmarking Alliance delivers its first scorecard!

Thirteen months on and the WBA delivers its first official corporate sustainability performance scorecard: the Seafood Stewardship Index (SSI), devised in collaboration with those within the Seafood industry. Measuring the world’s thirty most influential seafood...

Reasoning from first principles

We get through life by reasoning by analogy, which essentially means doing what other people do with slight variations. As a species this provides our best means of survival - copying what works with the least energy expended. By doing so, we are also likely to get...

All-in-one clean water solution

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 University (ASU) and material...

Radical ways to address the GHG emissions challenge through Carbon Sequestration

The damage done As the human population has increased, more than a third of the land surface and three-quarters of freshwater resources are now used to grow food. Human activity has significantly altered three-quarters of our planet's land and two-thirds of our oceans...

Night-time Photovoltaic cells

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 6% efficiency. Modern cells boast...

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 motivation and...

Business models matter

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 etc.). Unfortunately, often...

The interceptor reduces ocean plastics

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 oceans of our world, there...

Reasoning from first principles

We get through life by reasoning by analogy, which essentially means doing what other people do with slight variations. As a species this provides our best means of survival - copying what works with the least energy expended. By doing so, we are also likely to get...

All-in-one clean water solution

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 University (ASU) and material...

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...

The Flourishing Enterprise Institute

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 accelerating the development and...

Sustainable Veganism: truth or fiction?

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 this conventional wisdom. For...

Safer Nuclear reactors

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 environment. We are already familiar with...

How business can THRIVE

How business can thriveTHRIVE 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...

Going to space to benefit humans on Earth

We had the technology to go to the moon 50 years ago - this day - but with the end of the cold war, everything stopped. Why? Put simply - in my opinion - we lost the motivation. With the end of the cold war, there was no need to do better, to compete, to innovate. The...

TESLA moves in mysterious ways

UPDATE 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. But first, let's look at what...

Australia’s stance on Climate Change

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 overall impact on this world and...

Breakeven Renewable Energy

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, hydropower, bioenergy, and geothermal...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Starlink: Lattice, Latency and Lasers

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 etc.). Unfortunately, often enterprises are not aware or clear what their business model is....

A Cosmic revival: To Space or not to Space

Back in 1967 - the very year I was born - on this day, a very important treaty was signed. Drum roll! The Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, or colloquially...

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