China: technology, moral and legislative lead in environment

Two years ago, China set itself the target of becoming the world’s leading consumer and producer or solar, wave and wind power. They have already achieved this target. In an authoritarian system, when a decision gets made, it also gets
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The sports car that runs on SALTWATER

The sports car that runs on SALTWATER: Vehicle goes from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds – and has just been approved for EU roads Quant e-Sportlimousine’s top speed is 217mph – equal to a McLaren P1 The car uses

Solar Roadways – disruptive digitisation coming to a street near you?

Standing on a train platform south west of London a few years ago, I felt the whoosh of another fast train rushing past. In the distance I could just see the large arms of a slow-turning wind turbine. I’m not

Video: Graeme Codrington on Tomorrow’s Technologies Today

Earlier this year, our international director, Graeme Codrington, spoke at an event called AgriVision, which focused attention on how we will feed the growing world’s population over the next few decades. Following Michael Porter on stage, Graeme’s presentation looked at

Video: Graeme Codrington on Tomorrow's Technologies Today

Earlier this year, our international director, Graeme Codrington, spoke at an event called AgriVision, which focused attention on how we will feed the growing world’s population over the next few decades. Following Michael Porter on stage, Graeme’s presentation looked at

Weak signals becoming strong: Reshoring, shale gas and jobs in America

For a while now, our team has been tracking the shale gas issue. We flagged it a few years ago as a weak signal for massive disruptive change. It’s no longer weak: in our minds it is the single biggest

Global warming deniers need to face the facts (and the heat)

One of the key trends that my team and I track is the environment. There is no doubt that changes in our physical world, and our responses to them, are huge causes of disruptive change right now. When I do

Nine 2012 stories that will change the world in 2013

Yesterday, the Common Dreams blog ran an excellent piece by Sarah van Gelder on nine key trends that started last year and will continue to impact the world this year. Most of these are disruptive forces, and chime well with

The Kids Aren’t Playing Around Anymore

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and

The Kids Aren't Playing Around Anymore

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and

The challenges and opportunities facing South Africa in 2012

Trevor Manuel was moved our of the Treasury some time ago and has spent much of his time in a new entity called the National Planning Commission (NPC) of South Africa. The NPC is tasked with identifying and responding to
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Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Durban is packed to the rafters this week, between the “Matric Ragers” from all over the country, officials and celebs attending Cop17 – the Climate Change Conference. Traffic is a nightmare with blue light conveys to and from the airport.
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How Population Distribution Will Influence Our World In To The Future

It took 250 000 years for the world’s population to reach it’s first billion. It took roughly another century to reach it’s second billion and then just 32 years to reach 3 billion. It took just 12 years to leap

Better events – for Generation Y

I spend two or three days a week at conferences and formal, large group meetings. And it’s ever more obvious that this part of our business lives is out of date. Most of this is because events and conferences are
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Are we eating ourselves to death?

More and more individuals today are heavier than their moms or dads or even their grandparents at what time they were the same age. It might be realized that obesity is a worldwide problem and it is indeed a very
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Which countries the young and the educated want to go

Here’s a great InfoGraphic from Good, around some research done by Gallup that tracks the movement of young people with and without education.It raises some important questions for countries included in the study, and for those that aren’t. In a

Why the world wants (sub Saharan) Africa’s oil

In his 2007 book, Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil (buy from Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net), John Ghazvinian suggested that there were at least six reasons why Africa’s oil is really “good” oil. Of course, any oil is good oil these

Why the world wants (sub Saharan) Africa's oil

In his 2007 book, Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil (buy from Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net), John Ghazvinian suggested that there were at least six reasons why Africa’s oil is really “good” oil. Of course, any oil is good oil these
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Green is the New Black: why sustainable business should be on everyone’s agenda

Business leaders know the importance of being “green” these days, and almost every company is doing something about it.  But too many think of sustainability as a “nice to have”, leaving it mainly to a PR effort by a corporate
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Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

On Wednesday 13 April 2011 in Fiksburg, the Free State, South Africa, a service delivery protest turned ugly and an unarmed man named Andries Tatane, a breadwinner and father, was allegedly beaten and then shot with rubber bullets by members
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SA’s biggest TwitterThon is starting it’s engines again #TBD

I run the risk of a misleading title here? I’m happy to be corrected. I’m not sure if it’s the biggest? It’s certainly the biggest I’m aware of. And I base that on the number of Tweeps that got involved

Apocalypse Now? Or Media Meltdown?

I have deliberately not followed the news much over the past few days. Not because I don’t care what is happening in Libya or Japan, but because the 24 hour news channels do not seem to be able to provide
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What will today’s children do for work in 2022?

Recently I was invited onto 702 to be interviewed by Redi Tlhabi on her show. The subject of conversation, as per this post’s title was what today’s children might be doing in 2022 for work. The show was recorded under
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What will today's children do for work in 2022?

Recently I was invited onto 702 to be interviewed by Redi Tlhabi on her show. The subject of conversation, as per this post’s title was what today’s children might be doing in 2022 for work. The show was recorded under

Rides the Tides: Five disruptive forces shaping the future of the speaking industry

I am one of the co-founders of TomorrowToday, an international strategy consulting company. We track the trends that are shaping the new world of work, and help our clients understand the strategic implications for their people: leadership, teams, talent, customers,

China is going green

I am very confident in my prediction that China will be considered to be the greenest nation in the world by the end of this decade. Too often, the “middle kingdom” is seen as a smoky dragon, intent on industrial

The Games Golf Plays

I must be honest when I say that discussing the pros and cons of golf is not something I ever imagined I would do. In fact I am almost hoping that nobody I know reads this because they will think
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Changing the way I Read

For those of you who follow the TomorrowToday blog regularly, you’ll know that one of my interests during 2010 was the shifting landscape of reading. All kinds of reading. Books, Newspapers, Magazines. What we were reading on? How we were

Is Tesla the car company of the future?

Meet Elon Musk, care-of Wikipedia: “Musk was born and raised in South Africa, the son of a South African engineer and a Canadian mother who worked as a New York City dietitian and model. Musk bought his first computer at

Clever way to see how big Africa is – towards ending immappacy

Kai Krause is fighting ‘rampant Immappacy’ by creating inventive maps like this one of Africa. If you’re like me, then you haven’t a clue what ‘Immappacy’ means? Google, as you might expect, has plenty of links (265 to be exact), but
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The changing work habits of young people

Johnson Controls, a company specialising in “optimising the energy and operational efficiency of buildings”, has been conducting global workplace research into what type of work environment today’s young people are looking for. It’s called the Oxygenz Workplace study and is

Recycle Message from MASSCASH

I just came back from a 3 conference with MASSCASH (part of the MASSMART group, South Africa’s largest retailer). They’re a client I’ve done work with for around 7 years now. I don’t spend a large amount of time with them

Wave the Flag…Today!

Tonight Bafana Bafana take to the field. New game, new era, new Coach, new goals to achieve…and hopefully score. In a way this represents a rebirth of sorts following all that was experienced and accomplished during the World Cup. The
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The most important development opportunity of the next two decades

One of my personal passions is trying to work out how to help developing countries, especially in my home continent of Africa, can help their people out of debilitating poverty. I believe it is possible. It is certainly desirable at

BP might fix their well, but big industry is still broken

As I write this, BP have capped their gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico (although they still need to complete tests on the cap – read the news here). At last! But the crisis is, of course, nowhere

Cheaper desalination – water for the world

I wrote recently about potential water wars. One reader got into conversation with me, and questioned my assertion that desalination was expensive and therefore not yet a viable solution to the world’s water scarcity problem. Well, I did a bit

America’s (ongoing) dependence on (foreign) oil

The BP oil spill provides an opportunity for America to turn inward and think about it’s dependence on oil to make its economy work. Environmentalists have been saying for years that this is a cause of great harm to the

America's (ongoing) dependence on (foreign) oil

The BP oil spill provides an opportunity for America to turn inward and think about it’s dependence on oil to make its economy work. Environmentalists have been saying for years that this is a cause of great harm to the

BP’s record – not just an oil spill – and a lesson for us all

In March 2007, a blog entry I wrote received quite a lot of attention in the South African press. In it, I suggested that certain industries had the potential to get themselves into a lot of trouble if they chased

BP's record – not just an oil spill – and a lesson for us all

In March 2007, a blog entry I wrote received quite a lot of attention in the South African press. In it, I suggested that certain industries had the potential to get themselves into a lot of trouble if they chased

China starts to wake up to sustainability (be afraid, very afraid)

About a year ago, I wrote a blog about China and environmental sustainability. It was something Thomas Friedman had written about how he thought America would be able to benefit from the future need to clean up China’s pollution. I

Synthetic Life created – this changes everything

I have been predicting it for some time, and today it was announced! J. Craig Venter runs the company that first sequenced the human genome. Now, his team has created what they’re calling synthetic life. They’ve actually created an entirely

PodCast Update – Nine Business reasons to go Green

We’ve just added a new PodCast to the TomorrowToday feed. Graeme Codrington discusses Nine Business Reasons to go Green for your organisation. Not only are we impacted by an environment that requires us to change our behaviour, but we have a younger

Kopernik: Connecting ideas with users and investors

From the latest Springwise newsletter (make sure you sign up – it’s brilliant): Tech store brings innovation to developing nations One of the most challenging aspects of humanitarian aid is connecting those who generate innovative solutions with those who need

Surfing the silver tsunami or crash and burn!

One of the biggest and yet least talked about shifts is the challenges and opportunities that an ageing population presents to business and society. Few political or business leaders are facing up to this Tsuami that is beginning to break

Why Haiti’s tragedy is Africa’s tragedy too

I am a columnist for BizCommunity, and write for them about once a month. My latest contribution reflects on international aid, and why Haiti’s tragedy is a problem for Africa. Haiti has done a remarkable job of ensuring that it

New gas markets are opening up

One of the major issues we are all facing is the looming energy crisis. Dwindling oil supplies, pollution from dirty energy sources (such as oil and coal) and growing fears around global warming are all combining to create a fairly

Lessons from Kraft shutting a Cadbury factory

Today, Kraft executives came before the British Parliament to answer queries about the closure of a Cadbury’s factory near Bristol with the loss of 400 jobs. The reporting on this by the news media is sloppy and sensation-seeking. Kraft is

New climate change research verifies human causes

Since the so-called “Climate-gate scandal” that erupted just before the Copenhagen conference last year, journalists and those denying human causes for climate change have felt quite good about themselves – as if the “Climate-gate scandal” had vindicated their position. If

Tesco launches world’s first zero-carbon emission store

Tesco sometimes takes a few knocks in the press. Most recently for not allowing people wearing pyjamas into their stores and another for asking a father, for safety reasons, to leave a store because he was balancing his six-year old

Tesco launches world's first zero-carbon emission store

Tesco sometimes takes a few knocks in the press. Most recently for not allowing people wearing pyjamas into their stores and another for asking a father, for safety reasons, to leave a store because he was balancing his six-year old

Get used to the cold and blame global warming

This is just a short comment on something I can’t believe I keep hearing in the media. Well, to be honest, I only hear it from those that hold ludicrous beliefs to start with. But I have heard a few

2010 will be an important – but bad – year for green business

Cop15, the global conference in Copenhagen last year, produced about as much as anyone could have expected (a lot less than was hoped) – a fudged solution that requires much further discussion and negotiation. And in the UK, the CRC

Who owns the moon?

This is not a frivolous question. China is making great strides towards a presence in space – as is India. Russia, the UK, the EU and the USA are already there. And it’s not all about national pride and the
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TIDES of Change: the five trends disrupting business in the next 5 years

Updated in May 2010 Download a copy of this article in PDF format – right click here. The contents of this article can be presented as a keynote or a workshop for your team. Contact our UK or South African

The age of cheap oil

I’ve just watched a brilliant presentation by Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Movement on TED. He reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out, and proposes a unique solution to this problem — the

The James Martin 21st Century School – understanding the future

I am a huge fan of James Martin. Not the celebrity chef. Nor the inventor of the aircraft ejection seat. Nor any of the other famous James Martins. I am a huge fan of James Martin the futurist and author

Nike’s considered sustainability programme

Nike has some aggressive sustainability targets. Nike CEO Mark Parke believes that corporate responsibility is no longer a staff function at Nike. It’s a design function, a sourcing function, a consumer experience function, part of how we operate. Lorrie Vogel

Nike's considered sustainability programme

Nike has some aggressive sustainability targets. Nike CEO Mark Parke believes that corporate responsibility is no longer a staff function at Nike. It’s a design function, a sourcing function, a consumer experience function, part of how we operate. Lorrie Vogel

The World of Tomorrow (If The Internet Disappeared Today)

This is a great read (look) at what the world would look like if the internet disappeared today. A photo contest by the readers of Cracked.com. Some really fun stuff to think about how much the world has changed :

Vacation 2023 – I don't want to go

I just read a fairly depressing forecast (from FastCompany) for the future of vacations. Specifically the year 2023. It’s based on the fuller article from ‘Forum for the Future‘ where they’ve developed four scenarios for 2023 in the tourism world

Vacation 2023 – I don’t want to go

I just read a fairly depressing forecast (from FastCompany) for the future of vacations. Specifically the year 2023. It’s based on the fuller article from ‘Forum for the Future‘ where they’ve developed four scenarios for 2023 in the tourism world

Building your own healthcare community

Many years ago when I was in community development, some of the cutting edge thinkers were promoting the idea of less professionals and more community involvement in ensuring the growth, development, safety, etc of family. It was a simple but

Good to Great… to Gone!

Jim Collins got it wrong. Not totally wrong, but wrong enough that we need to be careful (as always) about who we listen to when designing companies for future success. Too often, leaders take a shortcut and blindly apply models

Two innovations that will change the world

Two technological innovations are giving me great optimism for future sustainability, reduction in our reliability on fossil fuels (and therefore hopefully less conflict in the middle east) and lower emissions of hothouse gasses. They are the exciting developments of Honda’s

12 ideas that’ll have you thinking a little differently

I picked this link up off of Twitter (@tomorrowtodayza if you’d like to follow us). It’s from Wired and it’s a list of 12 counter-cultural ideas from various ‘experts’ in a variety of fields. If anything else it’ll certainly have

12 ideas that'll have you thinking a little differently

I picked this link up off of Twitter (@tomorrowtodayza if you’d like to follow us). It’s from Wired and it’s a list of 12 counter-cultural ideas from various ‘experts’ in a variety of fields. If anything else it’ll certainly have

Oprah and Supply Chains

We all know about Oprah’s ability to significantly impact sales. In both directions. She loves it, we love it and we buy it. She hates it, we hate it and don’t ever buy it. It’s one of the reason’s, I

HBR: Why Sustainability Is Now the Key Driver of Innovation

Last week, The Harvard Business Review issued a new white paper illustrating that sustainability strategies are not a bottom line drain to business, but the most effective way to create competitive advantage moving forward. The authors, Ram Nidumolu, C.K. Prahalad

Online video training on saving energy and saving money

For some years now, we’ve been tracking the issues related to climate change, global warming and the business case for sustainability. We are convinced that these issues are critical for businesses everywhere – not as a nice to have, but

Nine Reasons Why You Must Improve the Environmental Performance of Your Business

Whether or not you’re convinced by science and media reports on global warming, there is no doubt that our planet is under pressure at the moment. Things must change, and the governments of the world – not to mention increasingly
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Affirmitive Action is Dead in South Africa – or is it?

Sipho Ngcobo wrote an interesting article on Money Web this last week, reflecting on the reality the African National Congress (ANC) faces around service delivery, or lack of it, in South Africa currently. He suggests that the pressure the ANC

Getting it very, very wrong! The Spectator on Global Warming

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a fan of The Spectator magazine. I am normally quick to point out that I do not support their underlying political persuasion (which can head in the direction of Conservatism

Can I Clean Your Clock? Why China must wake up to clean power

Thomas Friedman is one of my favourite authors. He has a knack for a good story, and the insight to help us understand what the story means for how the world is changing. His latest column in the New York

The 100 Euro Note

Received this via e-mail today. Would anyone care to comment…..? “It is the month of August, on the shores of the Black Sea. It is raining, and the little town looks totally deserted. It is tough times, everybody is in

Getting Gen Y into your businesses NOW

Michael Rendell, partner and global head of human resource services at PricewaterhouseCoopers recently said the following: “With the global economic downturn presenting organisations with serious immediate challenges, businesses need to work even harder to balance short-term pressures with long-term objectives.

Sustainability – how to engage employees

by Ben Kellard, 27th May 2009 Reposted extract from: Forum for the Future How can you embed sustainability in a way that motivates employees? It’s a challenge for many leaders faced with the question of how to maintain the momentum

How to reduce energy at school – world class example

I am involved with a project management company called SEDS – Sustainable Energy Design Solution. The focus of this company is to help organisations of all types to save energy, save money and secure our future. They have a very
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Climate change: The biggest global-health threat of the 21st century

This is what the top flight medical journal, The Lancet, says. In the latest edition, an article entitled “Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change” makes this claim. See this article, and other similar ones here. The article is a

The Meaning of the 21st Century

One of the most important books I have read in the last year is James Martin’s “The Meaning of the 21st Century” (Buy it at Amazon or Kalahari). The subtitle explains: The Megaproblems of the 21st Century. You can hear

Keeping it Simple

Reading Gillian Tett’s excellent book, ‘Fool’s Gold: How unrestrained greed corrupted a dream, shattered global markets and unleashed a catastrophe’ (Little, Brown 2009 – buy it now at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net) reminded me of a memorable saying of the legendary

Graeme Codrington suggests books on Classic FM

Graeme Codrington was recently interviewed on Classic FM’s “JSE Direct” show. It is a book review show, and Graeme highlighted two books he feels everyone should be reading, if they are interested in tracking key trends that will be shaping

How to cut costs and keep your employees

The million dollar question I hear you sigh as you see the subject of this blog. Let’s face it, there are no easy answers, no silver bullets and certainly no one-size-fits-all approach to cutting costs and keeping a high people-morale
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Can advertising be too effective?

Here is a great marketing case study. Swedish Airport Coaches conducted a study and determined that a bus trip save the equivalent of 50 car trips. They built an outdoor advertising display comprising of a bus built out of 50

PWC “Millennials at work” survey

The “Millennials at Work” research to be published by PricewaterhouseCoopers later this year is based on survey responses from over 4200 graduates in 44 countries (click here to see last year’s survey). The headline results include some interesting insights into
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Everybody’s singing this song

Candle – earth hour Great TV ad for Earth Hour. Gets everything right from a Gen X and Gen Y perspective… connects with their values, entertains and keeps them intrigued…(which is important because as adverts go it is long…a 90

Reducing carbon by charging companies in the UK

Are you prepared for the Carbon Reduction Commitment? This is the title of an article about Britain’s plan to force companies, organisations, institutions and authorities to reduce their energy usage over the next few years. Many organisations don’t know that

The green industry and the recession

The “green” industry – a catchall phrase that refers to alternative energy creation, environmentally friendly products and low carbon upgrades to infrastructure – is growing. With some setbacks due to a low oil price, the sector nevertheless offers great business
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Move beyond simply maximising shareholder wealth

It is no longer ‘cool’ to say your company’s mission is to make money and maximize shareholder wealth. Although many companies pretend that they have a more noble purpose, their actions, processes, controls, hierarchy, behaviour of management and treatment of

Being a “Best Company to Work For” helps during a recession

Here’s an interesting piece of information: According to the UK 2009 Best Companies to Work For survey only 37% of employees in three-star accredited companies – the top award for engagement – are worried about the impact of the current

Being a "Best Company to Work For" helps during a recession

Here’s an interesting piece of information: According to the UK 2009 Best Companies to Work For survey only 37% of employees in three-star accredited companies – the top award for engagement – are worried about the impact of the current

A poem about the state of the world

hieroglyphic stairway by Drew Dellinger it’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake because my great great grandchildren won’t let me sleep my great great grandchildren ask me in dreams what did you do while the planet was plundered? what
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Hot, Flat and Crowded

I am a big fan of Thomas Friedman.  He wrote the bestseller ‘The World is Flat’ and has recently published a new book called, ‘Hot, Flat and Crowded’.  Follow this link to an hour-long presentation by Thomas Friedman. I read

What Consumers Really Think of Green PR

Here’s a great little entry from BNET Insights – read it here. Here’s a quiz: which of the following environmental terms resonates most strongly with consumers: a ) Conservation b) Green c) Energy Efficiency d) Sustainable If you answered “b)
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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I was sent this short email about Russian writer and Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who died on Sunday, aged 89. I thought I’d share it. His outspoken criticism of communist totalitarianism earned him many years of imprisonment in Stalin’s infamous
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Cement Usage

Here’s a link worth following. It contains a few images of cement usage around the world by the big users. China’s usage for the past 4 years is staggering. We all know this, but seeing it in this particular format

Dwindling global electricity supply

I live and work between Johannesburg and London. For the past few months, South Africa has been plagued by the short supply of electricity. This is due to lack of planning for the sustained economic boom we have experienced over

Activists and companies can co-operate

The Economist recently ran a fascinating little piece on how activists and companies need to work towards a common outcome and goal. Read it here (subscription may be required) – or an extract below. It may be idealistic, but it

Good with Money

Our global research has long been indicating that companies who concentrate more on who they are and less on what they sell will gain the competitive edge over their competitors. The “who you are” is defined by the values a
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Competing for Eco tourists

The Strategy+Business blog and website always has insightful content. It’s the online moutpiece of consulting giant, Booz Allen Hamilton, so that should be no surprise. Subscribe to their e-zine here. This month’s “Leading Idea” was about eco tourism, and how

Answering the climate sceptics

The BBC News website recently carried a great article about climate change and answers for the sceptics. It is available online here, or read a summary below. What are some of the reasons why “climate sceptics” dispute the evidence that
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Olympics, controversy and you

The Olympic torch has left Athens, Greece on its traditional torch run around the world until it eventually arrives at the Beijing Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony. Right from the first day, it has been met with something that

Green Homes Concierge

At last, some smaller entrepreneurs are beginning to understand that there is a growing market for environmental products and services. One of the easiest and obvious ones is to help people who want to be greener to, well, be greener…

Learning from Nature (and disaster)

“Learn lessons from nature”. That’s what the world’s top thinkers all say. We need to learn from the natural, interlaced connections of ecosystems. We need to learn from the complex communication systems and overlapping symbiotic creatures, and find lessons there

Just Good Business

In The Economist on 17 January 2008, this article on corporate social responsibility, “Just good business” appeared. It is one of the best summaries of the current state of play in the CSR world. A must read. See the original

Greenopolis

I was sent this PR release today. I signed up immediately – looks like fun! People band together online to date, discuss politics or lose weight. Now a US website called Greenopolis has created a community whose members help each

A car for the people of the world

This is how new markets are made, and how worlds are changed! Today, Tata released their latest car. It was a car that all of their rivals said could not be made. About 5 years ago, Tata announced that were

50 Ways to Green Your Business

Fast Company is a brilliant magazine. Their website is equally superb. They recently had a massive feature article on ways to make your business more environmentally friendly. From: Issue 120 | November 2007 | Page 90 | By: Mark Borden,

Graeme & Hannah’s Rules featured on SusBiz podcast

If you’re interested in that sort of thing, then I was recently interviewed in the UK by Anthony Day – a long time sustainable business advocate. You can hear the podcast of three interviews he did on the day by

The Earth has Soul

I was sent this recently. It was written by an engineer from Venmyn, a big South African mining consulting company. Are Geologists Goofy Enough? By Fiona Harper At Venmyn, when our esteemed, eccentric colleagues come up with mad-cap mining methods

Planet in Peril on CNN

I am sitting watching a documentary series on CNN, by Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Cupta, called “Planet in Peril”. See the related website here. It starts as a list of climate change issues, from melting ice caps to rising sea

Why Ethical Consumption is Taking Off

Dr Graeme Codrington’s latest presentation is called “Hannah’s Rules” which alerts companies to an essential emerging trend: the ethical consumer. In this article, he explains WHY ethical consumption is such a growing trend. Why Ethical Consumption is Taking Off By

CO2 Neutral products are becoming “fashionable” but are new product launches enough to target the “ethical consumer”?

ibuyeco, a new eco-friendly car insurance scheme that offsets 100% of customers’ CO2 emissions for the duration of their policy, was launched in the UK at the end of April 2007. The company has just started a strong above the

CO2 Neutral products are becoming "fashionable" but are new product launches enough to target the "ethical consumer"?

ibuyeco, a new eco-friendly car insurance scheme that offsets 100% of customers’ CO2 emissions for the duration of their policy, was launched in the UK at the end of April 2007. The company has just started a strong above the

Beware the Rise of the Ethical Consumer

A new generation of “ethical consumers” are starting to demand more than just great products and services at fair prices – they also increasingly require transparency, environmental care, social responsibility, diversity and a host of other characteristics in the companies

What’s Your First Impression

You only get one chance to make a first impression. The old cliche could not be more true, or more important, in a world where we compete constantly for customer’s attention and connection. Dr Graeme Codrington looks at some first

Live Earth – great and not so great

I am on the mailing list of TGIF, a network of small discussion groups in Gauteng, South Africa, that meet ridiculously early every Friday morning. The promotional emails are usually thought provoking, and this week’s is no different. Saturday’s 07/07/07

Nedbank’s Power to the People Billboard wins awards

Congrats to Nedbank. Their outdoor billboard has just won the top rated global advertising industry award in Cannes – the Lions Outdoor Grand Prix. The “Power to the People” billboard was erected on a school property in Alexander township in

So just how important is the planet?

It doesn’t matter what your stand is on the planet and our relationship with it, there’s no denying that 2006/7 has seen a dramatic shift in people’s exposure and interest in what we’re doing to this planet called Earth. The

Nature-Deficit Disorder in our children

The title of the book grabbed my attention: “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder”. Its by Richard Louv (get it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). I haven’t read the book, but The Economist magazine quoted it
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Honda Racing F1 goes green

Honda Racing F1 Team launches pioneering environmental concept The Honda Racing F1 Team today announced a major new initiative for the 2007 Formula 1 season. To help raise awareness of the environmental issues facing the planet, the RA107 F1 car

Green Banking

ICICI Bank has started to become an internationally watched brand, since it was featured in “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” (a book by Prahald, available at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). It is one of the largest banks in

Fast Company’s “Fast 50″ – 50 profit-driven solutions for fixing the planet

Every year, Fast Company releases a list of companies doing good things for the planet. This year, they extend the list to companies, organisations and individuals. The list is an interesting and uplifting one, in a sea of dark news
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Cutting Costs reaches its event horizon

A nice article in the Economist, 18 Jan 07, entitled: “Browne out“, looks at the departure of BP’s boss, Lord (John) Browne. He has been in charge since 1995, and his tenure coincides with some huge changes in the industry.

MILLENNIALS PLAN TO REWARD OR PUNISH COMPANIES

If the results of a recent study are true, then Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) needs to become a priority for companies and fast. A research study by the strategic planning and consumer insights division of AMP Agency shows that 61%
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BA Systems release environmentally friendly weapons

In the The Sunday Times in the UK today, there is a bizarre story about BAE Systems (read it here). This company produces a variety of products, mainly military armaments. In a report on Sunday, BAE Systems announced that they

Legendary Croc Hunter dies

Everyone once in a while someone walks on this earth and does things that the staunchest East Rand boytjies (not sure what the global equivalent is?) would never do … stick their head into a crocodiles mouth … for fun

Can uranium enrichment be morally neutral?

NYTimes reports today that Australian Prime Minister John Howard has called for expansion of the country’s capability to produce and export unranium … for economic interests. At a time when urnaium enrichment in countries less ally-friendly to the US, this