Category Archives: Inspired By Nature

COP21: have we seen a step change in funding for entrepreneurs?

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As the applause dies down in Paris, so begins the aftermath of what are apparently the most successful climate negotiations ever. What COP21 has, or has not, achieved will go some way into determining the kind of life future generations will have. We all want to be think positively about it. Politically Laurence Fabius and Christine Figueres have pulled off a major coup. It’s no small feat to get so many nations to agree to anything. It puts the credibility of the climate change community back on the map. But what is the real legacy of COP21? I think we may have seen a step change in funding for entrepreneurs at the very least. Read More

15 Things I Learned from Sir David Attenborough and Tim Flannery

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I was lucky enough recently to be accepted as a Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. An immediate benefit of that kind honour was the chance to meet with, and listen to, Sir David Attenborough in conversation with Tim Flannery, author of Atmosphere of Hope: Solutions to the Climate Crisis.   I am no climate change expert, far from it, but I am always interested in entrepreneurial ideas and any thinking which can help to avert the potential of global warming past 2c.  Here are 15 things I learned today from Sir David Attenborough and Tim Flannery as a carbon newbie. Read More

12 Top Reads on The Future of Business

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For anyone who believes that business has a role in tackling the grand challenges of humanity, like energy, water scarcity, food security, population, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, climate change, or even if you just believe business needs to become more purposeful, here are 10 books you can’t afford to miss.  The future of business, or maybe the future form of business, lies somewhere in all of these books.  Read More

8 Dots to Join Towards A Better Future

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Have you ever felt that there was something just out of reach of your fingers, your pen or your mind – an idea just waiting to be born? That if you could just reach out to it and nail it to a piece of paper, it could take flight and become real? Somehow amongst all the confusion and change going on I keep getting glimpses of dots joining up which offer hope of a better future.

I really think despite every indicator to the contrary that there’s something really exciting going on in the world at the moment. Something that you aren’t likely to see on the evening news or written up in your average newspaper. But nevertheless, it’s there. It has taken me two years to dig it out and join the dots in my own mind but the more I dig, the more I see and the more people on the same wavelength I connect with. It sometimes seems slow and organic, but every time I take another peek I get more and more excited that it is going to give rise to a new way of living and working on the planet – even if we can’t see what that will look like today. Read More