Let’s talk superannuation, money and climate change

A few people have asked me lately about how they can use their money to combat climate change. Our investments, including superannuation can be a powerful tool to deal with climate change. However, many superannuation funds are financing fossil fuels and all the bad stuff for our future. It's crazy. We create a superannuation to…

A Glimpse Into Shenzhen, China’s Silicon Valley

Last month I attended Unleash, a global innovation lab in Shenzhen, China. The purpose was to create solutions related to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Overall it was an incredible experience. Shenzhen is the home to startups in China and is one of the largest economic hubs in the world. For context, Unleash is an…

2019 in Review: Sustainability Shifts, Leadership Trends and Focusing on Positive Action

2019- What. A. Year! Climate change has increased its profile as the biggest issue of our age with protests, campaigns and social activism pushing this agenda forward. Around the world, awareness is growing of climate change and sustainability. However leadership and action doesn't seem to be matching the pace of change required to tackle the…

The Side Hustle Creating Water Solutions With Impact

Standing in the Virtual Reality Zone at Unleash 2019, I am watching people wearing massive headsets standing in one place skiing, snowboarding or even on a rollercoaster. A person next to me leans in and says ‘Its really strange that this virtual reality technology hasn’t really expanded beyond entertainment and novelty. But there are so…

Spain’s Powerful Approach to Strengthening Agricultural Communities

Agriculture is a critical social, economic and environmental industry to many countries around the world. Agricultural land use and management directly impacts the local environment. These outcomes can mean the difference between striving or struggling local economies.  Spain has the second largest landmass in Europe dedicated to agriculture. They produce the highest amount of olives…

The Wild World Of Carbon Offsetting

I recently attended Unleash 2019, a global innovation lab to accelerate solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals. It was held in Shenzhen, China and there were 1200 people from over 160 countries in attendance. I was super excited to attend but then realised the intense carbon footprint from air travel. The answer to the…

The Role Of Microfinance To Change The World

There are certain people in the world who inspire others by talking about their experiences with a certain passion that agitates us to change. I was fortunate enough to hear Professor Muhammad Yunus speak at the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Conference in Montpellier recently. His story is one that challenges us to understand the…

Two Easy Ways To Reduce Single Use Plastic When Buying Lunch

You wouldn't want to be single use plastic right now, it may just be the most hated object on the planet. Once it was hailed as the queen of convenience, enabling us to consume on the move, but its fall from grace now has us acting like it is the plague. Reality is though, plastic…

Baltimore Is Focusing On Food To Transform Cities For The Future

Food is the underlying lifeblood of our communities. It connects us to each other, sustains us and helps us understand more about the natural environment. Regular access to quality, healthy food directly impacts the quality of life and environment. However, there are many cities around the world who do not have systems and policies in…

Reflections From The 2019 Urban Food Policy Conference

How often do we stop to think about the importance of food in our lives? Having access to healthy, cheap and quality food is fundamental to our overall health and wellbeing. However for billions of people around the world, their cities are not set up for this. I was recently at the Milan Urban Food…