Sustainable Travel Guide: Sarajevo

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a fascinating place. The war from the 1990s has left challenges for the economy and society. Tourism has become a strong part of their economic recovery and bullet holes still riddle many of the prominent buildings in Sarajevo and other major cities. Although a small population of about 3.5 million people,…

The Tech Boom Boosting Bosnia’s Economy

Rebuilding an economy after war requires a range of institutions including, Government, business, Not For Profits and civil society to work together. For Bosnia and Herzegovina, some institutions have been more effective than others. Tourism has become a key growth industry with people from around the world coming to Mostar and Sarajevo to learn about…

Beyond Meat: The Future of Protein is Here

All of my close family and friends know one thing about me, I love meat! However since starting Planet B Insights (and for sporadic periods prior) I became a vegetarian. This is due to the heavy contribution the meat production industry has on climate change. As our planet faces more challenges with growing population, rise…

4 Ingredients That Put Barcelona On The Startup Map

The culture of Barcelona draws people from around the world. With incredible buildings, great food and amazing night life, Barcelona attracts 32 million tourists per year. With a population of approximately 1.6 million people, the streets are an endless stream of foreign selfie takers and food connoisseurs.  Barcelona is also home to La Sagrada Familia…

Polymateria: Redesigning Plastic to Solve The Plastic Epidemic

A little while ago I went to the Knowledge Into Action Forum, which was run by ABIS (Academy of Business in Society) and hosted at the Unilever training centre. The focus was collaborating on how to drive innovation by putting sustainability at the core of business and research practices. The day was a mix of…

Sustainable Travel Guide: Portugal

Portugal has bounced back pretty strongly from the global financial crisis, with employment going from about 16% in the peak to just over 6% today. The streets are bustling with tourists which has great implications for the economy, but challenges for locals. About 20% of their GDP comes from tourism so the country needs tourists,…

Australian National Outlook 2019: A Drifting or Dynamic Future For Australia?

“The only way to change the future is to disrupt the present.”- Basically every visionary person at some point in history The Australian National Outlook 2019 was released earlier this week by the CSIRO along with 20 partner organisations. It is a report that models Australia's future to 2060 focusing on social, environmental and economic…

5 Portuguese Lessons for Building a World Class Startup Ecosystem

On the streets of Portugal you would never really know that under 10 years ago they were bailed out by the European Union during the peak of the global financial crisis. People seem happy and when you look at the numbers, it tells a compelling story of growth. Portugal’s unemployment rate has fallen from 17.4%…

Is the Future of Capitalism and Democracy a Ticking Time Bomb?

The Lisbon Investment Summit's (LIS) slogan is #nobullshit. There are so many conferences that entrepreneurs, investors and corporates which lead to little more than stroking of egos and exchanging business cards. LIS 2019 was quite the affair. Over 2 days, about 1500 attendees packed into a former naval rope-making factory in the touristy suburb of…

No Free Work: How a Business Became the Face of Freelance Equality

Where do the bounds of social and environmental issues start and end? For some, it is addressing climate change. For others, it is reducing poverty. However, in some cases it can be more nuanced. What happens when a business engages freelancers on an ongoing basis and doesn’t pay them for their services under the guise…