Tirana’s Comprehensive Plan For a Sustainable Future

Tirana is a beautiful city in Albania with layers of history still painted on the buildings through architecture and design. I spent a whole day walking through the streets of Tirana searching for some of 750 000 bunkers scattered across the country from a previous leader who was paranoid of an enemy that didn’t exist.…

Sustainable Travel Guide: Milan

Other than being the fashion capital, Milan is full of side streets with exhibitions, museums, statues and amazing food! I spent a week here exploring the interesting city and getting inspired about how they are creating a city that is ready for future trends including population growth and air pollution. Sustainable Food Around every corner…

How Italy Is Evolving Capitalism Through B Corps

There is growing knowledge and acceptance (albeit often reluctantly) that current business practices are not working from the majority of people and our planet. It seems capitalism’s approach of profit maximisation through efficiency and growth at any cost may just be its own demise.  In response to these challenges, new businesses are forming around the…

The Innovative Global Network Tackling Climate Change

Summer in Spain is in full swing and the days seem to keep getting hotter and hotter, with extreme weather events like heat waves becoming the norm. On a hot Spanish day in Valencia, I was fortunate enough to meet with Jose-Luis Muñoz, the Director of EIT Climate KIC in Spain. Instead of being in a…

5 Ways the Spanish Government is Leading the Global Goals Agenda

With just over 10 years to go to reach the United Nations' The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), strong and urgent action must be taken now. There are 17 goals that create a global blueprint to ensure no one is left behind, focusing on protecting people and planet in all forms across the world. The goals…

How To Fix Capitalism

How did we get to this point in history where 8 men control half of the world's wealth? This statistic seems to always change slightly, but the reality is, there is an insane distribution of wealth within a very small and demographically similar group. Problem 1: Capitalism Works For The Few, Not The Many The…

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…

Latvia’s Innovative Approach to Economic Growth

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On the world map, Latvia is located on the east coast of the Baltic Sea and has almost 2 million inhabitants. This is about half the size of Melbourne in Australia! It is nestled in the Baltic states between Estonia and Lithuania and they all have one thing in common. Their populations have all been declining…