What my work in Papua New Guinea taught me about gender equality (Guest blog – SDG 5: Gender Equality)

This week's article is written by Erin Wallis, a social innovation consultant in Melbourne, Australia. For the last two years, I have been incredibly lucky to work with social entrepreneurs across Papua New Guinea (PNG), learning their business models and hearing their stories.  One of the benefits to this work is it has been an…

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…

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…

Warsaw’s Smart Approach To City Transformation

Smart cities are becoming increasingly important as populations continue to grow. This requires better management of infrastructure and resources. Cities around the world are creating smart city strategies to ensure sustainable population growth with more efficient use of resources and increased quality of life. However, a smart city strategy is not the silver bullet for…

The Individual’s Guide To Changing The World

A few months ago the first Planet B Insights Community Survey launched and the results have been amazing. With almost 50 responses, the data collected will help Planet B Insights to drive the next wave of growth and social change. A full summary will be released in the coming weeks, but after preliminary analysis, there…

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…

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…

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…

Why Estonia is the Next Global Social Enterprise Hub

Estonia is a small nation with a big impact. For a population of 1.3 million, they are the world's only digital society, with 99% of Government services available online. This has led to a nation where technology is second nature. According to the e-Estonia website ‘There are 413 startups in Estonia. The number might seem…