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…

SynchroniCity: The EU’s Plan to Build the Ultimate Smart City Network

Data today can be used to improve as well as hinder society. With large companies dominating data from our devices, it is important we create new networks that add value to society and help to generate more equitable options for people, place and the planet. There are some exciting emerging models of using data to…

How Innovative Partnerships Can Transform Cities

I had heard about Finland’s progressive culture and Government but it wasn’t until I was on the ground and hearing from locals that I got a true sense of it. When I met with Tiina Kähö, Executive Director of Helsinki Metropolitan Smart and Clean Foundation, one of her first questions was ‘Who have you met…

How the 2020 Olympics Could Change Japan for Good

The Olympic and Paralympic games are an exciting time for viewers around the world. As the Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Tokyo next year, I have been asking locals if they are excited. The general consensus is a subtle eye roll and an even more subtle shake of their head. When I ask…