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Talking Sustainable Development Goals in Azerbaijan

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a critical framework for nations around the world to create positive social and environmental change to ensure no one is left behind. Each country faces its own set of challenges and opportunities when translating the SDGs into reality. I met with a local, Turana Alieva who is building a…

The Sweetest Social Enterprise In Azerbaijan

My time in Azerbaijan has been a surprise. The buildings, culture, food and people have exceeded all expectations. However, I was not expecting to meet a 22 year social entrepreneur with bold, impactful plans!  I had the opportunity to meet with Sara Rajabli, a 22 year old social entrepreneur in Baku, Azerbaijan. Her experience is…

How Intrepid Travel Is Empowering Women In Turkey

Travelling through the cities and towns of Turkey is an eye opening experience. The food, culture and scenery is breathtaking. As we wander through the streets, it is very common to see groups of men sitting around in cafes smoking and drinking coffee. Someone in our tour asked 'Where are all the women?' as we…

The Laundry Service Restoring Dignity On The Streets Of Athens

As I walk through the streets of Athens in the middle of August, I expect to see droves of tourists unintentionally interfering with passive aggressive locals trying to go about their lives. However, the roads and footpaths seem quiet. I ask a waitress in a cafe where everyone is and she says ‘Everyone is on…

Budva is Leading the Balkans in the Zero Waste Race

Montenegro, along with many other Balkan countries is becoming a hot summer tourist destination. With beautiful beaches, cheap prices and great local people, it is a new and exciting place to explore. For recovering economies, tourism is a lucrative industry as it provide jobs and injects funds into local communities. However, for many cities, local…

Slow Food and the Future of Regional Communities

We all know fast food- food that is processed and made for people on the move, feeding our stomachs and busy lifestyles. However there are implications to the convenience of fast food. Some of the outcomes include poor nutrition, excessive packaging, stress on agricultural supply chains and ultimately a societal disconnection to food.  The ‘fast…

The Global Pact Saving Our Urban Food System

Today, just over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. According to the United Nations, by 2050 this is expected to grow to almost 70 percent with an additional 2.4 billion urban dwellers worldwide. Currently, global cities account for 3 percent of land mass but are responsible for the majority of resource consumption…

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…

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…