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…

The Zone Of Hope: How Virtual Reality is Visualising Climate Change

The Aigües de Barcelona (Barcelona Water Authority) are behind the latest virtual reality experience in Barcelona, called The Zone of Hope. However this one has a twist. It is a virtual reality experience about climate change that allows you to travel in time and understand the environmental impacts in 2038, 2068 and 2093. Naturally, this…

Declaring a Climate Emergency as a University: UPF Barcelona

Climate strikes have swept the world recently with Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg and Fridays for Future demanding action be taken on climate change. The strikes have brought global attention to one of the world’s greatest social and environmental issues of our age. However, what do these strikes mean? Is it just a moment in time,…

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…

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%…

ReCreate: The Social Enterprise Inspiring Creativity and a Better Planet

Ireland has undertaken a huge transformation since the global financial crisis. In the last few years, unemployment has fallen from about 15% to 5.4% in April 2019. It is expected that unemployment will fall below 5% in the next year, which the country will deem as ‘full employment.’ In an article by the Irish Times,…

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…

The Finance Innovation Lab: Changing the Finance System to Strengthen People and Planet

Sitting in a coffee shop in London run by Aussies, I felt a slice of home from the aroma of quality coffee! I was meeting with Lydia Hascott, who is the Head of Intrapreneurship at the Finance Innovation Lab. The Finance Innovation Lab incubates the people, ideas and movements building a financial system that serves…

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…