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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 which 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…

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…

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…

6 Things We Can Learn From Finland’s Universal Basic Income Experiment

The Universal Basic Income is a concept that has been around for decades, yet it is only now that the conversation is moving to action. The threat of automation on middle-income jobs and the rise of mass unemployment has prompted Governments globally to look at new social welfare models. The reality is, global Governments cannot…

5 Practical Tips to Reduce Your Waste

The plastic epidemic has reached a crisis point and there is growing acceptance that practices must change. These practices must be acknowledged from both a business and consumer level. Businesses need to minimise the plastic in production and we as consumers need to look for alternatives. However, it is often perceived as 'too hard' to…

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…

Understanding how the Indian Government enables sustainability

Originally posted in September 2017 by founder, Laura Baker prior to Planet B. As I reached Delhi Airport I was bombarded with messages about clean energy and sustainability. Everything from Total Energy’s commitment to solar energy and ‘clean’ gas to the Government enforcing plastic bag charges in the airport shops. Here I was, coming to India to work with a social enterprise, Pollinate…