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…

How ESADE is Building the Leaders of Tomorrow

Education is critical for the next generation of business leaders to understand how to balance purpose and profit. Around the world, universities are coupling research with curriculum to help students build not just knowledge but also the skills required to tackle social issues in a business environment.  ESADE, in Spain is ranked in the top 25…

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…

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%…

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…

The Seven Deadly Sins Of Capitalism

I recently attended the Responsible Business Forum in Oxford, UK which was run by the Economics of Mutuality and Oxford University. The topic was 'Putting purpose into practice' and it explored how businesses can use their corporate purpose to drive profit that is good for people and the planet. The Economics of Mutuality are a research…

5 things we can learn from the Estonian Government this election

As I entered the e-Estonia building, I almost tripped over a pack of electric scooters charging in a corner. People were playing table tennis and there was a foosball table nearby. Everything felt very casual with a distinct startup vibe. It made me feel like a bit of an idiot because moments before, I changed…

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…