Is it time for a meat tax?

In the last month there have been two big stories about diet and climate change. The one was that the IPCC making its recommendations for tackling the issues and suggesting a move to a more plant based diet. This follows on from a report earlier this year from City, University of London, which said developed Read more about Is it time for a meat tax?[…]

Some surprising stats about the future of transport

At the end of June at the Transition Forum conference in Monaco it was my pleasure to meet up again with Timothy Papandreou. I originally met Tim at the FIA Smart Cities event that I MC’d in Rome.  Tim was once Strategic Partnerships lead at Waymo/Google X. These days he bills himself as an Urban Read more about Some surprising stats about the future of transport[…]

Five things I learnt about the future for global health

I recently spent some time at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva mainly recording interviews which will be shown this summer on CNBC via UNSDG Health Partnership – powered by Global GoalsCast. I also picked up a lot of ideas which I have a sneaking suspicion may well feature on future Global GoalsCast episodes Read more about Five things I learnt about the future for global health[…]

Talking Smart Cities – innovation, purpose and profit

I am fascinated by Smart Cities and how we can attach electronic Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to objects to collect data and then use this data to manage assets and resources efficiently. And this week I was fortunate enough to MC two very different events – yet both were on the topic of Smart Read more about Talking Smart Cities – innovation, purpose and profit[…]

National Geographic Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg on plastics in the ocean

National Geographic is not only one of the most beautifully crafted and highly respected publications on the planet. Its images and stories can also have a profound impact on the way we live our lives and our attitudes toward the environment. At Davos 2019 I met the Editor-in-Chief, Susan Goldberg, to talk about why plastic Read more about National Geographic Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg on plastics in the ocean[…]

Podcast: How girls in tech are building a new world

Global GoalsCast, the podcast which I co-host Claudia Romo Edelman, regularly highlights the importance of educating girls. In this episode talk with two remarkable women whose lives dramatize how much difference a woman can make when she is trained in technology. Marieme Jamme, founder of #Iamthecode, tells her story: Sold into prostitution as a teenager Read more about Podcast: How girls in tech are building a new world[…]

Hub Culture Davos 2019 – Jean TODT, President of the FIA on road safety and what individuals and countries can do to make driving safer

Jean Todt is a very busy guy.  His day job is President of the FIA – the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile which governs motorsports. But he is also the UN Secretary General Secretary’s Special Envoy for Road Safety. Road safety is an issue close to my heart. I had been in India before the interview Read more about Hub Culture Davos 2019 – Jean TODT, President of the FIA on road safety and what individuals and countries can do to make driving safer[…]

Spectator Article: How to deliver the perfect pitch

You’ve got a brilliant business idea: here’s how to sell it to venture capitalists in five minutes flat Spectator Money, 26 November 2016 As someone who’s passionate about the power of compelling speech, there is nothing I hate more than watching somebody blow an opportunity. A pitch to a venture capitalist, whether on stage in front Read more about Spectator Article: How to deliver the perfect pitch[…]

Get ready for Singularity: it’s closer to reality than we think

Hooked to a computer, your brain will be able to answer a question before you even knew to ask it I HAVE spent a lot of the past week checking out Ray Kurzweil’s world after reading Carole Cadwalladr’s interview with him in The Observer. It is a pretty eye-opening experience. Google’s new director of engineering estimates that computers Read more about Get ready for Singularity: it’s closer to reality than we think[…]

Rainbow Loom: the craze that makes the internet look good

The rubber-band bracelet craze: ‘somehow digital feels better when it produces something real’ I was delighted to see the Duchess of Cornwall wearing a Rainbow Loom bracelet on her Canadian tour (pictured below). Since Camilla is the grandmother of a seven-year-old girl, my suspicions are that this was a present from her. As the owner Read more about Rainbow Loom: the craze that makes the internet look good[…]