Category Archives: News

Crowdsourcing supports innovation

Tweet Can crowdsourcing and collaboration offer new solutions where older, traditional ways of doing business have failed to deliver? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’. As digital technology has grown, so too has the number of tools that can be … Continue reading

Mind the gap: Can the cooperative movement deliver sustainable cities?

Tweet My belief that Bilbao is a stronghold of sustainable city developments is growing immeasurably. Why? Because after visiting for a week of creative dialogue between 800 participants from 200 cities, I found myself inspired by the city’s culture of … Continue reading

An agreement was reached at the Paris Summit – but now we need the financial markets to help deliver it

Tweet Now that 195 nations have promised to signed up to the Paris climate agreement, the hard work begins. The signatories have all committed to ramping up their fight against climate change, but what happens next will prove crucial. The … Continue reading

Failure to reach UN climate change agreement could be “very dangerous,” warn influential city mayors

Tweet Twenty city mayors from five Nordic countries have joined forces in urging world governments to reach meaningful agreements at the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. In an op-ed published in the magazine Cities Today, the influential group … Continue reading

Can city mayors lead the way on sustainable development?

Tweet On a recent trip to San Francisco and Austin, Texas, I found myself accompanied by two potential agents of change – Benjamin Barber book If Mayors Ruled the World and a newly appointed Swedish city mayor, Niklas Nordström. The former … Continue reading

33 Mayors network listed – will they act for a climate deal?

Tweet National governments have proven that they do not have what is required to meet the global challenges of climate change and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. The shortcomings of the COP meeting since Copenhagen acts as testament … Continue reading

Political leadership in a new era

Tweet IPCC. Drought. Storms. CO2 levels of 400 ppm. In 2014, climate change and sustainability moved from being distinct environmental concerns to becoming systematic welfare issues. Agricultural production was effected by both droughts and floods in many areas around the … Continue reading

I am going to the Amazon…..

Tweet My Easter travel will be through my books. I decided to go back to my memories of the Amazon Rainforest. I have spent several years travelling and working together with indian tribes in the Amazon. I visited the Amazon … Continue reading

From Bangladesh via New York and Wall Street to Stockholm

Tweet On a Sunday afternoon at the restaurant Vapiano in the Old Town of Stockholm , I met 33 years old Patrick Botlero.  He was born in Dhaka in Bangladesh, grew up in Queens, New York, worked in Wall Street … Continue reading

Pollution in the air – Beijing smog

Tweet With Beijing’s pollution hitting the front pages once again I spoke with British journalist and senior editor of That’s Beijing magazine, Oscar Holland, about the smog and what the government is doing to counter it. Just how bad has … Continue reading