Nigeria to New York; catwalk to city

IMG_0684Recent weeks have seen a few more of my journalism and blogging pieces published and I have provided a brief update menu of articles below, with links to original copy.

Power and the Promise of the Grand Transition
Summary: Why the Grand Transition to clean and green energy can do more for Nigeria than just mitigate and ameliorate impacts, it can also create and stimulate social and environmental improvements.
Published on: ‘Nigeria Next’ (20 Feb, 2015)

5 Sustainable Statements at NY Fashion Week
Summary: Images of the fashion glitterati mingling in New York with celebrities and music stars might seem a world apart from eco and ethical concerns… But the two worlds are increasingly colliding.
Published on: ‘Let’s Do More’ for Gap Inc (18 Feb, 2015)

Can Twitter Save the City?
Summary: Why the only way to fast-track smart-city intelligence is to propagate an environment of ‘learning by absorption’, primarily seeded via social media.
Published on: ‘Illuminated Minds’ for GE Lighting (20 Jan, 2015)

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Clean + green, in black + white (Pt II)

2014-07-10 19.06.55 HDR-2Recent months have seen a few more of my journalism pieces published in the press and I have provided a brief update menu of articles below, with links to original copy.

Shaping up to the Future
Summary: 3D printing has the potential to shape the future – in factories, on building sites, in schools, hospitals and homes.
Published in: ‘3D Printing’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (11 December)

Taking the Wraps off Innovation
Summary: Packaging plays an essential part in selling, but continues to battle a bad image despite growing demand and ingenious innovation.
Published in: ‘Future of Packaging’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (19 November)

Welcome to the Grand Transition
Summary: The UK may at last be approaching a new age of grand transition as sustainable clean energy moves on to the balance sheet.
Published in: ‘Powering the Future’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (15 October)

Megaprojects Revolution
Summary: It’s the stuff that makes the country work, creates employment and promotes growth; without renewed infrastructure Britain would gradually grind to a halt.
Published in: ‘Project Management’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (11 September)

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Clean + green, in black + white

2014-07-10 19.06.55 HDR-2Recent months have seen a number of my journalism pieces published in the press and I have provided a brief menu of articles below, with links to original copy.
I shall be posting them up here in full progressively, as and when time permits – bit of a backlog, sorry!

Shrink Carbon Footprint, Grow Profits
Summary: Energy efficiency in business not only helps to maximise profits, but by reducing carbon footprint, it also enhances sustainability for the good of the company – and the planet. (Article entitled ‘Carbon Counts, So Do the Maths’ in print edition.)
Published in: ‘Low Carbon Business’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (22 July)

6 New Technologies Cutting Carbon Footprint
Summary: Snapshot showcase of 6 innovations designed to help reduce energy consumption and emissions.
Published in: ‘Low Carbon Business’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (22 July)

The Future Is Unbuilt
Summary: Construction may be booming, but the industry must rebuild itself to face a challenging future.
Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (25 June)

Straight Talking on the Circular Economy
Summary: Construction and demolition, the largest producers of waste in the UK, may only be paying lip service to green initiatives.
Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (25 June)

Sweatshops Show Need for Transparency
Summary: Controversy over child labour in Asian sweatshops producing cheap clothing for the UK market has highlighted the need for greater control over supply chains. (Article entitled ‘From High Street to Hollywood’ in print edition.)
Published in: ‘Future of Retail’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (24 June)

Supply Chain Delivers Retail Revolution
Summary: A shake-up in retail logistics, driven by internet sales and deliveries, is turning buying and selling upside down. (Article entitled ‘Revolution with Fries and a Shake’ in Print Edition.)
Published in: ‘Future of Retail’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (24 June)

Time for a Fracking Charm Offensive?
Summary: It has split public opinion and tempers are still rising. Fracking for shale gas is a contentious issue, but supporters claim it holds huge potential benefits for the UK economy.Published in: ‘Oil & Gas Outlook’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (8 May)

Are Oil and Gas Reserves an Economic Curse or Cure?
Summary: When governments and other national stakeholders take control of oil and gas reserves, there can be disadvantages as well as the seemingly obvious advantages.
Published in: ‘Oil & Gas Outlook’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (8 May)

Stop Water Going down the Drain
Summary: The water industry is facing a near-perfect storm of rising demand and supply under severe pressure.
Published in: ‘Asset Management & Maintenance’ Special Report in ‘The Times (7 May)

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Workplace Wellbeing: Revolution of the mind

A version of this article – which explores the value of intangibles to workplace wellbeing, (Millennial) talent attraction and retention, as well as personal motivation and mindfulness, plus associated relationships between the Arts and Business – first appeared in Artworks Journal, Issue 04, Volume 01, Spring/Summer, 2014.

2013-06-07 21.29.13 HDR-1 copyIntangibles are like melted butter: Hot, slippery and likely to leave a mark. You can witness, but not see them; feel, but not touch; value, but not spend them (though maybe sell).
For a business world grappling with the new metrics of wellbeing and wonderment at work, intangibles carry the promise of inspiration and innovation. But how do you manage what you cannot measure? How do you budget for non-financials? How do you order the unknown?
Investment in the happiness and spiritual health of staff and the extended family of stakeholders can pay dividends in terms of triple-bottom-line performance, brand enhancement and positioning. As economic recovery gathers pace and Millennials flood the market, stakes are rising for staff recruitment, performance, satisfaction and retention. As a result, winning differentiators for an organisation and offer of employment are vital to understand and communicate.
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Waste: Living in a material e-world

A version of this article first appeared in a Special Report on ‘Managing Waste’, published in The Times, 5 March, 2014.

'A phone worth keeping': Phonebloks is an innovative modular mobile concept designed to help tackle challenges of a throwaway culture and built-in obsoletion (case study below)

Phonebloks: An innovative modular design concept for ‘a phone worth keeping’ (case study below).

Gold, silver and platinum will be amongst precious metals worth £1.5 billion purchased unwittingly in the UK between now and end 2020. This hoard of hidden treasure will be scattered throughout 10 million tonnes of electronic products bought by organisations, companies and private individuals alike.

Electronic, digital and mobile technologies are big business. The marketplace is competitive, evolving constantly and rapidly. Sales are strong, not least because products date and break.
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Co-creation and Construction: It’s good to share

A version of this article first appeared on the Sustainability Talk & News website, published 6 February, 2014.

2014-03-11 17.14.48 HDR-1 copyCurrently very much in vogue, co-creation is being touted as the optimum way for business to capture innovation, speed delivery and drive resource efficiency. Inclusive and transformative, it is the change-management weapon of choice for sustainability. There is only one problem: It seems a bad cultural fit for Construction.

As we emerge slowly from the ‘Age of Austerity’, commercial organisations are running lean, with budgets tight and few personnel available to pursue speculative process improvements, or explore new ways of working. Time, money and people are all at a premium and investment is in short supply.
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