New writing… My new article for NRG Energy Stories is now live, asking whether blockchain and cleantech can combine to bring power to the people? It focuses on digital energy currencies – something of a crossover phenomenon. Bridging worlds of virtual networks and physical infrastructure, these cryptocurrencies inhabit a space where the emerging digital economy meets the evolving energy sector. They mark a commercial sweet-spot for innovation among both the tech community and the engineering profession. In particular, the piece looks at their rising rôle in collective energy models such as community solar, from Brooklyn, USA, to Perth in Australia.
For a fuller exploration of the trend, drivers and benefits, follow the link to read the story in detail: ‘How Digital Energy Currencies May Impact the Market’.
New writing… Pleased to say I have had another article published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on Enterprise Agility.
The piece looks at how advocacy in the digital age calls for greater agility on the part of campaigning organisations such as Amnesty UK. It also explores how the way people consume news is changing in the 21st century and what that might mean for human rights, as the ongoing creep of hyper-personalised content contributes to the ‘echo chamber’ effect and brings into question what will ultimately happen to the ‘mainstream’.
You can read the full story (with no paywall) here:
• ‘Advocacy goes online in the digital age’.
The full 16-page Enterprise Agility report is available to view/download here.
New writing… My latest piece for JLL Real Views is now live, looking at an emerging investment trend in clean power: floating renewables. Whether it is a wind farm off the coast of Scotland, or a solar plant on a former coalmine in China, these recent record-breaking energy schemes are helping developers realise new opportunities, either by accessing deeper waters offshore, or freeing-up valuable land onshore, or both. For a fuller exploration of drivers and benefits, follow the link to read the story in detail: ‘The Rising Tide of Floating Renewables’.
New writing… Pleased to say I have had another article published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on Responsible Business.
The piece discusses how companies and their supply chains are becoming increasingly involved in safeguarding human rights, as they grapple with the complexities of business responsibilities in a broader context. The discussion includes insights from global names such as CIPS and M&S; also comment and case studies from campaigning and advocacy organisations involved in protecting Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) at risk and bringing their causes to the attention of the wider world.
It is a tough challenge: From product miles in a hi-vis vest to violence in the humble avocado of your guacamole, supply-chain stories can be complex, even criminal. Nevertheless, responsibility is real and inescapable – you can read the full story online (with no paywall) here:
• ‘Human rights are now part of business’.
The full 16-page Responsible Business report is available to view/download here.
New writing… My latest piece for Eniday takes us to Africa, where fintech meets cleantech to bring the green power of mobile money to the unbanked and the grid-unconnected, on a continent larger than the US, China, India and most of Europe put together. To learn more about how cellphones and solar panels are together transforming lives, read the full story of: ‘The Leapfrog Generation”.*
* In a footnote to the story above, activity continues apace in the renewable energy market, with recent news that French global utility ENGIE Group is to acquire Fenix International, the African solar home systems pioneer mentioned in the piece.