With blockchain becoming more commonly used to make large transactions in various digital currencies, there is an opportunity to build in the environmental cost of a product at the individual product level. This is what Todd’s latest venture, Veridum Labs hopes to achieve with their “Verde” digital currency.
We really enjoyed this relaxed conversation with Ana on location overlooking the beautiful Portuguese hills and valleys. We covered a bunch of topics including: how and why she started the Faia Brava Nature Reserve almost 20 years ago, rewilding in Europe and the species they’re helping to save from extinction, how Casa De Cisterna along with other ecotourism businesses in the Côa Valley region are conserving endangered species and how the ATN and Faia Brava work to build local economic development
We had a great discussion with Hayden on a number of topics, including his personal journey to becoming a co-founder of a successful renewable energy startup; the state of the energy market in the UK, how renewables are challenging the status quo, what the secret sauce is behind Bulb’s impressive growth and his advice on getting a next-gen startup off the ground…
We had a thought provoking discussion on the intersection of sustainability and business with Jim. He shared his thoughts on what the major differences are in leading a triple bottom line business vs a profit only model; what role consumers, businesses and governments should play in sustainability; if and when a Benefit Corp or B Corp type ethos will become mainstream; what businesses can do to use sustainability as an economic driver and many other nuggets of wisdom on making good business
Stumbling across the ecotourism company, Wildlife Adventures was a bit of a serendipity. In 2017 on a flight, Joy found an article on the successful rewilding efforts in Europe and the positive impact ecotourism (and ecotourism companies like Wildlife Adventures) were having on conservation, especially in relation to larger predators like the lupo (i.e. Italian for wolf) who were not so long ago (circa 1970s) reviled and hunted nearly to extinction in that part of the world.
Florence Gschwend, the innovative entrepreneur and PhD graduate from Imperial College in London, is one of three founders (along with Jason Hallett and Agi Brandt) of the spinout startup, Chrysalix Technologies, that’s aiming to disrupt and revolutionize the fossil fuel industry by turning waste wood (and other biomass) into bioplastics and biofuel.
Florence Gschwend is a PhD graduate from the Imperial College in London. She’s won numerous awards for her work in the use of waste wood for biorefinery applications. Florence was named as one of Europe’s most promising gamechangers under 30 by Forbes. She’s passionate about using her skills to help future-proof the environment. She now runs the Chrysalix Technologies startup which aims to further disrupt the behemoth fossil fuel industry, by turning wood that would otherwise go to the landfill or be incinerated into plastics or fuel
As animal lovers, Lyall and I were thrilled to visit Tim in his London based studio. We discussed a range of topics including his evolution as a photographer and artist, his fascination with the relationship between humans and animals, the importance of connecting with nature, the role of art in communicating critical messages and his latest project, Endangered.
Tim Flach is a world renowned photographer. His body of work, which includes 5 published books (Endangered 2017, Evolution, 2013, More than Human, 2012, Dogs Gods, 2010 and Equus, 2008), focuses on a wide variety of animal species but is united by a distinctive style that is derived from his concerns with anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism. His interests lie in the way humans shape animals, and shape their meaning. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Norwich University of the Arts in 2013. His latest project, Endangered, showcases a selection of species that are on or near the brink of extinction.