Tuesday, March 31, 2009

FT.com / Climate Change Challenge - Turning biomass into charcoal

Heres a cool approach - "carbon sink":

"The Black Phantom is a machine designed to turn biomass into charcoal, a very stable form of carbon that can be stored underground in a carbon sink"

FT.com / Climate Change Challenge - Turning biomass into charcoal: "Turning biomass into charcoal"

Vote for them on the right hand panel http://www.ft.com/indepth/climatechallenge

Friday, March 27, 2009

zero emissions family car super sexy buy one!

Tesla Motors - Tesla Showroom

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Why Small Companies Will Win in This Economy - Peter Bregman - HarvardBusiness.org

From the harvard business blogs:

"Small is the new big. Sustainable is the new growth. Trust is the new competitive advantage."

Why Small Companies Will Win in This Economy - Peter Bregman - HarvardBusiness.org: "Small is the new big. Sustainable is the new growth. Trust is the new competitive advantage."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Just a tick - business or Opera?!

When building your business and relationships with stakeholders of any kind, just remember AIDA:

Attention - you have got time, be that an investment or just a second or two to grab it.
Interest - what makes them carry on paying attention ?
Desire - offer something that they will want.
Action - draw them into taking some action.

Adapted from something that reminded me of the importance placed on this in previous corporate marketing life, thanks http://www.cogsales.com/ !!

Otherwise getting creative and artistic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aida

Friday, March 20, 2009

Well they did ask via Twitter - UK Govt & G20

G20 - Be Heard - Your Submissions - The Labour Party

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Archives - Blogtrepreneur Entrepreneur Blog

This looks like a useful resource for young entrepreneurs!

along with http://www.youngentrepreneur.com/

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Art and Society and service to all!

Jose Abreu on kids transformed by music Video on TED.com

Get to 10min in on this video and you are no doubt inspired, go from there and you discover that poverty is not about the lack of a roof or bread, its about the crime on those that begin to think they are "no-one" and that should not be!!

The semantic web continues towards birth.

Tim Berners-Lee on the next Web Video on TED.com:

About this talk:

20 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. For his next project, he's building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together.
About Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. He leads the World Wide Web Consortium, overseeing the Web's standards and development."


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The power of poetry!

For business, for society and for our world and environment!

Monday, March 16, 2009

IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Working Group I Report "The Physical Science Basis"

Climate Change and Water. http://www.ipcc.ch/ipccreports/tp-climate-change-water.htm

While CO2 is a key issue it is not the only issue for Climate change and beyond that social as well as environmental responsibility. The health, wealth and SAFETY of nations is at stake if this is not put into the right order for the next generation.

The two page summary along is worth reading if you just want to see the headline issues:

IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Working Group I Report "The Physical Science Basis"

Friday, March 13, 2009

Show me the money: How to finance your eco start-up - Part 1 - Times Online

Show me the money: How to finance your eco start-up - Part 1 - Times Online

some good stuff in here with many more useful links as well!

...like http://www.environmentalinvest.com/

danieltenner.com — Starting up with a friend

This is good to contemplate as you take your first partnering startup steps!

danieltenner.com — Starting up with a friend: "It seems like a fool-proof plan: start up with a close friend. You’ll get along (obviously), and you’ll get to share the exciting, fantastic, scary experience of starting up with someone you care about. It’s not a bad idea, but there are a few caveats that you should be aware of before you proceed1."


FT.com / Companies / Industrials - Welch condemns share price focus

FT.com / Companies / Industrials - Welch condemns share price focus: "“On the face of it, shareholder value is the dumbest idea in the world,” he said. “Shareholder value is a result, not a strategy . . . Your main constituencies are your employees, your customers and your products.”"

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mega Music Innovation: JV and Merger

Today - Instant- This is the formation of a supergroup!!
Listening stuff! on youtube http://stereogum.com/archives/dead-weather-mp3s_058061.html


Richard Bransons fantastic new book "Business stripped bare" drew me to this http://www.theelders.org/ and being an old genesis rock band fan and long term follower of Peter Gabriel means i watch this regularly http://www.witness.org/

In fact it was music that first drew me to Virgin in the 70's and since then ive followed Branson with interest as he moved into airlines, mobile phones and so much more from his modest early record sales and tubular bells success, which is still great to listen to. Only in recent years from reading "screw it lets do it" and now his latest book have i had to the chance to see through the public image and be excited by how he does what he does.

What Branson and Gabriel are now doing with their influnce, name/brand, time, money and leadership goes a long way to offsetting the worries any of us would have, if you get the chance, like I did recently, to read Chris Pattons "Whats Next" a guide to surviving the 21st century. A more difficult and lengthy read but just as important and generative to me.

I really do recommend both these books as they both show the triple bottom line nature of the the importance of Economic, Social and Environmental responsibility and the leadership issues for entrepreneurs and all people with a stake, be that the need for a pay cheque, a pension, an ROI or just simple ambition for growth and a better future for our children and justice for all born ahead of us!


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"09.09.09, 10.10.10 and 11.11.11"

For any triple bottom liner: three unique dates of the next few years:

999 it's time - An Emerge & See Movement: "09.09.09, 10.10.10 and 11.11.11"


Interesting well known names behind all this if you drill into it!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Interesting achievers behind one green awareness initiative!

This provides a useful snapshot on a few movers and shakers and how they interweave with other organisations: Do The Green Thing: The Team having seen GreenThing win the green digital award via http://www.positivetv.tv/ click to 1minute45second to cut to it http://www.positivetv.tv/the-green-awards-report/

The woman who built the Gates foundation

How do you leave success behind you and keep moving:
FT.com / Companies / Technology - The woman who built the Gates foundation

Monday, March 02, 2009

McKinsey: What Matters: About What Matters

It will be interesting to revisit this over the years as now:
McKinsey: What Matters: About What Matters: "In addition, we wanted a place where our readers could bring their considerable wisdom to bear on these crucial issues."

The Berkshire Hathaway 2008 Annual Letter

Like my earlier posting on Bill Gates letter (not about software or billion$) this sort of shared insight is extremely generous, not that we have hit the perfect market or perfect access to information just yet Adam Smith!! I keep praying!!

This first link links to the letter, this page provides a great summary:
The Berkshire Hathaway 2008 Annual Letter: "The Berkshire Hathaway 2008 Annual Letter"