Can we afford renewable energy?

A new report has just been released that’s calling for a “moonshot” effort around renewable energy. The Global Apollo Programme seeks funding in line with that of the 1960’s Apollo Program which put the first man on the moon.

The report asks countries to commit at least 0.02% of their GDP to this effort. I’ve come across multiple articles on this, but those that I read didn’t attempt to put the ask in context. Let’s give it a whirl… (more…)

Help Co-create a Compassionate Business Future via SALT Magazine’s Kickstarter

I write a column for a new publication which is working to create a values-driven business environment. SALT Magazine is carving out a unique space among business publications, eschewing the profit over everything narrative for something more balanced and nuanced. It’s a wonderful space that will help business leaders gain perspective, but it won’t last without support. Enter the Kickstarter campaign for the magazine’s inaugural issue. (more…)

Are We Entering The Bullwhip Curve?

The Economist took on a recent Oxfam publication which predicts that the 1% will own half of the world’s wealth by 2016.  (The chart on the left below shows the Oxfam forecast.)  The article in The Economist admonishes the Oxfam pub for their choice of dates (2010-2014) in projecting the trend, stating that starting instead in the year 2000 would push the milestone out to 2035. (Some solace.) (more…)