Tagged: Sustainability

Brittany speaks truth to power - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 25, 2012

Wellington schoolgirl Brittany Trilford won TckTckTck’s Date with History competition with this powerful message. She has earned a trip to the Rio+20 Conference in a month’s time, and — with luck — will get the chance to express her feelings to the assembled world leaders. Speak truth to power, Brittany. Speak it loudly. Our leaders, [...] … Read More

2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 10, 2012

The Club of Rome has launched a new report, 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years, written by Jorgen Randers, one of the co-authors 40 years ago of their famous publication Limits to Growth. I’ve been listening to Randers speaking at the launch this week at Rotterdam. It’s a striking address, delivered with [...] … Read More

Kiwi battery technology charged up on green car opportunities - Stick

Peter Kerr May 10, 2012

By guest blogger, Imogen Reed Congratulations are due to UC’s Dr John Abrahamson (Chemical and Process Engineering) and Christchurch company ArcActive who recently won one of three prestigious awards at the April 2012 CleanEquity Conference in Monaco. The award, for … Continue reading → … Read More

Consumptionomics - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 01, 2012

Business pages don’t often carry articles about the need to forsake the growth model. I was somewhat startled to come across one prominent in the NZ Herald business supplement last week. Journalist Chris Barton wrote about the ideas of Chandran Nair, author of Consumptionomics and a speaker at this year’s Auckland Writers & Readers Festival [...] … Read More

Startups get a scientific methodology = a simplifying strategy - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 26, 2012

Webfund chairman, entrepreneur and supporter of startups Dave Moskovitz gave his review of Eric Ries book, ‘The Lean Startup’ at a lunchtime meeting at Wellington’s Southern Cross hotel recently. Ex-pat American Moskovitz brought back a few copies of the book … Continue reading → … Read More

Dear David, please give us more than science and innovation platitudes - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 24, 2012

Dear David (Shearer), I’m afraid, if you’re trying to outflank National on the science and innovation front, you’re going to have to do much better than your speech to the NZ Association of Scientists (see speech here) on April 16. … Continue reading → … Read More

Nope, we’re not going to hell in a handcart - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 12, 2012

The refreshingly upbeat Mark Stevenson breezed through Wellington just before Easter, giving his take on why the world’s NOT going to hell in a handcart. The author of ‘An optimist’s tour of the future’, Stevenson’s been accused by some of … Continue reading → … Read More

ACC and Ministry of Health: winners in patent battle over computerised healthcare information ‘connectivity’ invention - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 05, 2012

By guest blogger, Doug Calhoun Throughout the debate on the patenting of software, a battle has been quietly percolating under the radar over a NZ patent application (NZ525001) that has touched upon just about every issue in the software patent … Continue reading → … Read More

Coarse wool’s new course weaving a different path - Stick

Peter Kerr Mar 27, 2012

New Zealand’s forgotten fibre’s doing its best to get itself off the mat. Coarse wool’s course over the past five decades has been almost unremittingly down – both in price and perception. There’s been numerous, mostly ill-fated, attempts to reverse … Continue reading → … Read More