5 Year-End Gifts That Are Good for the Planet

Glass Straws: Now It’s Cool to Suck This set of four colorful glass straws with angled heads elevates your drinking experience while helping put an end to single-use plastic. It includes a companion tool that is custom designed for cleaning straws, and the sleek case has air holes, which means your straws will dry even […]

Imagine Building a Business from Trash and Sand

“Don’t quit your day job” – or so entrepreneurs are often advised when trying to build a business. But Nzambi Matee of Kenya did quit her day job — and her social life and  invested all her savings into an experimental project in her mother’s back garden. “My friends were worried,” she admits. “Everyone thought […]

Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency

Can indigenous knowledge help us design a more sustainable future? What will it take to restore balance to our world, repair past injustices, and support future generations’ survival? Reaching beyond sustainability, “regenerative” practice is increasingly named as a new goal, but what does this emerging term really mean? And which key mindset shifts might enable […]

How to Convert Concern Into an Achievable Solution

Jody Williams, the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, led a movement that successfully banned the use, production, and sale of anti-personnel landmines. She writes that feel-good, sentimental feelings around peace are a waste of time. The image of peace with a dove flying over a rainbow and people holding hands singing kumbaya ends up infantilizing […]

Your Success May Also be Your Biggest Blindspot

Like most of you reading this article, I was initially dismayed and stunned by what happened at the Oscar awards ceremony earlier this year. As someone who studies the motivations of leaders and how they influence the people they lead, upon further reflection, my surprise gradually ebbed away. In this article, I’ll explain why. First, […]

10 Ways You’ll Benefit from Being a Mentor

As a leader, you’re really busy. While mentoring a rising high performer may sound like a great opportunity, you might worry that you just don’t have the bandwidth. But here’s something you may not have considered: Most people think of mentoring as a giving exchange, but it’s really a getting exchange. Bert Thornton, the former […]

Methane-busting Seaweed Industry Begins Growing in South Australia

An emerging commercial seaweed industry is gaining pace in South Australia and it has the methane produced by cows firmly in its sights. Australian researchers have found red seaweed has the ability to reduce cow and sheep methane production by up to 90 per cent when mixed with stock feed. The findings have led the […]

Making Antibacterial Bandages From Fruit Waste

At Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, scientists are tackling food waste by turning discarded durian husks into antibacterial gel bandages. The process extracts cellulose powder from the fruit’s husks after they are sliced and freeze-dried, then mixes it with glycerol. This mixture becomes soft hydrogel, which is then cut into bandage strips. “In Singapore, […]

Boats That Eat Trash

A trash-eating boat could clean up the world’s rivers. A Dutch foundation devoted to fighting plastic pollution in the world’s oceans has unveiled a new device designed to stop it from reaching the sea in the first place: by collecting and cleaning plastic waste from major rivers. The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a non-governmental organization, best […]

The Ultra Runner Bringing Attention to the Global Water Crisis

A swimming pool prank gone wrong would prove to be an accident that changed Mina Guli’s life. she hurt her back so badly that doctors told me she’d never run again. challenged to create a stunt that would capture the world’s attention around the global water crisis, her global, ultra-running campaign for water was born. […]