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| Optimistic ponderings on humanity's future |

| With credit where credit's due to Jack Judge and Henry James "Harry" Williams |

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July 16, 2019

[Image: A School in Timor Leste | © United Nations]

If there's one thing that's been endlessly reinforced during my recent sustainable development work, it's the essential role that education plays in helping people to haul themselves out of poverty.

There is enough theoretical and practical evidence to conclude that improving education is the one absolutely essential action that countries need to take if they are to...

May 22, 2019

[Image: Self Reflected in White Light | © Greg Dunn]

I've recently found myself involved in a project focused on the neurosciences and some of the amazing world–leading work being undertaken in this field at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH).

Now every project I involve myself in has to be something I strongly believe in, and I certainly believe in the importance of rapid advances in the neurosciences – not least bec...

April 12, 2019

[Image: Plastic Ocean Waste | © The Independent Newspaper]

In the last 12 months the plastic ocean waste issue has (finally) cut through to become a more mainstream issue.

Whether because of shocking images of large floating 'garbage patches' in the Pacific Ocean, or footage of more and more marine animals being injured or killed by plastic waste, the public at large seems to have realised how much damage the plastic w...

February 27, 2019

[Image: Burmese School | © United Nations.]

It's hard to believe that we're just 10 months away from the third decade of the 21st Century.

That we're about to move on from a decade that will likely be remembered for humankind's collective failure to take meaningful action on climate change. A decade ending with the uncertainty of Brexit and instability of Trump. A decade that saw continued terrorism, war, habitat destr...

January 18, 2019

[Image: Heading for Europe's Exit | © Herriot–Watt University.]

I very rarely get too disheartened – despite the very real sustainable development challenges that I get exposed to – yet, in a recent trip to Europe, I found myself faced with the realities that the UK is currently dealing with as it lurches, divided, towards a future outside the European Union.

Probably because it was my home for almost 30 years, bu...

September 20, 2018

[Image: 'Typhoon Maria Risk Assessment July 2018' | © AccuWeather]

Much of 2018 has seen me criss–crossing the Asia–Pacific working on a project for Fairtrade, whilst reminding myself what a diverse, vibrant and challenged region Australia sits on the fringes of.

The work itself has been both interesting and challenging in equal measure, but one of the things that struck me most during my travels was how clearly other...

August 2, 2018

[Image: 'Seoul City Skyline' | © Visit Korea]

I recently spent some time researching ethical and sustainable consumer trends in South Korea, a research project which included spending an intense week in the country's capital, Seoul.

My visit came just after Moon Jae–in and Kim Jong–un had made history by meeting on the border of North and South Korea, with events being spiced up by Donald Trump's inevitable s...

May 27, 2018

[Image: 'Kaohsiung City, Taiwan' | © Taiwan Tourism]

As part of a research project exploring future sustainability trends in the Asia–Pacific, I've found myself spending some time looking at Taiwan recently – a part of the world that, depending on your perspective, is either an independent nation, or a more progressive region of China.

The United Nations hasn't officially recognised Taiwan since it lost its seat in the...

January 20, 2018

[Image: 'Auckland Skyline, New Zealand' | © 100% Pure New Zealand]

It's a mostly healthy rivalry, but sometimes the gap just gets too great.

I'm talking New Zealand vs. Australia here, and, for once, it's not about the rugby (although the All Blacks do have the poor Wallabies in their pockets on the rugby pitch at the moment), but about the way the country creates a role for itself in the interconnected global village...

October 14, 2017

[Image: 'Papua New Guinea Fairtrade Coffee Farmer' | © Fairtrade ANZ]

I've seen on many occasions now how much more likely sustained positive change is to happen when you give those who need the change the most control over the tools to make it happen.

This could be as simple as directly giving them funding, ensuring they have clear input to the decision–making process or improving their capacity to make the right deci...

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