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| 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...

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...

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...

July 4, 2018

[Image: 'Fijian Fairtrade Sugar Cane Farmer' | © Fairtrade ANZ]

It's one thing to read and hear about how climate change is already impacting the world, it's quite another to see it with your own eyes in a country particularly ill–equipped to cope with those impacts.

Over the past year, I've been privileged to be working on a couple of projects that are looking to help Fiji's 16,500 cane farmers to sell more Fairtrade...

April 12, 2018

[Image: 'Ben & Jerry's Fairtrade Ice Cream' | © Fairtrade ANZ]

For the past decade or so, I've watched with increasing interest as Unilever has gone on a unique and winding journey towards sustainability, evidenced most recently by its 'Sustainable Living Plan'.

My observation of Unilever started when I was in a sustainability role at The Coca–Cola Company and has continued as I have moved further into the world o...

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...

June 22, 2017

[Image: Cadbury Fairtrade Chocolate | © Cadbury]

One of my core principles when looking at how to drive transformational change is that there needs to be an underlying economic driver if the change is to be sustained.

This could mean a community making money from Nature–based Tourism, for example, to encourage the protection of an ecosystem. Or receiving income from solar panels to encourage their installation. Or...

February 4, 2017

[Image: Eric Plumpton, 'The Chair' on Red Pike, The Lake District | 04/01/1985]

A month ago I journeyed back to England to say my final farewells to one of the most inspiring individuals it has been my privilege in life to know – my Father.

As devastating as his death was – still is – for me, I've found myself reflecting more and more over the last month on what a truly full and adventurous life he led for his 83...

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