The SDGs are a map of future opportunity

The Sustainable Development Goals are a map of future opportunity. It’s that simple. Since 2015, critics have fretted that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their 169 action-specific targets are “too complex”, “unwieldy”, or “hard to keep track of”. But three critical insights can help to correct that perception: The SDGs are a map of [...]

IPCC: Warming above 1.5ºC unacceptable

There is a new central organizing principle for trade, peace and security, industrial production, economic development, finance, food supply, energy, and advanced science. In December 2015 in Paris, at the COP21 (the 21st annual negotiation of the Parties to the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change—which mandates that we avoid dangerous human-caused climate disruption), [...]

The New Economy is Science-Driven

Science is knowledge. Knowledge is our survival strategy, as a species. Civilization is oriented toward the discovery, securing, and expansion of knowledge. The word ‘science’ is shorthand for the heroic collective human endeavor to learn, share, do, and improve. Read any book, essay or article about business these days, and you are sure to find [...]

How to Build the Perfect Company

The perfect company has long been thought to be structured around externalizing cost and avoiding risk. The modern limited liability company—modeled on Queen Elizabeth I of England's sovereign guarantee to the British East India Company—was designed to invite investment by limiting the cost of failure and spreading risk across an entire society. But, perfection starts [...]

The Future of Finance is Clean

Finance is the projection of existing wealth and capability into future scenarios. For much of human history, in whatever form it has taken, success in the future finance scenario did not have to align with success across the full spectrum of human need and our relationship to natural systems. Financial success could be insulated from [...]

The Magical Future of Smart Energy

The business models and technologies that dominate the later part of this century will transcend old-fashioned thinking about value management and resource allocation. Connection and ephemeralization would make them appear downright magical to us. Four critical capabilities that will drive these trends: Anything can be made anywhere. Technical knowledge can reach anywhere. Advanced services will [...]