Archive for category: Sustainability

What we can learn from Facebook’s innovative arctic data centre

29 Aug
August 29, 2013

Data centres are getting more innovative.  These massive buildings which hold thousands of servers handling more and more of our everyday internet life.  As social networking and cloud computing increases, so does the size, power consumption and carbon footprint of these centres. According to a study by Greenpeace conducted several years ago, data centres already account for 2% of global power demand and this figure is probably underestimated by a major factor today.  This percentage is expected Read more […]

What makes a country a success?

01 Aug
August 1, 2013

We often talk about what makes a successful leader or a successful business, but what about a country – what makes an entire country a success?  And if we knew what made a whole country a success, could we learn from this in our own businesses? Story An article in The Economist caught my eye.  When ranked against a range of county-wide success factors such as global competitiveness, ease of doing business, global innovation, corruption perceptions, human development and prosperity. When Read more […]

When e-learning isn’t green learning

21 Feb
February 21, 2013

E-learning has grown in popularity as devices such as the PC, laptop, flat screen TV, tablet and smartphone are now in virtually every western home.  But what about the real cost of this technology and its effect on both people and planet?  I wonder if it’s time we should start looking at green learning. Story Green, as they say, is the new black – or so it would seem.  Much talk in business today centres around sustainability, impact of doing business, carbon footprints and green energy.  Read more […]

Crazy Innovation

14 Feb
February 14, 2013

Sometimes there’s an innovation that catches my eye and really makes me sit up and think.  The article I read was in The Economist which talked about an inventor who had just built a cardboard bicycle! Story Izhar Gafni is an unlikely hero who’s taken an almost unchanged design – the bicycle – and totally altered the way it can be manufactured. Izhar has developed a bicycle based on resin treated cardboard yes, CARDBOARD – which he claims is stronger than carbon fibre. In his Read more […]