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
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?
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.
It’s not that often these days that we’re likely to take advice from an investment banker – and certainly not advice on learning! But an article in the Financial Times by Terry Smith contained some real pearls of wisdom that apply equally to People Professionals as they do investment bankers.
Terry Smith is the chief executive of Tullett Prebon and also of Fundsmith LLP and his article – although directed at investors – was full of good sense for People Professionals.
Genius is a word that can often be used inappropriately. However, where Burt Rutan is concerned it’s the right word to describe his work and, perhaps more importantly, his approach to the complex challenges he has overcome. Burt Rutan isn’t a name that most people are familiar with but as you’ll see in this week’s post it’s a name that has quietly delivered so much.
I first came across the name of Burt Rutan while watching a compelling documentary about a little company
Monday 26th November 2012 was a special and momentous day for New York. On Monday 26th November, for the first time in living memory, an entire day passed without a single report of anyone being shot, stabbed or subjected to a violent crime. Monday 26th November 2012 was New York’s breakthrough day.
New York police officers could hardly remember the last time that such a violent-crime-free day last occurred. Over the years New York has seen a drop in violent crime but this was
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.
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.
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!
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.