How many complex global sustainability challenges can the world tackle?

This question was front of mind earlier this year as my daughter received her masters degree. For her thesis she analysed the international climate change process from Copenhagen to Paris. She wanted to understand what changed between these two meetings that allowed the global community to move from complete failure to modest success. Then she related those insights to the ...
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Football, Identity and Suffering

They say it’s the beautiful game. Certainly that’s why I chose my football team. I wanted to watch attractive attacking football. It didn’t matter that for more than 15 years of me first supporting them they did not win anything. Then it all changed and they took the league by storm and not only did the attractive football flourish, but ...
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My Perfect Weekend

In the style of the FT column of the same title My perfect weekend begins on a Friday afternoon when I collect my wife Catherine from Vevey railway station and we head off into the Valais and the village of Nax. Whatever the season, it's our aim to get there before the sun goes down. As the fire is lit ...
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BlackRock, and Game Changers

There has been a lot of excitement in the sustainability world recently following the BlackRock annual letter to CEOs. One website even claimed it as "momentous". Now Vanguard and other asset managers are also getting in on the act. The question is whether these missives to company CEOs are game changing signs for sustainability, or just talk ...
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2017 Booklist

Here are some of the books that I finished this year (and some still to come): The summer’s theme was about The Establishment. I started with “The Establishment, and how they get away with it” by Owen Jones, which paints a rather depressing picture of modern day Britain. It would be all too easy to write this off as a ...
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