Inspired by the IGP’s Short Course in Entrepreneurship - ‘How to start a clean technology enterprise’ - Natasha Allen has founded Mee Panyar a community-based solar power project in Myanmar. Read her story and find out how you can support her pilot.
Institute for Global Prosperity's Summer List
Professor Henrietta Moore, Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL, has released suggested reading and viewing for this summer
Arthur Kay announced as IGP Entrepreneur-in-Residence
CEO of bio-bean and co-founder of Fast Forward 2030 is appointed as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the IGP
How your banana peel can help us reach the Global Goals
It’s coming up to the second anniversary of the SDGs and it seems like every other business is doing something to show how they are working towards the goals of the biggest global movement for sustainable development.
By Hermione Taylor, Fast Forward 2030 Board Member
What can New Economy businesses learn from the new political atmosphere?
New Economy businesses – the kinds of businesses that are building an economy that works better for people and the planet - can learn a lot from the current political atmosphere.
The Doughnut: A framework for the entrepreneurs taking on 21st century challenges
How can we provide social foundations for all, within our ecological limits? What kind of economic mind-set would get us there? How should entrepreneurs think about their business, its role to resources and the natural world?
Future proof: Britain in the 2020s
A recent report from the Institute for Public Policy Research sees Brexit as "the firing gun on a decade of disruption". This is a must-read report for anyone trying to come to terms with the challenges society faces between now and 2030.
World could enjoy utopian future with sustainable development, year-long study finds
More than 80 major companies write to Theresa May saying Britain’s ‘prosperity and well-being’ are at stake as report warns ‘costs and uncertainty of unsustainable development could swell until there is no viable world in which to do business’
BioTech Food Labels, Solveiga Pakštaitė
Best Before Dates promise to tell us if food is fresh and safe to eat, but the 50-year-old Best Before labelling falls far short.
Meet Sol from Bump Mark, a biologically accurate way of telling if your food is fresh. Discover how this design student turned a project to help bling people into an industry-disrupting foodtech invention.
A Generational Shift Away From Short-Termism
With society confronted by some of the biggest challenges it has ever faced, it isn’t surprising that people are starting to think about their work, careers and assets differently.
The rise of Donald Trump demonstrates the urgent need for a fresh approach by businesses
"Turning the Sustainable Development Goals into a reporting advantage" by Amrita Vaux
17 global goals. 169 targets. One vision: “to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet.” Do the Global Goals have the potential to become a common language, or yet another reporting burden? This op-ed gives an early insight into how they may be turned into a source of reporting advantage.
Delivering on the SDGs Will Require a System Reboot by Jules Peck
The year of 2015 has been heralded as setting out a new roadmap for 'sustainable development' with both the SDGs and COP21 having delivered more clarity than we have had for a lonf time on the biggest challenges of our times. But the SDGs cannot on their own be seen as a panacea to seemingly intractable issues such as global poverty, inequality and rampant consumerism.
Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal
Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it's inedible -- but because it doesn't look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.
How to Thrive in the Next Economy by John Thackara
A visionary yet practical guide to building a more sustainable future, by one of the leading voices of the environmental movement today.
Prosperity without growth? - The transition to a sustainable economy
By Sustainable Development Commission
Our economy is geared, above all, to achieving growth. In times of recession especially, economic policy is all about returning to growth. But a financial crisis can also be an opportunity for some basic rethinking about what the economy is for, and how through some fundamental restructuring of our financial system we can safeguard our economic stability in the future, as well as achieving wider social and environmental benefits.
Living Complex: From Zombie City to the New Communal by Niklas Maak
Cities today have become portfolios of investment properties with token patches of green. The cost to live in a fortress-like luxury housing complex in London or Manhattan is so high that most of us can’t afford it. As the masses move to the suburbs, the construction industry responds by churning out clusters of the same barracks-style row houses, ensuring that, there too, one can live in utmost privacy and security. But what do these buildings say about us? Do they have anything to do with the way in which most people actually want to live?
Becoming Human by Design by Tony Fry
Examining the relation of design to the nature of the human species - where the species came from, how it was created, what it became and its likely future - Tony Fry asserts that current biological and social models of evolution are an insufficient explanation of how we humans became what we are.
Dennis vanEngelsdorp: A plea for bees: Bees are dying
Bees are dying in droves. Why? Leading apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp looks at the gentle, misunderstood creature's important place in nature and the mystery behind its alarming disappearance.
Seasonal eating: Does it matter? By James Ramsden
A BBC poll has revealed that fewer than one in 10 Brits know when some of the UK's most well-known fruit and vegetables are in season, and supermarkets do little to help. But would a strawberry at the Christmas table really be so out of place?
Change the Story, Change the Future by David Korten
We humans live by stories, says David Korten, and the stories that now govern our society set us on a path to certain self-destruction. In this profound new book, Korten shares the results of his search for a story that reflects the fullness of human knowledge and understanding and provides a guide to action adequate to the needs of our time.
Christien Meindertsma: How pig parts make the world turn
Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049" looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig, parts of which make their way into at least 185 non-pork products, from bullets to artificial hearts.
Convergence: The Deepest Idea in the Universe by Peter Watson
Convergence is a history of modern science with an original and significant twist. Various scientific disciplines, despite their very different beginnings, and disparate areas of interest have been coming together over the past 150 years, converging and coalescing, to identify one extraordinary master narrative, one overwhelming interlocking coherent story: the history of the universe.