MUSINGS

February 5, 2020

“We are now living in a world in which war kills fewer people than suicide, and gunpowder is far less dangerous to your life than sugar. Unfortunately, we have gotten so used to this wonderful situation, that we take it for granted, and we are therefore becoming extremely careless.”

These words were spoken by legendary historian Yuval Noah Harari at the World Economic Forum in January 2020, part of his tirade cautioning us to think more carefully...

December 20, 2019

Climate change is one of the most complex collective problems the world has ever faced, and the jury is still out as to whether we will be able to curtail our emissions quickly enough to avoid potentially catastrophic impacts.

A myriad of solutions has been proposed ranging from employing a state-enforced carbon tax model, to driving capital markets away from fossil fuels and into renewable energy, to helping corporations become more conscious of...

November 20, 2019

The blockchain promise has led many to believe that its disruptive potential is akin to that of the Internet. While this conjecture has yet to be proven, the technology shows impressive potential to improve operations in complex industries managing disparate participants. The highly complex global power sector, is among the key targets for blockchain’s disruption.

While will not likely see a complete industry overhaul via blockchain, if applied st...

August 18, 2019

Nearly two thirds of the global population are city-dwellers. Urbanization, whilst generally associated with increased standards of living, better job opportunities, and access to critical services like healthcare, is intertwined with rapid industrialization, which puts tremendous pressure on environmental resources. This continued and unfettered congregation towards concentrated development has had severe consequences on the ecological systems;...

August 8, 2019

Republishing an interview I did with Blockchain Magazine earlier this month. Check out the original story here for more: https://blockchainmagazine.net/meet-the-women-in-blockchain-brianna-lee-welsh. "We had the pleasure of interviewing Brianna Lee Welsh. She is a serial entrepreneur in the artificial intelligence and blockchain sectors. Brianna is the Vice President at Sindicatum Blockchain Technologies for Asia. The company is aiming to increas...

July 25, 2019

Renewable energy is not readily available to buy off the grid in many countries. Some companies rely on a tool called Environment Attribute Certificates to satisfy their clean energy targets. Blockchain could offer a digital solution to an analogue problem.

We have just over a decade to contain climate warming to below 1.5°C. Any feasible economic path to achieving that goal requires us to obtain nearly all of our energy — 85 per cent by 2050 — fr...

June 18, 2019

It has been calculated that to keep the global temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level, we need to invest USD 500 billion per year into new renewable energy deployment by 2030. Recognizing that mobilizing so much capital is one of the biggest hurdles to achieving these goals, innovative mechanisms that support the energy transition through project financing and bankability will be crucial in the next few year...

April 24, 2019

Blockchain: a portmanteau that only a few years back had barely been conceived, but as of late has become commonplace in corporate vernacular. An esoteric technical concept, the blockchain has been hyperbolically touted as the panacea to the world’s biggest problems. Much like the internet during the dot-com era, blockchain’s technological framework is almost comically complex given its relative ubiquity, and similarly rose to fame through hyped...

February 9, 2019

In case any of you forgot, 2018 was a rough year for us Earthlings. The incidence of extreme weather events has continued to trend upwards, and the costs associated — both financial and physical — have correlatingly increased. 18 of the hottest years on record have occurred since 2000. The world feels like it’s going through menopause! To put this in perspective, these climate-related disasters cost upwards of USD $225 billion in the year of 2018...

January 10, 2019

I attended a panel debate recently on Brexit. It took place at an exclusive private member’s club, situated in a high-end hotel, with a price-prohibitive initiation fee. Just to get in the door, it is safe to say, a certain profile was required. A mid-week breakfast meeting, nearly every attendee was suited and booted, including mostly middle-aged white men hailing from one developed western region or another. Statistically speaking, the room was...

September 5, 2018

On my drive into Reno, I was sharing my struggles leading up to the Burn to another close friend - a real veteran Burner - who vehemently declared that with this being my most challenging, it will inevitably be my greatest. He couldn't have been more on the mark. Looking back, I think this photo was the pivotal moment when it all began to shift for me. A couple hours into an especially heavy trip, I ran into this beautiful soul perched in voyeuri...

June 4, 2018

The rise of the (Southeast) Asian consumer will be a dominant economic theme for the next several decades. It is forecast that by 2030, two-thirds of the global middle class will be living in Asia. Juxtaposing the traditionally dominant developed economies, North America and Europe will together account for only a fifth of the world’s middle-class population, down from more than half in 2010.

Asia’s population is expected to grow to almost 5.3 bil...

April 23, 2018

As I described in my last post on the changing landscape of education, the world is going through another mega-change. The shift from local analog industrial economies, to a singular global digital information economy, is causing some real growing pains. And yet education, arguably the most important driver of future micro- and macro-economic success, remains predominantly modeled on an approach hundreds of years old. Rooted in a static philosoph...

April 17, 2018

If you woke up today and felt like you didn’t recognize the world around you - or see your clear place in it - you are not alone. It feels to me like the world has just hit puberty, and there is a whole lot of confusion going on in our collective bodies that we don’t understand, and feel ill-equipped interpret, much less control. Though much like puberty, we are going through a massive change of progress - we as a unified globe of 7.5 billion, ar...

February 9, 2018

So…I’ve always been a bit of a black sheep. To quote one of my spirit animals, Oscar Wilde, I’ve always believed that, “everything popular is wrong”. It all started after my Saint of a Mother endured 46 hours of pure, unadulterated agony in the delivery room. I made my disinterest in leaving the complacent comfort of her womb more than clear, requiring a suction cup to be affixed to my mushy head to yank me out against my will. Presciently appreh...

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