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Good idea: from food waste to job skills

Food waste is a growing problem. By some estimates, about one-third of the food the world produces is lost or thrown away. But what if we could tackle food waste while also delivering skills and professional development? An enterprising British firm is doing this by selling supermarket surpluses at a discount and using its stores as mini-community centres, where customers … Read more…

Technology changes the entrepreneur’s game

Entrepreneurs are happier and more satisfied with their work than most. That’s what the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) found in a recent report. And while launching a start-up involves numerous setbacks and disappointments, some believe that, assisted by technology, the climate for entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs has never been more favourable. Of course, technology can’t fix all obstacles. Take red … Read more…

Can the MBA accommodate the circular economy?

It won’t be easy: shifting the linear “take-make-use-dispose” model of production to a circular one, with energy, water and waste returned to the cycle and companies becoming temporary stewards of materials rather than resource consumers. So are business schools ready to assist? One institution has embraced the challenge. The UK’s Bradford University School of Management has developed a distance learning … Read more…

Stirring up healthcare’s melting pot

They’re calling it Moon Shots – a plan to accelerate development of cancer-fighting drugs. And for Ronald DePinho, the challenge is as much organisational as it is scientific. But he’s not alone. Many argue that in order to meet the avalanche of demand for healthcare that lies ahead, the sector must get much better at team working. “It’s about the … Read more…

Let’s mix it up!

In 1996, I stood on a poplar-covered slope in Pakistan above a valley where the Karakoram, Pamir, Hindu Kush and Himalayas fight it out in a grand confusion of jagged peaks and deep ravines. Crops of alfalfa swayed gently in the breeze. “All this was barren land, until we had the irrigation channel,” Farhat Khan told me. Khan and his … Read more…