The Secret to Forming Great Partnerships – It is practically impossible to introduce a new sustainable technology or a solution based on a sustainable technology without forming alliances. There are too many steps between the technology and the market for the average entity to go it alone. So what is the key to ensuring that you have all the right organisations in your corner when the time comes to roll out your cost cutting, profit making, planet saving solution? Well, as it turns out, the answer has been on the radio all along and has been playing day in and day out on channel WIIFM – What’s In It For Me?.  It’s top of mind for most people considering a partnership or collaboration and answering that question for each potential partner will certainly get their attention.

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Policy Makers are People Too – The title of this post is a bit tongue-in-cheek as I do have considerable respect for policy makers and the difficult choices they have to make. I use the title to illustrate that policy makers, like all people, can be persuaded and it is in this persuasion that there are opportunities to improve outcomes for the leveraging of technology to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and reduce negative environmental impacts.

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Ugly Duckling Technologies – How many people know or care about where their electricity or water comes from or where the waste they generate goes? As new, more sustainable technological solutions for managing our society’s inputs and outputs get developed in direct response to the ever increasing challenges of resource uncertainties, environmental stewardship and plain old economic competition how aware is the general public of what it takes provide these services as all seven billion of us cling to this little planet trying to extract more of what it has (or doesn’t have depending on how you look at it) to offer?

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Where the Battle for Sustainability Will be Won or Lost – I once asked a panel of experts if they had one year to live how they would spend their time in pursuit of making a substantial contribution towards achieving a sustainable future. The question had the intended effect and after squirming uncomfortably with the prospect of their untimely demise each one of them was able to identify a specific priority that they would dedicate their remaining days to.

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The Most Important Thing to Remember About Venture Capitalists – Many of the challenges that arise when taking a new concept, product or service to market come when two or more different business and personal interests have to align to get something done. I will never forget a conversation that I had with a venture capitalist (VC) at a networking event that really brought this home. He had just finished speaking with someone many would consider a ‘seasoned CEO’ who was actually looking for venture investment for his company. In our chat the VC shared that he would never invest in the company.

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