Monthly Archives: January 2010

The future of MBAs

I was impressed by a recent report by McKinsey Quarterly which looks at how MBA programs are responding to the changing landscape of business education. This report takes the format of a short (10 minute) interview with the Dean of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business – Blair Sheppard. In the first few sentences of

This Is Not An Airplane

Thanks to a Facebook response to a blog entry I did on James Cameron’s Avatar, I watched Bertrand Piccard’s 2009 TED talk this morning – and found it profoundly moving. His discussion of what ballast you have to drop and what altitude you need to aim for in order to catch winds favourable to moving

Carbon Trading: The new anti-globalization battle?

This week, activists protested outside a Carbon Trading Summit in New York, as evidence emerges of wrongdoing against indigenous peoples around the world, driven by a fast-paced financial industry emerging around REDD — the proposed mechanisms at the UN for trading reduced emissions from avoided deforestation. REDD-Monitor reports on the disturbances as executives from JPMorgan

Back to my old life – same problems but new hope!

Volans’ Alumni Network member Juliana Velloso refects on life post-London After spending a year in London, I feel re-empowered: the power of the academic environment and being in contact with inspiring people like John (Elkington) brought back hopes that I had almost forgotten, hopes not just for myself but also concerning my city, my country.

The Methuselah Generation

I was born in 1949, which landed me squarely in the Baby Boom generation. Having celebrated my sixtieth birthday in June, I find my mind has been turning to some of the challenges that will be posed by the ageing (or, in the USA, aging) of my generation around the world. That this line of

When will a Pope call for birth control?

Given the reality that is the Catholic Church, it’s encouraging that Pope Benedict used yesterday’s New Year address to underline the need for environmental responsibility – and to change their lifestyles to save the planet. But I wonder whether he has ever been introduced to the single most fundamental equation in the sustainability field: I

BRAC Founder Fazle Hasan Abed Honoured

Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and Chairperson of BRAC, is to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services in tackling poverty and empowering the poor in Bangladesh and more globally. Abed is the first person of Bangladesh origin to be honoured with a knighthood by the British Crown since 1947. He receives his knighthood for