Today marks the second installment of Big Think's new series on business sustainability, sponsored by Logica. For the next eleven Mondays (through June 8, 2010), we will release in-depth discussions with top European experts focusing on how we can better align the interests of business with the greater social good. Today we share clips from our interviews with the Chairman of Nestle, Peter Brabeck, and the Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol.Birol thinks we'll hit peak oil in 2020. What should businesses do to prepare for that day? Two things: invest to find new oil fields, and slow the oil demand growth. Translation: we need to start using more efficient automobiles. If we can do that, we may be able to postpone the peak.
Brabeck talks about the Copenhagen Climate Council, which was widely considered a failure. But to the Chairman of Nestle, it wasn't a failure of ideas; it was a political failure. The issue of climate change has become far too politicized: what was presented at the Council as a primarily carbon issue is so much more than that. Brabeck gives some ideas as to how to remove the politics from the debate.
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Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
The Canadian professor's old-school message is why many started listening to him.
- The simplicity of Peterson's message on suffering echoes Buddha and Rabbi Hillel.
- By bearing your suffering, you learn how to become a better person.
- Our suffering is often the result of our own actions, so learn to pinpoint the reasons behind it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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