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Systemic change is needed to move us on to the right side of history. Marc Buckley talks with the game-changers on a mission to get us there as fast as possible. Marc is an Advocate for the SDGs, member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, and award-winning Global Food Reformist.

Take a deep dive with thought leaders, Innovators, Futurists, and those solving Global Grand challenges. Listen to renowned experts share their insight on topics including sustainability, environmentalism, global food reform, SDG plan to get us to 2030, regenerative practices and systems thinking.
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Felix Dodds has been a leading thinker in the area of global governance for thirty years. Now an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina where he is the Principal Investigator for the Belmont Forum funded project Governance of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience for Sustainable Development. At UNC he co-directed the 2014 and 2018 Nexus Conferences on Water-Food-Energy and Climate. He is secretary to the government Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development group in New York.  He is also an International Ambassador for the City of Bonn.  He was the UK government candidate to be the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (2019).  In 2019 after a three year campaign he succeeded in securing an annual UN General Assembly resolution on Sustainable Investment. In 2020 he was the Liberal Democrat candidate for the parliamentary constituency of Mid-Derbyshire.  For the development of the Sustainable Development Goals he chaired the first UN Conference to come out with a set of indicative SDGs in September 2011. The conference Sustainable Societies Responsible Citizens occurred two months after Colombia first proposed the idea of the SDGs at a government retreat in Solo Indonesia (July 2011). The UN had contracted Felix to write the background paper for that meeting on the options for reform of the UN in the area of sustainable development.  During the SDG negotiations 2013 to 2015 he was the advisor to the Ford Foundation grantees on the SDGs and the cofounder of the coalition Communitas that seceded in lobbying for SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities. He was also the advisor for a number of other non-profits during the SDG negotiations.  From 1992 to 2012 he was the Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. Stakeholder Forum hosted the first workshop on Rio+20 in November 2008. It identified the themes that such a Summit should focus on the two central themes to Rio +20 - a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the institutional framework for sustainable development. The outcome from the workshop ‘The Donostia Declaration’ guided government’s decision in December 2009. He set up and managed (with SIWI) the Water and Climate Coalition (2008-2012) at the UNFCCC which secured in three years water for the first time into UN climate text. For the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 he facilitated the setting up of the first global network on sustainable development for sub national governments.  He also hosted the first conference on Responsible Tourism. He has sat on a number of advisory boards most recently for the UN Secretary General the review of the UN Global Compact (2018/2019), for the President UN General Assembly (2016) on sustainable finance, the German government’s global conferences on the Nexus – Water-Food and Energy (2011), Renewable Energy (2005) and Water (2001). He has authored or edited over twenty books the last one was ‘Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in a Time of Fear’.  He also co-wrote ‘Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals’ with Ambassador David Donoghue and Jimena Leiva Roesch and ‘Only One Earth’ with the father of sustainable development Maurice Strong. His new book ‘Tomorrow’s People: The impact of disruptive Industries on our lives by 2030 will be out in July 2021.
Victor E. Friedberg is my guests on this episode of Inside Ideas. Victor has been at the forefront of innovation, investment and sustainability for over 20 years. As Co-Founder of S2G Ventures he was a principal force in developing the S2G mission, culture, strategy and team. Through his work at S2G, he pioneered system investing as a strategy for investing into food and agriculture and applied this approach in building the S2G portfolio. As Managing Director, Victor led the S2G investments into 3 food unicorns: Beyond Meat, sweetgreen, and Apeel Science as well as Maple Hill Creamery, Ataraxis and Lavva among others.  Beyond Meat, which Victor served as Board Observer from 2014-2017 became the most successful IPO in 2019 and one of the most successful food IPO’s in the last decades. His new fund New Epoch Capital invests in best of class entrepreneurs building transformative companies defining a new era of Health and Wellness to support their visions of providing healthy, sustainable, efficacious, personalized and traceable products and services for the values conscious consumer. He is Founder and Chairman of FoodShot Global, a 501c3 blended capital investment platform of equity, debt and grants with 25 of the leading funds, banks, foundations, universities, corporations and non-profits seeking to join him on his mission to transform the food system into one that is more healthy, sustainable and equitable.  FoodShot Global’s GroundBreaker Prize is presently the largest prize for food and agriculture. He serves presently Executive Chairman of the fast-growing plant-based dairy company Lavva and Chairman of the organic toddler food company Tiny Organics.  He serves on the Boards of those two companies as well as the biotech company Kiverdi/Air Protein. He is an Advisor to the biotech company Mori and the SLM Partner land fund.  He was named by Forbes Magazine one of the Top 25 deal makers and influencers in Consumer Products in 2016. Victor E. Friedberg Founder and Managing Partner, New Epoch Capital Co-Founder, Seed 2 Growth Ventures (S2G) Founder and Chairman of FoodShot Global Executive Chairman, Lavva Chairman, Tiny Organics Board, Kiverdi and Air Protein
Dr. Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. Parag has been honored as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and has served on the WEF’s Global Future Council on Mobility, Global Agenda Council on Geoeconomics, and advisory board of its Future of Urban Development Initiative. He also serves on the board of trustees of the New Cities Foundation, Council of the American Geographical Society, advisory board of Independent Diplomat. He is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2002, he was awarded the OECD Future Leaders Prize.
Simon is an entrepreneur, angel investor, mentor, podcast host, founder and Chief Purpose Officer at The Purposeful Project.  He has started 17 companies, invested in over 60+ startups and has mentored hundreds of founders. Having sold his award-winning branding and digital agency, Fluid, to PwC, Simon now focuses on inspiring, motivating and guiding both budding and experienced entrepreneurs by sharing his personal experiences, insights, ideas and tips. His mission is to help 1,000,000 people start and grow a business of their own.
Jeff DeGraff is my guest on this episode of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Jeff is both an advisor to Fortune 500 companies and a professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. His simultaneously creative and pragmatic approach to making innovation happen has led clients and colleagues to dub him the “Dean of Innovation.” He has written several books, including Leading Innovation, Innovation You, and The Innovation Code. His most recent book, The Creative Mindset, brings 6 creativity skills to everyone and is now available. Jeff is a business owner, professor, and author says, “Everyone is creative. We are just creative in different ways and in a wide variety of situations. Believing you are creative is the first step to mastering a creative mindset. Once you do that, you can make innovation happen anywhere and anytime.” Jeff about his six-step process for mastering a creative mindset.  Dynamic Discord of a Team Constructive Conflict and Disruption https://jeffdegraff.com/
Dr. Anika Molesworth is my guest on this episode of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  It was the decade-long Millennium drought on Anika's family's farm that spurred her interest in climate change, and to ask "How are we going to feed a rapidly growing global population well, in a climate challenged world?" With a passion for rural communities and healthy ecosystems, she is committed to help create sustainable and vibrant farming landscapes now and for the future. Anika is a recognized thought-leader of agro-ecological systems resilience, she has a Ph.D. in agricultural science, is an engaging communicator, and has a passion for international farming development.  Anika founded Climate Wise Agriculture in 2014 as a knowledge-sharing platform for climate change as it relates to food systems around the world. She also helped established Farmers for Climate Action, which is a national network of over 5,000 Australian farmers tackling climate change.  After being named the 2015 Young Farmer of the Year, Anika went on to be awarded the 2017 Young Australian of the Year NSW Finalist, and the 2017 NSW Young Achiever Award for Environment and Sustainability. In 2018 she was awarded the Green Globe Awards Young Sustainability Champion, the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Award for Agricultural Innovation, and the 350.org Heroes of a Low-Carbon Economy Youth Champion. In 2019 she was recognized as a Future Shaper by InStyle and Audi, and a Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Juli is the founder, managing director and curator of Motivate2B. He is a human business architect and coach for agile company and project transformation with more than 25 years of experience in various industries and organizations. His vision is to help human business establish itself as the new global normal within ten years. He is currently accompanying Allianz Germany as an agile transformation coach. He is a regular speaker at conferences worldwide (including NASA, Global Congress of the Project Management Institute, Equality Lounge at the World Economic Forum, Corporate Social Responsibility Forum). His new book “ Human Business. Living and Working in the Digital Age ” will be published in November 2020 by Haufe Verlag. He is also the author of the internationally recognized reference book “ Leadership Principles for Project Success ” (CRC Press, New York, 2011). Thomas Juli holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Miami, USA, and an MA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, USA.
Andre Micallef is a twelve-year-old from Rabat, Malta. He has always been interested in technology and innovation and like finding out of the box solutions for current issues.  He is part of the Children’s  Council within The Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society and is passionate about making the world a better place for his generation and those to come.
Diane Hatz is a social entrepreneur working to create a more healthful, sustainable, equitable world, with a strong focus on food and farming. She is currently CEO & founder of Boma Grow USA as well as founder and executive director of the nonprofit Change Food and it’s latest program “Plant Eat Share” - an effort to provide resources for communities to grow and share healthy food. She also founded and hosted TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” from 2011-2015.
Christian Berg is Marc's guest on this episode of Inside Ideas.  Christian has extensive professional experience as sustainability lecturer and keynote speaker for (corporate) sustainability. Among others, he worked as Chief Sustainability Architect at SAP and led the task for Sustainable economic activity and growth within German Chancellor Merkel’s future dialogue. His book Sustainable Action: Overcoming the Barriers was accepted as the new report to the Club of Rome. Therein he gives a comprehensive account of barriers  to sustainability and suggests action principles for sustainability which support actors in contributing to the realization of the SDGs. He holds degrees in physics, philosophy, theology and engineering.   For more information, please see https://www.christianberg.net/
Jitrawadee Hemmondharop Henontarrop (Dao) & Wiwat Hemmondharop founders of Tonklar Facai are my guests on this episode of Inside Ideas. Dao is a pharmacist and nutritionist co-founder of Tonklarfacai restaurant. Suffering from depression for 10 years she wished to spend the rest of her life in a positive environment. In 2010, Dao & Wiwat started the social enterprise business Tonklar Facai. “Eat better, Eat Food as Medicine” This is the first restaurant in Thailand whose menus are hand-picked and designed by a group of pharmacists, Thai traditional medicine specialists and dietitians. Not only serving delicious food, they also provide knowledge of diet, herbs and health for our customers.
Maks Giordano is a digital strategist and creative with a 25+ year track record in innovative digital projects. Maks started his career in the digital stone age at ID Media AG in the mid-nineties and was involved in numerous internationally awarded digital projects, like Volkswagen's digital launch campaign for the New Beetle, launch of Wallpaper magazine online, Sony-Europe, and Swatch. He played a vital role establishing “Cycosmos,” the leading social network in the UK and Germany at the time.   In 2000, Maks joined MetaDesign AG’s management board and was in charge of the digital unit. At MetaDesign he was involved in Europe’s first mobile projects for clients like NTT DoCoMo’s iMode and Telefonica. Yes, there were mobile projects in 2001, and Maks became an evangelist for mobile services, many moons before the iPhone was launched.   His early passion for mobile led him to becoming a co-founder and managing partner of Iconmobile in 2003, which was one of the first mobile centric agencies worldwide. Maks helped to grow the company from four founders to more than 200 employees with offices in Berlin, Tokyo, Sydney, London, and New York. As a product lead, Maks was responsible for one of the first mobile ad servers in 2004, and developed mobile marketing and advertising formats for the likes of MSN, o2, and Yahoo. He consulted pretty much all leading European mobile carriers, like Vodafone, o2, Orange, and T-Mobile and helped several brands in their first mobile projects.  After exiting the company to WPP in 2007, the world ́s largest agency network, Maks was invited to join ProSiebenSat.1Digital as a memberof the management board. He was in charge of the mobile, games, and innovation activities at one of Europe’s leading media companies. He successfully launched the first iOS apps for the group, created new advertising formats, pioneered UGC campaigns for the network and launched a highly profitable Data-Access-Product. Ever since his ProSieben days, corporate innovation remains one of his major passions.   In 2009, Maks joined San Francisco based Kyte — an innovative live-streaming platform with funding from Disney, NTT DoCoMo, and many others — as a managing director for the European market and developed digital video strategies for mobile, social, and online for the likes of MTV, Universal Music, and others. Kyte worked with iconic artists like Lady Gaga and 50 Cent on their video offerings and fan engagement. Starting his consultancy in 2011, Maks helped organizations with their digital transformation. Companies like Apple, LEGO, Lufthansa, Volkswagen, Daimler, UEFA, Red Bull, Deutsche Telekom, and eBay — just to name a few — trust his advice.   Maks is an active business angel and mentor to startups, serves on various boards as an advisor, was heading the "Founder Institute" accelerator in Berlin, mentoring startups at Axel Springer PlugNPlay, Telekom hub:raum, Pioneers Festival, hack.fwd, and others.   Maks earned an MBA in Media and Communication with distinction from the University of St. Gallen and was teaching entrepreneurship and innovation Management e.g. at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, HTW Berlin and FHV Dornbirn.   He published the first German book on usability (Springer) and the first German book on mobile business (Gabler).   He is a judge both to the Webbys and Lovies Awards, named the 'Oscars of the Internet,' has a very weird taste in music, loves to travel, and practice yoga.
Marion Verles is Marc's guest on this episode of Inside Ideas. Marion is the CEO of SustainCERT, a mission-driven company that offers simple, tech-driven solutions for verifying impacts in climate protection, supply chains, and investment products. Marion brings to SustainCERT her deep knowledge of carbon markets and her passion for pioneering new approaches to financing climate and development interventions. Prior to launching SustainCERT, Marion officiated as CEO of the Gold Standard Foundation, a standard that works to ensure every dollar of climate and development funding goes as far is it can. She also founded Nexus-Carbon for Development, a cooperative of development organisations looking to scale their climate mitigation programs through results-based finance. Before joining the climate and development arena, Marion worked at Barclays Bank as a corporate development analyst. She holds a Master’s degree in European Business and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Andreas is an Entrepreneur, World Citizen, and a passionate father. Andreas sold his first business at the age of 20. Working out of a garage, he then successfully built what would become part of Orange PLC. Andreas has been at the forefront of the mobile telecoms revolution empowering lives for over 25 years." (from the 2017 Malta Innovation Summit). Andreas is a Malta based German entrepreneur, who brought ideas for the recovery and progress to Croatia and connected with Croatian entrepreneurs and activists. Andreas is interested in bringing progress to Croatia, with ideas and innovative solutions that are simple and scalable. He feels it is of utmost importance to boost health and our immune systems. He believes in Croatia’s unique potential e.g. living a healthy and happy life. ‘Finally, Andreas envisions mothers as the, and agents of change in the healthy food revolution. Despite evolving gender roles, #mothers play a fundamental role in raising children. And mother and child both benefit by fewer illnesses and less visits to the doctor.’
Graham founded Learning Without Frontiers (LWF), a global community bringing together renowned educators, technologists and creatives to share provocative and challenging ideas about the future of learning. His book, Learning {Re}imagined, a study of global education and geopolitics produced for the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Graham is the founder of BeyondTomorrow. Global a growing international intelligence network of interdisciplinary thinkers designing a blueprint for society to thrive beyond the 22nd century. He is co-founder of regenerative.global, a transformative learning consultancy based in London and New York using circular economy principles to inform innovative learning and design practices. A sought after and popular keynote speaker Brown-Martin has in recent years; given evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, created an agile learning experience for senior leaders of a FTSE 100 financial services company, designed a science programme for primary school children using the Internet of Things, created an experiential programme for children to learn about working with autonomous humanoid robots and was retained by an educational technology maker to lead their product and brand development, education and communications strategy with teams in the UK, US and China. Graham is a co-founder of WORDS & EARS, a London-based strategic insight and leadership coaching practice established in 2012 to help organisations and their leaders navigate the future, achieve their goals and maintain resilience. “Given the nature of global change, transforming education around the world is one of the deepest, most urgent challenges we now face. With his open but penetrating gaze, Graham Brown-Martin is an ideal guide through the complex terrain of ideas and innovations that might just create the new forms of education that we really need.” — Sir Ken Robinson Graham Website: http://www.grahambrownmartin.com/ Learning (Re)imagined http://learning-reimagined.com/ https://twitter.com/GrahamBM https://www.linkedin.com/in/grahambrownmartin/
Graham founded Learning Without Frontiers (LWF), a global community bringing together renowned educators, technologists and creatives to share provocative and challenging ideas about the future of learning. His book, Learning {Re}imagined, a study of global education and geopolitics produced for the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Graham is the founder of BeyondTomorrow. Global a growing international intelligence network of interdisciplinary thinkers designing a blueprint for society to thrive beyond the 22nd century. He is co-founder of regenerative.global, a transformative learning consultancy based in London and New York using circular economy principles to inform innovative learning and design practices. A sought after and popular keynote speaker Brown-Martin has in recent years; given evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, created an agile learning experience for senior leaders of a FTSE 100 financial services company, designed a science programme for primary school children using the Internet of Things, created an experiential programme for children to learn about working with autonomous humanoid robots and was retained by an educational technology maker to lead their product and brand development, education and communications strategy with teams in the UK, US and China. Graham is a co-founder of WORDS & EARS, a London-based strategic insight and leadership coaching practice established in 2012 to help organisations and their leaders navigate the future, achieve their goals and maintain resilience. “Given the nature of global change, transforming education around the world is one of the deepest, most urgent challenges we now face. With his open but penetrating gaze, Graham Brown-Martin is an ideal guide through the complex terrain of ideas and innovations that might just create the new forms of education that we really need.” — Sir Ken Robinson Graham Website: http://www.grahambrownmartin.com/ Learning (Re)imagined http://learning-reimagined.com/ https://twitter.com/GrahamBM https://www.linkedin.com/in/grahambrownmartin/
Henry Gordon-Smith is a sustainability strategist focused on urban agriculture, water issues, and emerging technologies. Henry was born in Hong Kong and has lived in Japan, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Canada, Spain, Austria, and the United States. Henry earned his BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, coursework in Food Security and Urban Agriculture from Ryerson University in Toronto, and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. In 2011, Henry started exploring urban agriculture and launched the blog “Agritecture” to share case studies and analysis from around the world. In 2013, Henry Co-Founded the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) and served on the board until July 2017. In 2014, Henry responded to a global need for technology-agnostic guidance on urban agriculture by launching the advisory firm Agritecture Consulting which has now consulted on over 100 urban agriculture projects in over 20 countries. Agritecture Consulting primarily helps entrepreneurs with vertical farming feasibility studies, recruiting, and systems design. In 2018, Henry was voted top 10 in Produce (USA) and 40 under 40 food policy influencers (NYC). In 2019, Henry was accepted as a Guelph University Food Policy Fellow and an advisor to the Ryerson University urban agriculture and food security curriculum development committee. Henry was named as a top 20 influencer in food and agriculture by Rabobank in December 2019. Henry serves on the advisory board of numerous AgTech startups including Smallhold and Foodshed.io. Henry serves on the board of directors for the not-for-profit food access organization Teens for Food Justice in NYC. Henry has spoken on the topic of urban agriculture in 4 continents and has been interviewed about urban and vertical farming for the WSJ, Futurism, Men’s Health,  Bloomberg, The Atlantic, Arabian Business, CNBC, and many more. Henry is based in Brooklyn, NYC. Agritecture https://www.agritecture.com/ Agritecture Designer https://www.agritecture.com/designer https://twitter.com/agritecture Follow him on social media @theagritect
Dr. Lee Recht & Didier Toubia of Aleph Farms are Marc's guests on this episode of Inside Ideas. Lee’s main passion and dedication lies between sustainability and innovation with a personal devotion to promote resilience in the global food systems. Dr. Recht is Currently Head of Sustainability at Aleph Farms, an Israeli-based food company that paves the cultivated meat path as leader of a global sustainable food ecosystem, working passionately to grow delicious, real beef steaks from the cells of living cows. Her recent positions include working with the Global 1000 companies, leading NGOs and high-level government officials from around the world, building them tailor made ways to help identify and implement innovative solutions according to the strategies and efforts. Lee also established and directed The Builders R&D Innovation, leading Israeli ETA hub (External Technology Acquisition) by The Coca-Cola Company, and served as a Scientific Advisor for the Energy and Clean-tech Sector at the Office of the Chief Scientist, Ministry of Economy (today: Israel Innovation Authority, IIA).  Lee holds a PhD in Biotechnology from the Ben Gurion University, a B.Sc. in Food technology from the Hebrew University and an MBA specializing in Strategy and International Management. Didier is the Co-Founder and CEO of Aleph Farms, a cultivated meat company that is shaping the future of food by growing slaughter-free beef steaks directly from cow cells, preserving natural resources, and avoiding the use of antibiotics. Prior to Aleph Farms, Didier co-founded and led IceCure, which went public in 2010, and served as the CEO of NLT Spine, which was acquired by SeaSpine in 2016. Didier was trained as a Food Engineer and Biologist and holds a joint executive MBA from Kellogg and Recanati. He is also co-Founder of BlueTree and Yeap. https://aleph-farms.com
Hans-Christian Boos is the founder of arago and member of the Digital Council of the Federal Government of Germany. Author of many academic and business publications, focusing on artificial intelligence, computer networks, IT security and information management. Chris is also active in several boards and supports the European startup scene. Chris studied computer sciences at ETH Zürich and the Technical University Darmstadt. R&D efforts are focused on distributed computing (graph theory) and rule engines (plus deductive logic) in combination with reinforcement learning. Both approaches are consistent with the notion of the network being a global area for computation and storage. Similarly they deal with the problem of ever growing information flows and with the desire to find intuitive ways of allowing businesses and their users to be in control of information and knowledge. HIRO Engine - Swisscom https://www.arago.co/
Hi, I’m Marc Buckley and this is Inside Ideas, my OnePoint5Media and Innovators Magazine podcast. Every week I talk with global changemakers on a mission to move people and planet on to the right side of history as fast as possible. Innovators working across a range of fields share insight on the actions that can deliver the greatest impact in overcoming global grand challenges. And in the process, reveal ways you can use your skills and knowledge to help contribute to delivering the conveyor belt of solutions we need to achieve the 17 UN Global Goals, and accelerate the transition to sustainable and desirable futures. New podcasts are available every Tuesday and Thursday. Subscribe to our YouTube channel below and listen wherever you get your podcast. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram. And for details of all the latest shows and news of upcoming guests, visit innovatorsmag.com and onepoint5media.com, where you can also sign up for the inside ideas newsletter and get all podcasts sent straight to your inbox. For more on me, just go to marcbuckley.earth
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