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Author: Nathan Lawes

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The podcast asking people, from Mums and former Prime Ministers to Startup Founders and Scientists, about what they think we can do to innovate policy and build a better world.
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Our guest today is Kabiné Komara, adviser, author, former Prime Minister of Guinea and Director of the African Export-Import Bank.Key areas discussed include:Why climate change and access to jobs are our biggest shared issuesGood Governance is one of the biggest issues facing Africa (the regulation is there, it just needs good leaders to implement and manage it)We all need to better manage and share resources, especially water, otherwise there is angriness and conflictConflicts over water in Nigeria and Syria led to deaths, demonstrations and mass migrationWater sharing between countries brings about peace!Budgets need to reflect the priority and size of problemsSeeing young people around the world coming together to find solutions is a source of hope, but it needs to be sustained and protectedKabiné Komara was introduced to the podcast by Sundeep Waslekar, who was interviewed in an earlier episode, which you can check out here.
Today's guests are local councillors Humaira Ali and Graham Howe, representing Southwark and Wokingham in the UK respectively. In this episode, Humaira and Graham explore what a council is, what councils do, and how we can improve the system through policy innovation - including whether or not we even need political parties in the first place. Follow Humaira on Twitter and connect with Graham on LinkedIn.Terminology:Ward - the administrative area of a borough that elects (and is represented by) a councillor (or councillors)Statutory instrument - delegated legislative powerCanvassing - directly engaging with local residentsPoliticking - partisan or politically-driven activity
Today’s guest is Pippa Gawley, Founder and Director of Zero Carbon Capital. In this episode, Pippa explores why lithium is becoming the new gasoline, the cultural differences between UK and US venture capital, and making a healthy financial return because of purpose (not in spite of it).In addition, Pippa discusses why:Government should implement legally binding targets for every year up to 2050 (to hold current governments to account and not just future ones)Carbon emissions need to be priced more accuratelyDeeptech startup founders need to keep the faithInnovate UK and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) grants are helping scientific and deep tech companies to innovate over longer time horizonsThe UK’s Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is compelling tax relief for investorsLearn more about Zero Carbon Capital and connect with Pippa on LinkedIn, who was introduced to the podcast by Gosbert Chagula in a previous episode.
Today's guest is Amit Mishra, Founder of ID8VC, Policy Adviser to the Indian Government, and Ex-Country Head of F6S and Sansan.In this episode, Amit explores:the appeal of the Indian market and Tier 2 cities, including as a place to build a Proof of Concept (PoC)the uptick in activity for the AgriTech, medical, education, e-commerce and electric vehicle (EV) sectors since COVID-19why change is both the biggest challenge and opportunitythe importance of being a conscious citizen and responsible employerCheck out F6S and connect with Amit on LinkedIn. 
Today's guest is Stephanie Jensen-Cormier, a biodiversity advocate living in Costa Rica.In this episode, Stephanie discusses why we need to understand the urgency of reducing our emissions because it threatens our survival as a specifies. In addition, Steph explains why:government-funded projects need to embed top-notch environmental, social and corporate governance into projects e.g. China’s Belt and Road Initiativewe as consumers should choose to eat a mostly plant-based diet, buy reusable diapers/nappies, and rent toys for our kids (not necessarily in that order)governments should stop subsidising the meat industry and reprioritise spending on education and sustainability (like Costa Rica did after demilitarisation)Check out Global Witness and connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn here.
Today's guest is Bin (William) Xu, Head of Digital Innovation Labs at Pfizer in China and South East Asia.  In this episode, Bin Xu shares why innovation in finance can help to improve access to healthcare, why people working in legacy (or conservative) industries should think more like an entrepreneur, and how China needs to "up its game" in terms of respecting nurses and doctors.Bin Xu and Nathan met through the Young China Watchers (YCW), a community engaging with the most pressing issues related to the Middle Kingdom. Learn more about YCW and connect with Bin Xu on LinkedIn here.
Today's guest is Sundeep Waslekar, President of the Strategic Foresight Group and Author of The Blue Peace: Rethinking Middle East Water. In this episode, Sundeep discusses why countries engaged in water cooperation do not go to war, how West Africa leads the world in water collaboration, and that even the world’s greatest leaders are unable to deliver because they operate with tunnel vision.The key takeaway therefore is to look at the world in a more holistic way! And to understand that although change is (currently) driven by nation-states, they still have to take into account the wishes of individuals and respond to them - we can all play our part. Sundeep was introduced to the podcast by Sir Graham Watson in a previous episode, which you can listen to here, and introduced the Former Prime Minister of Guinea Kabiné Komara to the podcast in a later episode, which you can listen to here. 
Today's guests are entrepreneurs Mandy Nyarko and Gosbert Chagula, Co-Founders of Startup Discovery School.In this episode, Mandy and Gos discuss the importance of social mobility, why the "Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic" (BAME) acronym is unnecessary, and what governments and investors can do to overcome bias and empower people who are currently underserved.Learn more about Startup Discover School and check out their Instagram here.Some terminology:"Incubator" - where startup founders develop and test their business ideas"Accelerator" - where founders grow their customer base and prepare for scaling up"ERDF" - European Regional Development Fund"SEIS" - Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme "EIS" - Enterprise Investment SchemeListen to the episode with Pippa Gawley, Founder of Zero Carbon Capital, who was later introduced to the podcast by Gos.
Today's guest is Sir Graham Watson, former President of the Alliance of Liberal Democrats in Europe (ALDE) and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the South West of England and Gibraltar (1994-2014). In this episode, Graham discusses how the United Kingdom and European Union can innovate policy in key areas - such as health, data, and an emerging Asia - and even shares some tips for continuous learning.Other key takeaways include:- Most Asian countries look to the United States, rather than Europe, as the model - The EU has to get together as a federal state if it wants to compete- The EU wants to work closely with the UK but they’re not going to force it- You can never invest too much in scientific research Follow Sir Graham on Twitter and check out the episode with Sundeep Waslekar here.
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