Sport: an arena for social change

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Sport has been used a catalyst to promote social change in the realms of tackling violence, racism and gender inequality, however William Gaillard, Senior Adviser to the President of UEFA, questions whether sporting platforms, namely football, can be used to help encourage people to adopt sustainable practices and therefore further the environmental agenda.


Improving shacks, mobilizing slumdwellers, building sustainable cities

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After witnessing the appalling quality of life for people in the slum areas of South Africa, Andreas Keller — co-creator of iShack- questioned how he could help. His solution involved harnessing solar power to help build a brighter future for those living in energy poverty. Andreas shares his touching story of how his idea is […]


Clouds a way to transport water

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Fashion designer turned contemporary artist Lucy Orta started to question whether her role reflected the reality of society. After meeting her partner Jorge, she was inspired to create artworks to raise awareness of social and environmental issues. Following a trip to Egypt, she was compelled to create a series called Clouds, to highlight our globally […]


Conserve our environment, preserve our culture

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The notion of preserving culture by conserving the environment had never occurred to Majid Al Qassimi until he delved into working as a veterinarian in the UAE. Majid tells a humbling story about how the more he reconnects with the traditions and heritage of his grandmother’s generation, the more he understands the need to conserve […]


Unity through rhythm

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Through an interactive performance, drum-circle facilitator Julie-Ann Odell demonstrates that the human race is connected to rhythm in everyday life. Using music, she explores how we can feel united but explains that in order to live in rhythm; we need to live in harmony with nature. Julie-Ann is the founder of Dubai Drums.


Biomimicry Tuning in to nature

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Sara El Sayed, certified biomimicry professional and biologist, uncovers the possible functions of nature’s masterpieces by questioning how they may be replicated for use in sustainable design; through a process known as Biomimicry. With contagious enthusiasm, her talk is brought to life as she explains how we can all draw inspiration from the natural world […]


Growing Bricks Not another brick in the wall

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Imagine a world where bricks are grown instead of fired: this is the world architect-turn-scientist Ginger Krieg Dosier lives every day. Ginger strives to create an alternate building block that will craft a more sustainable future for the construction industry and in turn help to lower the world’s ecological footprint.


A pause for the planet

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Using sand as his medium, artist Luc Marin illustrates the need to take a pause for the planet and rethink our lifestyles, in order to build a brighter tomorrow for our world. Music “EPIKEPOK” courtesy of Inabeathead (O.Girard) – all rights reserved.


Sustainability and the Innovation Ecosystem

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Can sustainability go hand in hand with innovation? This is the question Bruce Walker Ferguson, professor at Masdar Institute, seeks to answer by considering how our need for sustainable solutions to the planet’s environmental issues will require a system for innovation to thrive.


What the North Pole had to say

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Recounting her cool expedition to the geographic North Pole, Elham Al Qasimi — the first Arab/Emirati woman to complete an unassisted expedition to the North Pole – considers how experience-based learning can equip young people with the skills necessary for 21st century living. By reliving her journey to one of the harshest environments on the […]