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What if we spent more time thinking about solutions rather than problems? Are you looking for more positive news? World Changing Ideas travels around the globe to find the leaders, experts and activists who are dreaming big and working to change the world for the better. With a focus on the environment, social justice and innovation, these are stories that will get you thinking. World changing ideas come in all shapes and sizes. Join the conversation with solutions journalist and filmmaker Amelia Hemphill. 

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What if we spent more time thinking about solutions rather than problems? Are you looking for more positive news? World Changing Ideas travels around the globe to find the leaders, experts and activists who are dreaming big and working to change the world for the better. With a focus on the environment, social justice and innovation, these are stories that will get you thinking. World changing ideas come in all shapes and sizes. Join the conversation with solutions journalist and filmmaker Amelia Hemphill. 

    Car-Free Cities and Flying Boats: Futuristic or Present-Day Solutions?

    Car-Free Cities and Flying Boats: Futuristic or Present-Day Solutions?

    Reducing emissions was a hot topic at COP27, and a lot of the emissions burden is going to fall on cities and local governments. So what kind of world-changing ideas are we seeing in this space?


    Volksentscheid Autofrei is posing the philosophical question of how to optimize our urban spaces and taking it to the streets, literally. The movement wants to significantly reduce Berlin’s car traffic by opening up the inner city to pedestrians. The main goal was to start a forum for a democratic process, so they proposed a law the people of Berlin could vote on.


    Candela is aiming to overhaul the maritime industry by creating a flying boat . . . or something close to it. Its carbon fiber and proprietary software are part of a design to create an electric boat that’s both noiseless and emissions-free. The next step? Building an electric water taxi that will connect waterfront cities.


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    • 19 min
    THE NEW WAY WE WORK: How to plan for the future in an uncertain world - long term career thinking in times of crisis

    THE NEW WAY WE WORK: How to plan for the future in an uncertain world - long term career thinking in times of crisis

    Kate Davis talks with Dorie Clark about how to future proof your career (as much as possible). Dorie has been a guest on the show before, she’s also a contributor to Fast Company, Harvard Business Review and others and has been named the #1 Communication Coach and one of the Top 50 Business Thinkers in the World. She teaches at both Duke and Columbia Business Schools, and she is the author of several books, including The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World.

    • 30 min
    Completely Animal-Free Meat, Eggs, and Ice Cream?

    Completely Animal-Free Meat, Eggs, and Ice Cream?

    It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow and what better way to spend it than examining how our food is produced?
    While we can’t live without food, we also can’t afford to have the current agricultural industries, which grow and produce our food, continue contributing to climate change at such a rapid pace. The global population is larger than ever before, but in order for industrial agriculture to provide for everyone while not destroying the planet in the process, a lot has to change.
    Could bioengineered food be the next world-changing idea? We looked at three companies working on revolutionizing the food landscape:
    Meatable is headed by Daan Luining, who was part of the team that created the first cultivated burger. Cultivated meat requires only three months to develop versus the three years it takes for a cow to mature before it’s slaughtered for food. But how will the end product’s taste and texture measure up to traditional animal meat?
    Neggst is creating a completely vegan egg made from fava beans, sweet potatoes, and peas. It may fry like a chicken egg, but will it help decrease environmental degradation?
    Perfect Day has made an animal-free ice cream that contains the same protein found in milk but it doesn't come from cows. Its taste might be indistinguishable from our beloved cow-derived ice cream, but the verdict is still out on whether this cellular-fermentation process will make a significant dent in greenhouse gas emissions.
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    • 37 min
    How Can Data Help Capture Carbon and Fight Climate Change?

    How Can Data Help Capture Carbon and Fight Climate Change?

    In this episode, we're taking a look at how one company and a nonprofit are working together to capture carbon. Their partnership also addresses the question of how we can make climate innovation a successful business strategy.
    CLIMATE VAULT
    Climate Vault has come up with a new way of addressing how companies can be held accountable for their carbon emissions. The nonprofit uses compliance markets to set up a verifiable and transparent way of measuring carbon offsets. And secondly, it helps invest in strategies and new technologies that remove even more carbon from entering the atmosphere.
    GENPACT
    Genpact is in the business of digital transformation and this means it’s ripe for helping companies and organizations innovate. To that end, it recently partnered with Climate Vault to build software for the nonprofit to track carbon emissions. As part of its stated mission to create a world that works better for people, Genpact has created a system to help organizations reach their carbon reduction goals.
    Conversation highlights:

    at its core, climate change is a data challenge

    holding companies accountable comes down to trust

    it’s critical to keep the carbon removal process as transparent as possible. 

    • 30 min
    A Solar Farm In The Sky?

    A Solar Farm In The Sky?

    From Queens, New York over to West Africa down to Southwest Florida and up to Europe, we're jumping from soil to sky in our exploration of how solar energy could power our world.
    Contributing WCI reporter Blake Odom investigates how you can set up solar power for your home. He looks into the installation costs, the time needed, and the potential savings.
    Energicity is hooking up West African countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia with solar power minigrids.
    Babcock Ranch is one of the few places in Florida that did not lose power when Hurricane Ian hit in September. And that's because it runs on solar power. It's a living laboratory for how we could power our towns with solar energy.
    Dr. Michael Harbottle is developing a way for soil to store solar energy. Bacteria in the soil will help this process by performing electrosynthesis. Wild! Especially considering how current solar batteries require lithium, which is a finite resource.
    The Solaris initiative is working on creating a space-based solar power to decrease energy decarbonization on Earth. Over the next decades, it could build a 2 km-long satellite over Europe that harnesses solar power directly from the sun and beams it back down to Earth!
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    • 40 min
    Is Beyond Meat Steaking Too Much On Plant-Based Meat?

    Is Beyond Meat Steaking Too Much On Plant-Based Meat?

    We’ve talked a lot about sustainable and plant-based foods before—and on today’s show, you may get a little deja-vu. You’ll remember last year we did a live taste-test of the Beyond Burger 3.0 with Beyond Meat’s CEO, Ethan Brown. We welcomed Ethan back to chat about the latest iteration—the 4.0 Burger.
    Interview Highlights:

    Brown discusses the reiteration process and the company's ethos of relentless progress

    How the new plant-based steak at Taco Bell made from faba bean protein tastes

    Is the company disrupting and revolutionizing anymore? Or is it a legacy player now?


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    • 21 min

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A game changer

World Changing Ideas has quickly become a favorite in my feed! I appreciate the variety of episodes, the super practical takeaways, and the sincere humility of the Fast Company team to give all this amazing knowledge to the listeners for free. Thanks for the crucial content, Talib!

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Fresh addition.

I was an avid listener of this show in its previous format last year and I am rediscovering its new incarnation. Very relevant, informative, and well put together with top notch editing. This one is a winner!

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