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Cassini’s lesson on commitment

Around a quarter of a century ago, someone decided to send a space probe to Saturn. And in 1997, that’s exactly what they did. The space probe Cassini took seven years to get there and spent 13 years circling the planet. It is now about to embark on its swansong (or swan dive) into the […]


An Artisanal Mining story

This story is about the choices and consequences of artisanal mining next to a large mine. But I have to change the names, places, minerals. In the country of Wakanda, there was a rich body of vibranium. A multinational company took out a mineral lease, backed by the King of Wakanda. In the past, the ancestors of […]

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Travel? No thanks, I’ll dial in

Our society is on the brink of corporate collapse. It has nothing to do with the economic fall of Greece or the wrangling of the EU. It even has nothing to do with Climate Change or the price of Brent Crude. It is because travel sucks. It’s because we – the haggard early-morning-late-evening-coffee-breath-red-eyed-rumple-suited domestic corporate […]

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Downsizing and redundant ethics

Line up, along the equator, all of the people across the world retrenched from their jobs in a five-year period, and they will be able to hold hands across the earth. Of course that is a geometric illustration, not physically practical – as intervening oceans are problematic – but you get my drift. If you […]