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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 […]

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Do sharemarkets really reflect social and environmental risks?

As an investor with some shares in my personal and superannuation portfolios, I have in an interest in the future prospects of companies. I contemplate what pitfalls and windfalls lurk in the future. The sustainability of these companies. But I’m jumping ahead. Let’s start with “what factors determine future value of stock?” As we all […]


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 […]