Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley

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Systemic change is needed to move us on to the right side of history. Marc Buckley talks with the game-changers on a mission to get us there as fast as possible. Marc is an Advocate for the SDGs, member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, and award-winning Global Food Reformist.

Take a deep dive with thought leaders, Innovators, Futurists, and those solving Global Grand challenges. Listen to renowned experts share their insight on topics including sustainability, environmentalism, global food reform, SDG plan to get us to 2030, regenerative practices and systems thinking.

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Felix Dodds is my guest on Episode 147 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.    Felix Dodds is an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. He was the co-director of the 2014 and 2018 Nexus Conference on Water, Food, Energy, and Climate. In 2019 he was a candidate for the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  His new book ‘Tomorrow’s People: The impact of disruptive Industries on our lives by 2030 will be out in Oct. 2021. Carolina Duque Chopitea Ranger Ruffins.  Felix was a member of an informal expert group for the President of the UN General Assemblies Brookings Report: ‘Links in the Chain of Sustainable Finance: Accelerating Private Investments for the SDGs, including Climate Action’ (2016).  He has written or edited over 20 books; his last book was Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in a Time of Fear. His other books have included the Vienna Café Trilogy, which chronicles sustainable development at the international level. The first Only One Earth he cowrote with the father of Sustainable Development Maurice Strong and Michael Strauss, the second From Rio+20 to the New Development Agenda with Jorge Laguna Celis and Ambassador Liz Thompson and the last one Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals with Ambassador David Donoghue and Jimena Leiva Roesch.  Felix was the Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future from 1992 to 2012. He played a significant role in promoting multi-stakeholder dialogues at the United Nations and proposed to the UN General Assembly the introduction of stakeholder dialogue sessions at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. In 2011, Felix was listed as one of 25 environmentalists ahead of his time.  Also, in 2011 he chaired the United Nations DPI 64th NGO conference ‘Sustainable Societies Responsive Citizens’, which put forward the first set of indicative Sustainable Development Goals. From 1997 to 2001 he co-chaired the UN Commission on Sustainable Development NGO Steering Committee.  His next book Environmental Heroes in Diplomacy: Profiles in courage June 2022

Dec 1

1 hr 22 min

Jenny Andersson is my guest on Episode 146 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Jenny is a regenerative strategist, trusted adviser and agent for change who walks side by side with brands, organisations, cities and municipalities who want to be part of the movement to create a new regenerative economy. As a strategist, facilitator and educator, she harnesses the power of the collective intelligence of organisations and communities to create visions for the future they want - together - and finds the vitalising energy, psychological safety and will to sustain long term change.   She cares deeply about healing the story of separation between humanity and nature, and between humans themselves through divisive cultural, social and economic barriers. She believe s strongly in the power of connection between people and place. Her work helps to surface the bio-culturally unique stories of people and place which set and sustain vision to travel to tomorrow's regenerative future.  Jenny is Founder of Really Regenerative CIC, a regenerative economy learning centre, which designs learning journeys for organisations, municipalities and communities on regenerative leadership, economics and bioregionalism.

Nov 29

1 hr 47 min

Tessa Clarke is my guest on Episode 145 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Tessa is Co-Founder & CEO of OLIO along with Saasha Celestial-One COO, a free app tackling the problem of food waste by connecting neighbours with each other, and volunteers with local businesses, so that surplus food can be given away, not thrown away. OLIO has grown to 5 million users in just over 5 years, and its impact has been widely recognised, most notably by the United Nations who highlighted OLIO as a "beacon” for the world, and by Vivatech who awarded OLIO "Next European Unicorn". Prior to OLIO, Tessa had a 15 year corporate career as a digital Managing Director in the media, retail and financial services sectors, and she met her co-founder Saasha whilst they were studying for their MBAs at Stanford University. Tessa is passionate about the sharing economy as a solution for a sustainable world, and about ‘profit with purpose’ as the next business paradigm.

Nov 24

1 hr 2 min

Tali Orad is my guest on Episode 144 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Tali is a changemaker, an engineer, and a serial entrepreneur. She is the founder of 1treellion .org a NGO with the mission to collectively make a meaningful global impact by bringing communities together to plant trees and help fight climate change while mitigating the climate effects on small communities.   Tali’s first NGO came about after she saved the life of a dying baby, resulting in her founding a NGO to raise awareness to CPR education.  Tali is also the co-founder of Wibble, and the founder of Screen, a startup that helped balance technology usage between legitimate educational one and destructive addiction. She is a Thrive guest contributor, the host of The Butterfly Effect podcast, and frequent speaker. You can watch her latest talk about the work at 1treellion on   Tali believes in the power of people to make a change, and hopes with the help of the people she can help our planet.

Nov 22

1 hr 9 min

Allan Savory is my guest on Episode 143 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Allan Savory, born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa (University of Natal, BS in Zoology and Botany) pursued an early career as a research biologist and game ranger in the British Colonial Service of what was then Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia) and later as a farmer and game rancher in Zimbabwe.  In the 1960s he made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems and, as a resource management consultant, worked with numerous managers on four continents to develop sustainable solutions.  He served as a Member of Parliament in the latter days of Zimbabwe’s civil war and became the leader of the opposition to the ruling party headed by Ian Smith. Exiled in 1979 as a result of his opposition, he immigrated to the United States, where he continued to work with land managers through his consulting business. The growth of that business, a desire to assist many more people and the need for furthering his work led him to continue its development in the nonprofit world. In 1992 Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed a non-profit organization in Zimbabwe, the Africa Centre for Holistic Management, donating a ranch that would serve as a learning site for people all over Africa. In 2009 Savory, Butterfield, and a group of colleagues co-founded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado to serve the world through an international network of entrepreneurial innovators and leaders committed to serving their regions with the highest standards of Holistic Management training and implementation support. The Africa Centre became the first of the Savory Institute’s locally led and managed “hubs.”  Savory’s book, Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision-Making (Island Press, 1999), describes his effort to find workable solutions ordinary people could implement to overcome many of the problems besetting communities and businesses today.  In 2003, Allan Savory received Australia’s International Banksia Award “for the person or organization doing the most for the environment on a global scale,” and in 2010 Savory (and the Africa Centre) received the Buckminster Fuller Institute’s Challenge award for work that has “significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.” A TED talk Savory gave in 2013 has received over 3.4 million views and in 2014 was voted one of the 50 most intriguing TED talks of all time. The Savory Institute is one of 11 finalists in the Virgin Earth Challenge, a $25 million initiative for the successful commercialization of ways of taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and keeping them out with no countervailing impacts.

Nov 17

1 hr 32 min

Mark Shepard is my guest on Episode 142 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.   Mark is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises LLC, founder of Restoration Agriculture Development LLC and award-winning author of the book, Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers. Mark has also been a farmer member of the Organic Valley cooperative, the worlds largest Organic Farmer’s marketing co-op, since 1995. He is most widely known as the founder of New Forest Farm, the 106-acre perennial agricultural savanna considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States.  New Forest Farm is a planned conversion of a typical row-crops grain farm into a commercial-scale, perennial agricultural ecosystem using oak savanna, successional brushland and eastern woodlands as the ecological models. Trees, shrubs, vines, canes, perennial plants and fungi are planted in association with one another to produce food (for humans and animals), fuel, medicines, and beauty. Hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts and various fruits are the primary woody crops. The farm is entirely solar and wind powered and farm equipment is capable of being powered with locally produced biofuels.  Trained in both mechanical engineering and ecology, Mark has developed and patented equipment and processes for the cultivation, harvesting and processing of forest derived agricultural products for human foods and bio fuels production.  Mark was certified as a Permaculture designer in 1993 and received his Diploma of Permaculture design from Bill Mollison, the founder of the international Permaculture movement. He teaches agroforestry and Permaculture worldwide.   Restoration Agriculture Real-World Permaculture for Farmers Water for any Farm Applying Restoration Agriculture Water Methods on Your Farm

Oct 27

1 hr 38 min

Dr. Parag Khanna is my guest on Episode 141 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.   Parag is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is the Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data, and scenario-based strategic advisory firm. Parag's newest book is MOVE: The Forces Uprooting Us (2021), which was preceded by The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019). He is the author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also the author of Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012).  Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelors and Masters degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to nearly 150 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Oct 25

47 min 57 sec

Sebastian Kretschmer is my guest on Episode 140 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  As an organic agriculturalist, educator for sustainable development and food systems expert Sebastian is committed to help build regenerative foodsheds and equitable value chains for maximum SDG performance. As a biodynamic farmer, lecturer and adviser to corporations and international aid organizations Sebastian has designed and implemented programs aimed at fostering food sovereignty and to grow the next generation of organic farmers. Projects from 2004 through 2018 include the Northeast Mentor Network and Biodynamic Apprentice Program with the New England Small Farm Institute, his Community Supported Agriculture Farm at Camphill Village in Pennsylvania, the Ethical Rainforest Supply Chain Project  with Estée Lauder, engaging with indigenous communities in Brazil and Honduras as well as the Organic Orchard/Prison Inmate Reentry Program with the City of Philadelphia and Temple University. Throughout the last few years, as a founding member of the Organic Food System Program and the UN One Planet Network Sebastian used his recently completed PhD project at the University of Kassel, Germany to develop essential variables for food system transition pathways. A central focus of his work is to leverage the capacity of farmers and food processors through the formation of Food Hubs, which Sebastian believes can drive the mechanics of public procurement as well as B2C and B2B value chains within territorial food systems. As a global citizen Sebastian is passionate about big ideas, deep sustainability and a systems approach for everything.

Oct 20

1 hr 49 min

Dr. Fritjof Capra is my guest on Episode 139 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Fritjof is a scientist, educator, activist, and author of many international bestsellers that connect conceptual changes in science with broader changes in worldview and values in society. A Vienna-born physicist and systems theorist, Fritjof first became popularly known for his book, The Tao of Physics, which explored the ways in which modern physics was changing our worldview from a mechanistic to a holistic and ecological one. Published in 1975, it is still in print in more than 40 editions worldwide and is referenced with the statue of Shiva in the courtyard of one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research: CERN, the Center for Research in Particle Physics in Geneva. Over the past 50 years, Fritjof has been engaged in a systematic exploration of how other sciences and society are ushering in a similar shift in worldview, or paradigms, leading to a new vision of reality and a new understanding of the social implications of this cultural transformation. His most recent book, Patterns of Connection: Essential Essays from Five Decades (The University of New Mexico Press, 2021), Capra is a founding director of the Berkeley-based Center for Ecoliteracy, which is dedicated to advancing ecology and systems thinking in primary and secondary education, and serves on the Council of the Earth Charter Initiative. He is the author of The Turning Point (1982), The Web of Life (1996), The Hidden Connections (2002), The Science of Leonardo (2007), and Learning from Leonardo (2013). He coauthored Green Politics (1984), Belonging to the Universe (1991), and EcoManagement (1993), and coedited Steering Business Toward Sustainability (1995). The main focus of Fritjof's environmental education and activism has been to help build and nurture sustainable communities. He believes that to do so, we can learn valuable lessons from the study of ecosystems, which are sustainable communities of plants, animals, and microorganisms. The Systems View of Life presents a grand new synthesis of this work—integrating the biological, cognitive, social, and ecological dimensions of life into one unified vision. Several critics have suggested that The Systems View of Life, which Fritjof coauthored with Pier Luigi Luisi, Professor of Biology at the University of Rome, is destined to become another classic.

Oct 18

1 hr 19 min

Carol is an award-winning business educator, Summit Producer, podcaster, and author. Her books are required business school reading at Stanford and Harvard. For 50 years she’s collaborated with clients to develop people to realize their inherent capabilities. Carol’s clients include Fortune 500 companies like Colgate, DuPont, and SeventhGeneration. Google’s Innovation Lab uses her Responsible Business Framework.  Senior Fellow of Social Innovation, Babson College; CEO, The Regenerative Paradigm Institute, Educator and Social Change designer for people in change agents roles, organizational leaders who aspire to making a difference, business and organizational teams pursuing meaning work and business effectiveness.  Author of Five best-selling books, including The Regenerative Life: Transform Any Organization, Our Society, Your Destiny, No More Feedback, The Regenerative Business (Michiel Bakker, Google VP wrote Foreword.) 22 Gold Awards thus far for her books.  All five books are built around case stories of specific transformation in people, business, community and regions. Exec Producer, The Regenerative Business Summit and Producer & On Air Talent, Business Second Opinion Podcast.

Oct 13

1 hr 32 min

Anna Lappé is my guest on Episode 137 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, an internationally recognized expert on food systems, and a funder supporting food system transformation. A James Beard Leadership Award winner, Anna is the co-author or author of three books about food, farming, and sustainability and the contributing author to fourteen others. The author of the award-winning Diet for a Hot Planet and contributing editor to her mother’s 50th anniversary edition of Diet for a Small Planet, Anna is the founder or co-founder of three national organizations, including the Small Planet Institute and Real Food Media. As a funder, she has led the grantmaking of the Small Planet Fund for two decades and created and directs the Food Sovereignty Fund of the Panta Rhea Foundation.

Oct 11

1 hr 25 min

Chris Smaje is my guest on Episode 136 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Chris co-runs a small farm in Somerset, southwest England. Previously he was a social scientist, working at the University of Surrey and Goldsmiths College. He has written about agricultural, ecological and social issues for a variety of academic and non-academic publications and is the author of A Small Farm Future (Chelsea Green, 2020). He blogs at He is currently a director of the Ecological Land Co-op.

Oct 6

1 hr 23 min

Tinia Pina is my guest on Episode 135 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Tinia received her B.S. in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech and studied briefly at Columbia University's Earth Institute. She has seven years of experience in the financial services industry and ten years as a professional in the sustainability industry. Her experiences related to food waste, food systems and sustainability have fueled her passion to increase our communities' resilience, prosperity, and knowledge to help us live more conscious lives. Tinia's pioneering business model has earned her a Huffington Post Millennial Impact Grant, the American Express Emerging Innovator award and a MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneur grant, among other honors.  After studying Environmental Conservation and Sustainability at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and volunteering at various community urban farms, Tinia launched Re-Nuble with a mission to “Redefine Waste” within urban communities. Re-Nuble quickly evolved into a social enterprise dedicated to changing wasteful habits around the world. Tinia is a SWANA Certified Composting Systems Technical Associate and her experiences related to food waste, systems and policy have fueled her passion to increase our communities’ resilience, prosperity, and knowledge to help us live more conscious lives.  Re-Nuble Founded December 2011  While volunteering as an SAT-prep teacher in 2012 in New York City, Founder Tinia Pina saw firsthand how limited healthy food options impacted her students' productivity, affecting their future. Pulled towards the mission of improving local food production, she created the company, Re-Nuble. Tinia felt there was a unique opportunity to use New York City's food stream to catalyze more sustainable growing near urban areas, especially as people continue to become more interested in eating less chemically-laden food.   Tinia began to spend a lot of time thinking, why is this? Why is it that there’s more affordable chemically-laden and processed food available than chemical- free and healthier options. After doing extensive research, Tinia realized that it’s because our food system is incredibly inefficient. A pound of organic- certified tomatoes is often sold at a price that’s 43% higher than chemically produced (conventionally grown) tomatoes because it’s easier and cheaper for growers to produce. With the alarming adversities our society is facing with food and water scarcity and with 70% of global population estimated to live in and near cities by 2050, she knew that we had to be more smart and efficient with our natural resources and overall production of healthy, good food.

Oct 4

1 hr 38 min

Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946, and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. After teaching in England, the United States and Australia, he has, since 1999, been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.  He first became well-known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975.  In 2011 Time included Animal Liberation on its “All-TIME” list of the 100 best nonfiction books published in English since the magazine began, in 1923. He has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 50 book which have  been translated into more than 30 languages.  His books include Practical Ethics; The Expanding Circle; How Are We to Live?, Rethinking Life and Death, Ethics in the Real World, Why Vegan? and, most recently, he has edited a new edition of what may be the world’s earliest surviving novel, The Golden Ass, by Apuleius.  Singer’s book The Life You Can Save, first published in 2009, led him to found a non-profit organization of the same name which has raised more than US$35 million for the most effective charities assisting people in extreme poverty.   In 2012 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, the nation’s highest civic honour.  Since 2021, he has been a co-editor of the Journal of Controversial Ideas, which enables authors to publish well-argued controversial essays in a peer-reviewed journal under a pseudonym.

Sep 29

1 hr 39 min

Deepanker Khosla is my guest on Episode 133 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Deepanker Khosla, affectionately known as “DK”, is as passionate about re-imagining authentic Classic Indian cuisine which he likes to call Neo-Indian, as he is for achieving food sustainability. Haoma is his dream-come-true project that began with an online course in Aquaponics and just a year later had bloomed into a full-blown, functioning urban farm in the heart of Bangkok. But it was a year of toiling the earth, coaxing fish to grow in new waters and of experimenting through many trials and errors to optimize flavors – all the while working to create a food system that can truly be called sustainable. DK`s commitment to the environment is contagious and so is his drive and passion to deliver excellent cuisine at Haoma Bangkok.

Sep 27

1 hr 8 min

Frances Moore Lappé is my guest on Episode 132 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Frankie is the author of twenty books, including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. In 2017 she coauthored with Adam Eichen, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want.  Frances is co-founder of Food First and Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances is the recipient of nineteen honorary degrees and the Right Livelihood Award, often called the “Alternative Nobel.”   The 50th-anniversary edition of the extraordinary bestselling book that taught America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating—one that remains a complete guide for eating well in the new millennium—will be released September 21st. This edition features a new introductory chapter, simple rules for a healthy diet; a streamlined, easy-to-use format; delicious food combinations of protein-rich meals without meat; hundreds of wonderful recipes, and much more. It boasts eighty-five updated plant-centered recipes, including more than a dozen new delights from celebrity chefs including Mark Bittman, Padma Lakshmi, Alice Waters, José Andrés, Bryant Terry, Mollie Katzen, and Sean Sherman. Most importantly, it features a new introductory chapter emphasizing how the conversations, lifestyle choices, and impacts we can have on our food systems are, in 2021, equally if not even more crucial to consider as our culture shifts to more sustainable, plant-based eating based on the imposing threat of the climate crisis that threatens our society and world.

Sep 22

1 hr 14 min

Helena Norberg-Hodge is my guest on Episode 131 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.   Helena is a pioneer of the new economy movement and recipient of the Alternative Nobel prize, the Arthur Morgan Award and the Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.” She is author of the inspirational classic Ancient Futures, and Local is Our Future (2019). She is co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up, and producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness. Helena is the founder and director of Local Futures and The International Alliance for Localisation, and a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.

Sep 20

1 hr 37 min

Dr. Martha Honey & Kelsey Frenkiel are my guest on Episode 130 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Martha Honey is CEO of Responsible Travel Consulting and co-founder and former Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), based in Washington, DC. Her previous books include Cruise Tourism in the Caribbean: Selling Sunshine (Routledge Press, 2019), Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Island Press, 1998 and 2008) and Ecotourism and Certification: Setting Standards in Practice (Island Press, 2002). She worked as a journalist for 20 years, based in Tanzania and Costa Rica. More at   Kelsey Frenkiel is a Program Manager at CREST, where she manages research and consulting projects related to responsible travel, supports fundraising activities, and manages the internship program. Kelsey is also a freelance travel writer and researcher, having supported publications for National Geographic Traveler, The Washingtonian, and other outlets.  Before COVID-19 hit, overtourism was the biggest problem in the world of travel. Then, seemingly overnight, tourism nearly ceased. But as travel resumes, will we return to a world of overrun monuments, littered beaches, bumper-to-bumper traffic in national parks, and gridlocked city streets? Or can we create sustainable, healthy tourism centered on principles like equity, conservation, and good governance?  Overtourism: Lessons for a Better Future (Publication Date: May 27, 2021), edited by Martha Honey, co-founder and former Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), and Kelsey Frenkiel, a Program Manager at CREST, charts a path toward tourism that is truly sustainable, focusing on the triple bottom line of people, planet, and prosperity. Bringing together tourism officials, city council members, travel journalists, consultants, scholars, and trade association members, this practical book explores the impacts of and solutions to overcrowding from a variety of perspectives.  After examining the causes and effects of overtourism, the book turns to management approaches in five distinct types of tourism destinations: historic cities; national parks and protected areas; World Heritage Sites; beaches and coastal communities; and destinations governed by regional and national authorities. Case studies are drawn from around the globe, from the Galapagos Islands to the Serengeti and from Big Sur, California, to Barcelona, Spain.

Sep 15

2 hr 2 min

Dr. Tim Jackson is my guest on Episode 129 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Tim Jackson is an ecological economist and writer. Since 2016 he has been Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) at the University of Surrey in the UK, where he is also Professor of Sustainable Development. From 2004 to 2011 he was Economics Commissioner for the UK Sustainable Development Commission where his work culminated in the publication of Prosperity without Growth (2009/2017) which has subsequently been translated into 17 foreign languages. It was named as a Financial Times ‘book of the year’ in 2010 and UnHerd’s economics book of the decade in 2019. His latest book Post Growth – life after capitalism was published by Polity Press in 2021. In 2016, Tim was awarded the Hillary Laureate for exceptional international leadership in sustainability. In addition to his academic work, Tim is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC. Tim holds degrees in mathematics (MA, Cambridge), philosophy (MA, Uni Western Ontario) and physics (PhD, St Andrews). He also holds honorary degrees at the University of Brighton in the UK and the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Belgian Royal Academy of Science.

Sep 13

1 hr 40 min

Jocelyn C. Zuckerman is my guest on Episode 128 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Jocelyn is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn. The former deputy editor of Gourmet, articles editor of OnEarth, and executive editor of Modern Farmer, she has written for Audubon, The American Prospect,,, and many other publications. A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and is a former fellow with the Washington, DC–based Alicia Patterson Foundation. Jocelyn has been the recipient of a James Beard Award for feature writing and of fellowships from the Carter Center, The Peter Jennings Project, The New York Times Company Foundation, and Columbia University's Center for Environmental Research and Conservation. Her first book, Planet Palm, was published in May of 2021.

Sep 8

1 hr 21 min

Dr. Sonia Massari has more than 20 years of experience as a researcher, lecturer, consultant, and designer in the fields of food and sustainability education, design methods for innovative agri-food systems. She holds a Ph.D. in Food Experience Design from the Engineering Department at the University of Florence, Italy. For 12 years, she was the Academic Director of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Food Studies programs in Rome, and she designed and coordinated more than 50 academic programs and 150 educational activities on food and sustainability for prestigious international institutes. She teaches at several Universities around Europe. She teaches Sustainability Design Thinking at Roma Tre University and Sociology of Change, Emergent Sustainable Scenarios at ISIA Design School. She is a senior researcher and consultant at the Barilla Foundation and the academic director of the Future Food Academy.  She is the co-founder of FORK: Food Design Opportunities Research Knowledge.  She received the International Women Innovation Award “Tecno-visionaria” (2012), the NAFSA TLS Knowledge Community’s Innovative Research in International Education Award (2014), and the Food Studies ASFS Pedagogy Award (2020). She is a board member of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal Food Design. She has published several scientific papers about education, food and design, food studies, ICT, HCI applied to the agri-food sector. She has presented her research results in international conferences and workshops in 5 continents. In 2015, she was co-director and co-founder of the first European Conference on “Understanding Food Design: from user-centered to people-centered design” ( Milan, Italy).  She works as a consultant for national and international TV programs, JRC Science Hubs, ADI, Gambero Rosso Magazine, ElleDecor, etc. She is a member of the Permanent Observatory on Design (ADI) and for 4 years she coordinated the thematic commission of the ADI Index on Food Design.

Sep 6

1 hr 20 min

David Jensen is my guest on Episode 126 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. David is Coordinator of the UNEP Digital Transformation Task Force at UN Environment Programme and Co-champion of the Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES). He is also the Head of the Environmental Peacebuilding Programme at UN Environment. He has been involved with the UN for going on 21 years now. Since 2009, David has been a leader in a global effort to establish a new multidisciplinary field of environmental peacebuilding. This field aims to promote environmental and natural resource management to prevent, mitigate, resolve, and recover from conflict. It also seeks to use shared dependence on natural resources and ecosystems as a platform for cooperation and confidence building among communities and countries. David is one of the core faculty members of the Massive Open Online Course on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace – currently the most popular course offered by the SDG Academy with over 17,000 enrollments. David is also a founding board member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association established in 2018. He also gave a TEDx talk entitled "Natural resources and peacebuilding: is the United Nations united?" 2020 Earth School with TEDEd He is the coordinator or co-author of six flagship policy reports on risks and opportunities from natural resources across the conflict life cycle. He is also a series co-editor of a six-volume set of books on post-conflict peacebuilding and natural resource management, with 150 chapters from 225 authors published by Routledge. This material covers 60 conflict-affected countries and 12 natural resource categories. David has worked with and advised all of the key peace and security institutions of the UN, including the peacebuilding, peacekeeping, and mediation communities, as well as UN country teams, Resident Coordinators and Special Representatives of the Secretary General. Since 2016, David has been pioneering efforts to identify environmental applications of frontier technologies in conflict-affected countries and fragile states, including big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, block chain, virtual reality, and citizen science. He has been advising the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment on these topics since 2018 and was the co-author of a flagship discussion paper entitled The Case for a Digital Ecosystem for the Environment. In order to take forward this work, David co-founded and co-directs the MapX platform that helps stakeholders map and monitor natural resources and environmental change using the best available planetary data, frontier technologies, and open source software. MapX is currently being used to power the UN Biodiversity Lab launched in July 2018 and was recently featured in the Journal of Software X.

Sep 1

1 hr 27 min

Billy Almon is my guest on Episode 125 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Billy is an Astrobiofuturist, exploring biology-inspired solutions to improve the human condition for those of us on earth and those who will travel to the stars. He speaks to multiple generations of inventors, designers, scientists and engineers on designing the future they wish to see. He has spoken to groups at: Harvard University, Rhode Island School of Design, Arizona State University, NASA, NAACP, Hidden Genius Project, Comic Con, and more. Previously, Billy was a creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, leading efforts to develop immersive experiences and environments around the world. He is an inventor and holds a Masters degree in Biomimicry from Arizona State University and Bachelors degree in Architecture from Howard University. Billy sits on the Board of Directors for the Biomimicry Institute, the world’s leading authority on nature’s solutions to design challenges.

Aug 30

1 hr 33 min

Sharon Natoli is my guest on Episode 124 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Sharon Natoli is a communication expert who is passionate about creating a better future by helping individuals, organisations and leaders speak up to be heard.  She helps her clients own their voice, gain clarity around messages that matter and build personal, collective and organisational power by sharing their thoughts, opinions and ideas effectively and consistently with the world.  Sharon believes when individuals are fully self-expressed, teams are connected and organisations have an authentic voice about the future, business thrives, innovation accelerates, cultures flourish and relationships strengthen.  She has thirty years experience in communication, message development, speaking and presenting and has a deep understanding of the power of the spoken and written word. Sharon has participated in hundreds of media interviews and spokesperson roles, regularly speaks at conferences and events and has been a columnist, editor and contributor to magazines, newspapers and television programs.  Sharon has extensive experience as an advisor to local and global food businesses on meaningful message development to enable future readiness and attract market attention. She is the author and co-author of four books, and her background in food, nutrition and counselling provides her with an indepth understanding of the nuances of human behaviour.  Sharon combines her professional communication skills with her personal understanding of the challenges associated with speaking up and finding your authentic voice. She is an inspiring and engaging speaker and runs masterclasses and workshops for organisations looking to develop their voice and to support teams and individuals to be authentically self-expressed.

Aug 25

1 hr 22 min

James Ehrlich is my guest on Episode 123 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  James is Founder of ReGen Villages Holding, B.V. a Stanford University spin-off company formed in the EU to realize the future of living in regenerative and resilient communities, with critical life support of organic food, clean water, renewable energy and circular nutritional flows at the neighborhood scale.   James is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stanford University School of Medicine Flourishing Project, Faculty at Singularity University, Senior Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center and (Obama) White House Appointee for Regenerative Infrastructure. James founded ReGen Villages as a Dutch (EU) impact-profit company in 2016, with its patented VillageOS™ operating system software to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to define, design and autonomously manage regenerative neighborhoods that promote healthy long-term outcomes for residents and wider communities. ReGen Villages are planned for global replication and scale in collaboration with established industrial partners, universities, governments and sovereign wealth and pension funds, enabling an optimistic post-COVID green transition.

Aug 23

2 hr 1 min

Ilana Preuss is my guest on Episode 122 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Ilana Preuss is the Founder & CEO of Recast City. Prior to that she was the Vice President and Chief of Staff at Smart Growth America and led the technical assistance program at the EPA Smart Growth Program. She is a TEDx speaker on “The Economic Power of Great Places” and a featured keynote speaker.   COVID-19 brought about a historic collapse in jobs and people’s livelihoods, devastating many small businesses and leaving storefronts vacant across the country. But even before the pandemic, main streets across the US were suffering and cities relied on an unsustainable and inequitable economic development model. As cities emerge from the pandemic, how can they take control of the situation and shift to a new model that supports long-term growth through thoughtful, inclusive investment in the local community?   In Recast Your City, Preuss inspires change by showing what communities across the country have been able to achieve using this method. She highlights how Fremont, California, worked to build up small- scale manufacturing businesses instead of relying on one major manufacturer, while Knoxville, Tennessee, supported a diverse range of business owners through small-business training programs and a Maker Summit featuring producers of color.   Preuss provides local government, business, and real estate leaders as well as entrepreneurs and advocates with the tools necessary to build strong local businesses, reinvest in their downtowns, and create inclusive economic opportunities through small-scale manufacturing. Recast Your City works in conjunction with free online tools, worksheets, and templates that will help readers effectively implement changes in their communities.

Aug 18

1 hr 30 min

Dinis Guarda is my guest on Episode 121 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Dinis is an author, academic, influencer, serial entrepreneur and leader in 4IR, AI, Fintech, digital transformation and Blockchain. With over two decades of experience in international business, C level positions and digital transformation, Dinis has worked with new tech, cryptocurrencies, drive ICOs, regulation, compliance, legal international processes, and has created a bank, and been involved in the inception of some of the top 100 digital currencies.  Dinis has created various companies such as Ztudium tech platform a digital and blockchain startup that created the software Blockimpact (sold to Glance Technologies Inc) and founder and publisher of,, and Dinis is also the co-founder of techabc and citiesabc, a digital transformation platform to empower, guide and index cities through 4IR based technologies like blockchain, AI, IoT, etc.  He has been working with the likes of  UN / UNITAR, UNESCO, European Space Agency, Davos WEF, Philips, Saxo Bank, Mastercard, Barclays and governments all over the world. As an author, Dinis Guarda published the book 4IR: AI, Blockchain, FinTech, IoT, Reinventing a Nation in 2019, among others. His recent book, titled 4IR Magna Carta Cities ABC: A tech AI blockchain 4IR Smart Cities Data Research Charter of Liberties for our humanity was published in 2020.

Aug 16

1 hr 10 min

Ahmed Khan is my guest on Episode 120 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Ahmed Khan is a cellular agriculture consultant and the founder and editor of CellAgri. A news and market insights startup focusing on the future of food with cellular agriculture. CellAgri provides the latest updates and insights on a range of topics and trends relating to the cellular agriculture field. CellAgri’s platform also tracks all the major and upcoming players in the field. Providing them the ability to post and share their latest news and job openings. Ahmed is a co-founder and member of the board of directors of Cellular Agriculture Canada, a non-profit organization advancing and promoting the cellular agriculture industry in Canada. Ahmed has previously spoken about cellular agriculture in leading food tech conferences around the world, including in Canada, England, Singapore, and the United States. Ahmed first learned about cellular agriculture while studying at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Aug 11

1 hr 7 min

Sophie Egan is my guest on Episode 119 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Sophie Egan, MPH is the author of How to Be a Conscious Eater (Workman, 2020)—named one of Bon Appétit’s “Favorite New Books for Climate-Friendly Cooking and Life”—and the founder of Full Table Solutions, a consulting practice that’s a catalyst for food systems transformation. She is also a contributor to The New York Times Health section. An internationally recognized leader at the intersection of food, health, and climate, Sophie serves as Director of Strategy for Food for Climate League, Co-Director of the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative, and Senior Advisor for Sustainable Food Systems at R&DE Stanford Dining. For over five years, Sophie served as the Director of Health and Sustainability Leadership/Editorial Director for The Culinary Institute of America’s Strategic Initiatives Group. Sophie’s writing has been featured in The Washington Post, TIME, Parents, The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit, WIRED, EatingWell, Edible San Francisco, FoodTank, and Sunset. (Boulder, CO)

Aug 9

1 hr 25 min

Marques D. Anderson is my guest on Episode 118 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Seeking to be globally impactful, Marques created the World Education Foundation in 2009. Through this mission, he has traveled to over 81 countries and developed on-site programs in 21 of those countries. During this time, Marques gained a plethora of knowledge and expertise at the nexus of indigenous wisdom, modern technology and future communities.   After writing a PhD proposal in 2017 focused on Cyborg Anthropology, Marques accepted an invitation to participate in the Global Solutions Program hosted by Singularity University and NASA. He created Urban Matrix One which utilizes satellite technology, unique data sets and machine learning to provide actionable insights to climate challenges.   With an RFID chip internally implanted, Marques is a cyborg with a deep passion for ancestral wisdom, recognizing intersectional patterns and creating personal and communal transformation in sync with natural systems .His expertise in these fields has led him to Co-Found with Adah Parris, where they are developing a Co-Lab/Venture Studio and several businesses around Artistic Expression, Emerging Technologies, Regenerative Futures and Rethinking Policy. First Pilot will be in the Tom Miner Basin summer of 2021.   More broadly, Marques is a polymath, speaker, writer and entrepreneur currently mobilizing his experiences to help multiple businesses, industries, and communities re-imagine the future. He develops clear strategies and frameworks to solve complex challenges and articulates purpose driven solutions through keynotes and client sessions.   After choosing to leave a career as an elite athlete in the NFL, Marques has inspired others to live their truth through the Power of the Pivot. Through his journey he has embodied resilience, focus sacrifice and discipline to become a leader in multiple fields.

Aug 4

1 hr 24 min

Prof. Lawrence M. Krauss is my guest on Episode 117 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Lawrence is an internationally known theoretical physicist and bestselling author, as well as being an acclaimed lecturer. He is currently President of The Origins Project Foundation, which celebrates science and culture by connecting scientists, artists, writers and celebrities with the public through special events, online discussions and unique travel opportunities. The Foundation produces the Origins Podcast, a video podcast he hosts involving dialogues with the most interesting people in the world discussing issues that address the global challenges of the 21st century.  His own research interests have focused on the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, including the origin and evolution of the Universe and the fundamental structure of matter. Among his numerous important scientific contributions was the proposal, in 1995, that most of the energy of the Universe resided in empty space.   Before taking his current position, Krauss served as Director of Arizona State University’s Origins Project, a national center for research and outreach on origins issues, and as Foundation Professor at ASU from 2008-2018, and also as Chair of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists from 2008-2018. During his career Prof. Krauss has held endowed professorships and distinguished research appointments at institutions including Harvard University, Yale University, University of Chicago, Boston University, University of Zurich, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), Case Western Reserve University, Australian National University, Arizona State University, and New College of Humanities.  Beyond his scientific work, Krauss has been one of the world’s most active and successful science popularizers and a vocal advocate for science and reason vs pseudoscience and superstition, as well as sound public policy. He has written over 500 publications and 11 popular books, including the international best-sellers, The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing. His most recent book, The Physics of Climate Change was released in February 2021. He has written regularly for magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker, and appears regularly on radio, television and most recently in several feature films. Among his numerous awards are included the three major awards from all 3 US physics societies and the 2012 Public Service Award from the National Science Board for his contributions to the public understanding of science.

Aug 2

1 hr 14 min

Leon Wang is my guest on Episode 116 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Leon Wang or 王立中 (Wáng Lì Zhōng) is a genderqueer Taiwanese 2nd gen American (they/them, ki/kin) who is able-bodied with an invisible neurodiversability. In essence, they are an (Auto)Catalyzing Connector, Exploration Facilitator, and Networks Weaver. At heart, ki is an extreme generalist that is creating conduits toward (b)righter futures. Leon leverages deep expertise in Life-Centered Design, Nature-Inspired Creativity, Emerging Technologies, and Justice|Equity|Diversity|Inclusion (JEDI) to amplify change-agents to create and evolve more optimal and well-adapted solutions.  In the last 6 years, Leon has engaged deeply in diverse doings with trailblazing organizations like Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Buckminster Fuller Institute, One Point Five, Singularity University, Biomimicry 3.8, StartingBloc, Playground of Empathy and RETHINK that are all thought leaders in the impact space. Leon is a Certified Biomimicry Professional with a M.S. Biomimicry from ASU and B.S. Bioengineering from UCSD.  Leon is bravely shifting our dreaming, knowing, being and doing in this world to be more People Positive, Complexity Conscious and Life Liberating. As an Anti-Bias Anti-Racist Intersectional Environmentalist, they also strive to bring awareness to critical (un)learning of systems of oppression. In radical brave spaces, ki invites attention, intention, and repetition toward active shaping of more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive (JEDI) futures for All Life.

Jul 28

1 hr 23 min

Dr. Carolyn Kousky & Dr. Billy Fleming are my guests on Episode 115 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Carolyn is Executive Director at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also directs the Policy Incubator. Carolyn research examines multiple aspects of disaster insurance markets, disaster finance, climate risk management, and policy approaches for increasing resilience. She has published numerous articles, reports, and book chapters on the economics and policy of climate risk and disaster insurance markets, and is routinely cited in media outlets including NPR, The New York Times, and The Financial Times, among many others. She is the recipient of the 2013 Tartufari International Prize from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. She is the vice-chair of the California Climate Insurance Working Group, a university fellow at Resources for the Future, a non-resident scholar at the Insurance Information Institute, and a member of the Roundtable on Risk and Resilience of Extreme Events at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has a BS in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.  Billy Fleming is the Wilks Family Director of the Ian L. McHarg Center in the Weitzman School of Design, a senior fellow with Data for Progress, and co-director of the "climate + community project." His fellowship with Data for Progress has focused on the built environment impacts of climate change, and resulted most prominently in the publication of low-carbon public housing policy briefs tied to the “Green New Deal for Public Housing Act” introduced in 2019. In his role at the McHarg Center, Billy is co-editor of the forthcoming book An Adaptation Blueprint (Island Press, 2020), co-editor and co-curator of the book and now internationally-traveling exhibit Design With Nature Now (Lincoln, 2019), and author of the forthcoming Drowning America: The Nature and Politics of Adaptation (Penn Press, expected 2021). Billy is also the lead author of the recently published and widely acclaimed “The 2100 Project: An Atlas for the Green New Deal.” He is also a co-author of the Indivisible Guide (2016). A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation: Uniting Design, Economics, and Policy (Publication Date: May 20, 2021) edited by Carolyn Kousky, Billy Fleming, and Alan M. Berger, identifies a bold new research and policy agenda for coastal adaptation and provides implementable options for coastal communities.

Jul 26

1 hr 23 min

Larry Robertson has advised leaders in growth, strategy, adaptability, and innovation for nearly three decades. He’s been described as “a big firm consulting brain, without all the worthless baggage.” His knowledge is deep, and his style direct, passionate, and creative. The results, and nearly 30 years in business, speak for themselves. He’s the founder and President of strategy and innovation advisory firm Lighthouse Consulting, a frequent board member, and a sought-after keynote speaker—as engaging, impactful, and memorable in a one-on-one podcast as he is in front of a 3,000+ audience. Larry is the author of The Language of Man and A Deliberate Pause, two award- winning books that share 18 distinct honors. He’s a popular columnist for Inc. Magazine and The Creativity Post, and a contributor to Fast Company, Thrive Global, SmartBrief, CEOWorld, Productive Flourishing, and other respected publications. He’s a proud graduate of Stanford University and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a former Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Jul 21

1 hr 34 min

Oisin Lunny  is my guest on Episode 113 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Oisin is an award-winning marketer, webinar and podcast host, MC, public speaker, virtual event consultant, UX business professor, and journalist. His work has been translated into Chinese and Arabic, and read over half a million times as a senior contributor to Forbes, music editor at PHOENIX Magazine, and via regular contributions to The Guardian, CX Magazine and many others. Oisin has hosted, moderated, and given keynote presentations at over 200 conferences in every corner of the world, including TEDx, MWC, and six times at SXSW, where he is now a member of the advisory board. His background is a mix of tech and music; his first band had a UK top 30 hit and supported Depeche Mode and U2 in the ‘90s, while his solo music has been featured in films like Human Traffic. He is the host of the Siemens Advanta podcast and the Audio Talks podcast by HARMAN, and has worked in a series of leading global technology firms over the past 20 years as Global Product Manager, Country Manager, VP of Technology, Senior Market Development Manager, and Chief Evangelist. In his spare time, Oisin keeps his lifelong passion for music alive by hosting a fortnightly radio show on Slack City Radio.

Jul 19

1 hr 42 min

Eve is a globally-recognized thought leader who focuses on the intersection of the Digital Age, food trends, and well-being. She is the author of Hungry: Avocado Toast, Instagram Influencers, and Our Search for Connection and Meaning. Eve researches human behavior and the impact of 21st century technologies and cultural events, and examines how these shifts impact people's wants and needs, all through the lens of food and lifestyle trends. With her unique blend of investigative reporting, analysis of academic research and top trends, Eve utilizes her extensive empirical research to advise Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, non-profits and independent entrepreneurs on how to connect with and better serve people. She is also the founder and Executive Director of the Food for Climate League, a non-profit that’s creating an exciting food and climate narrative to democratize sustainable eating.

Jul 14

1 hr 20 min

My guest today is a living legend in making historic round-the-world trips that have come to redefine what is possible for humanity. Serial explorer and ambassador for clean technologies, Dr. Bertrand Piccard has done it all and is probably planning to do it all again, in ways that continue to shift paradigms and unveil the new futures that are available to us today.  When Bertrand took the controls of the Breitling Orbiter in 1999 with his teammate Brian Jones, he went on to complete the first non-stop around-the-world balloon flight. While in 2016 he successfully piloted the first ever round-the-world solar powered flight, and took turns with André Borschberg, in the now iconic Solar Impulse plane.  More recently, the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment, Special Advisor to the European Commission, and Founder and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation has been on another trip around the world. This time in pursuit of 1000 innovative solutions that can ‘protect the environment in a profitable way’.

Jul 12

1 hr 4 min

Dr. Brent Loken is my guest on Episode 110 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Brent is the Global Food Lead Scientist for WWF. In his role, Brent provides thought leadership through forward-looking research, science direction for goal setting, scientific analysis in support of strategy development, and the management of internal and external science talent to support the Global Food Practice team in advancing an ambitious agenda. Previously, Brent worked for EAT, the science-based global platform for food system transformation, where he was a lead author on the EAT-Lancet report on Food, Planet, Health. His past research includes a variety of publications ranging from subjects on food and health to orangutan terrestriality and tropical forest governance. His current work includes a report on food consumption patterns in G20 countries and the potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a series of papers that develop national level roadmaps on GHG mitigation potential from changes in food and agriculture, and an analysis on how sustainable logging in a tropical forest impacts biodiversity. In addition, Brent co-founded and helped lead a progressive international school and co-founded a conservation NGO that focused on protecting rainforests and biodiversity by empowering indigenous peoples. Rarely patient, Brent believes to achieve the SDGs and Paris Agreement in the short time that is available it will be because of fast moving and innovative organizations and people that disrupt the status quo and actively show the world a more healthy and sustainable way of living in harmony with nature.

Jul 7

1 hr 9 min

Dr. Youssef Nassef is my guest on Episode 109 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Youssef started the work on adaptation to climate change in the United Nations system, and has led the adaptation workstreams under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since their inception. He possesses 30 years of experience in diplomacy and international environmental policy, and is a seconded diplomat from the Egyptian Foreign Service.  While assuming progressively higher levels of leadership at the UNFCCC, he led UNFCCC support for a number of ongoing initiatives on adaptation. These include the inception and support for NAPAs and NAPs; the Nairobi Work Programme – an international knowledge hub for impacts, vulnerability and adaptation; and the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. He recently created the Resilience Frontiers initiative which applies foresight for attaining post-2030 resilience.  He regularly contributes his vision, insights and thought leadership to international conferences on resilience and adaptation to climate change and their nexus with sustainable development, often focusing on developing countries.  He holds a Doctoral degree in International Technology Policy and Management and a Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Physics from the American University in Cairo.

Jul 5

1 hr 29 min

Eric Toensmeier is my guest on Episode 108 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Eric is the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens as well as a contributor for Drawdown. He is an appointed lecturer at Yale University, and an international trainer, presenting in English and Spanish in the US, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean. Eric has studied permaculture and useful plants of the world for over two decades. He managed an urban farm project for five years, ran a seed company, and co-developed a farm business training curriculum that is now used in eight US states and three Canadian provinces. Eric’s most recent book is The Carbon Farming Solution A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security which was backed by supporters through a Kickstarter campaign.

Jun 30

1 hr 33 min

  Sini’s family fled Former Yugoslavia 1992 and found refuge in Austria where he quickly learned the most important skill of his life: adapting to new circumstances. Since then, Sini received an MBA from UC Berkeley and helped companies like BMW, Lucid Motors and Apple for ten years to release new tech into the world.   In 2019, Sini left Apple as he realized that he needed to adapt once again... this time to a new reality in which digital technologies have been creating distractions that keep us away from realizing our dreams.   He currently lives in San Francisco where he wrote Untethered and where he helps clients overcome distractions, create healthy habits and achieve their dreams with the use of their devices.

Jun 28

1 hr 30 min

Terry is the Executive Director of Earth Overshoot, a nonprofit dedicated to making nature and its resources central to all personal and public decision-making through targeted education and advocacy. Terry, a filmmaker, naturalist, and environmental activist is an expert on sustainability and the intersection of human consumption and population as the primary drivers of environmental destruction. Spahr is the producer of the 2020 documentary, 8 Billion Angels, which establishes the connection between unsustainable population growth and our global environmental emergencies including climate change. Through compelling stories, the film lifts the veil on a critical topic often purposely relegated to the shadows of our personal, political, and international conversations. Spahr is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts & Sciences and The Fels Center of Government. He had a 25-year career in the insurance, investment, and real estate industries and is a former board member of the Long & Foster Companies as well as their philanthropic arm. A sought-after speaker. He has presented at numerous conferences and forums, spoken on radio and podcasts, and is a contributor to environmental publications and blogs.

Jun 23

1 hr 21 min

Jasper Udink ten Cate is guest on Episode 105 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Jasper is an artist and designer, the founder of 'Creative Chef Studio' with 15 years in the food business and 6 years as an artist. Creative Chef Studio is a multidisciplinary art & design studio where Jasper and his team create experiences that evolve around his artworks, designer objects and stories that are often, but not necessarily linked with food.   These ‘experiential recipes’ use ingredients like biotech, physics, coding, music, philosophy, product design, biodiversity, fashion, graphics, painting and any kind of other discipline you can imagine. You could say Jasper's performances are ‘experiential recipes’ that are served in space and time.   His studio is also specialised in creative art direction, product- development and marketing strategies for companies. Jasper has worked for companies like Nike, Reebok, Google, Brightfood Shanghai, BASF, Rabobank, Abnamro and many more.

Jun 21

1 hr 16 min

Jarkko Havas is my guest on Episode 104 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.  Jarkko leads the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Insights & Analysis work. I&A consists of the Data & Metrics Initiative with a focus on measuring company level circular economy performance (Circulytics), and teams working on upcoming focus topics for the Foundation, as well as the case study programme.  Prior to joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Jarkko was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, based first in Tokyo and then in Brussels. His consulting work focused on agriculture and chemicals industries in both private and public sectors. Jarkko's academic background is in environmental engineering and sustainability science.

Jun 16

1 hr 22 min

Ken Meter is my guest on Episode 103 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S., integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. Meter has worked for fifty years in inner-city and rural community capacity building. His local economic analyses have promoted local food networks in 143 regions in 41 states, two provinces, and four tribal nations. Building Community Food Webs was published April 29, 2021. Ken is also co-editor of Sustainable Food System Assessment: Lessons from Global Practice (Routledge, UK) in 2019. Meter’s work can be found at Crossroads Resource Center.

Jun 14

1 hr 27 min

John Pickrell is my guest on Episode 102 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. John is an award-winning journalist, the author of Flying Dinosaurs and Weird Dinosaurs, and the former editor of Australian Geographic magazine. Currently the Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief for Nature, he has worked in London, Washington, DC, and Sydney for publications including New Scientist, Science, Science News and Cosmos. His articles also appear in National Geographic, Scientific American, Focus, BBC Future, The Guardian and the ABC. John has been a finalist in the Australian Museum’s Eureka Prizes three times, won an Earth Journalism Award and has featured repeatedly in The Best Australian Science Writing anthology, which he edited in 2018. He studied biology at Imperial College in the United Kingdom and has a Master of Science in taxonomy and biodiversity from the Natural History Museum, London.

Jun 9

1 hr 9 min

Dr. Olle Olsson is my guest on Episode 101 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Olle is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), where his work is focused on socio-technical transitions, primarily in the fields of energy and climate change mitigation. His research looks at the interplay between technology, business models and public policy and how different factors across these areas need to align to make something a viable solution. One of his key interests at the moment is trying to understand the role of different forms of scale economies in technological transitions.

Jun 7

1 hr 30 min

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is my guest on Episode 100 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Professor Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, the Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time.” In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize. He is the recipient of 61 honorary degrees from universities across 24 countries. He has received 136 awards from 33 countries including state honours from 10 countries. He is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. He has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, Newsweek and Forbes Magazine.

Jun 2

1 hr 21 min

Mathis Wackernagel is my guest on Episode 99 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D. co-created the Ecological Footprint in the early 1990s with his Ph.D. advisor Prof. Rees at the University of British Columbia. Now he is President of Global Footprint Network which he founded in 2003 with Susan Burns. Together with its partners, Global Footprint Network focuses on bringing about a sustainable economy in which all can thrive within the means of our one planet. Since 2003 this international think-tank has engaged with more than 50 nations, 30 cities, and 70 global partners to deliver scientific insights for policy and investment decisions. With their annual Earth Overshoot Day, they annually reach over 4 billion media impressions. Mathis’ awards include the 2018 World Sustainability Award, the 2015 IAIA Global Environment Award, the 2012 Blue Planet Prize, the 2012 Binding-Prize for Nature Conservation, the 2012 Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award, the 2011 Zayed International Prize for the Environment, an honorary doctorate from the University of Berne, and the 2007 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

May 31

2 hr

Margaret O’Gorman is my guest on Episode 98 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Margaret O’Gorman operates at the intersection of business and nature. As President of the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), she helps companies find value in natural resources conservation and mainstream biodiversity across operations. She highlights the problems of too much planning and not enough action. She is a proponent of simplifying approaches to conservation and opening the door to efforts that restore broken places, enhance existing ecosystems, and return healthy biodiversity to all places. She has spoken at Business and Biodiversity forum at the Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP13, the Smithsonian Institute’s Conservation Optimism Summit, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Cement Sustainability Initiative, and Ireland’s National Biodiversity Conference. Her new book is Strategic Corporate Conservation Planning: A Guide to Meaningful Engagement was published February 2020.

May 26

1 hr 15 min