AgTech Regen Network Announces Historic Carbon Credit Sale To Microsoft in Australia 

Agtech start-up Regen Network announces historic sale of soil carbon credits to Microsoft, one of the largest soil carbon credit issuances ever in Australia. These soil carbon credits, known as CarbonPlus Grassland credits, help Microsoft meet its climate goals and reward Australian land stewards for sequestering carbon and ecological stewardship of their ranch lands.

Regen Network’s CarbonPlus Grassland credits measure carbon sequestration and a suite of other co-benefits, such as ecosystem health, animal welfare, and soil health.  As part of the carbon credit development, Regen Network has pioneered the monitoring and measuring of soil organic carbon via remote sensing allowing for significant reductions in monitoring costs while still maintaining a high level of scientific rigor and measurement accuracy.

A year ago, Microsoft announced its commitment to be carbon negative by 2030, and by 2050 to remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.

The first vintages of Regen Network’s CarbonPlus Grassland credits are issued to Wilmot Cattle Co (WCC), managing two cattle ranches located in New South Wales, Australia through project originator Impact Ag, which works with WCC to develop natural capital opportunities. These carbon credit vintages not only represent a significant issuance of agricultural carbon credits to-date in Australia, but also highlight the importance of livestock managed grazing to large-scale ecological regeneration.

Managed grazing practices can reverse land degradation, enhance net carbon sequestration, and improve soil and vegetation quality. Wilmot is exemplary of what is possible, increasing soil organic carbon concentration through rotational grazing to up to 4.5%.

Regen Network CEO Christian Shearer said, “Our work with Impact Ag and Wilmot Cattle Co makes us more hopeful than ever that agricultural and nature-based solutions to climate change are not only real, but have the potential to rapidly sequester carbon and build resiliency into our food systems. The scale at which Microsoft is purchasing carbon credits should give us all hope that business can and will be a catalyst for change. “

Toby Grogan, Natural Capital Manager at Impact Ag shared, “We believe agriculture can address some of the current global environment and climate challenges that will impact future generations. Through Regen Network, Wilmot Cattle Co. is demonstrating how farmers can be rewarded for ecosystem services and in doing so drive change at the scale and speed required.”

Elizabeth Willmott, carbon program manager at Microsoft added, “Microsoft is pleased to select Regen Network’s carbon credit product to help meet our climate goals. Regen Network’s carbon credits rooted in soil organic carbon sequestration backed by technologically-enabled measurement are an exciting advancement in carbon credit markets.” 

Nesta, Fundacion Compromiso and Upstart Co-Lab launch ‘Creativity, Culture and Capital: Impact Investing In The Global Creative Economy’

Contributors to initial essay collection include Sir Ronald Cohen, Yo-Yo Ma, Sir Nicholas Serota, president emerita of Brooklyn Academy of Music Karen Brooks Hopkins, director of digital development at Royal Shakespeare Company Sarah Ellis, and George Gachara, managing partner of East Africa’s creative industries investment facility, HEVA Fund LLP, along with arts and impact investing leaders from Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico

Nesta, the UK based innovation foundation, announces the publication of a new collection of essays from around the globe illustrating the need and opportunity for impact investment to maintain and sustain the creative economy.

Creativity, Culture and Capital: Impact Investing in the global creative economy has been created in partnership with US-based impact investment field-builder Upstart Co-Lab and LATAM based Fundacion Compromiso. The female-led initiative marks the start of the UN’s International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development and recognises the creative sector as a key driver of inclusive and sustainable growth as the world recovers from the effects of the pandemic.

The collection highlights the need and opportunity for impact investment to support renewed substantial sector growth, alongside continued government funding, philanthropic support and profit-maximising investment, and marks a moment when arts organisations and the creative industries – including fashion, food, film, music and design – are considering what kind of funding will enable them to ‘build back better’ following Covid-19.

The essays within the collection explore two broad themes: Creativity at Work, which shows how art, design, culture, heritage and creativity are benefiting people, communities and the planet; and Connecting Impact Capital, which illustrates how impact investment is already transforming and stimulating creative economic activity delivering financial returns as well as social and environmental impact. Highlights include:

  • A foreword by Sir Ronald Cohen on the value of the report on focussing on new ways to fund the creative economy
  • George Gachara’s topical exploration of the impact of Covid-19 on Africa’s creative industries
  • A study on the innovative ways technology can be used in theatre, and how that can shape the future of theatre by Sarah Ellis
  • An essay on textile production based at Textile Museum of Oaxaca in Mexico, by Hector Manuel Meneses Lozano
  • Karen Brooks Hopkins’ essay which argues that for cultural institutions to thrive, they need diverse sources of income, particularly as we face an uncertain future
  • An afterword by Yo-Yo Ma in which he describes the positive effect culture and creativity can have on serious issues facing societies

Impact investment – investment made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return – has grown in prominence in recent years and currently accounts for $31 trillion of global capital. This initiative illustrates how impact capital can help finance a more inclusive and sustainable creative economy post-pandemic.

As recognised in the report, the significant size and value of the creative economy is not yet fully recognised. Prior to the pandemic, the creative economy represented one of the most rapidly expanding sectors globally, predicted to reach 10 per cent % of the global economy in the next few years.  In the UK, the sector was growing at nearly five times the national average and was identified as a driver of job creation and economic growth before the shock of COVID-19. In the US, the creative sector was growing at nearly twice the national average. This rapid growth is one reason the United Nations recognises the creative economy’s potential to be highly transformative in terms of income generation, job creation and export earnings, for example the source of 30 million jobs is the formal economy and 300 million jobs in the informal economy.

With the launch of the collection on a new website, Nesta, Upstart Co-Lab and Fundacion Compromiso, invite further essay contributions illustrating how the creative economy yields social and environmental benefits and how values-aligned capital supports these efforts. The partners intend that this resource will clearly demonstrate the potential benefits of a global impact investment fund for the inclusive creative economy, and serve as a crucible for this effort. The partners aim to publish 100 essays in total by the end of 2021, creating a comprehensive resource of geographies, sectors and experiences, and showcasing a variety of initiatives delivering positive impacts through creativity and culture and the innovative ways in which value-aligned capital is used to fund these. The website, along with a series of events delivered in conjunction with partners such as United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) and the trailblazing DICE programme from the British Council, will create a community around this resource to help instigate continued growth in the sector.

Fran Sanderson, Director, Arts & Culture Investments and Programmes, Nesta, comments: “We passionately believe in the power of the creative economy to effect lasting positive social change, and in the huge opportunity for impact investment to support and amplify this change. The report is the first step in demonstrating this clearly to the world. The sector has achieved amazing things without a genuine global support structure, so we’re really excited to see where a more intentional effort could take this movement.”

Laura Callanan, Founding Partner, Upstart Co-Lab, comments: “The creative economy has the capacity to intrigue, engage, educate and activate more mindful consumers so that the benefits of ethical and sustainable supply chains and the full power of media to drive positive change can be realised. Those who care about shaping a creative economy that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable will find numerous opportunities to deploy their values-aligned capital as the world rebuilds after the Covid-19 pandemic.” 

Carolina Biquard, Executive Director, Fundacion Compromiso, comments: “Creativity is the new normal. It is the answer to facing the present and approaching the future. Arts and Culture has always been the human answer to find ways for civilization to evolve. Creativity is the way to connect our inspirations and cultural assets with the practical and economic sides of our lives. Especially our youngsters will need to learn to live in a Creative Economy, in a Creative System. We hope to help design the financial structure that this approach needs.”

Sir Ronald Cohen, Chair Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, comments: “This is a timely and important initiative to regenerate our creative and cultural economy after the pandemic. Impact investment can help channel resources to take this market to scale, bringing great value to our society.”

Yo-Yo Ma comments: “Culture’s power is in connection – it connects us to each other and to the world, helping us to know that if you hurt, I hurt. With that intrinsic strength and the right support, culture and creativity will continue to be the most powerful source of human solutions.”

Ericsson Launches 5G RAN Slicing To Spur 5G Business Growth

Ericsson Launches 5G RAN Slicing To Spur 5G Business Growth
  • New software solution enables communications service providers to deliver innovative 5G use cases to consumers and enterprises with guaranteed performance
  • Built on Ericsson radio expertise and a scalable and flexible architecture, the new solution supports customized business models and growth requirements of advanced use cases
  • Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing strengthens end-to-end network slicing capabilities needed to deliver different services over a common infrastructure

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has launched a 5G network slicing solution for radio access networks (RAN) that will enable communications service providers to deliver customized 5G services with guaranteed performance.

Now commercially available, Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing allocates radio resources at 1 millisecond scheduling and supports multi-dimensional service differentiation handling across slices. This strengthens end-to-end slicing capabilities for dynamic resource management and orchestration that ensure the high-quality end-user experience required by diverse use cases.

Network slicing supports multiple logical networks for different service types over one common infrastructure. It is a key enabler for unlocking 5G revenue opportunities such as enhanced video, and in-car connectivity, and extended reality. An Ericsson report estimates USD 712 billion in an addressable consumer market for service providers by 2030. The addressable market for network slicing alone in the enterprise segment is projected at USD 300 billion by 2025 (GSMA data). As 5G scales up, service providers are looking to maximize returns on their investments by targeting innovative and high revenue-generating use cases such as cloud gaming, smart factories, and smart healthcare.

Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson says: “Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing dynamically optimizes radio resources to deliver significantly more spectrum-efficient radio access network slicing. What makes our solution distinct is that it boosts end-to-end management and orchestration support for fast and efficient service delivery. This gives service providers the differentiation and guaranteed performance needed to monetize 5G investments with diverse use cases. With 5G as innovation platform, we continue to drive value for our customers.”

Network slicing is one of the major 5G deployment models. Ericsson has ongoing 5G network slicing engagements for RAN, transport, core network and orchestration across the globe involving use cases for the consumer segment and enterprises/industry verticals such as video-assisted remote operations, AR/VR, TV/Media for sports event streaming, cloud gaming, smart city, and applications for Industry 4.0 and public safety.

Toshikazu Yokai, Executive Officer, Chief Director of Mobile Technology, at KDDI, says: “End-to-end slicing is key to monetizing 5G investment and RAN slicing will help make that happen. Across different slices in our mobile networks, RAN slicing will deliver the quality assurance and latency required by our customers.”

Mark Düsener, Head of Mobile and Mass Market Communication at Swisscom, says: “We’re gearing up for the next stage of 5G where we expect to apply end-to-end network slicing, and RAN slicing is key to guaranteed performance. With efficient sharing of network resources across different slices, we will be able to provide communications for diverse 5G applications such as public safety or mobile private networks.”

Sue Rudd, Director, Networks and Service Platforms, Strategy Analytics, says: “Ericsson is the first vendor to offer a fully end-to-end solution with RAN slicing based on dynamic radio resource partitioning in under 1 millisecond using embedded radio control mechanisms to assure Quality of Service, Over the Air, in real time. This truly end-to-end approach integrates radio optimization with policy-controlled network orchestration to deliver inherently secure virtualized private RAN slicing without the loss of the 30 – 40 percent spectrum capacity due to ‘hard slicing’. Ericsson’s real-time dynamic RAN slicing bridges the ‘RAN gap’ to make e2e slicing profitable.”

Covid-19 Drives International Smart Cities Market Boom

More than 500 Urban Areas Around The World expected to adopt Digital Twin technology by 2025

The need to increase resilience and optimise resource management in light of COVID-19 will be among the key drivers for the growth of Digital Twins over the next five years, according to ABI Research. The global tech market advisory firm expects the number of urban Digital Twins to exceed 500 by 2025, and that implementation will expand beyond limited pilots to widespread multi-purpose deployments helping cities achieve carbon neutrality.

The latest quarterly report from ABI Research entitled Smart Cities and Smart Spaces positions Cityzenith alongside Bentley Systems and Microsoft as businesses best placed to capitalise in this expanding market.

It is estimated that the Digital Twin market will grow from $3.8 billion in 2019, to $35.8 billion per year by 2025, at a CAGR of 45.4%.

Dominique Bonte, Vice President, End Markets at ABI Research, said: “Real-time 3D models of cities-built environment allow scenario analysis through the simulation of the potential impact of natural disasters like flooding, [adoption of] generative design principles for new city developments [which optimise] energy savings and solar capacity, and saving costs by operating cities more efficiently and effectively.”

He noted that since the first Digital Twins were deployed in cities such as Singapore around three years ago, features have quickly expanded to enable a much wider range of application areas including infrastructure coverage planning and green infrastructure management. Boston is one city to have already employed the use of Digital Twins, alongside Helsinki, Jaipur and Dublin.

“The Digital Twin ecosystem system activity is growing quickly with more suppliers announcing more deployments in more cities,” said Bonte. “Vendors like Dassault Systèmes and others are paving the way for extending urban Digital Twins to marketplaces and opening access to key metrics and dashboards to the citizens themselves, increasing their overall involvement and helping gain approval of city government decisions and policies.”

In order to help cities achieve carbon neutrality, Cityzenith  announced in October 2020 that it will donate its Digital Twin software to up to 10 cities over the next year as part of their Clean Cities – Clean Future campaign. Additionally, Bentley Systems partnered with Microsoft to integrate Azure IoT Digital Twins and Azure Maps into its iTwins platform.

Michael Jansen, CEO and founder of Chicago based Cityzenith , said “We at Cityzenith welcome this news and are delighted to be a part of the growing Digital Twin industry. We believe our Clean Cities – Clean Future campaign can be a key component of this global effort towards cleaner cities and a safer environment.”

To Identify And Accelerate Cities Development: Bloomberg Launches 2021 Global Mayors’ Challenge

For the first time the challenge is a global competition, which seeks to identify and accelerate the most ambitious ideas developed by cities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, which seeks to identify and accelerate the most ambitious ideas developed by cities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is the first time the challenge will be a global competition.

It will also select more finalists and winners than in previous years: 50 finalists that represent the world’s leading urban innovations to emerge from the pandemic will be chosen and then 15 grand prize winners will receive $1m each and support to implement their ideas.

Bold ideas invited

Cities with populations of 100,000 or more are invited to submit their “boldest ideas” at any stage of development. Applications close on March 21, 2021.

The four themes for this year’s competition will address the most significant challenges to emerge during the pandemic:

  • economic recovery and inclusive growth
  • health and wellbeing
  • climate and environment
  • good governance and equality.

“Across the globe, mayors are on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. And as they continue to manage this unprecedented public health crisis, city leaders are finding creative new ways to deliver services while also rebuilding their economies in ways that tackle climate change and fight inequality,” said Michael Bloomberg, former three-term mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

He added: “The Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Global Mayors Challenge is designed to support leaders who are on the cutting edge of urban policy and work with them to test their most innovative ideas – and spread what works to other cities around the world. To emerge from this crisis stronger, cities need to be bold – and I have no doubt this year’s ideas will be some of the best yet.”

“As they continue to manage this unprecedented public health crisis, city leaders are finding creative new ways to deliver services while also rebuilding their economies in ways that tackle climate change and fight inequality”

Cities selected as finalists in the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge will have access to an expansive programme of support. Finalists will receive coaching from world-renowned experts in innovation, data, and project-specific subject matter to strengthen their submissions. Bespoke technical assistance and training will also help finalists test and refine their ideas. Finally, cities will join a network of peers also pursuing bold, new ideas.

The 2021 Global Mayors Challenge builds on the success of four previous Bloomberg Philanthropies-sponsored Challenges in the US (2013 and 2018), Europe (2014), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2016). Previous winners include:

  • Barcelona for work to create digital trust networks that support at-risk elderly citizens
  • Providence, Rhode Island for a programme to measure and reduce the “word gap” among low-income children during pivotal brain development years
  • Guadalajara for developing a programme to fight corruption in the construction industry that has spread across the state of Jalisco
  • Huntington, West Virginia, for creating a wellness programme and system of care to prevent burnout from first responders on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic and now the Covid-19 pandemic.

In total, 1,072 cities have applied to the previous four Mayors Challenges, 24 ideas have been selected as winners, and 22 of those ideas are being implemented in cities around the world. An additional 189 cities that did not win are continuing to develop their ideas.

Bloombger Philantropies Support Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies has been supporting cities since the beginning of the pandemic. Last year, they released guidance to help city leaders collect and analyse key data to shape the next phase of recovery response to the pandemic while keeping the most vulnerable residents’ needs centre stage.

Covid-19 Management Metrics for Cities, developed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and What Works Cities, provides a set of critical indicators alongside technical assistance for cities around their utilisation.

Bloomberg Philanthropies said it was in response to growing demand from mayors across the country for clear guidance for local government and are the first of their kind designed specifically for cities.

“Data is a vital tool to help city leaders respond to the Covid-19 pandemic as safely and equitably as possible,” said Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

“As mayors put together their plans to reopen and revive their local economies, the set of metrics we’ve developed in partnership with Johns Hopkins will allow them to focus their resources on communities in need – reducing health disparities and saving lives.”

Is There A Better Way To Live? Transformative Food Documentary BETTER To Answer Key Questions Endorsed By MDs At Harvard

Is there a BETTER way to live? BETTER tries to answer this question by following the doctors leading this revolution and features intimate portraits of everyday Americans as they explore ways to decrease the dependence on medications and shame based diets.

Is there a better way to live without the risk of diabetes and obesity through better ways to eat? From New York Times best-selling author and executive producer Jonathan Bailor comes BETTER, a transformative food documentary that examines a new, empowering and unifying way of eating, thinking and living—without the shame that’s caused by friends, family and the wellness industry itself. Releasing on January 26, 2021, with pre-orders available on January 5, the film has been endorsed by top medical doctors at Harvard. In addition, BETTER has won Best Documentary and Best Storytelling awards and has been featured in programs at film festivals worldwide.

BETTER offers a proven path toward safer, better living through revolutionary methods that lower the body’s weight “setpoint,” using simple, evidence-based solutions that anyone can use to optimize their diet (e.g., keto, vegan, paleo, kosher, halal, etc.) and to protect against today’s most common diseases.

The movie tries to ask the critical questions regarding food production and consumption: What if there were a “unified theory” of eating and
living that cures not just diabetes and obesity, but also aims to end the shame and pain caused by the wellness industry?

The movie’s goal is to put an end to all the diet wars, unveiling scientifically backed new ways of eating endorsed by doctors at Harvard, as well as Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic; and ending all the confusing and conflicting diet information while curbing diabetes and obesity (diabesity). It also features inspiring success stories along with intimate testimonials by Americans who have struggled with negative body image, vulnerability, feelings of inadequacy and humiliation that bring the movie to life in all too relatable ways.

BETTER tries to tackle these challenges by following the doctors leading this revolution and features intimate portraits of people as they explore ways to decrease the dependence on medications and shame-based diets, while staying safe in an increasingly unhealthy world. BETTER was filmed on-location at Harvard Medical School with Dr. David Ludwig, author of The New York Times best-seller Always Hungry; and with EP and creator Jonathan Bailor, who founded the field of wellness engineering, and is the author of the New York Times best-seller, The Calorie Myth, and The Setpoint Diet. Bailor was inspired to help Americans overcome their overeating addiction after his own grandfather died of diabetes.

On a quest to help find a better way for Americans to eat, think and live, it is Bailor’s hope that the audience will be inspired to reverse their symptoms of diabesity, which is proven to be a top risk factor for COVID complications and death.

Says Bailor, “Now more than ever, everyone is in desperate need of a proven, practical and simple way to protect their mental and physical health. BETTER is not just a food documentary, it is a story of hope, empowerment, protection and betterment by every means necessary.”

Start Up Nation Central: 5 Catalysts Of Innovation That Led Israel To Efficient, Fast, Large-Scale COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

Vials with various types of vaccines against coronavirus and container of pills

Leading Digital Health Expert: “Israel’s national healthcare system, combined with its data and technology capabilities, makes it a unique and optimal beta site for Pfizer and Moderna

In less than one month, Israel has successfully vaccinated most of its 60+ population against COVID-19 as part of a national campaign, so far giving the first dose to 1.8 million people (about 20% of its entire population). This campaign was based on infrastructure that was built two decades ago and has since been regularly updated through cutting edge digitization. What led the World Health Organization to join American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer in singling out Israel as a test case for formulating a global vaccination strategy?

Lena Rogovin, the Senior Digital Health Analyst at Start-Up Nation Central: “Israel’s national healthcare system, combined with its data and technology capabilities, makes it a unique and optimal beta site for Pfizer and Moderna to get rapid validation of vaccines, and for the World Health Organization to formulate a global immunization strategy”

Israel has a national healthcare system that is administered through four Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), which were established decades ago (some, almost 100 years ago), and serve the entire population. As part of the competition among these organizations, they regularly update and improve the range of services they offer, including the implementation of advanced technologies.

SNC’s digital healthcare and life science lead analyst has identified five drivers of innovation that placed Israeli healthcare system on a pedestal as a global model for managing the coronavirus vaccine campaign:

1. Scalability and digitization: Israel can rely on four HMOs that cover the entire population to effectively launch complex, large-scale processes within a short timeframe. The HMOs operate queue management and direct information delivery systems to all their members, which enables them to efficiently scale processes.
Over more than 25 years, Israel’s HMOs has developed uniform (single ID) Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) that enable real-time segmentation according to gender, age, place of residence and medical background, which help to effectively prioritize vaccination, treatment, and follow-up.

2. Smart control center: Over a decade ago, the Israeli Ministry of Health made a significant investment in the development of a complementary software platform that allows sharing patients’ EMRs across HMOs in real time, allowing much better coordination and treatment; this platform can be used in emergency situations, like the COVID-19 vaccination operation.

3. Big Data: Medical records of millions of citizens open vast possibilities for in-depth analyses and research. Many academics, as well as companies, big and small, already signed agreements with the HMOs (which own the data), using a variety of tools, including artificial intelligence and natural language processing NLP technologies. The data from the vaccination drive, combined with the medical records, can generate insights into the safety and efficacy of these vaccines and the optimal way of administering them. These insights are invaluable to the global medical community.

4. Direct communication: Digital communication networks that combine mobile apps, websites, emails, and text messages enable automated direct communication by the HMOs to various populations.

5. Privacy and data security: The use of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) for many years has led to the development and implementation of advanced data security systems, based on Israel’s recognized excellence in cybersecurity. Additionally, HMOs employ advanced systems that enable anonymization, creation of synthetic databases, or access to aggregated data only (data analysis based on non-identifiable statistics).

Rogovin concludes:  Israel has unique combination of the healthcare system, data and technology, that makes it an optimal beta site for Pfizer, Moderna, to get a rapid large-scale validation of vaccines, and for the World Health Organization to formulate a global immunization strategy. Israel’s EMRs together with a first-rate community healthcare system, data analyses and communication technology, make it possible to manage the process from end to end, collect data, identify trends, and present a continuously up-to-date picture. While we are grateful for this opportunity, the data and the insights generated in Israel in a very short time will serve the whole world, subject to the international standards of data sharing and privacy protection.

Alan Donegan, Ed Thought Leader and Co-founder – Helping Start Business Without Debt

Alan Donegan is an entrepreneur and education thought leader. Alan Donegan founded PopUp in 2012 with Simon Paine after they thought there must be a better way to start a business, without debt and without formal business plans. Alan decided he wanted to start PopUp to make sure that no one else went through the pain he went through starting up his business.

Alan Donegan Interview Questions

1. An introduction from you – background, overview, education…
2. Can you tell us about your personal background?
3. Can you tell about us PopUp Business School?
4. You are focused on debt as a critical element for business. Can you tell us about that?
5. You highlighted the importance of sales and this is indeed critical. How do you focus on sales?
6. How do you manage the challenges of energy, independence and responsibility to deal with entrepreneurship and the challenges of work multiple disruptions / changes?
7. Education is in a big crossroad. How do we solve this? Special with Covid and all the changes we are going through?
8. Can you tell us some practicalities how people listening can learn and have some steps on how to face the present challenges we are facing now?

Alan Donegan Interview Notes

About Alan Donegan’s background. Coming from an entrepreneurial family, I spent my youth pursuing jobs that didn’t suit me, so after a while I decided to create my own business and thought it was the best way to help others.  I wanted to teach other people the skills that had made such a huge difference in my life

About founding PopUp Business School. I wanted to start a business, a business focused on training, so I went to the British government for help and they provided training in marketing, business operations, etc. But I found the workshops were very limited, not enough help to encourage people to start their own businesses and survive. So I thought about what I could do to close that gap.

That was the foundation of the PopUp Business School. What we strive at PopUp Business School is to provide the very best training and support on entrepreneurship; Financial independence and, ultimately, making dreams come true. At my company, we always seek to improve everything we do and make the biggest possible impact.

Key advice for entrepreneurs. The key to starting a business is sales. But the problem is when you start running a business the last thing you think about is sales because you feel overwhelmed. Business is selling something. Most people believe that running a business is about creating a logo, a business card… but that isn’t what creates revenue or brings in money. So the first advice I would give to newcomers is to focus on sales. Once you close your first sale you can scale rapidly: you’ve set the first foot in the market.

People get the “selling” concept wrong. They think that selling is about telling but it is actually about asking. That is the only way to understand the person or audience you are trying to sell something to.  Go to a potential customer and ask them about their problems, ask them what they struggle with and then tell them about your service or product.  Ask first; tell second.

The entrepreneurial path is a tough one. We need to overcome many challenges, stress, dealing with potential failure, working extra hours, rejection, uncertainty, etc. And we are not well valued for all the risks we take. So what I would say is that follow your vocation, your ideas, get help, collaborate and keep going.

Entrepreneurs have to be flexible and adapt quickly to bad moments because things can go wrong when you are running a business, especially regarding things that you can’t control like a financial crisis, new government regulations, being unable to adapt to consumer’s behaviour, etc.

There is a good analogy I would like to share here. We need to see businesses for the seasons they go through. There is always a spring where you plant, then the harvest season when you grow and get profit from it and then there is autumn and winter. We are now in the winter season and if we have had a good prevision we can navigate this time.

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Alan Donegan Biography

Alan Donegan is an entrepreneur and education thought leader. Alan Donegan founded PopUp in 2012 with Simon Paine after they thought there must be a better way to start a business, without debt and without formal business plans. Alan decided he wanted to start PopUp to make sure that no one else went through the pain he went through starting up his business.

As Alan Donegan has repeatedly said: “Nothing is more rewarding than seeing other people flourish”. Alan’s past experience in business has given him the drive to enable anyone no matter their circumstances to live the life they want in personal and financial freedom.

Alan is a regular speaker for the “Financial Independence, Retire Early” (FIRE) movement, which has given him the freedom to enact lifelong ambitions of writing movie scripts and travelling the world with his wife Katie as part of nomadic lifestyle.

Alan has recently launched his own personal blog, where he speaks around the world about Financial Independence, grass roots entrepreneurship, the negative effect of start-up loans, etc. and now speaks around the world teaching the PopUp and FIRE methodologies and combines the two with “The Rebel Entrepreneur” Podcast which launches Season 2 in February 2021.

Alan’s main mission in life is to help people build their own businesses and make money doing what they love. He does this at PopUp Business School by raising the money to pay for his workshops and then giving them all away for free.   No-one has ever paid to go on a PopUp Business School course.

Alan also runs Financial Independent retreats around the world called Chautauquas

About PopUp Business School

PopUp Business School’s ethos is to help entrepreneurs start their own businesses without the burden of debts and without business plans. Founded in 2012 by Alan Donegan and Simon Paine, PopUp has gone on to help over 7000 entrepreneurs in 4 continents to do more of what they love.

Pop-Up Business School has run courses in Namibia, Colorado, New Zealand and hundreds of  events all across the UK. They are an alternative business start up services that deliver workshops with huge energy and care that helps people make progress in their lives.

PopUpBusiness offers the following:

· understand writing a business plan is not for everyone

· believe you don’t need money to make money

· excite and inspire people to want to start a business

· deliver the latest online business models where people can make money from home

· Fun and passion are at the core of everything we do

· complement traditional business by engaging people they would never reach

· build the businesses with people in the workshops so they believe they can do it

· create a community that support each other long after we leave

Alan Donegan Links and Sources

FI Chautauqua – FI Chautauqua

Rebel Entrepreneur Podcast | ChooseFI

Top 12 Bitcoin and Blockchain YouTube Podcasts

As blockchain and crypto go mainstream, here are the best blockchain and crypto youtube podcast channels on video and other media platforms.

Most major companies, financial institutions and even central banks are exploring how to adapt crypto and blockchain into their processes. It is a tour de force that can’t be ignored. In fact, its research and adaptation should become a priority because of its potentiality in terms of efficiency, cybersecurity and transparency. As Eric Shmidt, Google CEO, said: Bitcoin is a remarkable cryptographic achievement and the ability to create something that is not duplicable in the digital world has enormous value.”

And there has never been a better time to learn more about decentralized finance and blockchain than now. The total market capitalization for crypto assets has surpassed a trillion dollars in dollar-denominated value and bitcoin is hitting all-time highs. Fortunately, many experts, traders, and industry leaders have found podcasts to be the best way to share their knowledge and develop all the many opportunities that blockchain and digital currencies offer. Let’s take a look at the best blockchain and crypto YouTube podcast channels.

1. Crypt0sNews

Subscribers: 118k

Views: 12,788,959

One of the most prolific names in the ‘crypto-YouTube world’, Omar Bahm presents a smash-hit channel for consistently high-quality crypto content. With nearly 120K subscribers, Omar combines his 8 years vlogging experience with eloquent crypto analysis to create well-produced regular interviews, news, and Q&As. Omar’s interviews at crypto events bring a unique slant to this channel, as he gets the latest news in action from the heart of the crypto community.

Omar Bham has been using Bitcoin since 2012, and began mining Ethereum in February 2016. Having been through many experiences, Omar decided to start sharing video blogs on YouTube, to document the journey. Now, this channel is home to a variety of content, including daily livestreams that feature the latest cryptocurrency opinions, rumors, news, sentiments, interviews & more. Omar does the work of finding the most important topics of the day, reading many articles, so that viewers can still get the information they need, without having to do all of the leg-work themselves.

2.  The Moon

Subscribers: 172k

Views: 24,966,103 views

The Moon channel focuses on Bitcoin news and Bitcoin price. They focus on Bitcoin technical analysis suitable even for beginners. They also go through daily BTC news & crypto news, while also making some general cryptocurrency analysis. According to the founder: “I believe that fundamental analysis and technical analysis go hand in hand, so I incorporate both in my Bitcoin videos. Cryptocurrencies, but most importantly Bitcoin, is going to change the world, so buy Bitcoin, subscribe to this channel and be part of this amazing financial revolution!”

3. MMCrypto

Subscribers: 147k

Views: 14,539,807

MMCrypto is one of the leading fast growing trading crypto communities on Youtube. They offer insights and content to help viewers learn everything regarding Cryptocurrency, ICO Investing & Evaluation and Blockchain related topics.

4. Trader Cobb

Subscribers: 11.7k

Views: 1,277,892

Craig Cobb hosts The Trader Cobb Crypto Podcast unpacking his 15 years plus experience in traditional stock markets, FX, commodities and bonds (as well as over 6 years as a mentor to tens of thousands of traders), TraderCobb has worked with some of the biggest names in trading. Featured across network TV shows in Australia, presenting his knowledge to traders, TraderCobb and his team are dedicated to bringing a new standard of education to the cryptocurrency marketplace.

5. Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Podcast

Subscribers: 24k

Views: 3.9M

Focusing on interviewing top industry experts and thought leaders from different sectors, this podcast, led by citiesabc founder Dinis Guarda has also had the chance to talk with the most prominent experts in crypto and blockchain. In fact, Dinis Guarda – citiesabc is a fast growing Youtube Podcast Thought leadership channel focused on profiling global leading inspiring people, leaders, CEOs, authors, technologists, academics. We highlight the ideas, products, inventions, software, books & solutions to the multiple challenges / opportunities we face in our cities / nations with the advent of Society 5.0 digital transformation 4IR AI Blockchain Fintech IoT disruptive tech

Dinis Guarda is author of books such as 4IR: AI, Blockchain, Fintech Reinventing a Nation” “How Businesses and Governments can Prosper with Fintech, Blockchain and AI?”, “Blockchain AI Crypto Economics”. Dinis Guarda has been listed in global fintech, blockchain, AI, social media industry top influencer in position 5/10/20/100 rankings: Top People In Blockchain by cointelegraph 2019, The Artificial Intelligence Power 100.

6. Bad Crypto Podcast

Subscribers: 4.12k

Views: 148,737

The Bad Crypto Podcast is one of the top shows focused on blockchain and cryptocurrency. Broadcasting since 2017, Joel Comm and Travis Wright attempt to demystify the world of bitcoin, blockchain, alt-coins, NFTs, and ICOs in this podcast for cryptocurrency newbies and enthusiasts alike.

7. Ivan on Tech | All about Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

Subscribers: 300k

Views: 20M

Ivan is an international speaker, blockchain educator, software developer and data scientist. Ivan’s Youtube channel, Ivan on Tech, is a truly global phenomenon spreading knowledge about the blockchain technology to hundreds of thousands of viewers all over the world. He normally uploads 1 video / day and live since Jul 2013.

8. The Pomp Podcast

When we talk about Bitcoin and blockchain podcasts, one of the most loved/hated is The Pomp Podcast. With over 400,000 followers on Twitter, Anthony Pompliano is one of crypto’s big hitters—and with his show The Pomp Podcast (formerly known as Off the Chain), he’s used that influence to bag interviews with big names from the cryptocurrency space and beyond.

Pompliano’s approach is to focus on the impact of blockchain, crypto, and the decentralized web on the financial sector—from investing and fundraising to everyone’s favorite topic, regulations. Between the quality of the guests and the host’s background in crypto investing—he’s a co-founder and partner at Morgan Creek Digital—there are some great insights to be had. A worthwhile, perspective-widening listen for even the most avid Bitcoin enthusiast.

9. The Decrypt Daily

According to Najib Aminy and Stephen Graves, from Forbest: “The Decrypt Daily, is as fine a show as you could hope to listen to. Released, as the name would suggest, every weekday, it sees host Matthew Aaron (formerly of Crypto 101) pore over the day’s news, with insightful interviews featuring crypto luminaries.”

10. What Bitcoin Did

Rising to become one of the most popular crypto podcasts since its launch in 2017, What Bitcoin Did has taken host Peter McCormack to 30 countries as he tracks down and interviews leading figures in the crypto space (though since the coronavirus pandemic kicked in, he’s been confined to the less glamorous surroundings of Bedford).

11. Unchained and Unconfirmed

Laura Shin, host of Unchained, is an independent journalist and (gasp) a “nocoiner”. Unchained has been running since 2016, making it one of the more established podcasts in crypto, and it’s played host to many major names from the space. The likes of Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks and SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce have come on the show to share their thoughts on the regulatory environment, while investors such as Chamath Palihapitiya, Mike Novogratz and Raoul Pal discuss economic trends.

12. Bully Esquire

Launched in October 2020, Bully Esquire is a relative newcomer on the scene—but is already off to a strong start. While the format’s a familiar one—a long-form interview podcast, with most episodes clocking in at an hour—the hook here is its host’s background as a corporate attorney. Bringing his legal expertise to the table, he covers topics such as how lawyers are responding to the evolution of crypto regulations, and the impact of crypto privacy on government policy.

Will COVID-19 Vaccines Put A Stop To Remote Working?

  • Only 5% of HR professionals expect work to ever go back to the pre-pandemic normal
  • 58% of HR professionals expect a large and permanent increase in remote working
  • Demand is on the rise for connected, specialist HR software

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that it is possible for many people to work from home. Now, a survey of UK HR professionals by the HR software provider CIPHR, suggests that remote working is here to stay, regardless of any future vaccine.

According to the survey of UK-based HR leaders, only 5% said they expected to go back to old ways of working, while 58% of respondents expect a large and permanent increase in remote working.

A further 1 in 3 (36%) said they expect a small increase in remote working, while 1% said they don’t expect to ever go back to the office.

Claire Williams, director of people and services at CIPHR, says: “The shift to remote working was a shock to many organisations, especially if they were relying on manual processes to manage their workforce. In the second half of 2020, CIPHR has seen a surge of interest in the CIPHR Connect HCM platform as HR leaders outline their people management requirements to support remote work. With most HR professionals expecting the increase in remote working to remain post-pandemic, organisations need to be equipped with integrated systems and processes that enable them to attract, engage and manage their people outside of the office.”

Williams continues: “The majority of organisations have had to move quickly to more agile people management processes. HR teams have dealt with rapidly evolving legislative challenges, such as the furlough scheme, while keeping the rest of their people management processes fluid in the middle of a global pandemic. Going forward, efficient and flexible people management processes will be key to making the hybrid workplace a reality, and powerful, connected HR software will only continue to grow in importance.”