Business Unusual

The best disruptors are focused on customers, not products, they use technology rather than fear it, they create new opportunities often where regulations don't exist and they are backed by those with deep pockets and an appetite for risk. Colin Cullis presents stories of Business Unusual - those people and companies driving the next industrial revolution. The associated articles and videos are available here

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Learning is a lifelong requirement now

You may have completed primary, secondary and tertiary education, now start your continuing education. While all forms of education have long been available for those with the aptitude and access, the need for universal primary and secondary education has developed since the Industrial Revolution and there has been a much greater demand for tertiary education since the beginning of the information age starting in the 1950s...



How to find the size that fits you

Are you a small, medium or large? If the answer is “depends” you are not alone. Clothing sizes are not universal. Not only are there major differences around the world there are differences from one brand to the next. Why would the sizes differ so much? There are three M’s that should answer it. Measurements, Marketing and Money. Image: Pixabay


 2019-12-18  9m

Mechanical batteries could save Eskom

Hydro dams use high-pressure water under gravity to drive turbines connected to generators. They are effectively mechanical batteries in that we can use electrical energy to pump water into the dams when demand is low and then release it when demand peaks to provide the additional electricity when needed...


 2019-12-11  12m

Pandemic - of all potential threats, the smallest may prove the most lethal

The earliest living things are over three billion years old and they have proven to be both a help and a threat to us. Bacteria and viruses have always been a part of our evolution. Every so often one will come along that simply overwhelms us and rather than just making us sick will kill thousands if not millions. There are a variety of bacteria and viruses and multiple times when their variations have affected and killed many humans...


 2019-12-04  13m

Freedom of Speech is not the same as Freedom of Reach

The internet and the web promised to be humanity’s greatest project to share information and enable co-operation. It was created by the military and developed by the academic and scientific community. Since the web’s launch in 1991 over half the world has moved online and the other half are joining at an increasing pace. It took 23 years for 2,4 billion users to join and just five more to grow it to 4,3 billion...


 2019-11-27  13m

Kylie Jenner - the 22-year-old billionaire

Forbes has maintained a list of the worlds richest people for over 30 years. The richest comprise a little over 2 000 billionaires and in March this year, a then 21-year-old Kylie Jenner was added to the list becoming one of just eight that were under 30 and the youngest ever to amass a worth of over $1 billion. The calculation is based on publically available data but is not always easy to determine. Billionaires typically have ways to limit who knows how much money they actually have...


 2019-11-20  11m

TikTok - the best free interactive social video creator

Just because it is free does not mean there is no cost though TikTok is not even five years old and is part of a Chinese group called Bytedance that operates a short video app in China called Douyin for the Chinese market and TikTok for the rest of the world. It is based on another Chinese short video app that it acquired in 2017 called which had a sizable US user base...


 2019-11-13  13m

The World in 2056 based on Blade Runner

Considering that in 1982 the cutting edge technology was the Compact Disc (CD). Technology experts wondered if the new laser-powered mini disc could disrupt the cassette tape and vinyl LP. Computers were big and expensive. The internet existed, but the web was still a decade away. Mobile phones were so big they could only be used in cars and briefcases and they were expensive to use...


 2019-11-06  13m

Fundraising in the 21st Century

Until everyone in the world can live happily and sustainably, which is not any time soon, there will be a need for those that can help to assist those that need it. Philanthropy was coined over 400 years ago and for much of it, help came from the few that had the most to assist those that didn’t. It still does, but technology has made human-loving (the meaning of philanthropy) at lot easier and allows many more to help others...


 2019-10-30  11m

A Business Unusual recap for 2019

A look back to some of the developments from previous Business Unusual shows and which disruptors remain as winners and which have fallen by the way side. 


 2019-10-23  11m