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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It has not been a good year for rubber

We made a mistake with rubber that may prove difficult to erase. We make too much of it in the wrong place and don’t appreciate just how big a problem it will be if the industry collapses. Guest: Colin Cullis/ Correspondent at money show  Image credit: Greg Hume - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0



A warning for the future, we do not think enough about our actions

Despite being one of the few animals that think about the future, we don’t think far enough It seems unlikely that the world will ever forget the disruption of Covid-19, yet most did not think we would see something like this in 2020. Odds are you had not even heard of the Spanish flu of 1918 even though now you know lots about it...



How social media became a dumpster fire and what to do about it

The internet was funded by the US military and developed by the academic community to provide a place to openly and easily share information. It was supposed to be a place to test ideas, to contest theories and to challenge views. Now that you can, it does not work quite as intended. Image credit: Bill Ward - Flickr  



Business Unusual - The Twitter Hack

Guest: Colin Cullis/ Business Unusual coreespondent on the money show   



When business, technology and politics collide

A business and its staff might have an ambition to take over the world and most would think that it was a fair ambition. For a country or political party to adopt a similar ambition, it is a very different story. What should companies and the people that work in them do when faced with political changes that don’t align with their values? The short answer for most of history has probably been - too little too late. Image credit: Hong Kong


 2020-07-08  12m

Drug profits - a neccessary evil or something that needs to change

Using profit to solve health issues does not work in a pandemic, perhaps at all. This is a really complex issue. How should we fund the research for more effective drugs to treat conditions that may affect millions, knowing that many will not work and then determine how to price those that do work to cover the costs not just of the drug that did work, but the research for those that did not...


 2020-07-01  11m

Social Media - mass mobilisation and the modern mob

A powerful tool that everyone can access that has the ability to change the world or make it worse. Business Unusual looks at how social media has created significant movements but also spread conspiracies. Image credit: Pexels


 2020-06-24  11m

How the dead can solve South Africa's inequality

To quote one of the richest men in the world about inheritance, Warren Buffet thinks passing on a fortune is not the right way to go.  His advice is “You should leave your children enough so they can do anything, but not enough so they can do nothing.” In South Africa the challenge to addressing inequality is not a lack of willingness to address the issue, but rather an inability to overcome the gap if the status quo is not challenged. Image credit:


 2020-06-17  10m

Something found in a dump may save the oceans

By 2050 there might be more plastic than fish in the sea Humanity’s progress is marked by chance findings and lucky discoveries and this one might be one of the best. In the 1950s the discovery of plastics seemed to be the solution to all our packaging and storage needs. Glass was great but heavy, expensive and fragile...


 2020-06-10  6m

Banking the unbanked

In 2004, 54% of South Africans had no bank account, that thankfully changed significantly with the introduction of the national payment system which used a bank card which was loaded with the grant and could be used to make payments or used to withdraw cash when needed at pay points like supermarkets. That saw the percentage unbanked fall to 33% in 2012 and could be used by 75% of the recipients. image


 2020-06-03  13m