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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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


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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...


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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


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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: 123rf.com


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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...


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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 credit:123rf.com


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 2020-06-03  13m
 
 

The Artemis program to put a woman on the Moon


One of six women chosen earlier this year may be the first to walk on the moon. America is planning to return to the Moon, it did not intend to stop after the original seven but global conditions made it hard for the US to continue to pay for the missions that in one respect were meant to beat the Russians to the Moon because they beat the Americans into space...


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 2020-05-27  9m
 
 
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 2020-05-20  12m
 
 

How to know which numbers to track for Covid-19


Is understanding the numbers in a pandemic a puzzle or a mystery? Knowing if something should be treated like a puzzle or a mystery was the subject of a previous edition of Business Unusual and used the example of the US CIA in working with the intelligence they collect.   In a puzzle scenario, you need all the pieces of information to make a picture and typically some are missing. Finding the missing info allows you to solve the problem...


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 2020-05-13  12m
 
 

How disruptors deal with disruption


Can Uber and Airbnb survive being disrupted themselves? Two companies that defined the creation of the sharing/trust/gig economy are Uber and Airbnb. Both were founded during the peak of innovation for this century in 2008/9. Both grew out of real frustration to try rent something, for Uber founders it was a limousine, for Airbnb it was was a place to stay during a popular conference...


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 2020-05-06  14m