Infinite leaders

Connecting digital technologies with
Environmental Sustainability

A Boundless Production in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). ‘Infinite Leaders’ is a podcast mini-series that explores how digital transformation, data and artificial intelligence can promote, provide engagement and deliver environmental sustainability.

Series Details

The Infinite Leaders – Digitalizing Environment Sustainability series puts host Richard Foster-Fletcher into conversation with some of greatest global thinkers and action takers working to make our world more sustainable, more equitable and more connected. It revolves around one big idea – we need leaders with an infinite mindset to harness digital technologies that will drive forward environmental sustainability and create lasting positive change. 

WHO?

The series featured 18 leaders working with Digital Transformation, Data and AI technologies to support environmental sustainability

WHY

We need leaders with an infinite mindset to harness digital technologies that will drive forward environmental sustainability and create lasting positive change

WHEN

The series ran from October 2020 to February 2021

FEATURED GUESTS

EP1: David Jensen, Digital Transformation Task Force, UNEP  – Listen now

EP2: Professor Dirk Messner, President of the German Environment Agency – Listen now

EP4: Kristin Gutekunst, CEO at Overview Collective – Listen now

EP5: Steven Ramage, Head of External Relations at Group on Earth Observations (GEO) – Listen now

EP7: Gavin Starks, Founder at IcebreakerOne.org – Listen now

EP8: Andrew Zolli, VP Global Impact Initiatives at Planet – Listen now

EP10: Janet Salem, Economic Affairs Officer, Circular Economy at United Nations – Listen now

EP11: Imtiaz Adam, Founder at Deep Learn Strategies – Listen now

EP13: Michal Nachmany, Climate Policy and Data Expert – Listen now

EP14: Youssef Nassef, Climate Adaptation Director – UNFCCC – Listen now

EP16: Jessie Oliver, Australian Citizen Science Association – Listen now

EP17: Rose Mwebaza, Director at UN Climate Technology Centre and Network – Listen now

EP19: Alex Dehgan, CEO, Conservation X Labs – Listen now

EP20: Marianne Haahr, Director Green Digital Finance Alliance – Listen now

EP22: Ferdinando Villa, Basque Centre for Climate Change – Listen now

EP23: Bistra Dilkina, Co-Director of the Center on AI in Society at University of Southern California – Listen now

EP25: Nick Wise, CEO at OceanMind – Listen now

EP26: Amir Banifatemi, Chief Innovation Officer at XPRIZE – Listen now

EP28: David Jensen, Digital Transformation Task Force, UNEP  – Listen now

EPISODES

Series RATIONALE

The race to protect the earth gets more critical every year. The world is set to see its warmest five years on record – in a trend which is likely to continue – and is not on track to meet agreed targets to keep global temperature increase well below 2 °C or at 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

Atmospheric CO2 concentrations showed no signs of peaking and have continued to increase to new records. The Emissions Gap Report 2019 showed that the cuts in global emissions required per year from 2020 to 2030 are close to 3% for a 2 °C target and more than 7% per year on average for the 1.5 °C goal of the Paris Agreement. The Emissions Gap in 2030 is estimated at 12-15 Gigatonnes (Gt) CO2e to limit global warming to below 2 °C. For the 1.5 ° C goal, the gap is estimated at 29-32 Gt CO2e, roughly equivalent to the combined emissions of the six largest emitters.

Organizations and governments are waking up, taking action, but the pace is just not matching up. We need to piggyback on exponential technologies if we are to ride out this wave successfully.

 

In this seires, we want to discover the massive opportunities on the horizon to shape markets and consumer behaviours with environmental data and digital technologies. And we discuss some of the darker forces at play – including the attention economy, hyper-consumption, and the environmental and carbon footprint of digital technologies themselves.

Join the conversation and help us shape the course of human civilization by using digital technologies for our common planet.

This series is being produced in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme. The content will help inform UNEP’s own digital transformation journey as well as kickstart a global conversation on key priorities and solutions. The Infinite Leaders would not have been possible without the generous gift of time from the guests, the leadership of David Jensen and the support of the weekly co-host Jon Thor Sigurleifsson.

 

“The leaders who embrace an infinite mindset build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Their people trust each other and their leaders. They have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world.”

Boundless is hosted by
Richard Foster-Fletcher

Richard is the Managing Director of NeuralPath.io, an Artificial Intelligence Advisory and Strategy Practice. He is also a keynote speaker about how Human-Centric technologies can promote sustainable innovation, better business and higher levels of wellbeing in business and societies.

Formally an Executive with Oracle Corporation, Richard is a graduate of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Strategy Course with the Sloan School of Management and a contributing author to the book AI: The Future of Finance published by Wiley. Richard also founded the MKAI community.