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.

The series launched on 26th October 2020, and features an incredible selection of digital leaders and environmental visionaries, including:

  • David Jensen, Digital Transformation Task Force, UNEP  – Listen now
  • Professor Dirk Messner, President of the German Environment Agency – Listen now
  • Kristin Gutekunst, CEO at Overview Collective – Listen now
  • Steven Ramage, Head of External Relations at Group on Earth Observations (GEO) – Listen now
  • Gavin Starks, Founder at IcebreakerOne.orgListen now
  • Andrew Zolli, VP Global Impact Initiatives at Planet – Listen now
  • Janet Salem, Economic Affairs Officer, Circular Economy at United Nations – Listen now
  • Imtiaz Adam, Founder at Deep Learn Strategies – Listen now
  • Michal Nachmany, Climate Policy and Data Expert – Listen now
  • Youssef Nassef, Climate Adaptation Director – UNFCCC – Listen now
  • Jessie Oliver, Australian Citizen Science Association – Listen now
  • Rose Mwebaza, Director at UN Climate Technology Centre and Network – Listen now
  • Trista Patterson, Senior Advisor to the Managing Director at UNEP partner GRID-Arendal
  • Marianne Haahr, Director Green Digital Finance Alliance
  • Alex Dehgan, CEO, Conservation X Labs
  • Ferdinando Villa, Basque Centre for Climate Change
  • Nick Wise, CEO at OceanMind
  • Bistra Dilkina, Co-Director of the Center on AI in Society at University of Southern California

The rationale for this series:

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.

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. 

We explore 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, while their competitors fall by the wayside.” Simon Sinek