Urban Planning for Tomorrow: The Future of Food Waste, Building, & Flight

Our populations are exploding. Our needs are expanding. Development of new products and services advances at a rapid clip by the day. Now, we need our urban planning and sector innovation to keep up. How do we move the world forward by reducing waste and emissions in our food supply, construction projects, and even our flights around the globe? We at Collective hosted a series of Beyond Busi…

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Sustainable Product Design – Nudging for Change

What is the best design? How do you create the perfect product? How do you engage your audience and generate user uptake? These are questions that all entrepreneurs, companies, and organizations ask themselves when conceptualizing new products or services. It is the ability to tap into the fundamental motivation of consumers that dictates whether or not a product “works”, and for some it remain…

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Sanitation: Hack the Challenge with Kohler!

According to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), providing widespread sanitation is one of the world’s most urgent challenges. Although sanitation is considered a basic human right, 2.5 billion people, almost 1/3 of the world’s population, lacks access to clean and functioning toilets. This challenge poses significant risks to public health; spreading disease through untreated human waste,…

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Event Insight: The Future of Work

Globally the future of work is changing. Millennial workers are entering the office, with widely differing expectations than the previous generations, more automated systems are cannibalizing jobs, and the shear nature of work spaces are changing with the proliferation of co-working and a far greater focus on collaboration. At Collective, our most recent Beyond Business As Usual Forum focus…

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BeyondBAU July Forum on “The Future of Work”

Be it through the movement from a manufacturing-based economy to one based on services, the movement of millions of people into the city, or through the increased presence of technology, the very nature and future of work is changing. For firms, this will require a change not only in how they attract and retain labor, but in how offices are designed and built for a more flexible labor force. Fo…

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Event Insights: BeyondBAU July Luncheon on “The Future of Labor”

With China’s desire to shift from “made in China” to “created in China”, the movement away from labor-intensive industries towards new, innovative, and highly efficient manufacturing has begun. Additionally, the existing Chinese workforce is more expectant and empowered than ever, demanding increasingly higher wages – wages that are some of the highest in the Asian region. As many consider the…

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ASEAN in Transformation: How Technology is Changing Jobs

Last week, the ILO released an ASEAN-wide report into the future of labor. At Collective Responsibility, we are proud to have been a significant contributor to the report series, specifically the focused research on the textile and electronics sectors in China and ASEAN. The future of labor is assessed throughout the report series, with major focus placed on the impact of automation on the…

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Upcoming “Beyond Business As Usual” July Luncheon: The Future of Labor

With China’s desire to shift from “made in China” to “created in China”, the movement away from labor-intensive industries towards new, innovative and highly efficient manufacturing has begun. Coupled with this, the existent workforce are more expectant and empowered than ever, demanding increasingly higher wages - wages that are some of the highest in the Asian region. With some considering…

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Students Hack Allergies in China with Bayer

Allergies: The Problem Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide, with prevalence of the whole population by country ranging from 10-40%. A number of triggers, such as food, dust and pollen, are responsible for allergic reactions, activating symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, or on the skin. Even beyond physical effects ranging from mere irritation to anaphylactic reactio…

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Allergies in China: Bayer Workshop Unites Industry Leaders

Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide. A number of triggers such as food, dust and pollen are responsible for allergic reactions and activate symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, or on the skin. Changing lifestyles, severe air pollution, a lack of access to credible diagnosis information, and a lack of awareness about preventative treatment result in the continuously gro…

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Event Insight: How to Drive Sustainability via One-off Events?

While a one-off event like Earth Day and annual company days of service offer great opportunities to engage employees, and show externally how passionate they are about their community and the environment, many firms fail to leverage the full potential. When executed in this way, firms see momentum and excitement quickly disappear, and the only tangible output is a team selfie and a short paragrap…

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Event Insights: Scaling Sustainability Through Tech

Attempting to provide solutions to China's sustainability challenges can often require a unique approach; particularly when a series of environmental, social and economic systems are involved. Yet increasingly, innovators are building technologies which present creative and tangible solutions to issues like air quality and pollution, food safety and equitable economic opportunities. As the size an…

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Sustainable Tech: Healthcare

Tech is becoming a part of all aspects of life and sustainability is no exception to this. In this piece, in the run-up to our Beyond Business As Usual Forum, we present the future of healthcare and how there is a growing opportunity for tech to be leveraged to provide for a growing, more expectant urban population. While China has made great strides to improve the quality of life for its 1.5 b…

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The Growing Opportunity for Sustainable Tech

With the size of environmental, social, and economic challenges growing at a scale, and scope that can outstrip the limits set by governments, Mother Nature, and society, the role of technology is going to play an increasingly more important function. It will become the medium by which we measure system performance, analyze resource levels, identify efficiencies, curb consumption, and influence st…

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Scaling Sustainability Through Tech

While the world debates what the impact of a 4 (perhaps 6) degree change to the climate will mean, who is ultimately responsible for acting, and what the price of carbon will be, an opportunity for firms and entrepreneurs alike exists to break away from the conversation and understand the role of technology as a medium for bring the scalability of solutions needed to address the growing challenges…

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