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The money to be made from being mindful20 January 2021 | 11 Minute Listen
Meditation is a 2500 year old practice that has real benefits for managing stress during a pandemic. The companies that are creating products to make it easier are likely to thrive even during this time of adversity. Image credit: David Brooke Martin - Unspalsh
What 2021 may hold, a look at the trends that will same the new normal09 December 2020 | 13 Minute Listen
A look at some of the shift predicted by TrendWatching that may take hold as a result of the impact of Covid-19 and the growing impact of climate change. Image credit: "Day 234 let me look into my crystal ball" by terri_bateman is marked with CC0 1.0 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Businesses that boomed in 202002 December 2020 | 15 Minute Listen
One of the worst years this century did not stop some industries from their best year yet. 2020 was supposed to be the year that offered the best view of the future, a 2020 view. Turns out it was not such a good view. Despite it being one of the worst years of the century some businesses will end the year with it being one of their best. Like most disruption, it never affects everyone the same way, changes harm some and benefits others. The global changes that will flow from the pandemic will see some industries struggle to recover while others will never look back, this is a short list of some that were the ones that beat the pandemic by being ready to grow when the market changed. image credit: fotoquique/123rf.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The cows are coming to save us25 November 2020 | 14 Minute Listen
The headline relates to vaccine origins, this is about how close we are to a Covid-19 vaccine. The word vaccine comes from the Latin word for cow. Edward Jenner created the first vaccine using the less harmful pox virus that infected cows to infect humans and so allow them to become immune to an infection from the more serious and often deadly human version of smallpox. He did this in a way that would horrify us today. By first infecting a young boy with cowpox he waited for him to develop the infection and then once recovered infected him with smallpox. Thankfully the boy resisted the infection. He did it to 22 more people before publishing the results of his vaccinations. That was in 1798, it would take until 1977 and a significant global effort before the World Health Organisation (WHO) could declare in 1980 that smallpox had been eradicated. Read the article image credit: Kateryna Kon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ant Group, the largest bank that is not a bank04 November 2020 | 12 Minute Listen
In what was expected to be a $30 billion plus IPO, The listing was postponed following a meeting with the company and Chinese authorities. This is the brief history of how we got here and what the future may hold for the payment giant. image credit: Ant Group See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The two men that have correctly predicted most US elections28 October 2020 | 12 Minute Listen
Will Donald Trump win again, the two men that correctly predicted it in 2016 weigh in on 2020 Allan Lichtman and Helmut Norpoth have devised two very different models that have been very accurate so far. This year though their models do not predict the same outcome. One of their models will prove to be the one to predict even the most unpredictable election, a race between two of the oldest candidates in a country ravaged by a pandemic and from parties that are now polar opposites. Being able to predict something as complex as this will see many wanting to try apply the principles to make better political, business, investment and even personal choices about many other complex subjects. Here is what their models predict and how they get there. Image credit: 123rf.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.