Infrastructure Investment & Finance

A step change in green infrastructure investment

On July 28, 2012, in Project & Infrastructure Finance, by Joe Nyangon

With cities facing unprecedented population growth as more people flock into urban centers in search of better opportunities and America managing only a sluggish recovery, how can we improve existing infrastructure to provide clean drinking water, create livable neighborhoods and help safeguard people’s health and the environment? Faced with the spectre of budget cuts and […]

Simple ideas that lead to great discoveries

On March 18, 2012, in Risk Management, Sustainable Finance, by Joe Nyangon

Adam Savage, speaks at a TED-ED event on fascinating examples of profound scientific discoveries that essentially came from simple yet creative methods. Adam has co-hosted MythBusters, a Discovery Channel show. Adam’s talk reminded me of Steven Johnson’s book, ‘Where Good Ideas Come From‘. What is apparent is that ideas come from everywhere; no group of people or […]

Envisioning carbon markets in a doughnut space

On March 16, 2012, in Risk Management, by Joe Nyangon

In a recent Discussion Paper titled “A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: can we live within the doughnut?,” Oxfams’s Kate Raworth writes, “International carbon-offsetting schemes have been set up to enable high-emissions companies and individuals to buy carbon credits by financing investments, often in developing countries, which reduce net CO2 emissions.” Raworth has developed […]

Drivers of clean energy finance


In the recent past, a booming market, driven by technological change, has spearheaded economic growth. The world’s venture capitalists made huge profits from the computing boom of the 1980s, the internet boom of the 1990s and now think the next boom will happen on the back of energy: renewable energy. These past booms, however, were […]

Adventures in the margin of error?

On May 15, 2011, in Sustainable Finance, by Joe Nyangon

Kathryn Schulz, author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, speaks to TED, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “Ideas worth spreading,” on why being wrong is good.  Schulz is a journalist, author, and public speaker, writes The Wrong Stuff, and her work has appeared in several publications