How Green Power is Driving Rural Africa

From Bloomberg. A rural village in Kenya might not be the first place you’d expect to find electric motorcycles, internet service and thriving local businesses, but a solar-powered mini-grid is making it all possible. U.S.-based energy startup Powerhive is on a mission to supply clean power to rural communities around the world, bringing economic opportunity…

How Antifa Got Its Start Fighting U.K. Fascists

From Bloomberg. As white supremacist and other extreme right wing groups continue to grow, so too has an aggressive effort to defeat them. In the U.S., racist and sometimes violent supporters of President Donald Trump are often met, and overwhelmed, by groups of anti-fascists, some of whom refer to themselves as Antifa. Occasionally engaging in…

How to Save a City Running Out of Water

From Bloomberg. Mexico City was built on an ancient lake and gets more rain than London, but it’s still running out of water. For millions of its poorest residents, getting enough is a daily challenge. To solve this critical problem, Social enterprise project Isla Urbana is capitalizing on the city’s abundant rainfall with home-harvesting systems…

Foundering: The WeWork Story LIVE Podcast

From Bloomberg. Ellen Huet and Shawn Wen spent months diving into the meteoric rise — and fall — of WeWork and its founder Adam Neumann. Join the hosts of Foundering and some very special guests to hear more about the podcast from Bloomberg and get a sneak peek of the final episode. Listen to the…

How a Racist Killing Changed U.K. Law

From Bloomberg. It’s been dubbed “the murder that changed a nation”. In 1993, Stephen Lawrence, a Black British teenager, became the victim of an unprovoked racist attack. The subsequent legal battle, which spanned more than 20 years, uncovered a legacy of institutional racism within the Metropolitan Police, leaving a lasting mark on the British conscience.…

The Ex-Tesla Executive Electrifying Mass Transit

From Bloomberg. When it comes to sustainability, reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a top line item. But while the general public focuses on electric cars like Tesla’s Model 3, clean energy startup Proterra is leading the charge to electrify buses and large vehicles across America. #BloombergGreen #MassTransit #ElectricVehicles ——– Like this video? Subscribe to Bloomberg…

Can Skyscrapers Predict Economic Turmoil?

From Bloomberg. As the global economy sputters in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, some economists are looking to city skylines for clues to the future. But skeptics argue that the so-called skyscraper curse, which holds that big buildings spell big financial trouble, is at best fanciful. Video by Raymond Schillinger Sources: Thornton, Mark, Skyscrapers…

The Troubled Saga of Masa Son’s $100 Billion Fund

From Bloomberg. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son’s Vision Fund has been impossible to ignore since its inception, pumping billions upon billions of dollars into tech companies like WeWork and Uber. Now, a string of high-profile losses and the coronavirus pandemic have put the fund deeply in the red. Bloomberg journalists Pavel Alpeyev, Sarah McBride and Tim…

How Fracking Became America’s Money Pit

From Bloomberg. For most any nation, let alone a superpower, energy independence is considered the geopolitical holy grail. So when fracking lured in American investors, everyone had high hopes the country would finally break free of OPEC. But oil is a complex game, and 2020 saw sharp declines in demand caused by the cartel’s maneuvering,…

How to Build a City Around Bikes, Fast

From Bloomberg. Around the world cycling lanes are popping up and bike shops are selling out. As the coronavirus pandemic means people need to avoid subways and buses the bicycle is having a renaissance. And it could have much bigger repercussions for the health of our cities long into the future. #Biking #BloombergCityLab #Cities ——–…

The SpaceX Competitor is Printing Its Rockets

From Bloomberg. California-based startup Relativity Space is manufacturing rockets using giant Westworld-esque 3D printers, a process they say could drastically shorten the rocket-making process from years to weeks. Tim Ellis, the company’s 30-year-old CEO, explains how the high degree of automation in Relativity’s factory has enabled them to build rockets remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic.…

The Uplifting Changes Coming to Elevators

From Bloomberg. As offices and businesses around the world slowly begin to reopen, the spotlight turns to one of the most traditionally uninteresting forms of transportation: the elevator. Modern cities are intrinsically reliant on these vertical transports which, in light of the global pandemic, can carry new risk factors. Read more about the changes coming…

Brazil’s Landslide Leader Is On a Wild Ride

From Bloomberg. Even with a political career full of controversy and condemnation, Jair Bolsonaro built a new coalition of voters and won the Brazilian presidential election in a landslide. Now, he’ll need every bit of fervent support he’s gained as a cascade of political crises and one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks threaten to…

Why Car-Free Streets May Be Here to Stay

From Bloomberg. While increasing automobile traffic has been a growing problem in major U.S. cities, the threat of Covid-19 has revealed what life could look like without car-clogged streets. This dramatic change triggered by pandemic shutdowns may lead to significant and permanent modifications to how we live, work and get around. #CityLab #Cities #Pandemic ——–…

Inside Carlos Ghosn’s Unbelievable, Daring Escape

From Bloomberg. Just before New Year’s Eve 2019, Carlos Ghosn, the ousted leader of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA, completed a daring escape from Tokyo, where he was facing criminal charges that could have put him in prison for more than a decade. Bloomberg Businessweek Reporter, Matthew Campbell, uncovered details surrounding the escape and…

This City Reformed Its Police By Starting Over

From Bloomberg. Some protests of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd in recent weeks have turned into violent clashes with law enforcement. The city of Camden, New Jersey, has provided a stark counterexample, with police marching peacefully alongside demonstrators. It’s a reflection of years of reforms that some, including former President Barack Obama, have…

This 20-Something CEO Is Testing California

From Bloomberg. In the early days of the pandemic, biotech startup Curative pivoted its entire business toward Covid-19. Almost overnight, it became a testing powerhouse in California and is now doing work across America. Fred Turner, Curative’s 25-year-old CEO, explains how he went from college dropout to testing hero. Hello World invites the viewer to…

The End of Meat May Be Impossible

From Bloomberg. Impossible Foods’ founder and CEO Pat Brown wants to replace all meat with plant-based alternatives. His company has helped usher in a new era of meatless burgers, products intended to taste like the real thing. As Impossible expands, Brown also hopes to curtail the environmental damage wrought by animal-based meat production. With the…

Why Your Brain Can’t Fight Distraction

From Bloomberg. Research shows that our brains are designed to be distracted. Scientists from Princeton University and the University of California found that our brain refocuses our attention four times every second. So as you read this sentence your brain is periodically scanning your surroundings to see if there is a more important location to…

The Vanishing Water of the Murray-Darling Basin

From Bloomberg. Australia is on the front lines of the climate crisis. In the Murray-Darling basin, a source of fresh water and food for millions of people, widespread droughts have turned rivers and lakes into dry troughs. Bloomberg’s Matthew Campbell traveled through some of the hardest-hit areas of the Murray-Darling to investigate how Australian businesses…

SpaceX Astronaut Launch: Cape Canaveral, Florida | May 30th, 2020

From Bloomberg. What You Need to Know About Today’s Launch: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/storythreads/2020-05-22/spacex-s-first-crewed-flight?sref=SCKvL4TY Watch live as Elon Musk’s SpaceX, in partnership with NASA, attempts again to launch two astronauts into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida. #Space #Live #Future ——– Like this video? Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Bloomberg?sub_confirmation=1 Bloomberg is the First Word in business news, delivering…

How Bill Gates Wants to Save the World

From Bloomberg. Bill Gates is the second richest man in the world, and he’s giving it all away. In his first act he revolutionized computer software, and his second act is even more ambitious. Quicktake by Bloomberg takes a closer look at this ‘Great American Polymath’. #BillGates #BloombergProfiles ——– Like this video? Subscribe to Bloomberg…