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The great food disruption

Dr Rosie Bosworth, who wrote a series for Idealog last year on the future of food, recently attended the world’s largest natural food and products tradeshow in California. What she found was a mixed bag: ‘Natural’ companies peddling healthy snake oil products, as well as promising plant-based protein start-ups that gave her hope for the future. Here, she reports back on the highs and lows of the show.

Climate Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Throughout history, blockades have been overcome by new ways of thinking and experimentation – try, try and try again, as the saying goes. This faith in the human ability to find solutions has led to everything from penicillin to electricity to flying machines. So, in a regular section in print called Can We Fix It? and in a series of online pop-up sections throughout the year – Idealog and Kiwibank will explore some of the world’s biggest – and, in some cases, most intractable – problems and then showcase some of the clever people trying to tackle them. First up, the existential threat that is Climate Change. 


The great food disruption

Milk without the cow, meatless burgers that bleed, chicken and shrimp made from plant matter, and now foie gras without a force-fed goose in sight. A new food revolution enabled by science and biotech is brewing and, if it succeeds, animals will have little to do with the future of food. For some, that future looks rosy, but, as Dr. Rosie Bosworth writes, the implications for New Zealand’s agricultural sector could be less than palatable.

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The future of finance

Seven ventures, three months and a whole lot of great ideas that have the potential to change the financial sector. We look at how FinTech is a good thing for the consumer and the New Zealand economy.

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Enhancing experiences

In this series from our fellow publication The Register, Courtney Devereux assesses the growing relationship between retailers and hospitality offerings.

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Idealog #65: The Technology Issue

Reality Check: The tech sector is booming in New Zealand and new technologies continue to amaze us, entertain us and improve us. But as we step into the unknown, are we in danger of losing our humanity?

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Can We Fix it? Brought to you by Kiwibank

In a regular section in print and in a series of online pop-up sections throughout the year, Idealog and Kiwibank explore some of the world’s biggest – and, in some cases, most intractable – problems and then showcase some of the clever people trying to tackle them.

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Reality Check

While there have been numerous positives to be born from the creation of the internet, it's also had dangerous effects on the human population. From the influence of algorithms run by companies that hold enormous power, to the increasing threat of cybercrime, to the mental health of tech entrepreneurs, to signs of digital addiction among the general populace, to the lack of diversity in tech – technology's not all just beer and skittles. We give the digital revolution a reality check.

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The upstart nation

From drone technology to electric farm bikes and computer graphics, from space-age umbrellas to fitness trackers and the world's leading DJ software, New Zealand developers, entrepreneurs and companies are winning in areas where no one thought we could even compete. In this extract from No. 8 Recharged, the follow-up to the successful No. 8 Rewired, David Downs & Dr. Michelle Dickinson show how the creative thinking that New Zealand has become renowned for is being expanded and improved.

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The future is clear

The best sci-fi stories tend to focus on the battle between humanity and technology and the scenes they create in our imaginations are often close enough to the present to make you feel slightly uncomfortable about what the future might hold. For our Technology Issue, we asked some talented friends of the Idealog family to examine the role technology might play in our lives. We hope their stories get you thinking.

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Year in Review 2017, brought to you by Tech Futures Lab

Idealog chats with the movers, shakers, visionaries and future captains of industry about the year that was and the years that could be.

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Reality Check: Q&As

As part of Idealog's Technology Month, we've picked the brains of some of the movers and shakers in the industry to find out their favourite tech-related things and what other companies and individuals inspire their work. But for every action, there also is an equal and opposite reaction, so we've also quizzed them on their biggest fears surrounding tech.

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The Idea Log

Million dollar ideas and inspiring inspiration from Idealog's sassy spirit 'animal'.

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Idealog's Guide to Tauranga

When Captain James Cook first laid eyes on the shores of Tauranga in the 1700s, he aptly named the town the ‘Bay of Plenty’ in reference to the many villages and bountiful produce he could see from on board the Endeavour. And there's still plenty on offer. In this series, Idealog showcases some of the forward-thinking people and businesses that are playing a part in helping craft the city’s future.

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The art of projection

No longer is the modern canvas confined to being flat. Fostered by the advent of powerful projectors and more advanced methods of mapping, large-scale walls, sharp edged buildings and peculiarly-shaped objects have all become receptacles for today’s ambitious creatives. As photographers, designers and directors increasingly dabble in the world of video projection, Jihee Junn talks to three different artists to discover their take on the intersection between technology and visual art.

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A Day in the Life

How do you perfect the work/life balance? In an ongoing series, high-performing New Zealand entrepreneurs share how they handle the madness of business.

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One dystopian invention – a radio that can eavesdrop on anyone, anywhere, anytime – and four strange tales.

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25 things with Craig Walker

Xero's longtime CTO Craig Walker knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things.

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25 things with Vaughan Rowsell

Vend's Vaughan Rowsell knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things.

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There's no question design is having a moment. Fortune 500 companies are hiring chief design officers and investing in design and innovation centres, and even traditional corporates are getting in on the action. At the forefront of this is Silicon Valley based Airbnb, the online marketplace for people to lease short-term accommodation. Founded by designers Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky and co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk in 2008, the company is now a behemoth, valued at US$31 billion and located in 190 countries. On a recent trip to Auckland, Airbnb's Jenny Arden (an IDEO, Google and YouTube alumni) chats with us all things design.

Idealog + Insight Creative

Getting staff aligned and focused on the collective vision and purpose requires a very special sort of internal marketing and communication strategy. It takes enormous leadership authenticity and commitment to be successful.

Innovation Heroes

As part of the New Zealand Innovation Council’s new video series, Innovation Heroes - Show and Tell, which focuses on eight specific elements required to achieve successful business growth, some of Aotearoa’s best-known innovators share their stories of innovation and inspiration. This time we hear from Flick Electric Co.’s Steve O’Connor, NZ Innovation Council’s Louise Webster, and Pushpay’s Sarah Elder.

A day in the life

The portfolio life doesn’t choose you. You choose the portfolio life. And that’s what serial entrepreneur, angel investor and general over-achiever Josh Comrie has done. This is how he balances everything.