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Taking Ownership of a Sustainable Future: How Studying Sustainability Informed My Career Path

Meet Rachel

“To me, sustainability means thinking about the long-term consequences of all that we do, on people and the planet. It’s easy to think that sustainability is a young people’s mission. I don’t think that’s the case. I have a part to play both domestically and professionally in making the transition to a low carbon economy.”
– Rachel Delhaise, Head of Sustainability, Convex Insurance

Climate change is now a firm fixture on board agendas. As businesses start recognizing the need to respond to global pressures such as resource scarcity and social inequalities, the responsibility of ‘sustainability’ is no longer confined to NGOs and activists. It’s integral to ensuring that businesses can continue to operate on a planet with finite resources.

But addressing climate change takes corporate leadership and direction.

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Meeting the Skills Gap: The Career-Boosting Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Growing up, Vuyile Mbatha had an inquisitive mind. The only sport she had an affinity for was chess. “I figured I’m more of a thinking person; let’s get into books, let’s understand things, let’s strategize,” she admits. As the corporate head of leadership and learning for a financial service firm, her natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge has propelled her career and expertise forward. Having completed not one, but 15 courses through GetSmarter – from the LSE Negotiation Programme, to High Impact Leadership from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), to MIT Sloan’s Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy – her learning journey has followed an exemplary trajectory.

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Applications of Creative Thinking in Marketing

How many brands do you think you interact with on a daily basis? From the time you wake to the time you sleep, it’s estimated that nearly half an adult’s day is consumed by content and branding¹ – up to 4,000 to 10,000 ads each day.² As of May 2019, the total worldwide population is 7.7 billion, and of that number 4.4 billion people have internet access, 3.5 billion of whom have active social media profiles.³

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Join the Club

Housed in a heritage building dating back to the 1900s, Athletic Club & Social opened its doors late last year to instant Instagram acclaim. It is so wonderfully photogenic. Occupying a beautifully renovated three-storey building in central Cape Town, this ‘non-members member’s club’ (everyone is welcome) invites visitors to explore its bar and restaurant, which are situated across a unique maze of impeccably furnished rooms where every detail has been carefully considered. Read More

Studio Joanna Laajisto

My home needs work. I’ve been living in it for six years and it needs work. Houses and apartments take maintenance and at the moment I’m embarrassed by how run-down and sad it is. In light of this, I’ve imagined a lump-sum lotto win and an opportunity to renovate the parts of my home that yearn for a spruce up – i.e everything.

Inspired by this ‘ultimate renovation’, I’ve naturally turned to the Scands. Studio Joanna Laajisto, headed up by the eponymous lass herself, is a Helsinki-based boutique design agency with a focus on functionality, quality and infinitely beautiful aesthetic. Founded in 2010, and scoping commercial, retail, hospitality and office design, each project is a masterpiece.

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Urban Feminine Style with Self-Portrait

I think I may be getting into fashion. I don’t know what it means to be ‘in’ or ‘out’ of fashion and I’ve never considered myself particularly stylish, but I’ve always loved clothes. And nothing makes me feel more confident than a new dress. Dusty pinks, florals and lots of lace – the more feminine the better.

London-based contemporary label Self-Portrait, founded by born and raised Malaysian designer Han Chong, creates beautiful feminine pieces with a rugged, urban-inspired edge – think leather and lace together in one gorgeous frock. Read More

Eden Locke Hotel

Although well over 250 years old, Edinburgh’s New Town – a UNESCO Heritage Site – is a beautiful, if austere, collection of sturdy and uniform ranks of Georgian buildings. Rows of terraces and mansions clad in local grey sandstone are a physical embodiment of the Scottish Reformation.

Refurbished by NYC-based architecture firm Grzywinski+Pons, Eden Locke is a new 72-room hotel with a café and bar that’s received a complete renovation and comprehensive fit-out. Celebrating its heritage details, the 18th-century Georgian mansion and its 20th-century extension was whittled down to its respective bones – and the chic new hotel created from there. Read More

Hirst Bar by Ken Fulk

Working out of The Magic Factory, a 15 000-square-foot think tank in San Francisco, Ken Fulk specialises in interior design, special events, and architecture. His reputation is a fantastic one: He is a fantasy; an inventor and creator who pulls off simply the most imaginative sets. Whether he is creating staggering homes, throwing the opening party of a museum show, or planning large-scale events, Fulk’s work is always remarkable and stylish and over the top and I just love it.

At Hirst Bar in San Francisco, a space designed by Fulk, the drinks are free – you’ve just got to be invited. Read More