Haruno Yoshida

It takes diversity to make an idea work

By Haruno Yoshida, president BT Japan

Different people approach problems in different ways. That’s why, if we have a problem we can’t solve ourselves, we often ask family, colleagues or friends for their point of view. Sometimes we even turn to Google and YouTube to help us!

It got me thinking about how our backgrounds shape the way we think. [Read more…]

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How communications saves lives in Africa

Despite boasting fast-growing economies full of potential, one in 20 children still die during infancy in Sub-Saharan Africa. It remains an under-privileged region — a challenge discussed in detail at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa earlier this month — however, many hope that continued innovation in communications will save lives in the developing world.

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ICT and the promise of a sustainable future

By Hubertus von Roenne, Vice-President for Industry, BT Global Services.

If, over the next 15 years, we had the chance to live in a world of far-reaching sustainable prosperity, a world where opportunity existed wherever people lived, worked or travelled… surely we’d all jump at that possibility, wouldn’t we?

Well, according to research published this week by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) — this is a scenario that’s entirely within our grasp between now and the year 2030 — and it’s all thanks to the wonderful potential offered by ICT.

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Simon Ormston

Stoking up sustainability in IT

By Simon Ormston, Head of Utilities, BTGS.

The increasing pressure of corporate responsibility — combined with the fact that the global ICT industry is a huge and growing contributor in terms of global carbon dioxide emissions — is forcing companies to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. A desire to be ‘more green’ is also prompted by new regulations, fresh customer demands and a need to achieve real savings by reducing the cost of energy, travel and consumables. ICT is uniquely positioned to be the crucial part of the solution.

Getting serious about sustainable IT requires sustainable sourcing. Organisations can make this happen by building sustainability into every part of the IT procurement process. In practical terms this includes spelling out what your organisation wants in areas such as recycling, compliance with energy schemes, responsible asset disposal and consolidation. [Read more…]

Emer Timmons, President BT Global Services UK

The four best things leaders can do to innovate towards sustainability

Information and communications technology (ICT) can help us innovate towards greater sustainability in two key ways – as an agent and a catalyst. So says Emer Timmons, President of BT Global Services UK, in a blog for the World Economic Forum.

Firstly, Emer argues, it helps directly by providing technologies which help reduce carbon emissions. The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) proves the role of ICT in driving a sustainable future. [Read more…]