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Stopping Bugs With a Taste for Art

The Gregg Museum takes a scientific approach to managing invasive pests.September 3, 2020  David Hunt

Close up of a pest trap on the floor of the museum.
Strategically placed traps help keep pests socially distant from the Gregg Museum’s exhibits.

An exhibit at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design is playfully titled, “All That Glitters: Spark and Dazzle From the Permanent Collection.” So it’s no wonder the assortment of textiles, jewelry, pottery and other shiny objects is a feast for the eyes.

But for some visitors to NC State’s recently renovated museum, the collection is more than a celebration of beauty and creativity. It’s potentially a midnight snack.

“Our collection provides a really great opportunity for learning and teaching and intellectual growth,” says Assistant Registrar Jordan Cao. “But also wonderfully delicious things for bugs.”

Protecting the Gregg Museum’s vast and eclectic collection from unwelcome critters is one of Cao’s most important — and challenging — responsibilities.

Assistant Registrar Jordan Cao examines a list of items in the Gregg Museum's collection.
Jordan Cao reviews a list of some of the artwork on display at the Gregg Museum in March.

Thankfully, NC State is home to a leading authority on urban pests: Michael Waldvogel, an extension associate professor of entomology and plant pathology. And like all extension specialists, he was eager to lend his expertise to the problem at no cost.

“I enjoy the challenge,” he says. “I thought this would be a neat thing because this is a case of looking at art as a food source rather than for its aesthetics.”

Any number of bugs threaten the collection. Moths, of course, are connoisseurs of silk, linen and other fabrics. Carpet beetle larvae have a taste for skins, furs, feathers and wool. And even though ladybugs won’t nibble on works of art, they can still do damage.

“If you squish them, they leave a yellow stain,” Waldvogel says.

Waldvogel toured the museum with Cao, answered her questions and reviewed some common-sense, non-invasive measures to keep pests at bay. The good news is that the Gregg Museum was already doing all the rights things, he says. “And if it ain’t broken, down fix it.”

Professor Waldvogel sits at a microscope in his lab.
Professor Mike Waldvogel helps the Gregg Museum identify best practices for keeping pests under control.

The museum follows best practices for a process called integrated pest management. It focuses on minimizing risks before insects get a foothold inside the building. Since both the collection and its visitors are precious, Cao explains, spraying pesticides inside the 24,000 square-foot building isn’t an option.

Integrated pest management isn’t a complex process, but it does require a high level of vigilance.

“Basically, we take into account the environment around us, what kind of critters live outside our building, as well as what’s in the collection,” she says. “We use all those factors to develop a plan for assessing and protecting ourselves from pests.”

When a new piece of art is acquired by — or loaned to — the museum, it doesn’t go directly into the collection. “Every object that comes in here is either frozen or isolated to make sure there are no pests,” Cao says.


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Any item that can handle a temperature drop to negative 15 degrees Celsius is bagged and placed in one of the Gregg’s giant freezers for at least a week. More fragile pieces are sealed airtight and stored for three months.

Of course, there’s still a chance of bugs entering the building through the front door. But Cao has that covered, too. She points out small black cardboard boxes in the corners and along the baseboards of various rooms. They’re sticky traps that can stop bugs — literally — in their tracks.

“Every month I go through our 55 traps throughout the building and see what’s around,” she says. “We’re doing pretty well, but it’s a challenge. We have to keep a super close eye out for evidence of pests.”

Cao stops to admire an elegant, sheer evening gown designed by New York couturier Alfred Bosand. The strapless pale green chiffon and silk floor-length gown looks as pristine as the day it was created in 1978.

“We’re fighting the clock on everything,” she says. “Nothing’s meant to last forever. But we’re trying to make sure that these collections are accessible for people today while still simultaneously trying to make sure that they last for future generations.”

Editor’s note: This article was written in March, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic prompted NC State to reduce campus operations. Although the museum is not open to the public at this time, staff continue to maintain the collection.

Jean Dubuffet: Who Was He, and Why Is He Important? –

Jean Dubuffet’s Limitless Imagination: Why One of the Artist’s Ambitious Environments Is Being Newly Fabricated

Claire Selvin


September 3, 2020 12:07pm

A performance of Jean Dubuffet's 'Coucou
A performance of Jean Dubuffet’s Coucou Bazar, 1972-1973, in a 2016 exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland.–PATRICK STRAUB/KEYSTONE VIA AP

Jean Dubuffet, one of the most famous European artists of the postwar era, had an imagination that knew no bounds. In his rough-hewn paintings, drawings, and sculptures ranging from abstraction to childlike figuration, he envisioned altered states in which humanity existed in a form that he believed was closer to its origins. A ceaseless experimenter in the way of materials and forms, he advocated for self-taught or “outsider” practitioners in the field.

These days, Dubuffet may be best known for his large-scale sculptures, which resemble masses of white organic forms sharply outlined in black. He had intended for Le cirque (1970) to be among his monumental ones, but it was never fully realized in a large-scale format—until now. Starting on September 18, Pace Gallery will show a newly fabricated version of Le cirque in its New York gallery. “He both imagined that these things eventually would become physically real and acknowledged that that was never even required,” Oliver Shultz, Pace’s curatorial director, said of Le cirque and other small-scale models by Dubuffet in an interview with ARTnews. “In essence, they already exist at large scale in your mind, and that completely licenses the fabrication of them in reality. So, it’s also just exciting to be able to complete or play out this final stage in what Dubuffet imagined 50 years ago.”

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On the occasion of a new fabrication of Le cirque, below is a look back at Dubuffet’s long and varied career.

Dubuffet began his career as an artist in the middle of his life.
Born in Le Havre, France, in 1901, Dubuffet did not dedicate himself to his art practice until age 41, having been dismissed from the French meteorological corps and subsequently working as a wine merchant. At age 17, he did a stint at the Académie Julian in Paris, studying painting, but it was not until 1944 that the artist had his first solo exhibition at the Galerie René Drouin in Paris in 1944, and he got his first solo show in New York at the Pierre Matisse Gallery three years later. According to a New York Times obituary for the artist, Dubuffet’s solo debut in Paris “caused an uproar of a kind that was to become ever more familiar over the next few years.”

The artist coins the term “art brut”—and rocks the Paris art scene.
During the 1940s, the artist maintained relationships with French writers like André Breton, Georges Limbour, and Jean Paulhan, and he became a pioneer of “art brut,” or “raw art,” a term that he coined to denote works that drew on the aesthetic of works by prisoners, children, and people with mental illness. For Dubuffet, these works existed in opposition to high modernism, which prized itself on rigid notions of artistic genius. (More recently, scholars have criticized Dubuffet’s intentions, alleging that he aimed to demean or essentialize works by non-Western and disabled artists.) Works from the so-called “art brut” movement forewent artistic trends and academic conventions in favor of idiosyncratic figures and forms that, according to Dubuffet, could reveal details about the makeup of an individual’s subconscious. “I have a great interest in madness, and I am convinced art has much to do with madness,” Dubuffet said of his creative philosophy in 1952. A collector of pieces by self-taught artists, Dubuffet outlined the virtues of Art Brut in a manifesto for a 1949 exhibition of such works at Galerie René Drouin in Paris.

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Jean Dubuffet, Offres galantes, 1967, vinyl on canvas.© 2020 JEAN DUBUFFET/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/ADAGP, PARIS

The artist favors abstraction in the 1950s.
Many of the artist’s paintings from the 1940s tended toward figurative views of cities and countrysides. He created numerous paintings and lithographs depicting scenes inside the Parisian metro, as well as views of city life in the French capital, cyclists navigating country roads, performances by jazz musicians, and farmers at work. The style of these often vibrantly colored pieces was characterized by playful treatments of scale and flattened perspectives. In the following decade, a year of which he spent living in New York, Dubuffet undertook more intense investigations of materials and modes of abstraction. He employed materials like cement, foil, tar, gravel, and more in his work, a practice that, combined with textural experimentations in his works on canvas, represented a blurring of the boundary between painting and sculpture that would inform his future endeavors. Soil Ornamented with Vegetation, Dead Leaves, Pebbles, Diverse Debris, an oil and collage work from 1956, features intricate, interlocking constellations of shapes rendered in subdued tones. Dubuffet’s multifarious sculptural works from the 1950s sometimes hinted at figuration, as with The Ragman (1954), though oftentimes, as with Le Mentonneux (1959) or The Magician (1954), he favored ineffability.

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Arne Glimcher and Jean Dubuffet.COURTESY PACE GALLERY

Dubuffet’s star ascends with international exhibitions during the 1950s and 1960s.
The artist got his first retrospective at the Cercle Volney in Paris in 1954, and his first museum retrospective followed in 1957, at the Schlo Morsbroich, which is now known as the Museum Morsbroich, in Germany. During the 1960s he had major showings at the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Italy, and Tate in London. Dubuffet also had his first exhibition with Pace Gallery in 1968 after meeting the enterprise’s founder, Arne Glimcher, in Paris in 1966. This was also a period of creative triumphs for the artist, who began work on his famed “Hourloupe” cycle, which comprises paintings, drawings, panels, and sculptural and architectural installations, in 1962.

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A 2019 fashion show underneath Dubuffet’s Group of Four Trees in New York.AP PHOTO/MARY ALTAFFER

Many of the artist’s monumental creations are associated with his “Hourloupe” cycle.
Dubuffet’s “Hourloupe” cycle lasted until 1974, and it yielded some of his best known large-scale works. One of the most famous works of his career, an animated painting consisting of 20 madcap costumes worn by performers, was Coucou Bazar, which premiered in New York in 1973. In 1972, the 43-foot-tall fiberglas sculpture Group of Four Trees, which had been commissioned by David Rockefeller in 1969, was installed on Chase Manhattan Plaza in New York. Two years later, in 1974, the artist unveiled his Jardin d’émail, an immersive and interactive environment designed for the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands that underwent a major restoration in 2020. Similar to his “Simulacres,” a group of black-and-white sculptures that debuted at another solo exhibition of Dubuffet’s work at Pace in 1970, Group of Four Trees and Jardin d’émail both feature undulating black lines and shapes atop white sculptural forms. Such formal qualities can also be found in Le cirque, a small-scale model for which the artist created shortly after that 1970 showing at Pace.

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In progress view of Jean Dubuffet’s Le cirque, 1970, polyurethane paint on epoxy, with original maquette in foreground.© 2020 JEAN DUBUFFET/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/ADAGP, PARIS

Le cirque hasn’t existed on a monumental scale until now.
The artist constructed the 1970 model for Le cirque by arranging five elements from his existing sculpture Eléments d’Architecture Contorsionniste (1969) in a new formation, photographing the configuration, and noting measurement specifications for how large each part would be. Polaroids with those technical specifications—for Le cirque and other modeled arrangements envisioned for large-scale fabrication—were kept in a studio album maintained by the artist. Dubuffet once said that, through such rearrangements of existing pieces, “an environment is formed, consisting of mental elaborations and subsequently a new kind of architecture.” The Dubuffet Foundation and a studio assistant who worked with the artist during his lifetime have, for the first time ever, fabricated Le cirque on a large-scale according to Dubuffet’s model.

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In progress view of Jean Dubuffet’s Le cirque, 1970, polyurethane paint on epoxy.© 2020 JEAN DUBUFFET/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/ADAGP, PARIS

The new fabrication exemplifies Dubuffet’s interest in creating distinct environments.
Shultz, curatorial director of Pace, explained that, Le cirque, like other works by Dubuffet, represents “some kind of hybrid between architecture that you move through, that you inhabit, that you become a part of.” The installation, which features biomorphic shapes and lines, wraps around viewers to create what Dubuffet intended as a “lived experience of sensation and form as it comes to us before language, and, in the end, constitutes its own kind of language,” Shultz said. Le cirque, which measures 13-feet-tall, will remain at Pace through October 24; a maquette for Jardin d’émail that was shown at Pace in 1969 will also be on view. “For Dubuffet, it was always about disruption,” Shultz added, referring to the enveloping and overwhelming qualities of the artist’s works. “Disrupting the normal circuits of your ability to perceive the world around you.”

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Jean Dubuffet, Fête villageoise, 1976, acrylic and collage on paper mounted on canvas.© 2020 JEAN DUBUFFET/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/ADAGP, PARIS

Into the 1970s, the artist remained restlessly innovative.
Later years in Dubuffet’s career saw breakthroughs in works on paper and canvas. Fête villageoise (1976), an acrylic and collage on canvas work, features a frenetic patchwork of lines, shapes, and moon-faced figures, and Scène et site (1979), an acrylic piece on canvas-backed paper, is a dreamy vision of two figures floating against an entanglement of gray, blue, and red forms. The artist died of emphysema in Paris in 1985, but his work, which has fetched millions at auctions in recent years, has since been the subject of landmark retrospectives at the Centre Pompidou in 2001 and the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland in 2016. His pieces can be found in collections around the world, including those of the Pompidou, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, the Museum Ludwig in Germany, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. In 2021, the Barbican Centre in London will open an exhibition spanning four decades of Dubuffet’s practice.


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Medical textbooks are biased to diagnose white people


Malone Mukwende was in his first day of medical school when he noticed something odd. As he learned about diseases of the body, all of the diagnostics were grounded in white skin. Red bumps from rashes. Blue lips from oxygen deprivation. Such colors are masked by melanin, meaning these diagnostics don’t work for much, even most, of the world’s population.

“As a person who is of African origin, I knew that the symptoms we were seeing and being told about, on my own skin, they would not appear the same, and that was very problematic,” Mukwende says. “My first year of university, it was almost a curiosity. Second year, I thought the issue would get better. But there was no progress. So I said, ‘Okay, I need to address this myself somehow.’”

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Teaming up with two of his professors, Mukwende has spent the past year and a half writing Mind the Gap. It’s a richly photographed and annotated clinical handbook for diagnosing diseases on Black and Brown skin that’s slated to be released at an unannounced time in the future. Mukwende hopes that it will become required reading in medical schools and hospitals around the world. 

While he doesn’t claim it’s the first publication to address racial diagnostic bias—indeed, the last decade has brought multiple textbooks on this topic—the need for Mind the Gap is still pressing. There’s plenty of evidence that Black people have worse outcomes when facing the same diseases as white people. 

There are all sorts of reasons for this. Genetics may play a role in some cases. But many issues are tied to systemic racism: One study found that diagnostic algorithms used in hospitals are racially biased and recommend treatment to Black people less often than white people for the same symptoms. Another study shows that African Americans and Hispanic people in the U.S. are less likely to have health insurance than white people, because in the United States, proper medical care is tied closely to economic advantage.

“Structural racism in medical education goes beyond skin to nearly every field of medicine,” says Andrew Ibrahim, an MD who is also assistant professor of surgery, architecture & urban planning at University of Michigan and a senior principal and chief medical officer at the architecture firm HOK. Ibrahim points out that the number of Black male doctors is going down rather than up. This sort of exclusion leads to poor practices across the board in healthcare. A new study flagged 10 common diagnostic tests, which software analyzes with different criteria depending on race. “The same lab value may be interpreted as normal in a white patient, but abnormal for a Black patient because medical education has set the normal ranges differently by race,” says Ibrahim. “In making race an objective measurement rather than a social construct, we run the risk of accepting racial disparity as an immutable fact rather than an injustice that requires intervention.” 

Of course, treating everyone the exact same way is a problem, too. Mukwende points out that doctors are trained to spot diseases through just one racial lens. Textbooks are racially biased, sometimes to the point of flagrant racism, and as a result, the medical community is beginning to realize that Black people tend to get diagnosed and treated later for the same disease white people might have, at which point, the disease is harder to treat and often more deadly.

Mukwende gives examples of how bad training leads to poor health outcomes. With the rise of COVID-19, which has disproportionately killed Black people, doctors have seen an increase of Kawasaki disease, which is an inflammatory condition that involves swelling across parts of the body. One of its telltale signs on white skin is a bright red rash. But on Black skin this same rash appears without a clear color signifier; to the untrained eye, it might look like goosebumps.

Meningitis is another problem, Mukwende says. “Meningitis is harder to spot in darker skin,” he says. In this case, poor medical training hurts the Black community twice as much, because the disease may be more difficult to see due to melanin, and the doctor is looking for the wrong clues to spot it.

In some cases, these late diagnoses are literally a matter of life and death. “[Take] lips turning blue . . . even with that point, what we describe as blue on white skin. On darker skin it would not be the same blue,” says Mukwende. “It would just not appear the same because of the melanin in the skin . . . [and] if you don’t see that early enough, that person might literally have a lack of oxygen in their blood.”

Mukwende has managed to finish the Mind the Gap while completing his second year of medical school, and that’s largely thanks to his collaboration with two school lecturers who are helping with the book.

“Speaking to others I didn’t work with—some people who teach me time to time—at first the response was like, ‘Surely that’s common sense,’ or, ‘Surely people learn how to just apply their knowledge,’” says Mukwende. “Unfortunately, this gray zone of assumption is what’s leading to people ultimately losing their lives. People are just assuming everybody knows. But clearly people don’t know.”


Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach


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I can’t believe I have not written about this before now. IFTF Research Affiliate Jamais Cascio has analyzed the carbon footprint of the all-American cheeseburger!

To calculate the global warming impact of the ever popular cheeseburger (Americans eat up to three per week, on average), Jamais took into account “the gamut of energy costs associated with a hamburger — including growing the feed for the cattle for beef and cheese, growing the produce, storing and transporting the components, as well as cooking.”

According to Jamais’ calculations, each burger produces 3.6-6.1 kg of CO2-equivalent emissions. At three per week, that’s 540-915 kg of greenhouse gas per year for an average American’s burger consumption, and 195,750,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent for all US burgers annually. Even assuming that the average American consumes only one cheeseburger per week, that still amounts to a whopping (bad pun intended) 65,250,000 annual metric tons of CO2-equivalent for all US burgers.

You can read a detailed account of Jamais’ analysis on his blog, You can listen to Jamais offer an extended explanation here. Bon appetit!

National Nutrition Week 2020: Expert Explains Importance Of Protein For Health; Know Vegan Sources

National Nutrition Week 2020: Expert Explains Importance Of Protein For Health; Know Vegan Sources

National Nutrition Week 2020: It is advised to add enough protein to your daily diet. In India, protein deficiency is quite common. Read here to know from expert the importance of protein in diet and how vegetarians can add enough protein to their diet.

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National Nutrition Week 2020: Expert Explains Importance Of Protein For Health; Know Vegan Sources

National Nutrition Week 2020: Protein helps in maintaining a healthy weight

National Nutrition Week is observed during the first week of September. This week highlights the importance optimum nutrient intake for better health and growth of the body. It is a great opportunity to create awareness about the important nutrients one should not miss. Unfortunately, there are many forms of malnutrition that plague in India. Numerous surveys and studies have confirmed protein deficiency to be rampant in India. As a carb-loving, largely vegetarian population, your diets are greatly lacking in proteins. Roti, rice, paratha, upma, poha, etc. dominate your meals. For snacks, the aloo samosa, mathri and aloo tikki remain all-time favorites and many often fail to add adequate protein to diet.

Role of protein for health

Apart from improving muscle mass and strength, proteins perform several vital functions in the body. Indian women are genetically burdened with lower bone mass, which can be compensated for with a protein-rich diet. Proteins also play a valuable role in boosting metabolism, which helps tackle obesity. This explains why overweight persons benefit from eating ample protein in the diet. Proteins are also instrumental in lowering the level of ghrelin (the hormone that makes you feel hungry) in the body, and raising the level of leptin (the hormone that induces feelings of fullness and satiety).


Nutrition week 2020: Protein helps in maintaining a healthy weight
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A function of protein that has assumed great significance today is that of boosting immunity. Without adequate protein in the diet, the body’s immune cells cannot function at the optimal level, thus making one susceptible to infections.

The first step towards eating right is to create awareness about the good sources of protein and to dispel any misconceptions. A very common misconception is that green leafy vegetables and fruits are good sources of protein. A survey indicated that 70% of Indians believe that green leafy vegetables to be a source of protein. This is far from the truth. Most fruits and vegetables are loaded with beneficial nutrients, but their protein content is very less. Another similar misconception prevails among vegan enthusiasts, who commonly believe that plant-based milks (almond milk, for example) are a good source of protein. One cup of milk from a dairy source contains 7 grams of protein, while the same volume of almond milk contains just 1 gram.

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Protein sources for vegetarians

1. Meats, fish, eggs, milk, and dairy products like yogurt and paneer (cottage cheese), are excellent sources of protein. These animal sources of protein are rated higher in quality than their vegetarian counterparts because of a superior amino acid (the building blocks of protein) profile and enhanced digestibility.

2. However, there are enough ways for a vegetarian to get their adequate intake of protein with some dietary tweaks. Soy is one of the richest vegan sources of protein.

3. The wide variety of pulses and legumes, nuts and seeds are also good sources. Although pulse proteins are considered incomplete because they lack one of the essential amino acids, they can become almost as good in quality as the non-vegetarian proteins when combined with cereals in the ratio of 5:1. To cite a simple example, a paratha stuffed with dal, sattu or peas is preferable to an aloo paratha.


Nutrition Week 2020: Pulses are a plant-based source of protein
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4. As for snacks, make sure to include seeds, nuts and legumes in your recipes. By sprinkling 2 teaspoons of sesame seeds (til), you can boost the protein value of a dish by 2.5 grams.

Daily protein requirement

Calculating your daily requirement for protein is fairly simple. According to the ICMR, the average healthy adult requires 1 gram protein per kilogram body weight. So, if you weigh 55 kgs, your protein needs will work out to be 55 grams on a daily basis. Consulting a qualified nutritionist is another way to get a detailed assessment of your diet.

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If, for some reason, the protein requirements are not met through diet, one could consider including a nutritional supplement that provides good quality protein and other micronutrients to bridge the gap.

Additional good quality protein is required during phases of growth, adolescence, pregnancy and lactation. Women, therefore, need to be particularly watchful about fulfilling protein needs through the life cycle.

All effort should be made to ensure adequate quantity and quality protein at every meal. When it comes to protein, small dietary changes can make a big difference.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com

(Neelanjana Singh is a Nutritionist and Wellness Consultant. She is the author of ‘Our Kid Eats Everything!)

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It’s Charlotte here again, with an update from EU-Startups. Despite Thomas officially being still on paternity leave, last month we’ve been working on some very exciting new projects for you at EU-Startups. Can’t wait to find out? Read on!

Startup PR: In the next addition of the EU-Startups podcast we’ll be interviewing ourselves (!) and bringing you some tips and tricks on how to get press coverage for your startup at EU-Startups, as well as other tech publications. Think of it as a ‘How to get noticed by the press’ edition. Coming soon!

EU-Startups CLUB: Next Monday, 7th September, we will be launching our CLUB Membership programme. Although it’s still in the works, we can already tell you there will be different packages for our readers, startups, and investors/corporates, each with a cool tailored list of benefits. This will be a HUGE step for EU-Startups, and we hope we can count you in when we’ll be finally launching soon. Stay tuned! 🙂

Europe’s Google competitors: Google has too much market power. Would you agree? This week, our contributor Bojana is introducing you to 5 European Google competitors to watch.

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Italy’s COVID recovery: Our Italian contributor Claudia has been doing some in-depth interviews with startups, hubs, incubators and stakeholders to ask: How will the startups from the South of Italy recover from the pandemic? In this piece she dives into the challenges, possibilities and future startup landscape.

Founder Interview: Our contributor Floraidh has been focusing on the experience of BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethic) founders, and just interviewed Kenny Alebge, founder of Home Hero, on their recent funding round, company culture, diversity and the power of mentoring.

Also, as many schools re-open across Europe and many of you return from summer holidays (maybe even to your real office or co-working space), my colleague Thomas will also start to come back from paternity leave soon (part-time). This means that the next newsletter edition might already be sent out by him again.

If you have any urgent questions in the meantime, please direct them to me for now, as this would help his inbox from overflowing too much! 🙂

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26. Birthdays in September 2020

26. Birthdays in September 2020


Zendaya – 1 September

Salma Hayek – 2 September

Keanu Reeves – 2 September

Ishant Sharma – 2 September

Charlie Sheen – 3 September

Vivek Oberoi – 3 September

Beyoncé Knowles – 4 September

Michael Keaton – 5 September

Vidhu Vinod Chopra – 5 September

Idris Elba – 6 September

Yash Johar – 6 September

Rakesh Roshan – 6 September

Radhika Apte – 7 September

Martin Freeman – 8 September

Pink – 8 September

Asha Bhonsle – 8 September

Hugh Grant – 9 September

Akshay Kumar – 9 September

Adam Sandler – 9 September

Colin Firth – 10 September

Anurag Kashyap – 10 September

Jennifer Hudson – 12 September

Roald Dahl – 13 September

Lili Reinhart – 13 September

Stella McCartney – 13 September

Ayushmann Khurrana – 14 September

Prince Harry – 15 September

Tom Hardy – 15 September

Agatha Christie – 15 September

Nick Jonas – 16 September

Amy Poehler – 16 September

MF Husain – 17 September

Narendra Modi – 17 September

James Marsden – 18 September

Jada Pinkett Smith – 18 September

Shabana Azmi – 18 September

Jimmy Fallon – 19 September

George RR Martin – 20 September

Mahesh Bhatt – 20 September

Chris Gayle – 21 September

Bill Murray – 21 September

Stephen King – 21 September

Kareena Kapoor – 21 September

Tom Felton – 22 September

Hasan Minhaj – 23 September

F Scott Fitzgerald – 24 September

Michael Douglas – 25 September

Will Smith – 25 September

Catherine Zeta-Jones – 25 September

Michael Douglas – 25 September

Serena Williams – 26 September

Dev Anand – 26 September

Avril Lavigne – 27 September

Gwyneth Paltrow – 27 September

Yash Chopra – 27 September

Lata Mangeshkar – 28 September

Bhagat Singh – 28 September

Ranbir Kapoor – 28 September

Content marketing ideas:

Listicle idea: X Roald Dahl books you must read as an adult

Infographic idea: X Female rock stars you must know about

Video idea: X Iconic Kareena Kapoor roles you must watch

Podcast idea: Is the British monarchy outdated?

25. Festivals days in September 2020

25. Festivals days in September 2020


Payippad Snake Boat Race – 2 September

Pang Lhabsol Festival – 2 September

Neelamperoor Padayani – 17 September

Srivari Brahmotsavam – 19-27 September

Ladakh Festival – 25-28 September

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: Here’s where you can catch your favorite darshans
  • Infographic idea: X Traditional dances you might not have known about
  • Video idea: X Easy sweets you can make for festivals.
  • Podcast idea: The most ‘fun’ festivals in India

24. Fun days in September 2020

24. Fun days in September 2020

Book Reading

World Coconut Day – 2 September

Grandparents’ Day – 13 September

Engineer’s Day – 15 September

World Beard Day – 5 September

Fight Procrastination Day – 6 September

Read-A-Book Day – 6 September

Positive Thinking Day – 13 September

Wife Appreciation Day – 20 September

Elephant Appreciation Day – 22 September

Hobbit Day – 22 September

Daughter’s Day – 27 September

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: The best beard grooming accessories
  • Infographic idea: X Movies that will leave you in a good mood all day
  • Video idea: Here’s how Tolkien redefined the fantasy genre
  • Podcast idea: Why is it important to encourage children to read books?

22. National Nutrition Week – 1-7 September

22. National Nutrition Week  1-7 September

Nutrition Week

This day is celebrated to raise awareness about nutrition and its importance on the human body.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: Here are the different food groups you must include in your diet
  • Infographic idea: X Healthiest cuisines from around the world
  • Video idea: Are ‘cheat meals’ any good?
  • Podcast idea: How can you have the same metabolism even as you get older?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video from My Doctor shows everything you must put on your plate for a balanced meal.

20. World Alzheimer’s Month – 1-30 September

20. World Alzheimer’s Month – 1-30 September


This month is celebrated to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: Mind exercises to keep your brain active at any age
  • Infographic idea: X Signs of Alzheimer’s you shouldn’t ignore
  • Video idea: How does Alzheimer’s change the brain?
  • Podcast idea: Can physical exercise help in combating Alzheimer’s?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video from Lee Health seeks to differentiate between two conditions – Alzheimer’s and Dementia – that might seem alike but are not.

21. Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month  1-30 September


This day is commemorated to raise awareness about leukemia and lymphoma.

Content marketing opportunities:

  • Listicle idea: X Places where you can volunteer to cheer up people with cancer
  • Infographic idea: What to eat and what to avoid if you have leukemia/lymphoma
  • Video idea: What is the difference between leukemia and lymphoma?
  • Podcast idea: Is it possible to completely cure cancer?

Did you know

Did you know…

… that today is Skyscraper Day? Skyscrapers are truly engineering and architectural marvels. In many crowded cities, space is in short supply, and real estate prices are ever increasing. Building up becomes more and more logical. Celebrate by learning more about the architects who commit a dream to paper and the construction crews that make it reality!

Random Phrases of the day

  1. Keep Your Shirt OnMeaning: Keeping calm. Usually said by someone who is trying to avoid making others upset.
  2. Playing For KeepsMeaning: Said when things are about to get serious.
  3. Every Cloud Has a Silver LiningMeaning: To be optimistic, even in difficullt times.
  4. Greased LightningMeaning: Very fast or quick.
  5. Heads UpMeaning: Used as an advanced warning. To become keenly aware.

3 Motivational Quotes

  1. “Associate Yourself with People Who Think Positively: Associate yourself with people who think positively. You cannot surround yourself with negative people and expect positive outcomes.”
    – Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
  2. “LAW 38Think As You Like But Behave Like OthersIf you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them. They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior. It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness.”
    – Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power
  3. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
    – Maria Robinson

Random Facts

  1. Birds are the closest living relatives of crocodilians, as well as the descendants of extinct dinosaurs with feathers. This makes them the only surviving dinosaurs.
  2. Jellyfish are considered biologically immortal. They don’t age and will never die unless they are killed.
  3. Peaches are the third most popular fruit grown in America.

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What’s your agenda?

If you write something, speak up or otherwise interact with someone, you probably have a reason. There’s a point to your statement, a goal to your instruction.

The change you seek to make.

What actions are you hoping to cause?

If you don’t have an agenda, you’re probably sitting by quietly, or you’re frustrated at your lack of progress toward an unstated goal.

An agenda helps build resilience, because it’s a compass, a chance to reset when we’re thrown for a loop.

Being clear to ourselves about the change we seek to make makes it more likely we’ll make it.

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word of the day

WORD OF THE DAYMaunderMAWN-dərPart of speech: verbOrigin: Unkown, early 17th century1Talk in a rambling manner.2Move or act in a dreamy or idle manner.Examples of Maunder in a sentence”Don’t get him started on his favorite movies, or he will maunder forever.””The blooming trees inspired me to maunder all afternoon in the garden.”

Wisdom Quotes

It is not the absence of fear that is courage, but the mastery over it.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. (Mark Twain)

Even if you’re on the right path, you’ll get nowhere if you stand still.
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. (Will Rogers)

Meal Kits: Pros and Cons From a Nutritionist

Meal Kits: Pros and Cons From a Nutritionist

family cookingSally Kuzemchak, MS, RD - BlogsBY SALLY KUZEMCHAK, MS, RDRegistered dietitianSEPTEMBER 03, 2020

For anyone who doesn’t like the hassle of cooking, the promise of meal delivery kits can be incredibly appealing. How it works: You pick a few meals online, and kits arrive at your doorstep with everything you need to make them, including step-by-step instructions and all the ingredients measured out and prepped for you.

Though they’ve been around for several years now, meal kit delivery services have been enjoying a huge boost lately, due to pandemic-related shutdowns, stay-at-home orders, and a general trend toward staying in. Sales of these kits in the spring were reportedly double what they were last year during the same time. Restaurants are getting in on the action too, boxing up their own kits for customers to take home and make themselves in lieu of dining in.

As a family, we’ve tried a handful of different meal kits over the years, and I’ve formed a few opinions along the way. If you’re wondering whether you should try a meal kit service, here’s my take:

What I Like About Meal Kits

The convenience: Beyond ordering take-out, you can’t beat the ease. Everything is corralled together in one box. No rooting around in the fridge, no running to the store for a missing ingredient. (It’s like being on a cooking show with everything prepped and measured for you!)

The skill-building: If you’re not confident in the kitchen, these kits can help you pick up new techniques and give you a sense of pride at creating something delicious yourself. It’s also a great way for your kids and grandkids to learn their way around the kitchen and feel a sense of accomplishment (without lots of extra, messy prep work).

The healthy choices: I’m impressed by how many healthy options are offered through meal kit companies, with lots of emphasis on fresh vegetables and plant-based meals. It’s easy to find meals based around specific patterns of eating, like vegetarian and vegan.

The inspiration: Meal kits can give you new ideas for food combinations and recipes. I’ve kept several of the meal kit recipe cards to recreate the dinner again with my own store-bought ingredients.

What I Don’t Like About Meal Kits

The packaging: The plastic bags and containers, bubble wrap, insulated foam, and cold packs create a mountain of disposables with every delivery box. Some delivery companies use recyclable materials, and others connect subscribers to places to help with recycling. But still, it’s a lot. If you can buy these kits at your local grocery store (versus ordering them by mail), that’s one way to reduce waste.

The cost: No doubt they can be pricey – between $5-10 per serving in most cases, but sometimes more. That’s less than a typical restaurant outing, but generally more expensive than cooking from scratch. And that price point means they’re not feasible for everyone, especially on a regular basis. You can save money by looking for special promotions and shopping around.

The limited menus: Not all recipes will appeal to all eaters, especially picky ones. Some services let you customize more than others, so be sure to check that out before signing onto a subscription.

10 of Our Top Meatless High-Protein Recipes From August 2020 – One Green Planet

10 of Our Top Meatless High-Protein Recipes From August 2020

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Healthy Falafel
Salted Peanut Blondie S’mores
Loaded Queso Skillet Nachos
Coconut Curry Ramen with Crispy Tofu
Mediterranean Lentil Salad
Asparagus Tart
Healthy S’mores Frappuccino
Tahini-Glazed Tempeh Nuggets
Vegan Seitan and Mushroom Empanadas

Protein is the word on everyone’s lips when it comes to vegan nutrition! It’s an important building block for the human body and everyone needs it. We are here to help you discover the power of plant-based protein through these simply amazing recipes!

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based, and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our High-Protein Archives!Advertisement

1. Healthy Falafel

Source: Healthy Falafel

This Healthy Falafel by Katia Martin is packed full of nutrition and is super yummy. Top it with the tahini sauce, and you’re in falafel heaven! These ones are deep-fried, but they taste just as amazing when you bake them!

2. Salted Peanut Blondie S’mores

Source: Salted Peanut Blondie S’mores

Say hello to the yummiest Vegan Snack you will ever make! These Salted Peanut Blondie S’mores by Vicky Coates are a little bite of heaven….. the sweet gooeyness of the marshmallows combined with the salted peanut crunch is one seriously good combination! They are high in protein, gluten-free, Vegan, and Keto and Paleo-friendly!Advertisement

3. Loaded Queso Skillet Nachos

Source: Loaded Queso Skillet Nachos

These Loaded Vegan Queso Skillet Nachos by Shanika Graham-White are the best you’ll ever taste! This recipe comes loaded with chickpeas, red kidney beans, onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, and a delicious vegan cashew-based queso over crispy organic tortilla chips. Never spend another occasion or weeknight contemplating the best vegan dish that works for the entire family—-this is it! Easy to make and only one pan required!Advertisement

4. Frittata

Source: Frittata

To make this magical eggless batter, you simply need chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, ground flax seeds, salt, water, and that’s it. If you don’t have some of these items at home, you can easily find them at your local grocery store or online. Within minutes, these simple ingredients transform into a rich and flavorful egg-like Frittata by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez without any eggs!Advertisement

5. Coconut Curry Ramen with Crispy Tofu

Source: Coconut Curry Ramen with Crispy Tofu

A simple Coconut Curry Ramen with Crispy Tofu by Caroline Doucet. Basically the best vegan noodle soup. This dish is done in under 30 minutes and is packed with flavor. Use gluten-free ramen or rice noodles to make it gluten-free!

6. Creamy Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

Source: Creamy Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

Steel cut oats are incredibly versatile and nutritious. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals including thiamine, iron, and zinc, as well as disease-fighting antioxidants. These Creamy Chocolate Steel Cut Oats by Tara Sunshine deliver delicious chocolatey goodness along with loads of healthy fats, fiber, and protein.

7. Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Source: Mediterranean Lentil Salad

This vegan Mediterranean Lentil Salad by Allie Penner takes full advantage of summer vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and parsley. It’s very easy to make and is an excellent source of protein, fiber, and antioxidants.

8. Asparagus Tart

Source: Asparagus Tart

Celebrate the asparagus season with this mind-blowingly delicious vegan Asparagus Tart by Tania Pilcher, which will make a beautiful centerpiece at your dinner table. Creamy cashew & tofu filling, crunchy asparagus and flaky pastry make it one delicious number to share with your friends and family.

9. Healthy S’mores Frappuccino

Source: Healthy S’mores Frappuccino

A healthy twist on a favorite summer treat, this Healthy S’mores Frappuccino by Kat Condon is full of rich mocha flavor, sprinkled with gluten-free graham crackers and topped with dairy-free whipped cream. First and foremost, the base of this healthy s’mores frappe is actually coffee, because even though this is a s’mores flavored drink it’s still a coffee drink. Because of the protein powder, this is the perfect post-workout snack!

10. Tahini-Glazed Tempeh Nuggets

Source: Tahini-Glazed Tempeh Nuggets

These toothsome nuggets of tempeh in a gluten-free tahini crust are super easy to make! They’re perfect for tossing into your favorite salads or grain-based power bowls. When left plain, these Tahini-Glazed Tempeh Nuggets by Amy Height have a slightly garlicky taste, coating, however, with coating they will take on whatever flavor you toss it in.

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammationheart healthmental wellbeingfitness goalsnutritional needsallergiesgut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acnehormonal imbalancecancerprostate cancer and has many side effects.

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Here are some great resources to get you started:

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Vegetarian baked fried rice – ABC Life

Vegetarian baked fried rice


Vegetarian fried rice that's baked on a tray with eggs, peas, beans, sugar snap peas, leek and asparagus, an easy family dinner.
Leftover rice and raw veggies are key ingredients of this easy meal.(ABC Life: Hetty McKinnon)


Sometime last year, I started making fried rice on a baking tray.

And while a tray will never replace my wok, somehow this pared-back method of preparing fried rice became essential to my days in isolation, when cooking became both a welcome distraction and a daily challenge.

What I love about this recipe is that it’s hands off. You mix cold rice with vegetables, add some seasoning and stick it into a blaring hot oven. From there, the oven does the work for you.

Baked at high heat, some of the rice crisps up, while other pieces remain soft, creating a pleasing melange of textures.

It’s both magical and practical at the same time, and exactly the type of low impact-high intensity cooking we are all looking for nowadays.

While ‘spring’ is the theme of this fried rice, this recipe is specifically designed so you can use any vegetables you want, depending on what’s in season, or what you have languishing in your vegetable crisper. to make fried rice in a baking tray


  • The veg is flexible: The basic principle is to use vegetables that will roast and become tender in about 20 minutes. I have made this recipe many times and always with different veggies — brussels sprouts, broccoli, mushrooms, carrot, and corn are all excellent veg to use. Aim for about 500g of vegetables.
  • More ways to add heat: I often add kimchi to this mix but here I simply use sriracha, which adds an additional layer of spicy flavour.
  • Bonus substitutions: In place of the leek, you could use onion, French shallot or a couple cloves of garlic. Use brown rice if you have it. The eggs are optional, of course, but add a lovely heartiness to this meal.
Sugar snap peas, asparagus, beans, leek, peas and rice are ingredients of vegetarian fried rice.
Use spring greens like asparagus and sugar snap peas, or use any veggies that will bake in 20 minutes.(ABC Life: Hetty McKinnon)

Every month, we publish a new recipe from our New Australian Classics series. Hetty McKinnon is a food writer and cookbook author with a passion for vegetables. She’s the author of three cookbooks, Community, Neighbourhood, and Family. Originally from Sydney, Hetty is currently living with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Gita adhyay 12, shloka 15

Yasmaat, na, udwijate, lokH, lokaat, na, udwijte, ch, yaH,
HarshaamarshbhyodwegaeH, muktH, yaH, saH, ch, me, priyaH ||15||

Translation: (Yasmaat) by whom (lokH) any living being (na, udwijte) is not agitated (ch) and (yaH) who himself also (lokaat) by any living being (na, udwijte) is not agitated (ch) and (yaH) who (harshamarshbhyodwegaeH) elation, resentment, fear, and anxiety etc (muktH) is free from (saH) that bhakt (me) to me (priyaH) is dear. (15)


He by whom no living being is agitated and who himself is not agitated by any living being, and who is free from elation, resentment, fear and anxiety etc, that bhakt is dear to me.

यस्मात्, न, उद्विजते, लोकः, लोकात्, न, उद्विजते, च, यः,
हर्षामर्षभयोद्वेगैः, मुक्तः, यः, सः, च, मे, प्रियः।।15।।

अनुवाद: (यस्मात्) जिससे (लोकः) कोई भी जीव (न,उद्विजते) उद्वेगको प्राप्त नहीं होता (च) और (यः) जो स्वयं भी (लोकात्) किसी जीवसे (न, उद्विजते) उद्वेगको प्राप्त नहीं होता (च) तथा (यः) जो (हर्षामर्षभयोद्वेगैः) हर्ष, अमर्ष भय और उद्वेगादिसे (मुक्तः) रहित है (सः) वह भक्त (मे) मुझको (प्रियः) प्रिय है। (15)

IFTF: 2019 Ten-Year Forecast: Power

Power Shifts A Decade of Extreme Consequences and Transformational Possibilities In the early 1980s, sociologist Charles Perrow wrote the classic book Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies. It explored (among other system breakdowns) the chain reaction of small failures that resulted in the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown. Perrow argued that in complex, tightly coupled systems, in which multiple components are highly dependent on each other, extreme accidents are normal events. He chose the title to highlight the increased fragility of these systems, where accidents don’t stem from one huge error but rather a series of small errors that cascade in unpredictable ways. Authors Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik revisited this framework in their 2018 book Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What to Do About It to argue that in the years since the publication of Normal Accidents, virtually every organization and system has become more tightly coupled and complex to the point of incomprehensibility. The interconnectivity and interdependence of our global systems have undoubtedly created new and previously inconceivable risks, but at the same time, they’ve enabled previously unattainable efficiencies, supercharged innovation, and empowered individuals and startups with new abilities. These dynamics have led to a world in which it’s no longer surprising to see tiny players make global impacts, from an individual reshaping international politics to a business scaling from zero to billions of dollars in a couple of years. Power—the ability to shape consequences—has traditionally flowed from the top down. But in this tightly coupled and complex landscape, power flows in all directions: not just top-down or bottom-up but across industries, continents, and stakeholders of all scales.   How to use this research In 2019, our Ten-Year Forecast Summit was a 2-day immersion in the extreme powers and equally extreme consequences that will define the coming decade for businesses, communities, and individuals around the world. From the ethical navigation of new technologies to the adaptation strategies of climate change, we scoured the world for power plays that will help organizations to both cultivate and responsibly wield the superpowers of the twenty-first century. NAVIGATING THE NEXT DECADE Dynamics of shifting power within and across domains will require new ways of thinking about how actors can affect us, who we can influence, and how to make sense of the increasingly fuzzy boundaries between organizations, industries, and nations. As the next decade unfolds, these factors will contribute to the extreme possibilities and opportunities to effect transformational change. Build your world readiness by immersing yourself in this map of the emerging landscape and identifying your path forward. Empowering New Actors and Movements Disappearing Boundaries Anticipating Brittle Points of Failure Managing Systems Risks within Organizations   2019 World-Readiness Toolkit Navigating this landscape demands building a discipline of world-readiness. World-readiness comes from systematically exploring extreme possibilities to prepare for the pitfalls and find the transformational opportunities of the coming decade. Download the complete World-Readiness Toolkit to start learning how to use with your team: Start with the brief Introduction to the Toolkit Then jump into our World-Readiness Guide and quickly familiarize yourself with the tools and resources you’ll need to make sense of the coming decade. Next, open the Map of the Decade to overview the major power shifts redefining boundaries within the business landscape. Finish up by exploring the Scenario and Superpower Card Deck, which presents high-risk possibilities resulting from extreme global forces between now and 2030, along with the levers you can respond with to create resilience and optimism.  

IFTF: 2019 Ten-Year Forecast: Power

MAX Burgers: Creating the World’s First “Climate Positive” Menu | Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland | UNFCCC

MAX Burgers: Creating the World’s First “Climate Positive” Menu | Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland  Lighthouse Activity 2019Credit: Max BurgersLighthouse Activity 2019Credit: Max BurgersLighthouse Activity 2019Credit: Max BurgersLighthouse Activity 2019


The Swedish restaurant chain, Max Burgers, launched the world’s first “climate positive” menu in June 2018. Climate positive is defined as “removing more climate gases than the value chain emits while at the same time reducing emissions in line with the 1.5 degree goal from Paris”.

Max Burgers ensures that each item on its menu is “climate positive”, taking into account all emissions from the “farmers land to the guests hand”, while even including the customer’s journey back and forth to the restaurant. This has required extensive efforts by the company to measure its entire footprint.

Each item on Max Burger’s menu includes a CO2e label to empower customers to better understand the climate impact of food and guide them towards options with a lower carbon footprint. The initiative builds on the company’s 2016 launch of plant based “green burgers”, which have a fraction of the climate impact of beef burgers.

Key Facts

  • Max Burgers has undertaken a range of measures to cut emissions, including: switching to 100% wind power in all of its Swedish restaurants, being the first restaurant in the world to add “CO2e” labels to each menu item, and adopting 92% renewable packaging.
  • Sales from Max’s green range of burgers (lacto-ovo and fully plant based) increased by 1000% between 2015 to 2018. In 2022, the company is aiming to ensure that every second meal sold is made without beef.
  • Less than 1% of the food in Max’s kitchens is wasted and no palm oil is used in any of Max Burgers’ European operations.
  • Max Burgers has been recognized as “one of the world’s most innovative companies in 2019” by Fast Company’s “World Changing Ideas” series.

The Problem 

According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), livestock contribute significantly to today’s most serious environmental problems. FAO estimates that cattle-rearing generates around 14% of all global warming greenhouse gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent – an amount similar to the emissions produced by the entire transport sector. 

Currently, farmed animals occupy 30 – 50% of the ice-free land on Earth, at great expense to natural habitats and potential carbon sequestration. The livestock sector generates at least a seventh of global greenhouse gas emissions and consumes roughly one-third of all freshwater on earth. 

Max Burgers

The Solution

As a fast food restaurant chain, Max Burgers aims to be part of the solution when it comes to helping transform our global food system. The company’s green, plant-based burgers have a fraction of the climate impact of beef and have been commercially successful — with sales jumping by 1000% between 2015 to 2018 and increasing from around 2% to 20% of meals sold.  By 2022, the company is aiming to ensure that every second meal sold is made without beef.

In addition to reducing emissions, Max Burgers follows the ISO 14021:2017 standard for carbon neutrality. However, instead of offsetting 100% of its emissions as required by the standard, from June 2018 onwards, Max Burgers has offset 110% of its entire value chain’s emissions, making all food served “climate positive”. 

Helping the Planet

Since 2008, Max Burgers has offset its entire value chains emission through Plan Vivo-certified tree-planting projects, which support smallholder agriculture and rural enterprise by providing local employment opportunities, as well as sustainable food and energy sources.

In the past decade, the company’s carbon offsetting programme has planted more than two million trees in Uganda, Malawi and Mozambique through the Plan-Vivo certification system — this is equivalent to covering 5,500 football fields with trees or removing 230,000 petrol cars from the road for one year. 

Max Burgers

Helping People

In 2008, Max Burgers became the first restaurant to CO2-label its entire menu to empower customers to make informed choices. This CO2e menu customers to understand the climate impact of beef burgers and guide then towards more sustainable options. By offering an extensive menu of plant-based “green” burgers, Max Burgers aims to entice customers towards a lower-emission, plant-based diet. 

Spillover Effect

According to Sustainable Brand Index Max Burgers is a green industry leader in Sweden, which has compelled the company to join multiple dialogues within and outside the food industry (both in Sweden and internationally). Through these dialogues, Max Burgers has formed new alliances and encouraged other organizations and companies to adopt CO2e labelling to influence daily choices.  

Maz Burgers also encourages other companies to become “Climate Positive” and advises them on how to do it. The company registers commitments from these new climate-positive companies on its new website, At least 10 companies have informed Max Burgers that they intend to become “climate positive” in 2019.

A comeback for victory gardens amid Bay Area coronavirus shutdown –

A comeback for victory gardens amid Bay Area coronavirus shutdown

By Alec Scott April 4, 2020 Updated: April 4, 2020 6:14 p.m.Comments

Tiffany Keller, a flight attendant, waters her container garden behind her apartment in Alameda. During the coronavirus pandemic, more people are turning to food gardening.
1of5Tiffany Keller, a flight attendant, waters her container garden behind her apartment in Alameda. During the coronavirus pandemic, more people are turning to food gardening.Photo: Kate Munsch / Special to The Chronicle
Yolanda Burrell, owner of Pollinate in Oakland, shows a bee hat at her urban farm store in Oakland.
2of5Yolanda Burrell, owner of Pollinate in Oakland, shows a bee hat at her urban farm store in Oakland.Photo: Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle 2013
A Silver Penciled Rock chick holds her head high while heritage chicks feed from a feeder base at Pollinate, Yolanda Burrell’s urban farm store in Oakland.
3of5A Silver Penciled Rock chick holds her head high while heritage chicks feed from a feeder base at Pollinate, Yolanda Burrell’s urban farm store in Oakland.Photo: Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle 2013
Tiffany Keller, a flight attendant, waters her container garden behind her apartment in Alameda. During the coronavirus pandemic, more people are turning to food gardening.
4of5Tiffany Keller, a flight attendant, waters her container garden behind her apartment in Alameda. During the coronavirus pandemic, more people are turning to food gardening.Photo: Kate Munsch / Special to The Chronicle

Yolanda Burrell is bustling around her farm-supply shop, Pollinate, in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, moving between the nursery garden and the office, where she picks up plant and equipment orders left on her voicemail and computer.

IFTF: Detecting Digital Fingerprints: Tracing Chinese Disinformation in Taiwan

Institute for The Future, Graphika, International Republican Institute reveal foreign and domestic information operations attempted to undermine democratic processes and push Beijing-friendly narratives.

Aug 25, 2020—Institute for the Future’s Digital Intelligence Lab, Graphika, and International Republican Institute issued a joint report revealing the tactics and strategy behind an information operation directed at Taiwanese democratic processes. The report, Detecting Digital Fingerprints: Tracing Chinese Disinformation in Taiwan, uncovered a series of campaigns by CCP-linked and domestic actors targetIng Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election and its response to COVID-19 with narratives crafted to advance Beijing-strategic interests. Key findings include the discovery of new campaign tactics such as the use of Malaysian content farms, coordinated cross-platform campaigns and attempts to instigate U.S. participation.

“The Taiwanese presidential election was a seminal moment for Beijing’s strategic political interests” said Melanie Smith, Head of Analysis, Graphika. “However, the emergence of information operations around COVID-19 makes it abundantly clear that disinformation in Taiwan is a persistent threat, not limited to election cycles.”

The report also indicates resilience to disinformation in Taiwanese society and political culture. “Taiwan is a model of successful mobilization against false information through its use of innovative civil society groups, as well as strong and consistent communication between government and the tech industry,” said Nick Monaco, Director of the Digital Intelligence Lab at Institute for the Future.

“The Chinese disinformation apparatus is evolving, and we are learning more about how its use is strategic to geopolitical priorities,” said Amy Studdart, Senior Advisor for Digital Democracy at the International Republican Institute. “This report should provide a model by which other nations can understand the threat of disinformation on their democractic processes.”

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Read the key findings here. >>

Key Findings from the Report

Finding 1
Disinformation related to COVID-19 was used to discredit the Taiwanese government and had links to mainland China. Mainland Chinese accounts pushed COVID-19 disinformation targeting Taiwan on Facebook and Twitter. These accounts revealed their Chinese origin by overlap with previous Chinese netizen-led disinformation campaigns targeting Taiwan and a poor grasp of linguistic differences between Taiwanese and Chinese Mandarin.

Finding 2
Disinformation was targeted at undermining democratic actors writ large, not just the election, and increased in the months immediately following the election. In addition to foreign campaigns focused on COVID-19, a network of domestic Taiwanese accounts drove a cross-platform campaign falsely alleging Tsai Ing-wen’s Ph.D. dissertation was fake. These inauthentic Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts promoted a petition to the U.S. government to investigate her Ph.D.’s authenticity. These posts often included instructions and links to YouTube videos instructing Chinese speakers not fluent in English how to navigate signing a petition on

Finding 3
Content farms8 in Malaysia promoted Han Kuo-yu, the Kuomintang (KMT) candidate for president, and criticized Tsai Ing-wen, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate and incumbent president. This network of content farms coordinated production and distribution of these stories in the lead up to the election. Often the stories displayed links to mainland China through Chinese vocabulary choices, similarities with content from attributed Chinese government information operations, running stories copied from PRC state-owned media outlets, or by running disinformation attributed to the Chinese government. After the election, this network
promoted several false stories alleging that COVID-19 originated in the U.S.

Finding 4
Disinformation frequently targeted the voting process and Taiwan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) before the election. The Taiwan FactCheck Center catalogued several examples of disinformation on LINE and Facebook that targeted central aspects of Taiwan’s democratic process, including the voting process and the CEC, some of which alleged CIA intervention to swing the result. At least one of these stories displayed signs of mainland Chinese authorship through vocabulary choice.

Finding 5
One presidential candidate’s Facebook page appeared to benefit from false inflation, gaining a suspicious and abrupt increase in Facebook followers one month before the election. James Soong, a third-party candidate for president, gained nearly 500,000 Facebook followers in a period of days the month before Taiwan’s election. Soong received the highest rise in followers out of all 268 official candidate and party Facebook pages we observed in the month leading up to the election. This represented a 356% increase in followers and occurred over a span of about 72 hours. Soong’s suspicious gain of nearly half a million followers over four days is unlikely to be organic and warrants further investigation.

Finding 6
Disinformation was a cross-platform problem during the election. We observed disinformation on six social media platforms—Facebook, Instagram, LINE, PTT, Twitter, and YouTube—and on dozens of domains. Far from being limited to one platform, disinformation was present on all social media platforms studied.

Finding 7
Taiwan’s domestic digital marketing industry plays a large role in political disinformation on the island. The industry is primarily commercially motivated.

Institute for the Future’s Digital Intelligence Lab (DigIntel) is a social scientific research entity conducting work on the most pressing issues at the intersection of technology and society. They examine how new technologies and media can be used to both benefit and challenge democratic communication. Institute for the Future (IFTF) is the world’s leading futures organization. For over 50 years, businesses, governments, and social impact organizations have depended upon IFTF global forecasts, custom research, and foresight training to navigate complex change and develop world-ready strategies. IFTF methodologies and toolsets yield coherent views of transformative possibilities across all sectors that together support a more sustainable future. Institute for the Future is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, California. For more, visit and follow us on Twitter @iftf.

Graphika is the network analysis firm that empowers Fortune 500s, Silicon Valley, human rights organizations and universities to navigate the cybersocial terrain. With rigorous methodology, Graphika maps the formation of communities and the flow of influence and information within large-scale social networks. Organizations rely on Graphika to analyze the global disinformation landscape, protect against coordinated and inauthentic online activity, and understand how to effectively reach audiences through social marketing channels. Founded in 2013 by John Kelly, Ph.D., a pioneer in the field of network analysis, Graphika is a trusted source for governing bodies around the globe and social platforms on matters of foreign information operations, and disinformation and misinformation around events with worldwide impact such as COVID-19 and global election interference. For more, visit and @Graphika_NYC.

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