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The Stream (with Will & Tom)
41 minutes | 8 days ago
Ep 9: Solving wicked problems with catalytic communities with Tom Higley
In this week’s episode, Tom Higley, serial entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of X Genesis, joins Will Sarni & Tom Freyberg to talk about why entrepreneurs are the key to solving wicked water problems. Plus, Tom explains the growing importance of catalytic communities and why Tom believes wicked problems can help entrepreneurs find the sweet spot between what they love, what they’re good at, what they can be paid for and what the world needs. And much more!Tom Higley is a musician and former lawyer, the Denver-based entrepreneur who has founded six tech start-ups over the last two decades, including Service Metrics.
40 minutes | 21 days ago
Ep 8: Calling time on water’s echo chamber with Alexander Crowell
In this week’s episode, Alex Crowell, managing director of PureTerra Ventures, joins Will and Tom to talk about the company’s investment team that created a complete dossier on more than 1000 water technology companies globally.Plus, Alex tells us why he's concerned about the current lack of investment in water and why he thinks a grand experiment is needed to force people to value water. Alex also gives us his views on acquisitions and exits in the global water space, including the recent $1 billion digital purchase and a 5 million euro investment into PureTerra from entrepreneur Shawn Harris plus much, much more!We hope you enjoy the episode.PureTerra Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on investing in disruptive water technologies with a positive social impact.
43 minutes | a month ago
Ep 7: Racing to global water access with Eleanor Allen
In this week’s episode, Eleanor Allen, CEO of the charity Water for People, joins Will Sarni & Tom Freyberg to talk about her ultra-cycling bug and latest adventure, Race Across the West, an epic 930-mile journey across desert and mountains in four days to raise awareness on the need for clean water. Plus, Eleanor gives us her origin story from working as an environmental consultant to heading up the global non-profit organisation, the importance of capacity building to help meet SDG 6, and how Water for People has mastered storytelling to drive awareness, plus much much more!We hope you enjoy the episode.Water for People is a charity that has helped millions of people across nine countries get access to clean water.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 6: Rock 'n' rolll and digital twins with Mark Kaney
In this week’s episode, Mark Kaney, the director of asset management at Binnies, joins Will & Tom to talk about his journey as a semi-professional musician and how he reminisces over the human connections from live music experiences. Plus, listen as they discuss the good old fashioned British pub as the centre of communities and how Mark actually digitally twinned a pub for his team to meet and mingle online.Mark, Will and Tom cut through the Digital Twin hype and talk about the lessons learned from other industries when it comes to mitigating risk, and drawing a connection to Formula 1. We hope you enjoy the episode!
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 5: Water. Paddleboarding. Innovation with Fiona Regan
In this week’s episode, Fiona Regan, a professor in chemistry at Dublin City University and director of the DCU Water Institute, joins Will & Tom to talk about how Fiona fell in love with water, found her purpose and wants to bring others on her journey.Plus, learn why fishermen & paddleboarders are key to the citizen science movement, the importance of not just more data on water quality, but actionable data, and how scaling up of a water transfer office – lessons learned so far and the need to “get out of the lab”.We hope you enjoy the episode!The DCU Water Institute (WI) is a cross-faculty initiative of research and education on water.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 4: Mental wellbeing and mountain biking with Damian Wells
In this week’s episode, Damian Wells, Managing Director of Australian water utility at Coliban Water, joins Will & Tom to talk about how Damian handled the company’s migration to working from home during Covid-19 and the importance of mental wellbeing. Plus, find out why Will & Tom may soon be applying for jobs at Coliban Water, and how a love for adventure got Damian into trouble, including a bad mountain biking accident that left him almost paralysed...We hope you enjoy the episode!Coliban Water provides water and wastewater services to 49 towns across 16,500 sq km in North-Central Victoria.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 3: Water footprints and Captain Planet with Ioana Dobrescu
Ioana Dobrescu, from Water Footprint Implementation, joins Will and Tom this week on The Stream to talk about how her childhood love for Captain Planet inspired a career in water. Plus, Ioana discusses the current global water footprint and the launch of a new water quality alliance involving Google.
41 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 2: Digitally mapping the world with Dr Chris Fisher
Dr Chris Fisher, Founder and Director of the Earth Archive and Archaeologist, joins Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg to discuss the critical work his company is doing using LiDAR and voxel mapping to create a digital version of our planet. Concerned with how rapidly the Earth is changing, Dr Fisher explains why it is vital we create an open-source copy that could prove to be invaluable in the decades to come.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 1: Hydrow's interactive water partnerhship with Sera Moon
Sera Moon, a Professional Rower at Hydrow, kicks off season two of the Stream with Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg to talk about Hydrow's Live Outdoor Reality rower and their interactive partnership with Water.org. Plus, Will gets some tips from Sera for when he's on his Hydro rowing machine and Sera touches on the critical role Hydrow's online community can play in connecting people to water from their own homes.
38 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 17: Sheds, Shirts and Sturgeons with Stuart Orr
Stuart Orr, Practice Lead at Freshwater, WWF, joins Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg from the comfort of his shed for the series finale of The Stream to talk about innovative creative water partnerships around the world. Plus, Stuart shines a light on the WWF rowing partnership, the biodiversity crisis, and why the water sector needs a kick up the backside.
37 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 16: Innovation and ukuleles in the Philippines with Yang Villa
Yang Villa, the Head of the Philippines, Isle Utilities, sits down with Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg to discuss innovation in both the public and private sectors in the Philippines water market. Plus, Yang treats Will and Tom to a festive rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town on his ukulele...
35 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 15: Innovation, unreasonable people & PFAS with Tali Harif
Tali Harif, the Chief Commercial Officer at Puraffinity, joins Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg to talk about the importance of diversity in pushing through innovation, including most recently on PFAS. Also, Tali discusses how growing up in Israel shaped a career in startups, and how her experience in both the private and public sectors have given her an eye for innovation.
34 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 14: Crowdfunding water innovations and chicken dinners with Lon Johnson
Lon Johnson, the founder & CEO of WaterWorks, joins Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg to talk about how his background in American politics helped him identify a new way to help increase online investment in innovative water projects. They discuss the increasing importance of community in a changing water world and how “chicken dinner fundraising” evolved into a digital operation.
38 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 13: Urban water innovation, dogs & TikTok with Kelly Trott
Kelly Trott, the VP of deployment & impact for Imagine H2O, joins Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg to talk about the Urban Water Challenge and overall winner. Plus, Kelly reveals how her puppy become an overnight TikTok sensation, the wider use of social media and how it can be used to get people engaging with water.
36 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep 12: Music, memories & Zimbabwe’s water challenges
Lumbie Mlambo and Rachel Svetanoff from JB Dondolo join Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg to discuss how the charity is helping to solve water challenges in Zimbabwe, worsened by the COVID-crisis. They talk about the ‘Music for Water’ initiative and their favourite live music memories.
36 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep 11: Water enterprise & innovation in Ghana with Jacob Amengor
Jacob Amengor, Co-Founder of iWASH Africa, joins Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg to discuss challenges in Ghana's water sector and the need for innovations, including decentralised, solar powered community solutions. Jacob discusses launching his social enterprise, and the why young professionals are the "drivers for change".
52 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 10: The 100+ Sustainability Accelerator with Andre Fourie
Andre Fourie, Global Director: Water Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) joins Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg to discuss the 100+ Sustainability Accelerator initiative and how it's driving innovation across the wider food & beverage supply chains. He also talks about why we need to rethink the definition of "water stewardship".
49 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 9: Water Stewardship (and the braai) with David Grant
David Grant, director of global water stewardship at PepsiCo joins Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg to discuss the changing nature of water stewardship. He talks about fostering innovation in a multinational, journeying from South Africa to the UK and back, and the importance of the braai (BBQs)!
51 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 8: Smarter agricultural water trading with Richael Young
Richael Young, co-founder and CEO of Mammoth Water joins Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg to discuss the need for disruption in agricultural water trading practices in Southwestern United States. Richael describes her journey as an entrepreneur and the importance of accelerators. Oh, and water on Mars!
52 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep 7: Vertical farming, water and Pitbull with Mike Zelkind
Mike Zelkind, co-founder and CEO of 80 Acres Farms joins Will Sarni and Tom Freyberg to discuss the rise in vertical/urban farming leading to a food revolution. As well as talking about why vertical farms can save over 95% of water compared to traditional farming processes, Mike answers the often asked question over economics. Oh, and American rapper, Pitbull.
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