“People need to unite around the biggest challenge we’re all going to face. They need to realise that local conflicts are not that important. That not one country can do it by itself. We need everybody to be on the same page. Without being united we cannot fix the...
IT’S BOTH ALARMING AND ENCOURAGING WHEN A STORY about global warming is the dominant piece of news for the day. When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says, in no uncertain terms, that the human race has a decade to prevent climate catastrophe, it gives people the opportunity...
WHENEVER A COUNTRY OR CITY BIDS TO HOST A MAJOR SPORTING EVENT, the decision is usually justified by citing the economic prosperity, profile boost and opportunity to create social change that such an event will bring. But the fact remains that there will almost certainly be a negative impact...
IT WAS A SWELTERING EVENING in east London when the Netherlands beat underdog Ireland in the final of the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup. With the temperature peaking at around 27°C, the athletes could count themselves unlucky for having to contest what was probably the biggest match of their...
Mighty oaks grow from small seeds. Just ask Jeremy Pochman. Little did he know eight years ago, when he first had a conversation with a local community sailing programme, that the work they would do together would become the catalyst for one of the largest car manufacturers in the...
Thirteen years ago, Istanbul’s immense Ataturk Stadium was the stage for one of the most dramatic nights in European football. After going 3-0 down to star-studded AC Milan (boasting the likes of Kaka, Clarence Seedorf, Hernan Crespo and Paolo Maldini) in the first half of the 2005 Champions League...
It has become almost cliché to refer to athletes as role-models. The arguments about whether sportspeople are obliged to carry themselves a certain way off the field have raged for some time now, with no clear answer. But one thing is indisputable: athletes are the most important individuals in any...
When NFL franchise Atlanta Falcons built the first-ever LEED Platinum sports stadium in the US, owner Arthur Blank said the decision was the right thing to do for the city and the environment. Additionally, he wanted to demonstrate that building responsibly was “possible for a venue of any type,...
Forget entertaining the crowd and making sure participants are looked after, sporting events need to focus all of their efforts on three major factors: Reputation. Brand. And societal expectations. That might be a slight exaggeration. Sport will, first and foremost, always prioritise the entertainment of the spectators and wellbeing of those...
In August 2017, The Boston Globe headed to Tennessee to interview a bunch of NASCAR fans. The subject? Donald Trump's presidency. Seven months after his election to office, the majority of those canvassed were positive about his position on trade, political correctness and his vision for the future of the...