Consumption Week 32

My notes from some of the media I consumed this week.

  • The car can capture 2 kilograms of CO₂ through a special filter at 20,000 travel miles per year. This means that ten cars can store as much carbon dioxide as an average tree. There are more than a billion passenger cars driving around the world

Tags: EVs, CCUS, Sustainability



Tags: Materials, Minerals, Sustainability, Supply Chain, Scarcity

  • The innovative design allows the photoreactor to capture photons at high efficiency under varying sun directions, eliminating the need for sun-tracking. The panels are also manufacturable via extrusion of polymers, making them inexpensive and easily manufacturable at scale – all of which could help make a sustainable future more affordable and practical.

Tags: Solar, Renewable Energy, Innovation


Tags: Batteries, Energy Storage, Value Chain

  • “Our process is very similar to growing plants,” said Lisa Dyson, founder of Air Protein. “But instead of a multicellular organism, like a plant, [it creates] a single celled organism in a matter of hours. We’re essentially feeding the elements that make up that protein molecule to the organism, and the organism reshuffles everything to make that protein.”

Tags: Food, Agriculture, CO2

  • Asia, the world’s factory floor and the source of much of the stuff Americans buy, is running into a big problem: Its young people, by and large, don’t want to work in factories.
  • “Everybody wants to be an Instagrammer or a photographer or a stylist or work at a coffee shop,” he said.
  • In 2001, Nike reported that more than 80% of its factory workers were in Asia, and that the typical one was 22, single and raised on a farm. Today, Nike’s average worker in China is 40, and in Vietnam, 31, in part because Asian countries are aging rapidly.

Tags: Trade, Prices, Outsourcing, Supply Chain, Manufacturing

  • A barrier to Chinese/Indian growth/domination?


Tags: Water, Scarcity, Resources, India, China

  1. I am all in: 50% more likely to treat growth as the first or second item on the agenda when speaking to the board
  2. I am willing to fail: 70% more likely to make multiple long-term growth bets rather than just a few
  3. I know my customer as a person, not as a data point: 70% more likely to build an understanding of customers’ needs through formal and informal methods (ethnography, surveys, in-store visits, etc)
  4. I favor action over perfection:
  5. I fight for growth: 60% more likely to have a clear multiyear mandate to pursue growth initiatives
  6. I have a growth story I tell all the time: 70% more likely to ensure that every employee understands the growth strategy and what it means for them
  7. I give control to others: 40% more likely to have explicit incentives to reward risk taking in their teams

Tags: Business, Leadership, Growth

  • How does the guitar in Robot Rock speak? Because it definitely does.

Tags: Music, Sound, Perception, Psychology, Acoustics

  1. There is something deeply wrong with you
  2. You will never be understood by anyone
  3. You will never fully know yourself
  4. Nothing is what it seems
  5. So much of life is chance
  6. Happiness will never come
  7. You will be replaced
  8. You will be forgotten
  9. No real story ends well
  10. In all likelihood, when your story ends, it is the end

Tags: Mental Health, Psychology