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My guest today is Richard de Nys, founder and CEO of Award Force, an Australia-based, remote software company.

In our conversation we discussed:

  • Richard’s background as a product designer and how AwardForce came about
  • The issues around planned obsolescence and consequently how designers have a direct impact on sustainability
  • How remote or distributed teams can be climate positive
  • AwardForce’s attempts and drive to be a carbon neutral operation

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Jordyn Bonds is co-founder and CEO of TallyLab. I got to know of her after my interview with James Christie. When I saw that she had given a talk about the web’s energy (in)efficiency I had to speak to her as the carbon footprint of the web an elephant in the tech industry’s room that is largely ignored.

Our conversation touched on a number of issues including diversity, privacy, and how certain key infrastructural choices in how the web and web apps are designed can have an order of magnitude’s difference to energy consumption and efficiency.

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In this episode I speak to Tom Greenwood, founder and CEO of Wholegrain Digital, a London-based WordPress agency who’s built a reputation and business around sustainable web design.

Wholegrain is itself a registered B Corp — meaning that they hold themselves accountable to balancing profit with purpose. Apart from talking through the company’s journey and experience of going through this process we also discuss what exactly is involved in creating a more sustainable website, and what personal and political actions we can all take to advance climate emergency solutions.

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I was so stoked to get Cennydd on the show. As a former designer myself Cennydd was always someone I looked up to. Not just because of his design chops, but also because he always came across as a very principled designer.

When I looked him up recently in researching guests for the show I was therefore thrilled to see that he’d completely shifted focus to evangelising ethical and future design.

My conversation with him did not disappoint.

On the practical level we cover some specific approaches to how designers can do their job better from a climate point of view. But we also discuss how these topics can lead to personal burnout and down periods and how to deal with them.

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Natalie is the co-founder and CEO of WildBit, a remote software company that produces tools for software developers. Natalie came across my radar after my interview with Peldi who suggested I reach out to her as somebody who might be interested in the topic.

He was right.

Because while she personally doesn’t have the time to learn about the issue deeply her company, like Hotjar, had made a commitment to becoming carbon neutral.

Besides discussing her personal views on the matter in the episode you’ll hear how this came about and how WildBit is approaching it.

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Frankly, if you work in software marketing or sales and haven’t heard of Steli Efti you’ve not been doing your job right. He’s an accomplished salesperson and negotiator who’s become deservedly famous for openly sharing his expertise for free.

I was lucky to work directly with Steli for a few months at Close but even so I was in two minds as to whether he’d be at all open to discussing this topic.

Turns out I was right to reach out to him. Like Peldi, despite not being an expert on the topic he is personally concerned and we had a fruitful conversation. More importantly (to me) he shared his thoughts on why and how activists in the area struggle with “selling” the problem and what approaches we can all take to do better.

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I reached out to Oli on the Tech Impact Makers Slack group last year after I came across his Forge The Future newsletter.

After a brief intro chat I knew I had to get an interview with him because his story seemed pretty unique to me at the time: an experienced and well-paid engineer took a self-imposed twelve-month sabbatical to educate himself on the climate emergency and work out what he could do to help.

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Simon Galbraith runs a twenty-year old software company called Redgate. I had the good fortune to work for Redgate, and directly with Simon, for a number of years. I don’t say “good fortune” lightly because Redgate was, and by all accounts still is, a great place to work. A lot of care is taken to provide genuine customer value and a safe and fulfilling environment for employees.

Unsurprisingly though, climate and sustainability haven’t featured highly on the company’s priority list. So I wanted to ask Simon why.

Simon is very direct in his views, which don’t always chime with mine or the mainstream climate views. But to me that’s all the more important in my journey to understand how tech can help with the climate emergency.

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Today’s guest is Mark Littlewood, CEO of the Business of Software conferences held in Boston, MA and Cambridge, UK.

I’ve known Mark for a number of years (and attended a few of his events) but, as is often the case with folks in tech, I don’t recall ever touching upon issues of climate or environment even in casual conversation.

With his birds-eye-view of the software industry Mark however proved to have a few important insights on how tech companies think about sustainability. We also discussed his personal views on the matter and, of course, what a conference organiser would want to see in a speaker to accept this kind of topic to a mainstream software event.

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My guest today is James Christie, user experience designer at MadPow and founder of the (pre-COVID) remote SustainableUX conference.

As a designer James understands the huge impact design principles can have on a project from the get-go: sustainability being one of them. In other words, making yourself “greener” after the fact is much harder than building it in from day one. Aside from his tactics on doing that, we also discuss some useful approaches of how the benefits of sustainability can be “sold” to clients and colleagues internally to make the entire process easier.

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