Kent Nutt, Author at Activate World

Open Source software helps the energy industry go green

Meeting the ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions set by governments and the Paris Agreement will require more energy from sustainable sources like wind and solar power. This shift is creating problems for utilities due to the unpredictable nature of these renewable energy sources. The energy sector is turning to open source software to meet these technological challenges. …

For Facebook and other platforms, fake news is still news – and money

Facebook is running a false ad about Joe Biden paid for by President Trump’s reelection campaign. The platform says it meets with its policies, and other media/tech companies are following suit.  Lunchtime Conversations: What are the implications for democracy if public opinion is manipulated at scale with false ads? CNN and other stations refuse to…

Activist CEOs with a double standard on social and political issues

CEOs who take activist stances on social and political issues in the U.S. seem to have a double standard when it comes to other countries. These CEOs are increasingly outspoken about issues within our borders but take a very different approach when it comes to China’s authoritarian communist party or the Saudi royal family.  Lunchtime Conversations:…

U.S. Corporations form immigration initiative

For more than a decade, promised immigration reform proposals never see the light of day. Meanwhile, U.S. corporations continue to struggle with immigrant workforce challenges. Now corporations are taking action due to political gridlock. Lunchtime Conversations: How can business leaders be the new change agents for immigrant reform? Why is having a diverse workforce so…

Sunrise Movement – youth-led activists for a Green New Deal

Founded by twentysomethings in 2017, the Sunrise Movement is now the dominant policy influence within the Democrat’s young, progressive wing. Just as the March for Our Lives has changed gun-control activism from a movement of grieving parents to one led by students, Sunrise is part of a generational shift in the environmental movement. Lunchtime Conversations: How can…

Tech contractors for Google vote to unionize

About 80 workers employed by a third-party vendor for Google called HCL Technologies voted to join the United Steelworkers on Tuesday. White-collar tech industry contractors have unionized for the first time — a historic step that could inspire other Silicon Valley contract workers. Lunchtime Conversations: How can tech companies balance their need for workforce flexibility…

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon to lead Business Roundtable

The Business Roundtable, the group representing corporate America’s interest in Washington, has a new chairman – Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. The appointment of McMillon comes at a seminal time for both Business Roundtable and Walmart, the country’s largest retailer and private employer. Last month, Business Roundtable said that America’s corporations are responsible for improving society by serving…

Virginia’s Bennett passes on raise, invests in university’s athletics department

Heading into his 11th season as the University of Virginia’s men’s basketball coach, Tony Bennett, was offered a raise that he declined. He suggested the money be used instead to pay his staff more and make improvements to his program and other Virginia athletic teams.  Lunchtime Conversations:             How can we encourage more selfless acts like…

Examples of companies taking climate actions

The devastating effects of climate change are undeniable. The United Nations panel on climate change warned the world of irreversible climate impact as early as 2030. Here are 16 companies, multinationals, and startups that are taking actions to mitigate climate change. What are other examples of how companies can take climate action? What can political leaders learn…