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Unreasonable Impact | Democratizing Manufacturing by 3D Printing From Trash: Q&A with re:3D

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Hundreds of millions of people still live in poverty without access to resources that would improve their livelihoods. Often, they have no choice but to rely on sporadic donations from aid agencies that may or may not actually address their needs.

What if every household could act as its own factory and personally manufacture exactly what it needed to thrive?

How Barclays is Supporting the Inventors of Tomorrow

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Since its launch in 2014, MakerClub has established eight after-school clubs that introduce young people to coding, creative thinking and emerging technologies. Here, director Declan Cassidy reveals his aim to grow that number to 50 across the UK in 2017  – and tells how Barclays is supporting his team’s ambitious plans to develop the ‘inventors of tomorrow’.  

“We’re giving young people the tools to reshape the world around them,” says Declan Cassidy. “We want to create the next generation of creative thinkers.”

Unreasonable Impact | Finally, the Turbine We’ve Been Waiting For: Q&A with Semtive

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In 2015, over twice as much money was spent on renewable energy than coal and gas power combined. Despite record levels of investment and sharply falling prices for solar, wind, and hydropower energy, eighty percent of the world’s energy consumption still comes from fossil fuels.

Unreasonable Impact | Harnessing the Sun to Help End Poverty: Q&A with Off Grid Electric

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Over 625 million people live without power in Sub-Saharan Africa. That’s nearly 70 percent of the continent’s population. For those households with access to the grid, only 69 percent experience reliable electricity. Blackouts last for days, often impeding businesses from providing a dependable service or generating a consistent income.

Unreasonable Impact | The Next Generation of Rural Infrastructure: Q&A with Altaeros Energies

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In the twenty-first century, having internet connection is nearly synonymous with participating in the global economy. Yet many people who live in rural areas, especially in developing countries, remain beyond the reach of the infrastructure required for modern communication.

Unreasonable Impact | Turning Carbon Waste Into Usable Fuel

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Unreasonable’s CEO Daniel Epstein is joined at the fireside by Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech and an alumnus of the Unreasonable Impact accelerator.

As a biotech startup that harnesses carbon waste and converts it into usable fuel (read: one of the most badass and potentially disruptive companies we know of), LanzaTech faces many challenges. Holmgren discusses her mission to convince legislators that carbon waste is not a liability, but an opportunity.

Unreasonable Impact | Putting Empathy Back in Healthcare with 3D Printing: Q&A with Andiamo

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In 2003, Naveed and Samiya Parvez gave birth to their son, Diamo. Medical negligence during birth led to cerebral palsy and severe developmental delay for Diamo, who required help with the most basic of functions, from sitting to eating. He wore several orthotics and braces to aid these daily functions.

Rise: The View From Cape Town

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In the first of a new series profiling Barclays Rise hubs around the world, we speak to Yasaman Hadjibashi, Group Chief Creation Officer for Barclays Africa Group, about how new banking technology is impacting the continent and what’s in prospect at Barclays’ Cape Town Accelerator.

This year’s Cape Town Barclays Accelerator for innovative fintech companies begins in May. What’s new this year?

Heels and Hosiery: Lucy Choi and Bianca Miller-Cole on “Taking Risks”

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Shoe designer Lucy Choi and entrepreneur Bianca Miller–Cole were the guests of honour last week at an evening of inspiration hosted by the Barclays Win Gender network.

“It’s important to take risks in life,” says shoe designer Lucy Choi. “If you believe and feel passionate about what you’re doing, then go for it.”

Choi was talking to around 100 Barclays staff who crammed into her boutique in central London last week seeking inspiration, insider tips – and possibly a new pair of heels.

Unreasonable Impact | From Forgotten WWII Tunnels To Urban Farm: Q&A with Growing Underground

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Today, miles of empty tunnels run beneath the streets of London. The government constructed them over one hundred feet beneath the surface to serve as shelter during the air raids of WWII. However, after the war, many of these tunnels were left abandoned. Funding to convert them into tube lines ran dry.

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