“If we can’t feed ourselves, then everything else becomes moot”

Food sovereignty and sustainable food systems expert Nick Rose is pioneering urban agriculture in Melbourne. I interviewed him for The Possible issue 06 about why the future of city life depends on it, and created a separate – rather sobering – infographic about food security.

World in motion

Harvard professor Bill Kerr argues that global talent migration is a ‘gift’ that helps societies to flourish. But cities need to get over the idea of being the next Silicon Valley and make the system work for everyone. I interviewed him for issue 05 of The Possible, and made a vain attempt to condense his entire book into a single infographic… Most startling statistic: One in every 11 US patents is granted to a Chinese or Indian inventor living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Cities by numbers

One of the great things about living in Cambridge is getting to hear top academics talk about really interesting things in pubs. And one of the great things about being a journalist is that you get to ask them loads of questions.

I went to see historian Poornima Paidipaty speak at the Pint of Science festival about how the metrics we use to measure society influence the interventions we make. And then I interviewed her for issue 04 of The Possible magazine about what this means for cities: how new data streams can give us a much more nuanced pictures of how places work, and the reasons why they fail.

The trouble with brilliance

Architecture and engineering are both fixated on the idea of genius. Could this be the source of their enduring gender imbalance? I interviewed psychologist Andrei Cimpian about the implications of a groundbreaking piece of research.

The piece appeared in issue 03 of The Possible, the thought leadership magazine I edit for WSP.

Graphic featured in an interview with Andrei Cimpian in The Possible 03