Case Study – VERGE Hawaii Sustainability Conference Presentations, 2016

Centred on Honolulu’s goal to be powered fully by renewable energy by 2045, the VERGE Hawaii conference saw speakers take innovative storytelling approaches to discuss sustainability on the island. For example, to highlight how sustainably native people lived prior to the 1700s, Amber Leonani Nahooikaika, Kuma Hula, Hālau Hula ‘O Hokulani, began the conference by singing a traditional oli blessing, known as the “soul of the aboriginal peoples of Hawaii.” In addition, venture capitalist Andrew Beebe of Obvious Ventures made his entire presentation in emojis (aided by his children, aged 9 and 13) and Rob Davis pretended to get advice for helping bees from Siri on his iPhone. He’s the director of Media & Innovation Lab at Fresh Energy, which pushes for developing bee-friendly habitats around solar installations.

*Sustainable Development Goals – 3 & 9

Transport issues addressed – City planning, air quality, sustainability.

Photo Credit: Kathryn Cooper via http://www.greenbiz.com

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