I traveled to all the continents, admired many of the beautiful places on this planet, met interesting people and experienced the different cultures. And by doing so, changing the outcome of the sum of my actions. Changing the man who I was and who I want to be. - Maarten Schäfer -
Meeting Richard Branson at TED - We are on our way to TED, a global platform for sharing ‘ideas worth spreading’. Richard Branson is tonight’s main guest and he will be talking to TED’s curator Chris Anderson. For us as entrepreneurs, Richard has long been a source of inspiration – we are particularly interested in his vision for saving the planet. He believes in making a difference and is always looking for the next big thing. I wonder what the next big thing is going to be tonight.
An icon of the Brazilian fashion scene, Lenny Niemeyer started designing swimwear in the 1980s when she moved from São Paulo to Rio. It all started when she was looking for bikinis – for herself and for friends back in São Paulo – and was disappointed by the choice. “So I started designing them myself,” she says with a smile.
Dubai Superlatives - A few thousand years ago you had to go to Giza, Egypt, to find the tallest manmade structure. The Great Pyramid was about 140 metres high and held the world record for over 4,000 years. In 1889 however, Gustav Eiffel designed his iconic tower for the 1889 Paris World Fair, the first structure to exceed 300 metres
Born to be Wild One of the things on my bucket list has always been to ride the Route 66 on a Harley-Davidson. Scenes of the Easy Rider movie enter my mind, where Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper drive the long straight roads of the American Southwest. The plan is to start in Flagstaff, Arizona and drive all the way down to the Santa Monica pier, the end of the Route 66. And of course make a detour to the Grand Canyon and to Las Vegas.
Meeting Richard Lee (Pepsico) – “Activate Your Thirst”
Meeting Richard Lee (Pepsico) - "Activate Your Thirst" - We meet up with Richard Lee, Pepsi’s Global Marketing VP for sparkling drinks, in Shanghai. We met Richard in 2009 when he was based in New York as global brand director for Pepsi when he told us the story of how they introduced Pepsi in China and created higher brand preference than its main competitor (Coca-Cola). After a number of years in New York, he decided to return to Shanghai to master the Chinese market.
Meeting Richard Lee (Pepsico) - "Activate Your Thirst"
Meeting Joaquin Bacardi in Puerto Rico - I point my camera towards the other side of the bay and scan the coastline. I stop as I see two wind turbines appear in my screen. I zoom in. “There it is,” I say to myself. “The largest rum distillery in the world!”
Oskar Metsavaht - "Make sustainability cool" - We have arranged to meet Oskar Metsavaht at one of the small beachfront cafés on Arpoador Beach, where we find him sitting on the terrace gazing out at the waves and the quiet ocean beyond. As soon as we introduce ourselves he leaps up with a big smile and warmly shakes our hands. “Welcome, have a seat, come and enjoy the view!” he says with a broad gesture.
Meeting GE in NY - Healthymagination - As Anouk gets up to go and order another coffee, I take a look around. “Your average Starbucks crowd,” I think to myself. “Apart from that lot at the next table. I wonder what they’re up to?” I catch part of the conversation...
Meeting Jean-Baptiste Santoul at Amsterdam Airport
Meeting Jean-Baptiste Santoul - Founder of the Henkel Innovation Challenge - “I’m a true believer in innovation. I believe innovation is the solution to many of the problems, like atmospheric pollution and the global water scarcity. By stimulating the new generations to find solutions, we’re getting a step closer to global cooling.”