by Julie Gorte, Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax World Funds
Climate change is a story that encompasses everyone — believer, denier, rich, poor, black, brown, white, majority, minority, male or female. It’s an equal opportunity wolf at the door. But, as is the case with diversity in almost every pursuit, more diverse groups bring more to the table, and considering that climate change is the most important problem humans must solve, diversity has a contribution to make to climate change.
“There’s no limit to what type of experience games can provide.”
Mixed Reality flight simulations for Air Force pilots. Showcasing satellite orbital mechanics in Virtual Reality. Building an interactive digital encyclopedia of aircraft. For Jason Rauck, Project Lead and Game Designer with Booz Allen’s San Antonio office’s Immersive team, projects like these are all in a day’s work.
Rauck creates interactive experiences that prepare U.S. warfighters for their real-life missions—an interest that began in childhood.
As we enter a new decade and 2030 appears on the horizon, the world as we know it is at a crucial juncture. Faced with unparalleled challenges including a climate emergency, economic dislocation, increasing social inequity and the unintended consequences of rapid-paced technological disruption, there has never been a more urgent moment for collaborative, progressive action from global leaders.
In this, the “decade to deliver,” society at large will hold leaders from across all sectors to account for the actions and choices they make.
The cell phones you use to connect with your friends. The vehicles you ride in to and from school. The things that shape our daily lives all start as ideas—and engineers turn these ideas into reality.
Scientist Blake Fernandez and Lead Associate Shawn Lester from Booz Allen’s Huntsville, AL office shared this message with students at Madison City Schools in honor of National Engineering Week. The goal: Engage youth early around STEM careers, starting with engineering and expanding to include cyber, computer science, chemistry, and other sciences.
Kirk Borne— a top speaker and digital influencer in the areas of Big Data, Data Science, and AI—works in data science and AI at Booz Allen, where he serves as an Executive Advisor, the firm’s first and only Principal Data Scientist, and in 2019 was named the firm’s first and only Data Science Fellow.
“That’s the way we’ve always done it” is known as one of the most harmful phrases in business, as it keeps companies from exploring new ideas that could lead to innovation. However, the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, defies this mindset by continually looking for new ways to improve the sustainability of its operations.
Innovation labs, technology scouting outposts and accelerator programs to invest in startups have become ubiquitous in large companies, as have regularly-scheduled hackathons or idea challenges that invite employees to develop and pitch new ideas.
Yet, in some companies, all of that activity adds up to nothing more than “innovation theater.” In others, it actually yields a stream of internal improvements; new products and services; experiments with different business models; and investments in fledgling companies that are connecting with new customer segments.