Watching TED Talks is a popular pastime at CN&CO. We visit regularly to clear our heads, have a laugh or get inspired. TED Talks open our minds, spark new ways of thinking and can lead to some very interesting conversations. Each week we pick a favourite and publish it on a Tuesday, because we like how “TED Talk Tuesday” sounds. This week’s talk was posted by our Blake Dyason. Here’s why he chose it.

In 2015, many world leaders agreed on 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reached by 2030. I have often found myself wondering if these are ambitious goals set by the UN or if they are really achievable.

I personally believe that many of these ambitious SDGs are achievable if we are honest with ourselves and do things differently.

How is it possible that companies claim to be about job creation but when times get tough they retrench staff while shareholders and directors still get bonuses?

How is it that companies claim to be about women empowerment, yet women are paid less?

Sadly, we can’t always rely on governments to drive these goals. Imagine companies were as committed to a better future as they are to profits?

Listen to Michael Green’s view on what it would take to meet the SDGs. I look forward to chatting to you about the difference we can make, together.