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A very warm welcome to Metta Talks! We are Metta - and we facilitate transformative innovation as a force for good with startups, industry, governments and businesses. Join our Co-Founders Gabriela Matic and Wil Benton - along with a few others from the Metta team - for weekly episodes, as they chat with amazing individuals on topics around #startups, #progress and #impact. For more from us, head to metta.partners. Follow us on Twitter (@mettatalks) and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/company/mettatalks) for our latest updates.

Metta Talks: Season 2 Episode 5 - Creating Inclusive Culture
Jun 7 2022
Metta Talks: Season 2 Episode 5 - Creating Inclusive Culture
In episode 5, our Co-Founder Gabi and Programme Associate Dana, chat with Thiago Carmo, Managing Director at social enterprise Passion4Social. Operating in Scotland, Passion4Social aim to help create an equal, understanding and inclusive society, celebrates diversity and puts people first, over and above profit margins.Thiago is a Brazilian entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in Marketing and Design with a Master in Development Studies from (University of Glasgow). Thiago has worked for several multinationals (Motorola, Ford, GM, HP, Pepsico, Omega, Roche, etc.) across the globe, in Brazil, Belgium, Canada, and now in the UK. In his career, Thiago has led 4 companies as an entrepreneur. In 2018, he co-founded his 5th company, Passion4Social, and the growth has been exponential: 600% last year, with 10 employees. He is passionate about diversity, social impact, and mainly helping people.Join Thiago, Gabi and Dana as they discuss how  to create sustainable employment opportunities for people with disabilities and those with disadvantaged backgrounds, and what Passion4Social does to contribute to feelings of inclusion, health, wellbeing, and quality of life of their staff and communities. Learn more with the links below -Passion4Social WebsiteLinkedInTwitterListen now on -Spotify: Apple: For more information about Metta, head to metta.partners. We'd love to hear from you! Follow us on Twitter (@mettatalks) and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/company/mettatalks) to ask your questions or submit suggestions for future episodes.
Metta Talks: Season 2 Episode 4 - Sustainability in the South of Scotland
May 25 2022
Metta Talks: Season 2 Episode 4 - Sustainability in the South of Scotland
In episode 4, our Co-Founder Wil and Marketing Lead Nicole, sit down with Richard Smith - Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lead at South of Scotland Enterprise. We’ve been lucky to work with Richard and the rest of the SOSE team over the last few months, on a research project aiming to research the current business landscape in the South of Scotland and the challenges that local enterprises in the areas face.Collectively, we are putting together a report, to allow us to understand the challenges, and navigate ways to improve them for enterprise operators in the region.Richard has worked for South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE – pronounced So-Say) since October 2020 and previously operated in both the private and third sector in a variety of sustainability-focused roles across the built environment, energy and renewables, and environmental data services. As a Chartered Environmentalist, he has a firm grasp on the challenges facing enterprise from a climate change perspective but also understands the opportunities these bring for innovation and new ways of living and working. Join Richard, Wil and Nicole as they discuss how SOSE was established completely remotely in 2020, how they are helping support founders and business owners, as well as the challenges that are being faced in the region, from both a business and sustainability point of view. Richard also touches on SOSE being a Carbon Literate Organisation, further highlighting their commitment to leading the region’s journey to Net Zero - as well as how SOSE are hoping to encourage other companies in the region to follow suit. South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) is the one-stop shop for businesses and enterprising communities throughout Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. They aim to help people and enterprises in the south to thrive, grow, and fulfil their best potential.Learn more with the links below -South of Scotland Enterprise WebsiteSOSE and Metta Partnership and Research ProjectListen now on -Spotify: Amazon: For more information about Metta, head to metta.partners. We'd love to hear from you! Follow us on Twitter (@mettatalks) and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/company/mettatalks) to ask your questions or submit suggestions for future episodes.
Metta Talks: Season 2 Episode 3 - Sustainable Supply Chain
May 11 2022
Metta Talks: Season 2 Episode 3 - Sustainable Supply Chain
In episode 3, our Co-Founder Gabi and Programme Director Ksenia, sit down with Lise Alm from Worldfavor. As Chief Strategy Officer, Lise’s main focus is to develop the organisation's long-term and short-term strategic initiatives, supporting Worldfavor’s continued growth and expansion.Lise brings over 15 years of experience across business development, strategy and corporate affairs in the intersection between law and tech. Lise has experience as an early key employee of Spotify and had a large role in Spotify’s global expansion to multiple markets in the company’s earlier scale-up phase. Further, she held a key senior management role at the scaleup Volumental in business development, commercial strategy as well as global sales and partnerships.Join Lise, Gabi and Ksenia as they discuss sustainability management, and ESG reporting and transparency with Worldfavor. Worldfavor is a global sustainability platform that enables businesses to access, manage and share sustainability information. Whether you are searching for a tool to analyse, follow-up, and improve your supply chain transparency and sustainability – or wish to evaluate your own performance and run a smooth sustainability reporting process Worldfavor is here to help.22 000+ organisations in over 130 countries are using one, or a mix of, Worldfavor’s solutions to easily share and access sustainability data – from one place. “Imagine Worldfavor being to sustainability data what LinkedIn is to jobs – companies can share and access sustainability information, compare data and interact with each other.”Learn more with the links below -Worldfavor WebsiteConnect with Lise AlmListen now on -Spotify: more information about Metta, head to metta.partners. We'd love to hear from you! Follow us on Twitter (@mettatalks) and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/company/mettatalks) to ask your questions or submit suggestions for future episodes.
Metta Talks: Season 2 Episode 2 - Reduce Carbon, Reduce Cost
Apr 27 2022
Metta Talks: Season 2 Episode 2 - Reduce Carbon, Reduce Cost
Welcome back to #MettaTalks Season 2!In episode 2, our Co-Founder Gabi and Innovation and Sustainability Lead Heather, sit down with Jonathan Withey, to chat all things climate education and reducing carbon costs. Jonathan is Head of Business Development at Planet Mark - a sustainability certification for every type of organisation and real estate. The certification recognises continuous improvement, encourages action and builds an empowered community of like-minded individuals who make a world of difference. Here at Metta, we are proud to have attained our Planet Mark certification.Jonathan has spent the past eight years working closely with businesses to unlock their  potential for transformational and sustainable change. He has also been awarded a Fellowship to the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturers and  Commerce - which recognises outstanding achievements to social progress and development.Join Jonathan, Gabi and Heather as they discuss Environmental accreditations, becoming a BCorp and climate education - as well as how you yourself can become Planet Mark certified, with tips on how to get the certification.We also chat about how Planet Mark measures carbon footprint. They want to avoid greenwashing and present carbon in a way that everyone understands as well as making it accessible - allowing you to engage your staff in a way that makes them feel passionate and excited, with a greater sense of purpose.Planet Mark work in collaboration with other organisations such as Ecologie, who provide simple and impactful ways to collectively reverse climate change. Metta are protecting an area of endangered rainforest with Cool Earth - a charity that works with rainforest communities, halting deforestation and its impact on climate change.Learn more with the links below -Planet Mark WebsiteMore about charity Cool EarthAsháninka 72% Dark Chocolate in collab with Cool Earth and Planet MarkPlanet Market Eventbrite PageListen now on -Spotify: Amazon: Google: Apple: For more information about Metta, head to metta.partners. We'd love to hear from you! Follow us on Twitter (@mettatalks) and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/company/mettatalks) to ask your questions or submit suggestions for future episodes.
Climate Investing
Aug 11 2021
Climate Investing
In this episode, Wil talks to Pippa Gawley, Founder and Managing Director of Zero Carbon Capital - an early-stage investor in companies that are on a mission to fix climate change through deep science innovation. Wil and Pippa take a look at where climate investing is today, how Zero Carbon Capital validates cutting-edge technologies in this space, and supports spinout companies on their journey as well as the concrete action needed from a government and policy perspective to achieve Net-Zero.If you would like to connect with Pippa, reach out to her by email pippa@zerocarbon.capital. If you’d like to get in touch with Zero Carbon Capital regarding funding, head over to their website (zerocarbon.capital/entrepreneurs) and subscribe to their Twitter @ZeroCarbonCap for the latest on climate tech. Pippa is also the co-founder of FiveThirteen (fivethirteen.org), a collaborative, non-profit organisation supporting female & non-binary cleantech entrepreneurs. If you’re interested in learning more, contact FiveThirteen by email hello@fivethirteen.org or follow their work on Twitter @fivethirteenUK.Metta Talks is brought to you by Metta - we support startups, industry, and government with sustainable technology-driven innovation. Every week, join Gabriela Matic, Wil Benton, and Ksenia Kurileva as they chat with amazing individuals on topics around startups, innovation, and sustainability.For more information about Metta, head to metta.partners (metta.partners). We'd love to hear from you! Follow us on Twitter (@mettatalks) and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/company/mettatalks) to ask your questions or submit suggestions for future episodes.