Ep.31: Island Innovation and Sustainable Development with James Ellsmoor
The Sargassum Podcast
Our guest today is James Ellsmoor, who is the Founder and Director of Island Innovation, which connects rural and island locations around the world working on similar development issues. Island Innovation began with a newsletter and a series of virtual events, and has evolved into a community of over 127,000 members. He is also the co-founder of Solar Head of State, which works with governments to push action on renewable energy. The NGO has focused on small island developing states (SIDS) with solar installations on the Office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Government House in Saint Lucia and the Presidential Palace of the Maldives. SHOS is now working with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States and the Pacific Island Development Forum to install solar on the official residences across these organizations’ combined 24 member states. James has a master’s degree in “Island Studies” from the University of the Highlands and Islands and is a true expert on sustainability on islands. Listen to the episode to hear about: - Introduction of our summer intern Eloise (0:50) - How Franziska got involved with Island Innovation (2:17) - Introduction of James Ellsmoor (3:40) - What sargassum means to James (5:14) - What an island is and what it means to be an islander (7:35) - Common challenges of island life (8:33) - How islands drive innovation (9:25) - Advantages of island life (12:18) - Political implications of being an island community (16:56) - Viewing sargassum as an opportunity (23:08) - What Island Innovation is (25.38) - Getting involved (26:36) - Community discussions around sargassum (28:30) - Island Innovation Summit (30:36) - Debrief (33:51) Learn more about James Ellsmoor and Island Innovation: ֍ Website ֍ YouTube ֍ LinkedIn ֍ Facebook ֍ Twitter ֍ Instagram We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons Become one of our patrons (https://www.patreon.com/Sargassumpodcast) for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on youtube and Spotify
Lesson 61: Exploring Island Communities and Helping Them Become More Sustainable with James Ellsmoor
The School of Travels
Hello listeners! Thanks for joining me for another episode of The School of Travels podcast. Today, I’m speaking with James Ellsmoor, serial entrepreneur, writer, and the founder of Island Innovation, an organization that helps island communities become more sustainable and resilient by providing virtual events, workshops, public speaking opportunities, and digital marketing communications. As part of his university studies, James started visiting remote island communities and began to see the links between them and the need to help them become more sustainable in this rapidly changing global environment. James and I discuss islands that you may not have considered visiting before, especially in the Caribbean and the Pacific, and what makes these islands so special. If you’ve never spent much time visiting islands beyond stopping off on a cruise or as part of an all-inclusive tour, I hope this interview will help you see islands with a whole new set of travelers’ eyes.
No Man Is An Island | A Conversation With James Ellsmoor
How to Save an Ocean
James Ellsmoor is the founder and CEO of Island Innovation, a global network that connects island communities through digital communication and programming. Events like the Virtual Island Summit allow rural communities, organizations, and island stakeholders to connect in ways they wouldnʻt otherwise. In this conversation, Naiʻa and James talk about the unique connection between island people and the ocean, how to create virtual community, and innovation in practice. To learn more about James' work, visit https://islandinnovation.co or on Facebook, and on Twitter @IslandsInnovate or @jellsmoor
James Ellsmore is a social entrepreneur with a key focus on renewable energy and sustainable development for remote, rural and island communities. He's the founder of Island Innovation a strategic consulting agency focused on creating resilient and sustainable island communities around the world, the co-founder of NGO Solar Head of State and a virtual events consultant. In this episode, we discuss the challenges which islands face from climate change as well as the economic challenges of a monoculture economy, how islands can be perfect incubation ecosystems for sustainable technology and how James started Island Innovation from the ground up whilst living the digital nomad life in Medellin.
Episode 103: James Ellsmoor - Virtual Island Summit
Global Nomad Hacks
Dr. Heidi Forbes Öste interviews James Ellsmoor, Director, Island Innovation. James Ellsmoor, CEO & founder of Virtual Island Summit (VIS). VIS is an annual online conference with interactive sessions connecting 10,000+ attendees and 100+ speakers from 500+ island communities around the world. February 9th: Adapting Tourist Destinations for Remote Workers and Digital Nomads https://islandinnovation.co/remote-work Digital Nomad Conference - hospitality industry and remote workers alike: highlighting Curaçao, Arranmore, Guadalupe, Madiera, Lisbon. Website: www.islandinnovation.co Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/islandinnovation Twitter ID: @jellsmoor Instagram : @jellsmoor
James Ellsmoor is the Director of Island Innovation, a consulting agency he founded not long after graduation while studying for a Masters in Island Studies. He has a passion for sustainable development and renewable energy, particularly applications for rural and isolated communities. Last year he ran the inaugural Virtual Island Summit, which brought together 4,000 participants from Scotland to Samoa to share stories about their communities. James has always used technology to advance his mission, allowing him to live and work anywhere and manage a team spread over 4 continents. Island Innovation focuses on bringing together NGOs, the private sector, universities and government with projects covering topics such as lithium extraction, climate change and public policy.
How Can Islands Build a Sustainable Future? Interview with James Ellsmoor
Today, together with James Ellsmoor, we shed light on the steps that islands can take to build a sustainable future. Why? Because islands all around the world are faced with endless challenges: climate change affecting weather patterns; poor local environmental practices like deforestation; and an acute economic dependency on tourism, among others. Yet so many people live on islands. James Elsmoor, a rockstar of Island Sustainability, will also share key lessons from his work in connecting islands through virtual communication platforms and bringing renewable energy through solar panels to help islands better mitigate their problems. Tune in to get inspired! Our social media profiles: Website: http://annachashchyna.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annachashchyna/ & https://www.linkedin.com/company/sustainability-explored/ Fb group: https://www.facebook.com/nozhki Medium: https://medium.com/@SustainabilityExplored Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/ua/podcast/sustainability-explored/id1466177546 Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy85MTA1OTYwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Leave a review: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/sustainability-explored-1000714
Innovating Island Sustainability with James Ellsmoor
The Climate Conscious Podcast
James Ellsmoor, entrepreneur and digital nomad, harnesses the power of the internet to bridge islands across the globe. He specializes in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. Recognising the common challenges of sustainable development, James leads the Island Innovation Summit and its cohort of Island Innovation Ambassadors. Now in its second year, this free, online summit connects over 100 island communities to exchange ideas, information and strategies, spotlighting opportunities for collaboration, inspiring change and stimulating meaningful action. The Virtual Island Summit enables widespread participation of a diverse group of stakeholders in policymakers, academia, private sector and NGOs, spanning as far as the Pacific, Caribbean and Scottish Islands to address the complexities of the 17 SDGs. James was acknowledged in the Forbes 30 under 30 for Energy listing (2017). His non-profit Solar Head of State has worked with island governments to increase the visibility of Renewable Energy Technologies. Originally from the UK, James has lived, worked and travelled in over 60 countries. Follow James on Twitter https://twitter.com/jellsmoorRegister for the Virtual Island Summit 2020: 7-13 September 2020 https://www.islandinnovation.co/summit/Connect with The Climate Conscious Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Reach out with your questions and comments at email@example.comLove what the Climate Conscious Podcast is doing?https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastShow music: Energizing by Kevin MacLeod. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Uk9D30o)
In this episode of OTOK you can hear my conversation with James Ellsmoor. James is the founder and managing director of Island Innovation, an organization that works with islands and islanders towards sustainable future. We talked about the role of technology in connecting islands, climate change, energy and sustainability. As always support the show, leave a rating and tell me who I should talk to next.Island Innovation
This Man is an Island - And What They Can Teach Us, ft. James Ellsmoor
The Minerals Manhattan Project
What can we learn from islands? Especially in the age of virtual events and supply chain disruptions, quite a bit.James Ellsmoor, Director at Island Innovation, joins the Minerals Manhattan Project to share lessons in sustainable development from islands.Islands present an interesting case where electricity is sometimes orders of magnitude more expensive than other locations, even though income is lower. This theoretically provides an incentive to innovate more quickly, because high energy costs should make new technologies economically viable more quickly. In practice though, islands are a case study in short term action that can be detrimental to the development of long term sustainability. Small populations make it difficult to deliver government services such a healthcare because of lack of scale. Food dependency and vulnerability to natural disasters are also weaknesses highlighted in the current environment.James's experience bringing islands together via virtual summits has also come to be an in demand skill set in this age of seemingly endless zoom meetings and seminars. James shares the psychology behind creating a virtual summit that can allow participation and connection even from behind a screen.Follow James on twitter @jellsmoor or get in touch with him about virtual summits here:https://www.islandinnovation.co/summit/