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To understand better, we observe and listen

As we work around the world, we encounter many interesting voices, points of view and ideas. We question and we discover. Sometimes we try to put into words something we want to comprehend ourselves, and we do this also to invite deeper conversation. Collaboration is at the centre of what we do, and here are some of our findings.

City spotlight on New York: <br>transit and the BQX streetcar

City spotlight on New York:
transit and the BQX streetcar

Continuing our city spotlight series on what sustains our cities globally, we’re focusing again on New York – and this time transport, a vital part of its lifeblood. Moving people around our metropolises is obviously key to their economies and important for social wellbeing and cohesive, connected communities. New York has been in a bit of a transit crisis, with a state of emergency declared last year. We take a look at one vision for expanding mass transit in the city: the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX). It doesn’t solve the subway and bus problems. But this waterfront streetcar system will …

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Conversation with Greg Miller Conversation with Greg Miller

American photographer Greg Miller considers himself more of a fine artist with a commercial career. …

Conversation with Tim Flach Conversation with Tim Flach

World-renowned photographer Tim Flach is fascinated by how humans shape animals and shape their meaning, …

Conversation with <br> Surya Balakrishnan Conversation with
Surya Balakrishnan

Surya Balakrishnan is a commercial and documentary director. She is admired for her ability to …

City spotlight on New York: <br>the legend of Gleason’s Gym City spotlight on New York:
the legend of Gleason’s Gym

Continuing our cities spotlight series on what sustains our urban spaces globally, we look at …

Conversation with Sarah M Lee Conversation with Sarah M Lee

For Sarah M Lee, portraiture, features and the arts are often her focus but she …

Play Proud: social change <br> through sport Play Proud: social change
through sport

This week is an important one in the public profile of LGBTQ issues, with The …

Conversation with Greg Funnell Conversation with Greg Funnell

Greg Funnell is a photographer who can equally look into the soul of a person …

City spotlight on New York: <br> notes from a true Brooklynite City spotlight on New York:
notes from a true Brooklynite

As part of our global cities spotlight, we are exploring New York. Here, third-generation Brooklynite …

Conversation with food waste fighter and hero Ronni Kahn Conversation with food waste fighter and hero Ronni Kahn

You can’t help but be immediately drawn to Ronni Kahn. Her big personality and the …

Spotlight series: what sustains our cities globally Spotlight series: what sustains our cities globally

Cities are becoming places towards where most human activity is shifting. This growth and change …

Shaping a shared future <br> in a fractured world Shaping a shared future
in a fractured world

World leaders, policy makers and thinkers are currently in Switzerland for the 2018 World Economic …

The importance of human communication in cities The importance of human communication in cities

It was a rainy day and we were scouting for shoot locations in São Paulo. …

Conversation with Kim Yeshi on her luxury brand and creating a sustainable business in the modern fashion marketplace Conversation with Kim Yeshi on her luxury brand and creating a sustainable business in the modern fashion marketplace

It’s not often you speak to someone whose energy and passion stays with you for …

Monumental Moment for National Monuments Monumental Moment for National Monuments

History is shaped by the stories we tell to remember, but also by the truths …

Cities of tomorrow Cities of tomorrow

Visions of what our cities will look like in the future crowd our lives. They …

Conversation with Daniel D’Ambrosio about changing the way businesses look at human rights Conversation with Daniel D’Ambrosio about changing the way businesses look at human rights

Creativity and innovation are not words you would necessarily associate with a lawyer at a …

Conversation with Phanella Mayall Fine about Step Up Club and gender equality in today’s corporate culture Conversation with Phanella Mayall Fine about Step Up Club and gender equality in today’s corporate culture

Phanella Mayall Fine is like a force of nature. This is a woman who knows …

Artist and architect Jorge Otero-Pailos on rethinking culture and urban development Artist and architect Jorge Otero-Pailos on rethinking culture and urban development

Artist, architect and historic preservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos is a fascinating guy to talk to and …

Conversation with Anant Ahuja from Shahi Exports on why better worker welfare is good for business Conversation with Anant Ahuja from Shahi Exports on why better worker welfare is good for business

At the other end of our consumerist world of fast-fashion are the garment workers propping …

Can creativity and communications accelerate corporate human rights? We decided to find out Can creativity and communications accelerate corporate human rights? We decided to find out

Early in 2017, while reading through BSR and Globescan’s annual Sustainability Survey, something hit a …

Conversation with Céline Gilart<br>from Twinings about tea,<br>ethics and collaboration Conversation with Céline Gilart
from Twinings about tea,
ethics and collaboration

Céline Gilart manages a team spread across the UK, Asia and Africa in her role …

Conversation with Louise Nicholls about corporate sustainability and what motivates M&S to talk about human rights Conversation with Louise Nicholls about corporate sustainability and what motivates M&S to talk about human rights

With over 25 years at Marks & Spencer, Louise Nicholls’ professional rise has seen her …

Is future urbanisation good or bad? Filmmaker Oscar Boyson explores the city of tomorrow Is future urbanisation good or bad? Filmmaker Oscar Boyson explores the city of tomorrow

At Tea & Water, cities are a big topic for us: making them more sustainable …

Conversation with Micheal McLaughlin Conversation with Micheal McLaughlin

A third-generation Brooklynite, photographer Micheal McLaughlin focuses on people and technology in an ever-changing world. …

Conversation with <br>Mariella Furrer Conversation with
Mariella Furrer

Mariella Furrer has lived in Africa her whole life and is passionate about global human …

Eco chef Tom Hunt on saving the planet one bite at a time Eco chef Tom Hunt on saving the planet one bite at a time

In our food series, we’ve already talked about the global crisis of food waste versus …

Social sustainability: putting the heart into urban planning Social sustainability: putting the heart into urban planning

In our Cities series, we have already talked about thinking beyond the smart city, about …

Art and soul of New York celebrates World Oceans Day Art and soul of New York celebrates World Oceans Day

For a city to be truly sustainable it needs to have a cultural soul – …

Jesse Burke’s call to nature with Wild & Precious film Jesse Burke’s call to nature with Wild & Precious film

This year’s World Environment Day focuses on connecting people to nature and urging us all …

Noah Sheldon observes China’s hidden workforce Noah Sheldon observes China’s hidden workforce

Imagine trying to balance dozens of giant Styrofoam bundles on a bicycle and then pedalling …

Uniting and nourishing people on the breadline Uniting and nourishing people on the breadline

For many people, living on a food and drink budget of a couple of pounds, …

8 zero food waste warriors making the world a better place 8 zero food waste warriors making the world a better place

These chefs, activists and entrepreneurs are on a sustainable mission – and they’re inspiring us …

Chef and activist Dan Barber talks food waste, Trump and Selfridges Chef and activist Dan Barber talks food waste, Trump and Selfridges

A burger made from vegetable pulp, served with landfill salad, may not sound like the …

Conversation with Gabriela Herman Conversation with Gabriela Herman

Gabriela Herman grew up in Boston but her Brazilian roots and time spent living abroad …

Waorani tribe of Amazonian Ecuador Waorani tribe of Amazonian Ecuador

As the world celebrates Earth Day, a global environmental collaboration now observed by more than …

How the fight against food waste is taking root How the fight against food waste is taking root

From London to Sydney, sustainable food is making headlines. But what does it mean and …

Conversation with Jesse Burke Conversation with Jesse Burke

Jesse Burke has always been a nature lover but he got known as a ‘dude’ …

Shanghai Tower: the fabric and faces behind China’s tallest building Shanghai Tower: the fabric and faces behind China’s tallest building

Photographer Noah Sheldon’s Shanghai Tower project shines a light on the construction of China’s tallest …

Conversation with Jørn Tomter Conversation with Jørn Tomter

Jørn Tomter is a Norwegian photographer living in London. He loves to document people …

Cities crucial to climate challenge Cities crucial to climate challenge

The explosion of urban migration combined with overall global population growth is likely to add …

Conversation with <br>Noah Sheldon Conversation with
Noah Sheldon

Noah Sheldon likes showing his vision of the world to people. He is drawn …

Conversation with Tim D’Offay from Postcard Teas Conversation with Tim D’Offay from Postcard Teas

Tim D’Offay is a purveyor of some of the world’s finest teas and runs …

Conversation with Dolly Faibyshev Conversation with Dolly Faibyshev

Dolly Faibyshev is an American photographer born to Russian immigrant parents in Philadelphia. Her …

Get up and skate Get up and skate

There are so many cool sports out there: football, tennis, lacrosse, ballet, gymnastics, capoeira, parkour. …

Urbanisation: changing face of our landscape Urbanisation: changing face of our landscape

More than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas. And by 2050 it …

Conversation with Christopher LaMarca Conversation with Christopher LaMarca

‘Raw’ and ‘visceral’ is how American photographer Christopher LaMarca describes his work. He is …

London: new beginnings for Design Museum London: new beginnings for Design Museum

Wow, what a roof and interior; the spirit soars when you look up and …

Conversation with Jens Görlich Conversation with Jens Görlich

German photographer Jens Görlich talks to Tea & Water from his self-built home outside …

Conversation with Eike König Conversation with Eike König

Eike is one of the most admired creatives from Germany today. His career started …

Together everywhere Together everywhere

As Tea & Water we look to connect, unite, not divide. We will continue to …

Beyond the smart city Beyond the smart city

When Jacques-Louis David painted Madame Récamier in 1800, three per cent of people on Earth …

Together Together

We look at the map of Europe today and we see a place that—to many—appears …

Conversation with Emma Cousin Conversation with Emma Cousin

Emma Cousin is a painter living in south east London with her husband in …

Tea & Water: what’s in a name? Tea & Water: what’s in a name?

According to Chinese legend, the origins of tea date back to 2737 BC when Shen …

It might feel like a calm conversation It might feel like a calm conversation

How many times have we opened a fresh notebook with the intention to start a …

Hello, Tea & Water Hello, Tea & Water

We are often asked why we gave ourselves a name so simple and so modest. …

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