Sean is a founder of Cleanleap and writes on topics such as climate change, energy and information technology. He lives in Melbourne, Australia and has spent most of the last 15 years in Australia and Europe, but was originally born in the US and still calls Chicago "home".
Sean is a Partner with Deloitte Digital in Melbourne. He also founded the openmethodology.org and open-sustainability.org initiatives and was head of digital and knowledge sharing at the Global CCS Institute. Sean has a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Sean has been lucky enough to travel to over 50 countries and looks forward to more travel in the future - particularly to where we are looking at lots of Cleanleaps.
From this author
A debate that focuses only on fossil vs wind / solar oversimplifies the energy sector and discounts the drivers for why countries make energy decisions– namely available resources, energy security and existing capital investments. One result of this shortsighted view is that hydropower is often left out of the discussion. As our mission at Cleanleap is to share knowledge on clean technology in emerging economies so projects are deployed more effectively we think its important to focus on hydro.
Huge increases in energy demand and the quest to find low-emission energy to avoid damaging the climate has changed everything. It’s taken a while but it looks like a global transformation in energy is fully underway in the form of a roll out of solar energy. 20 years ago the problem for solar was whether the technology would work at all. 10 years ago it looked like the cost might be insurmountable. For the solar singularity to happen there are really only two major issues and they are being resolved now.
Our mission is very big but straightforward: we want to help create more Cleanleaps - particularly in the emerging economies of Asia and Africa. The way we’ll do this is by sharing knowledge online from some of the world's most important companies, NGOs, governments, universities and interested citizens in clean technology.
A recent article from the Economist says getting the digital economy going for many countries is about addressing “friction points”. Friction points are what holds a country back from achieving a digital economy - things like slow internet connectivity, intellectual property protection issues and the lack of press freedom.