Date:Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Author:Christian Ward

Charles Arthur, ex-technology editor of The Guardian, discusses his new book Social Warming: The Dangerous and Polarising Effects of Social Media. We also talk about the bottom-line benefits of touting your sustainable credentials with UK platform Compare Ethics, and find out how the BeBot is cleaning up US beaches.

Guests on This Episode

Charles Arthur is a journalist, author and speaker, and ex-technology editor of The Guardian. His latest book is Social Warming: The Dangerous and Polarising Effects of Social Media.

Abbie Morris is the co-founder of UK sustainable fashion platform Compare Ethics. A Forbes 30 Under 30 entrepreneur, Abbie is a sustainability and policy expert, and has previously worked with the United Nations, World Economic Forum and Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Contributing from Stylus

  • Elspeth Taylor, Editor – Consumer Attitudes & Technology
  • Estella Shardlow, Senior Editor – Consumer Attitudes & Technology
  • Dewi Pinatih, Senior Editor – Product Design
  • Hosted by Christian Ward, Head of Multimedia, Stylus

Episode Features

[1:04] Innovation of the Week: BeBot
[2:52] Interview with Charles Arthur
[10:48] Stylus Changemaker: Compare Ethics
[12:59] The Next Big Opportunity

Key Quotes

Charles Arthur

"One of the things I talk about in the book is what I call scissor statements: ideas that crop up and get amplified on social media which divide people... into one camp or the other. And simply by saying the word or phrase, you know which side of the discussion you're on."

"[A key trend] that I see is the TikTok-ing of everything."

Abbie Morris

"Just 20% of consumers trust what businesses tell them about sustainability."

"83% of customers are more likely to trust your claims about responsibility in your supply chain if they're independently verified by a third party."

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