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Renewable energy, climate change mitigation and the role of mining

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Future, Mineral Policy, Mining, PhD, Publications, Research, Strategy

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Earlier in the year I was invited to participate in the Oxford Futures Forum (at Oxford University). This unusual event aims to bring together an ecletic group of people to use scenario planning and related strategy techniques to generate new solutions to challenging problems. The theme this year was the "Oxford Scenario Planning Approach and the Climate Imaginaries of the…
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Towards minerals sector innovation: Clues from Shaw and Orwell?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Exploration, Management, Media, Mining, Publications, Recommended, Strategy

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Catching up on this year's Strictly Boardroom columnns on MiningNews.net, at the end of June we published one of my favourite pieces, entitled 'Towards minerals sector innovation: Clues from Shaw and Orwell". The article draws from my favourite author, George Orwell's 'Six Rules of Writing' and the 'Six Questions' he asks about every sentence he writes, and transfers them into…
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The future(s) of mineral exploration

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Exploration, Future, Management, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, PhD, Publications, Research, Strategy

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At the TARGET Conference (Perth, Australia) in April, I was able to present a poster and abstract on my PhD research entitled "The future(s) of minerals exploration". The work reviews my PhD studies so far (nearly finished) including the background research that inspired the research (wny we need more and better exploration), the reasons why a scenarios methodology was chosen,…
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Rebranding big mining

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Management, Media, Mining, Publications, Strategy

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It's been a busy year, so I'm still catching you up on this year's Strictly Boardroom pieces on MiningNews.net. In June, we discussed the idea of 'brand' and its relationship to social licence. In particular, efforts by big business and big mining to win over the local populaces, which has been one of the emerging trends this year. There's not…
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The Impact of the Energy Transition on Specialty Metals and Minerals

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Future, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, PhD, Publications, Research, Strategy

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Earlier this year I was invited to speak at one of the side seminars running at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference - probably the world's largest mining conference - on the subject of specialty metals and minerals. Alas, I was unable to attend but my friend and colleague, Dave Stevenson (then Centre for Exploration Targeting* now…
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