“I rather like Richard’s climate blog” - Will Wells

“…romp of a read on Climate Tech…well worth subscribing to” - Peter Bellini

“delightfully unhinged” - Ryan Chilcote

“meandering word soup” - Anonymous*

Wicked Problems aims to be your business intelligence source for Climate Tech: the intersection of technology, capital, and politics that will determine what the future looks like, whether it’s one you’d want to live in, and how to be on the right side of the transition.

It’s a great way to keep up on how climate tech innovators — in renewables, energy storage, electrification, carbon dioxide removal, climate finance, new materials, transport, biodiversity, AI, and more — are telling their stories, getting funded, dealing with a chaotic policy environment, and coping with the slings and arrows of leading the most important technology revolution of our lifetimes.

New issues arrive two or three times a week (we’re working it out) — and sometimes more frequently for subscribers if events warrant. It’s written by Richard Delevan, normally trapped in the UK but with a global perspective. He’s been shaping narratives about Climate Tech since before it was A Thing.

Richard was one of the first national newspaper business editors to initiate dedicated coverage of climate tech, a startup executive who navigated a tricky ecosystem to help his firm find a niche, and a communications strategist now works exclusively with climate tech organisations. In the newsletter, you’re getting a version of the news and insights that big agency clients pay £1000s a month for. Reach him at richard.delevan@wickedproblems.uk.

He started Wicked Problems because executives and communicators working in energy and climate tech weren’t getting analysis and insights from a no-BS, insider, pro-climate tech POV. Richard continues to consult and generally avoids commenting on a client in Wicked Problems — but this isn’t his first rodeo: he doesn’t write about a client or any organisation in which he has a financial interest without full disclosure.

Why Subscribe?

Keep Score: Why what just happened matters. Who’s up, who’s down. Where things go from here.

Story > Data: Humans are wired for stories. Weirdly, not everyone understands this. We help you understand the narratives that are influencing the people you need to persuade.

No-BS: Yeah yeah, we’ve worked in PR. What we found is that clients really like it when you don’t bullshit them, do your homework, and then give your honest take. Inventing the future is complicated enough without having to wade through treacle and invoice-justifying nonsense.

Blah, blah, blah: Life is too short for boring content. If you want pablum and strings of bromides there’s always ChatGPT. The reason you care about Climate Tech is because climate is the ultimate wicked problem, and comes with a deadline.

We hope you think giving clear-eyed perspectives on that is worth supporting.

*(but you know who you are).

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News and insights from London on climate tech storytelling for startups, scaleups, corporates, and investors.


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