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Published on October 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

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Tryin’ To Make The World A Better Place — Help Us

October 23rd, 2017 by  


We sometimes get carried away just covering what interests us, following our passions, and pursuing our obsessions. I think that’s often quite useful — the stuff that interests us often interests you. However, the core aim of the site and one of my core life goals has long been to help make the world a better place, or “help society help itself” as I often put it.

With that in mind, I’ve been wondering: What is really of most use for the world?

Part of that answer has to be the answer to this question: What is of most use to CleanTechnica readers?

We’ve ventured into the conference space, bringing together cleantech entrepreneurs, policymakers, and consumers. And we’ve seen positive results from that every time, with even some new businesses and business partnerships forming as a result. Of course, that also leads to CleanTechnica exclusives here on the website — presentations, interviews, news scoops, fun facts, etc.

We’ve ventured into detailed reports based on original researcher. These have gotten into the hands of large automakers (as well as many of you), potentially influencing OEMs and the products they offer all of you.

At our next conference — an EV charging conference in Warsaw November 6–8 — we’re combining those two approaches, plus throwing in some subsequent action. Along with GreenWay and Ernst & Young (EY), we’ve formed a working group of diverse EV charging leaders (from companies such as EVBoxFortumChargePoint, PlugSurfing, EasyCharge.me, and To-U), other EV-related companies (Tesla Shuttle, Urban ForesightELMO, CC Law), and notable representatives from a top EV city (Amsterdam) and country (Norway). This working group is creating a white paper on EV charging guidelines for cities. We then plan to get those guidelines into the hands of city decision-makers across Europe and North America (and hopefully more broadly).

At our own conferences as well as conferences put on by others that we present and moderate panels at, we also produce videos of long presentations, panel discussions, and exclusive one-on-one interviews. And we host webinars and podcasts for some more video and audio deep dives.

But should we be working on all of these things? Should we be collecting and producing content in this large variety of ways? Or are you basically just drawn to our blogging work?

Just regarding blogging, the question also arises what type of content you find most valuable: obsessive (if brief) news coverage, deep dives into major stories, original research and analysis, op-ed fun, interviews with cleantech executives, myth busting, large resource (FAQ/Wikipedia-like) articles, reader surveys with the results bounced back your way? Which of these forms of content is most useful for you? What excites you and brings you back to the site on a regular basis?

In the survey embedded below (and linked here), it would be appreciated if you let us know what you find most useful and interesting, so we can hopefully do a better job serving you.

Thanks in advance for completing the survey!

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Images by Cleantech Revolution Tour and Eyal Santo, CEO of Umo — Urban Mobility


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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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