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We can accelerate the development and implementation of the technologies we need to address climate change.

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Announcing . . . the accelerate net zero podcast

Learn more about the work being done to mature, scale and drive adoption of the technologies we need to address climate change, and how that work can be accelerated.

We will be interviewing innovators, technology leaders, policy leaders, investors and others who are working to accelerate Net Zero, sharing ways that these programs can be accelerated openly and freely.

The podcast and show notes will capture examples and stories to demonstrate how we can accelerate net zero.

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Latest Episode

Who Are the Stakeholders for Innovations That Change the World?

Who Are the Stakeholders for Innovations That Change the World?

Deborah Stine is a bridge between scientists, engineers and the policymakers, community leaders and other stakeholders whose choices can either accelerate an innovation team’s work or place obstacles in their way. In this interview, she shares how to identify and engage with these stakeholders so that you can integrate their needs and concerns into your solutions from the beginning.

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Products That Accelerate Net Zero

In this episode, Will Harrison of Synapse Product Development shares his thoughts around how to build sustainability into all types of products from the beginning stages of development. To achieve Net Zero, eventually every one of the products we use on a daily basis will need to be carbon neutral. But how do we get there?

Why We Can Accelerate Net Zero

In this episode, the host, Katherine Radeka shares why she decided to launch this podcast, and why you should listen if you are interested in accelerating the transition to a Net Zero world. In the race to mitigate climate change, we can’t afford to waste time, energy or money on solutions that don’t deliver.

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In the race to net zero carbon, every year matters.

We cannot afford to waste time, energy or resources on solutions that fail in execution or cannot scale. We need to “fail fast” with some ideas to accelerate others, and set up development programs for success in the execution phases by helping them make good decisions in the early phases.

Many innovation and product development programs encounter unexpected problems, cost overruns, and delays when things don’t work out as expected. They disappoint investors, customers and community stakeholders.

When innovation teams eliminate the root causes of these obstacles at their source, they deliver the right product to market faster.

They get from idea to launch faster, they scale faster and they start making a difference faster.

They change the world faster.



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Katherine Radeka

Katherine Radeka

Host, Accelerate Net Zero Podcast

 I help innovators change the world — faster.

I’m the author of three books on innovation and the developer of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework for innovation. This framework is accelerating innovation on every continent except Antarctica.

I have a long track record of accelerating the development of products like printers, washing machines, coffee makers, forklifts and mowers. I’ve helped biotech, medical device, pharma and aerospace adapt the framework to fit their industries. Today, my methods are accelerating solar, wind and nuclear energy systems development.

But that’s not why I’m here.

The truth is that I don’t know if the methods I use to accelerate the development of new products could also help accelerate the systemic change we need. But if they do, new forms of renewable energy, transportation, food production and more could make a difference years sooner than current forecasts.

Here’s what I do know: failure is not an option.

We can’t afford to waste the time, energy and resources we are investing on solutions that look great in early development but fail in execution — especially those that fail for reasons that could have been prevented with a different approach to early development.

So if it is possible to accelerate them by eliminating the root causes of the problems that plague most technology development programs, then that’s what we need to do.

areas of focus for acceleration

These are areas where our past work has given us valuable experience to build upon.


The advances required to keep people, goods and services moving in a carbon-neutral society.


The scalable solutions that will eliminate the need for fossil fuels to energize a world that is interconnected.

agriculture &
Food distribution

Technology for food production, storage and distribution to reduce emissions from farm to table to trash.


The raw materials we need to reduce emissions — perhaps eliminate them — in our everyday lives.


Upcoming Events



COUNTDOWN by TEDxLacamasLake

Join us for a watch party of COUNTDOWN, a TED special event devoted to solutions for climate change.  We’ve curated a set of presentations around:

  • The Current State of the Problem
  • The Solutions Mindset We Need
  • Solutions: Cities, Forests, Farmland
  • Solutions: Energy, Transport, Materials
  • Equitable and Resilient Solutions
  • Technologists Taking Action

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accelerate net zero podcast launch

This is the one year countdown to the next UN Climate Change Conference, COP26 in Glasgow. Our goal is to have 50 podcast episodes sharing the strategies, systems and processes that can accelerate progress towards Net Zero by the time that conference opens.

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 The Rapid Learning Cycles Institute helps innovators get their ideas to market faster.

Many innovation teams get stuck in the late stages of development when they run into obstacles that they couldn’t see ahead of time.  Many of those obstacles trace back to decisions made in early development, when the knowledge needed to make good decisions wasn’t available, or at least not visible to the team.

The Rapid Learning Cycles framework fixes this by helping teams make decisions at the right time, with the right people and the best available knowledge.  When teams do this, they make decisions that don’t have to be revisited later.

RLCI offers books, training and other services in how to use the Rapid Learning Cycles framework to accelerate innovation.  We offer significant discounts to universities and nonprofit organizations.  Readers of this page can use the code accelerate-net-zero to receive 10% off any training or other purchase at RLCI.


Katherine Radeka
Accelerate Net Zero
PO Box 859
Camas, WA 98607

(206) 274-6179

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