When on TIE, people gain important insights and information that can then be used when they return to their companies. If you’d like to learn a few more cool facts that could help future meetings when discussing emerging world growth strategies or even to help add an interesting perspective at your next dinner party, read on!


  1. Plankton create two-thirds of all the oxygen we breathe.

  2. Uganda has a population of 33 million people, and more than 50% of them are under the age of 15 years old.

  3. Scientists predict that we may lose half of all species on the planet by the end of this century, mostly due to human activity. Thousands of species of plants, animals, birds, amphibians and reptiles are lost every year. This trend is known as Sixth Mass Extinction (the Holocene Extinction).

  4. Giraffe are under risk of extinction and their population numbers have plummeted by almost 40% over the past three decades.

  5. The poaching of elephants for their ivory, though illegal, is still a significant threat to their survival, with up to 25,000 animals a year still being killed across Africa.

  6. In Malawi more than 85% of the population consists of subsistence farmers.

  7. In India, companies are required by law to spend at least 2% of their profits to support social initiatives.

  8. Currently, 40% of Brazilian households are headed by women. In 1995 this number was lower than 23%.

  9. The leading cause of death for children under 5, and the second leading cause of death in adults, in Malawi is lower tract respiratory infections from smoke inhalation.

  10. The Mesoamerican Reef System (MAR) encompasses the largest coral reef in the Atlantic, stretching for 1,000 kilometers from the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico to the Bay Islands in Honduras. It is the home for over 500 known fish species, some of the largest remaining population of manatees and sea turtles and possibly the largest known aggregation of whale sharks.