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All Sound and No Fury
I’m binging lately. I’ve participated in two conferences recently, and have two more to go. In 1998, I attended one of the best convenings I have ever experienced. It was pivotal for propelling me toward undertaking more sustainable innovation projects. I keep hoping to find one as good.
Progress and the Fear of Criticism
I was hoping for more. A recent survey of area sustainability-related blogs, particularly those that offer some type of analysis, criticism or reflection, turned up few. Of what exists, most are announcement focused. Critical analysis of sustainability related initiatives doesn't occur in a public sphere.
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Sleeping With Volcanoes
Everyone should watch this video. It brilliantly and hilariously contextualizes our efforts to “save the planet.” Last week, I trekked around two dormant volcanoes, one near Santa Fe, and the other Seattle. Physically dramatic, they are even more awesome when considering their historical impact.
The Revelation Equation
He looked concerned. More accustomed to addressing high-level leaders, my prominent environmentalist friend wasn't sure how to address a class of teenagers. "How much should I tell them?," he asked, taking me aside a few minutes before his presentation. His sincere, almost pained concern caught me off guard.
Crashing the Party with Constraints
I lit a fire. It was simple: ask a group of teenagers gathered from across the country to design an "iPhone 8." The previously subdued group exploded, with rapid-fire ideas quickly filling the classroom's white board. Being given free reign to envision one's future can be a blast.
Envy for the Unexamined World
I checked out. Earlier this month, for a few days at least, I was able to take a break...from caring. Though a short vacation, the diversion nonetheless provided the opportunity to suspend focusing on the various challenges (e.g. water, energy, climate change) that occupy most of my days. My work is predicated on fixing, in some (minor) way, a broken world.
Forum for the Future offers the best description of system innovation that I have read recently. In their new report, Creating the big shift: system innovation for sustainability, they outline the steps necessary for identifying strategic interventions to shift a system, be it an industry, city, sector, or economy, onto a more sustainable path. More at #theBIGshift.