Small Home Advantages
I wanted a guest room. I never intended to live in my partially subterranean studio apartment for this long. I would save for a down payment, as I have, and graduate into a larger abode, which I haven’t. Living with my partner in a compact apartment has imposed constraints. That said, our relationship is more resilient because of our small home.
Insights, inspiration and opportunities to create a more vibrant and resilient future.
Small Home Advantages
Building on last week’s theme of collaboration and in honor of the late Dr. Benjamin Barber, a champion of cities and democracy, we will explore the difference between city “government” and “governance.” But what does governance even mean?Read More
The impressive growth of solar energy generation has been one of the big stories in climate mitigation efforts. It’s come a long way since the first silicon solar battery was unveiled on April 25, 1954, a scientific breakthrough at that time for its humble 6% efficiency.
The Paris Agreement on climate change was signed by 175 countries nearly a year ago on Earth Day 2016. While the current national political situation makes it seem much more distant, it’s important to recognize the decades of work that made the agreement possible, and that people the world over have a part to play in confronting this extraordinary global challenge.
The complexity and magnitude of the pressing challenges we face today, from poverty to climate change, transcend jurisdictional and disciplinary boundaries and cannot be addressed by any one sector or institution alone. Collaboration is critical. But what does that even mean?Read More
Resilience & Verve
I’m too comfortable. The climate/carbon diagrams are not trending in our favor. “Bigger, better, faster” change will be required to check their precipitous upward arcs. “Earth Day” is a woefully inadequate observation to address what environmentalist David Orr calls our “long emergency.” None of this is new. In light of the current national political context, I’ve been pondering what my organization should do.
As the nationwide March for Science approaches, this week marks the anniversaries of two very different breakthroughs enabled by inquiry and innovation.Read More
Resilience is a term used by many disciplines in many contexts, from psychology to business management. These days, we also associate resilience with the idea of adapting to the impacts of climate change. But what does that even mean?Read More
Earth Day is ripe for innovation. First observed on April 22, 1970, the celebration makes me and many of my sustainability colleagues cringe. While I firmly believe that “education is the foundation for progress,” as the Earth Day website exhorts, I also know from abundant experience that awareness is easy; meaningful action much more difficult.