A mother of three young kids decides to run for office. Go big, she urges us all.
What a cool concept- the global community of sea-steaders are dreaming up a whole new way of life that could dramatically improve the way we interact with the environment, update how we define local governance, and upend the concept of borders. Today on KQED's Forum, Michael Krasny interviewed Patri Friedman (chairman of the board and co-founder … Continue reading Seasteading, the new frontier
William (Bill) McDonough is a brilliant architect and designer focused on making sustainable buildings and products that plan for the well-being of "all children, all species, for all time." In this Ted Talk, McDonough shares some inspiring examples of his work, including the awesome, closed-system, sustainable cities he helped design in China. Take a look: … Continue reading Great Minds: Bill McDonough’s riveting insight on sustainable design
I love the concepts and ideas in this post on Greenbiz.com about how to reduce waste in our consumer-based society: In the linear economy, achieving zero waste is impossible: Raw materials constantly are extracted to feed the production line, and those materials end up in landfills when they break down. With a system for material reincarnation, however, manufacturers … Continue reading The Feedback Loop of a Circular Economy
This is the future- clear solar cells! I love it. "A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be … Continue reading Photovoltaic Glass, say what?
The future can seem rather bleak at times, what with climate change, mass extinctions, constant wars, and increasingly obvious inequalities between humans. But if we're to believe singer/songwriter Pete Seiger (and who can resist Pete?), we'll trust that if we couldn't have anticipated the fall of the Berlin Wall, we shouldn't assume there's no hope. … Continue reading If it’s good for you
How does one begin a blog? The first post appears to hold enormous expectations. It will shape the future of the whole blog, it tells me. It will be the defining moment, the post of all posts for my entire blog career. Well, that pressure is outrageous, so this will be my first post. It's … Continue reading A humble beginning