Sustainable Development is an Oxymoron

Source: NASA Before I get to the question, I need to explain the title of this post, as what we mean by sustainable development can vary greatly. If we can agree that a fair, basic definition of sustainable is “the ability to perpetuate something,” then we just have to deal with the development bit. Merriam-Webster […]

The L2C Interview: Anthony Watanabe of Asia Clean Innovations (ACI) on ASEAN Cleantech

I recently moved from Boise, Idaho in the western U.S., to Bangkok, Thailand. (Of all the well-worn paths used by traders and immigrants throughout history, this was not one.) I’ve been to Thailand several times before as much of my wife’s family lives here, but this time things are very different. Instead of a time-bound […]

Can a Tuktuk Ride Change the World? (Meet The Pilgreens)

If changing the world for the better was easy, we’d all be doing it. But it isn’t. It’s incredibly hard. But thinking that you can make a difference is audacious. It takes a sort of beneficent arrogance to set out to push humanity in a positive direction. To believe you will succeed is madness, but […]

Have pen. Will travel.

I’ve got big news to share as I’ve recently moved from Boise, Idaho, to Bangkok, Thailand.  While I’m here I’ll be looking for opportunities to help firms with csr / sustainability efforts along (but not limited to) the following lines: Zero Waste Programs Fostering Intrapreneurship Designing Circular Systems I approach such efforts with the specific […]

Can we afford renewable energy?

A new report has just been released that’s calling for a “moonshot” effort around renewable energy. The Global Apollo Programme seeks funding in line with that of the 1960’s Apollo Program which put the first man on the moon. The report asks countries to commit at least 0.02% of their GDP to this effort. I’ve come […]

The 6 Stages of Climate Grief

I had an interesting conversation yesterday in which I was challenged over my distaste for Stewart Brand’s recent Aeon Magazine piece on rethinking extinction.  The post opens by stating, “The idea that we are edging up to a mass extinction is not just wrong – it’s a recipe for panic and paralysis.”  I have two […]

Myopia and the Snowball Effect

Climate Change.  Inequality.  Epidemics.  Water shortages.  Biodiversity.  The list goes on. We know the issues are out there, but we choose to ignore them. It’s not my problem.  It’s not that big of a deal.  Someone else will take care of it.  Maybe it will just go away. We tell ourselves these things to avoid […]

The City as Ecosystem

The question from the Masdar Sustainable Cities contest: “How can cities contribute to the advancement of sustainable development and address issues including water, energy and waste?” Sustainable Cities of the Future To borrow a phrase from the author William Gibson, linear society is dead – the news of its passing is just not widely distributed. That […]