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 Read more…
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 vacation filled sightseeing and amazing meals, I’m engaging in an open-ended adventure seeking to help businesses cut their impacts on the planet. (Okay. If I’m being honest, the meals are still amazing.)
When I landed in Bangkok a few weeks ago, I needed to find a few friendly faces in the crowd of close to ten million people. I started looking for opportunities to connect with “my people” and I found a workshop, “Partnering for Sustainability,” that was bringing together people from NGOs, academia, and the business sector to wrestle with the region’s issues. The only problem, the event was two days away, and the registration deadline had passed over a week before. I frantically emailed the workshop contact and essentially begged for permission to attend. (more…)
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 to believe otherwise is to surrender. I think of giving up as a form of death, so I’ll gladly side with the crazy ones who are trying to make things better.
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The world needs change as we’re headed toward multiple planetary boundaries, so someone needs to take the wheel and point us in a better direction.
I was invited to an intriguing event last Friday where I learned about the plans for something audacious. Something crazy.
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 Read more…
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 across multiple articles on this, but those that I read didn’t attempt to put the ask in context. Let’s give it a whirl… (more…)
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 problems with this statement. First, Mr. Brand claims to know what the future holds. Second, he seems to be claiming that the mere idea of a current mass extinction is too much for the public to bear.
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 acting as we’re too busy, too tired, too overworked, too whatever to get involved.
So we bury our heads in the sand and hope it goes away. (more…)