People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy. — Seneca
As our lives are more integrated with computer technology, the more we need to understand the negative and positive impacts of computer technology on sustainability. There are some great things that computer technology can do to support sustainability. For example, motion sensors integrated with lights in homes and commercial buildings can turn lights off ifContinue reading Sustainability and Computer Technology
Life is by nature creative. Unlike mechanical systems, nature dis-solves her problems by moving on to new levels where the problems are no longer problems. This is at the core of leadership in living systems. There is no far-seeing operator driving. Every member plays its unique role in moving the whole forward.
Last week in BL 495 Research Literature in Biology, my students and I were reading, “The spandrels of San Marco and Panglossian paradigm: a critique of the adaptationist programme.” This classic paper by Steven J. Gould and Richard C. Lewontin was written in 1979 and essentially criticizes an idea in evolutionary biology that organisms areContinue reading The Importance of Connections and Redundancy in Ecosystems
One day an African fisherman had an American visitor join him on his small fishing boat. As they gently cruised the Atlantic ocean surface, the American visitor watched him catching one fish after the other, and watched him as he put the smaller sizes back into the ocean. The visitor asked him: ‘Why do youContinue reading Serving society rather than growth: Business in a wellbeing economy
Regenerative development calls for reimagining, reprioritizing, and reforming social, physical, and economic processes in ways that establish mutually prosperous, equitable, and healthy relationships for all. Likewise, taking up the challenge of addressing climate change requires a collective evolution of thought and action toward significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and bolstering of community resilienceContinue reading Climate Change: A Dangerous Phrase to Use in Some Circles
Sustainability is a buzz word that continues to be thrown around in businesses of all sizes and in all industries, but what exactly does it mean for the restaurant industry? Imagine a restaurant that runs on 100% renewable energy, produces no waste, captures and recycles water, supports and helps grow local farms, has a customerContinue reading Sustainability in the Restaurant Industry: Time to fire it up!
“You’re nothing but a damn coward,” the local police captain barked at me sitting in the bar. In stunned silence, I realized he was right. The owner had decorated this small bar with a mixture of western artifacts and “early slum” furniture, and that late afternoon, I sat there sipping my beer anxiously awaiting aContinue reading Regenerative Development and Public Policies
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in my office on campus, searching for poems to share with my Ecopsychology students. My goal was to find some literature that could bring the nonhuman natural world to the forefront of the mind in a way that data, charts, and statistics do not. In my search, IContinue reading The Salience Impact: Environmental Experience and Identity
Humanity’s collision with planetary boundaries requires a radical rethink of economic theory and practice. Economics as taught, and used by politicians, is littered with myths and half-truths. This is not a failure unique to economics as a discipline. But the power of economics compels politicians and many other economic actors to base their decision-making onContinue reading New Story, New Economy