Commencement ceremonies at Regis University over the first weekend in May signaled a new chapter for all of our graduating students, but also gave faculty members an opportunity to reflect on the prior academic year before diving headlong into a summer dedicated to scholarly pursuits and relaxation. As I look back on the 2017-2018 academicContinue reading The Urban Jungle: More than Just Concrete
One of the dimensions in Western civilisation’s relentless march towards “development” has been the increasing scale of our agriculture – not just a larger footprint needed to feed our growing population, but also the larger machinery, tilling larger tracts of land, and employing fewer and fewer farmers. In Australia, the average size of a broadacreContinue reading Urban Agriculture: Could Regenerative Cities Feed Themselves?
A popular quote that has made the rounds in recent years has been Peter Drucker’s claim “If it cannot be measured, it does not exist”. Spin-off iterations have followed along similar lines: “if it cannot be measured, it cannot be managed”. Implied within this is the proposition that, as a society, we place a valueContinue reading Measuring Regenerative Development: Thoughts on the Possibility of Regenerative Metrics
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.