November 2009

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More Use – Less Stuff part 2

Posted by on 15 Nov 2009 | Tagged as: climate change, enablers, events


I’m just back from Green Festival buzzing with new ideas, renewed energy and a few new connections to followup.

See if you can find the common thread on just three of the exhibitors: Yes, back to my earlier post about getting more from less. I believe this is a powerful meme that needs to be spread far and wide. Today the brightest brains and deepest pockets are almost exclusively focused on creating MORE stuff. I’d argue that in many ways (though of course not all) we already have enough stuff, and intstead we need focused attention on making much better use of what we have already extracted, processed, packaged and put into use.

Technology: the web, and more particularly smartphones are central enablers.¬†Hmm…I have a bit experience in those fields that could be put to use!

And a second thread: if we’re going to create more stuff then lets make sure folks have read Cradle to Cradle and taken a course in Biomimicry!

You’ll find my updated work-in-progress presentation at Feedback and more examples welcome!

Mimicking the Building Prowess of Nature

Posted by on 12 Nov 2009 | Tagged as: biomimicry

Long-time Australian friend Tony Smith copied me a link to a recent MIT Technology Review article that offers some some stunning nano-scale images like the one above. Clearly we have the power to remake the way we make things – here’s hoping we do so with good intentions and mindful of the Precautionary Principle.

The article also spurred a discussion over at Slashdot…