April 2010

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Nature’s Collaboration System

Posted by on 16 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: biomimicry


Janine Benyus speaks about collaboration in nature at this week’s Google Atmosphere Conference – an invitational conference for CTOs.

Nature’s Collaboration System

Towards A Resilience Pattern Language

Posted by on 14 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: climate change, guides, research & reports


If climate goes the way most scientists predict, then “resilience” is a word we’ll read ever more often. Last weekend I attended  “Design 4 Resilience” and here is an example of what emerged:

Chris Byrne, a participant at D4R last Saturday, has catalyzed D4R’s first informal workgroup to discover a resilience pattern language. Chris’ curiosity, dialog skills, and insightful contributions to discussion inspired Peter+Trudy Johnson-Lenz, who blog at People & Place, to share their index of design philosophies for Chris to work with. They graciously agreed to share their index with Shareable. Thank you PTJL. See any patterns in these philosophies? Please share your observation in comments. http://shareable.net/blog/towards-a-resilience-pattern-language

How the iPad Could Disrupt the Home Energy Market

Posted by on 06 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: energy efficiency, greenr business, liveable cities


My iPad arrived on Saturday and it is one cool device! While there are question marks over Apple’s closed ecosystem, there’s no doubt about consumer interest. Like the Apple II, the Mac, iPod and iPhone before it, the launch of the iPad will be the tipping point for widespread adoption of nascent technology – in this case a large screen, touch control device in the home. As the following points out the outcome may impact home energy efficiency.

…the iPad could offer a few unique characteristics specifically for home energy management in comparison to an energy-specific dashboard gadget — like those made by Tendril, EnergyHub and Control4 (yep they make a gadget too) — mobile interfaces with smaller screens like the iPhone, or a website on a computer. Those advantages include a large screen, the ability for rich media and the fact that the device can do an unlimited amount of other tasks.

Continued at http://earth2tech.com/2010/04/06/how-the-ipad-could-disrupt-the-home-energy-market/