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Flight Assembled Architecture

Posted by on 02 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: 3D Printing, enablers

Shape of things to come – welcome to 2012!

Titled “Flight Assembled Architecture,” the live installation showcases a fleet of quadrocopters building a six meter-high tower made up of 1,500 prefabricated polystyrene foam modules.


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: http://sharingsolution.com http://rentalic.com http://cohousing.org. 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 http://www.scribd.com/doc/21277439/Making-More-Use-out-of-Less-Stuff. Feedback and more examples welcome!

More Use – Less Stuff

Posted by on 18 Oct 2009 | Tagged as: enablers, energy efficiency, guides


I just spent the last three days at the annual Bioneers Conference. The closing speaker was Ann Leonard – creator of The Story of Stuff. Her talk inspired me to put together a few thoughts and a ‘presentation’.

The fastest path to sustainability, to meeting the goals of Kyoto, 350.org, etc is to make exponentially more use out of the world’s limited resources. Buying more personal stuff – however ‘green’ – isn’t going to get us there. Instead we need to tap technology (and common sense) to radically increase the use of the products and resources we have today. Here are a few examples…

GreenPlumbers: The Future of Plumbing

Posted by on 27 Mar 2008 | Tagged as: cleantech, enablers, water

I sat in on a presentation by Steve Lehtonen at PG&E this week and learned about a terrific new initiative:

GreenPlumbers® was developed by the Master Plumbers’ and Mechanical Services Association of Australia. (MPMSAA). The enormously successful training and accreditation program is being introduced in the United States through an exclusive agreement between MPMSAA and the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association of California.

The GreenPlumbers® Contractor Licensing Program is being introduced in the United States through an exclusive agreement between the Green Invest LTD of Australia and Onni, Inc. of the United States.

The Australian GreenPlumbers® program has revitalized the plumbing industry’s culture and image in Australia. Since its implementation in 2001, MPMSAA/GreenPlumbers® has accredited more than 5,000 plumbers throughout Australia. MPMSAA is in the process of adding new courses to the curriculum in 2008.

The program and the emerging technologies have been a major catalyst in helping to reduce water consumption levels by up to 50% from 1990 levels.

Steve Lehtonen’s presentation: GreenPlumbers: The Future of Plumbing


Getting Things Done

Posted by on 23 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: books, enablers

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Making the changes necessary to avert catastrophic climate change requires us all to ‘get things done’. In 2007 I read David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” and took on many (if not all:) of his recommendations. A ‘weekly review’ is one of his key recommendations, and I get a weekly reminder with a tip to focus my attention…like this one:

Have you got any “stuff” that needs clarifying as a “project” for your Projects list? Anything that you’d call a “problem” right now that should be labeled a project, with a next action? Think about situations and circumstances in your world this week – anything emerge that still needs resolution or clarification? Make it a project – “Clarify…” “Resolve…” You don’t have to know how to clarify or resolve it to call it a “project” – just focus on the outcome, and get an action to move toward it. “It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

What projects are you committed to, and what are the next actions you can take to move ’em along?

Zerofootprint Gets Calculated About Climate Change

Posted by on 20 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: company, enablers, research & reports


“It’s hard to tell, at first glance, whether Zerofootprint is a serious business or a feel-good environmental action group. The answer, easily discovered before long, is that it is likely both…the company as two separate entities: A non-profit umbrella group, the Zerofootprint Foundation, and separate for-profit arms that handle building out the calculator for cities and other companies. Zerofootprint can thus profit from the various websites it builds out, getting revenue from advertising, partnerships with other organizations, and payments from its clients…Zerofootprint currently has six cities signed up for its service, including Boulder, Colo. and Seattle, Wash.” Continued in Venturebeat…