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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.

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,, 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…

50 Ways to Green Your Business

Posted by on 06 Mar 2008 | Tagged as: business, guides

Fast Company (logo)

I read FastCompany’s guide a couple of months ago but just came across it again. Its well worth reading if, as the title suggests, you’re looking to green your business.

“Imagine asking today how the Internet affects business. It’s an absurd question, like asking how electricity changed business. Asking the same about sustainability, it turns out, is equally absurd. Like the Internet, sustainability spurs innovation in everything, from how you see your business model to whether you see your employees (why not let them work at home more?). Here are our favorite ways companies today are greening up–and saving money and making better widgets in the process.” Continued at FastCompany.

Know of other green guides? Lets me know…

Green Guide From Greenpeace

Posted by on 23 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: guides, ngo

There are so many ways that we can step a little lighter on the Earth. The tips in this Greenpeace “Green Guide” provide some useful pointers. Got some tips of your own? A favorite guide to greening up your life? Let me know…