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Insights from “The reinvented city”

Monday, May 17th, 2010

A blog post from the Lincoln Institute, The reinvented city about its recent conference, includes several terrific links. First off: Andres Duany is on a tear against NIMBYs, and suggests making decisions via “juries.” There’s lots to like in that proposal. From the links provided by the Lincoln Institute’s article, a couple of choice extracts […]

David Eaves on Open Government

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

David Eaves’s discussion of Open Government throws light on why we’re routing around government, and how the consultancy industry keeps the old model entrenched.

Creating Value Through Sustainability

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

“You measure what matters, and what gets measured, gets done.” That’s how Eric Hespenheide put it at this afternoon’s MIT Enterprise Forum event, live-streamed at UVic. …And I have to admit I felt a deep admiration for – perhaps jealousy of? – numbers crunchers who can make this real. Me? I’d probably get too absorbed […]

Wishing local government had an opposable mind

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Reading Roger Martin’s The Opposable Mind makes me wonder when local governments will bid conventional thinking good-bye and awaken instead to the possibilities of integrative thinking.

Let’s say you own an airline…

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic Airways co-founded the Carbon War Room, a virtual HQ to transform our carbon-based economy into something sustainable. Is man-made climate change prompting business leaders to act against self-interest in favor of the common good?

Bamberton, Public Participation, Design Thinking

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

“Competing Values: Land Use and Public Consultation” (2/20 forum in conjunction with “Bamberton: Contested Landscape,” an exhibition at Open Space in Victoria BC) illustrates the need for design thinking to help bridge gaps between validity (outcomes favored by the community) and reliability (assurances required by developers and quantitatively-oriented planners and engineers).

Eat the rich: on sustainability

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Another very interesting entry in Seth Godin‘s (free) PDF e-book compilation, What Matters Now, is Unsustainability by Alan M. Webber (co-founding editor of Fast Company). Now, this one had me thinking about negative externalities, the book Natural Capitalism (and its authors, Paul Hawken and Hunter and Amory Lovins), and a provocative article by Frank Furedi […]

Jumping Malthus’s shadow

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Although I had planned some longer blog posts about the interaction of the natural and the social worlds, how they collide and also drain away from one another specifically here in Victoria BC, I need to blog first about an intriguing book I’m currently reading: A Farewell to Alms by Gregory Clark. I was initially […]

Fred Wilson is:

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Holy cow, yet another great learning-and-thinking experience, courtesy of  Fred Wilson‘s recent post, What Drives Consumer Adoption of New Technologies?, and the many amazing people who comment there! Reading regularly is like participating in an interdisciplinary college seminar – and even though  you never know in advance what’s coming up on the syllabus, the […]

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