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(Austin) Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Foraging for Food

(Austin) Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Foraging for Food | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The ancient art of foraging for food is aged to perfection
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Interesting perspective--although I don't know about eating that urban sidewalk week filled with car pollutants.... ?

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10 Shocking Photos That Will Change How You See Consumption And Waste

10 Shocking Photos That Will Change How You See Consumption And Waste | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
As individual and anonymous consumers, it's seemingly impossible to even estimate the physical ramifications of our daily consumption and waste. While our personal imprints may not seem in themselves worthy of alarm, the combined effect of human's ha...
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Simplifying Complexity: The 8 Sustainability Challenges for Canadian Businesses in 2014 (Deloitte)

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Scientists to Americans: We're Not Divided on Climate Change

Scientists to Americans: We're Not Divided on Climate Change | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The AAAS hammers the message home that 97 percent of climate scientists agree human-caused climate change is happening.
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The most interesting point is that over a third of American's believe scientists are divided on climate change--well, they're not! 

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The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education - Summer Design Studio

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education - Summer Design Studio | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
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Download the flyer---download the agenda.  

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Farm-to-Table Living Takes Root

Farm-to-Table Living Takes Root | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Home buyers who crave open spaces, verdant fields and fresh food are flocking to “agrihoods.”
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Rather than developers offering expensive golf courses, this makes so much more sense. 

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CSR Idea: Thin Garbage Movement

CSR Idea: Thin Garbage Movement | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Apparently, improper garbage disposal is one of the biggest problems that we have in the city. According to one of the reports by the Metro Manila Development Authority, 3000 cubic meters (or 600 t...
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Study shows kids eating more fruits, veggies (forces trying to weaken standards)

Study shows kids eating more fruits, veggies (forces trying to weaken standards) | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
A Harvard School of Public Health study has found that new federal standards launched in 2012 that require schools to offer healthier meals have led to more fruit and vegetable consumption. This contradicts criticisms that the new standards have increased food waste.
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We need to continue to battle the industries that work to alter standards.  Thanks, Harvard, for this study.

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Industrial Society: THIS 6 MINUTE SHORT FILM WILL MAKE YOU SPEECHLESS - PositiveMed

Industrial Society: THIS 6 MINUTE SHORT FILM WILL MAKE YOU SPEECHLESS - PositiveMed | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
WITHOUT SAYING A WORD THIS 6 MINUTE SHORT FILM WILL MAKE YOU SPEECHLESS SAMSARA food sequence from Baraka & Samsara on Vimeo. You can purchase or rent the  100-minute movie from Amazon here. (This is a very disturbing film.
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Patterns In Nature (Extensive List of Patterns in Nature)

Patterns In Nature (Extensive List of Patterns in Nature) | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Devoted to the study and enjoyment of patterns in nature and the interconnections between these patterns that define our universe.
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Wonderful blog.  Please be sure to click on the link with examples of patters in nature!

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Artisan Foods Now at Your Local Food Court?

Artisan Foods Now at Your Local Food Court? | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Are artisan foods the next big thing in food court fare? New food halls opening up in American foodie capitals give us hope. (#organicnews Artisan Foods Now at Your Local Food Court? - Food Courts in the United States have always been more ...
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It's about time!

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Encyclopedia of Positive Questions, 2nd Ed.: Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, David Cooperrider, Brian S. Kaplin

Encyclopedia of Positive Questions, 2nd Ed.

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Encyclopedia of Positive Questions, 2nd Ed. by Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, David Cooperrider, Brian S. Kaplin


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Linda Alexander's insight:

Anything this team puts their name gets my attention.  The power of asking the right questions!

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David Cooperrider's curator insight, February 13, 2:15 PM

As I have written elsewhere:


Inquiry is… the Experience of Mystery
             Which Changes
                               Our Lives


We live in world's our questions create. One of the things almost all sustainability designers, entrepreneurs, do is ask inspired questions. And it can be learned. In many ways, the art of leadership is the art of the question. But not just any kind of question. Its about questions that help us see possibility and opportunity--what's best and what works, and what's next and what's possible.  These are not problematizing questions (what's wrong) but are based on appreciative inquiry into the true, the good, the better and the possible. Its about possibility science where an "N" of one shows that its possible.  As Professor Langer at Harvard once said: "if you can teach one dog to yodel, then you know dogs can yodel."  


Here is the second edition of a book my colleagues and I have updated. It is so clear to me that organizations become what they study, what they ask questions about, most frequently and authentically. Thats why this site is focused on Business as An Agent of World Benefit. Its not an answer, but a question: where is it happening; what were the root causes of success; how might we emulated the lessons; and how might we use exceptional stories to inspire next generation innovation?


This handbook on the power of positive questions has implications for every aspect of a business--measurement systems, customer focus groups, quality management, mergers, team building, performance appraisal, surveys, design thinking, sustainable innovation, change management--indeed everywhere we ask questions or gather data. But the importance of the Appreciative Inquiry approach goes beyond business to include family life and relationships. The 2nd Edition organized sample questions into nine areas for positive organizational impact. The 2nd Edition expands the usefulness of the book by adding fourteen complete interview guides, each related to one positive impact area. All of them were created and have been successfully used by colleagues and clients, from the United Nations to Hunter Douglas, 



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Completely Surreal Photos Of America's Abandoned Malls (Rolling Acres & Randall Park)

Completely Surreal Photos Of America's Abandoned Malls (Rolling Acres & Randall Park) | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
An inside look at nine abandoned malls. There is nothing creepier and more fascinating.
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It's sad that I am intimately familiar with two of the malls.  I remember when Rolling Acres in Akron, Ohio opened its doors.  When Randall Park Mall opened, at the time it was the largest mall in America.  I worked as a store manager at Things Remembered (Cole National Corporation) right at the top of the elevators (in the picture) in the late 70s--returning as a District Manager for a number of stores. For Things Remembered, it was their first real store (prior to Randall they only had kiosks). The store was one of the top performers in the country--if not the top performer---out of hundreds of stores. However, we had increasing issues with theft.  Nevertheless, it was likely the Targets and Walmart Stores, easier, cheaper, one-stop shopping that were the real culprits of the decline of many malls.   There were many folks that questioned this massive project right from the start--and the decline came swiftly.  RIP Randall Park...you're on the chopping block and will be an industrial park soon.

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Mapping Opportunity in America

Mapping Opportunity in America | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The Opportunity Index measures 16 key indicators to produce an overall opportunity score and grade for all 50 states, Washington DC & over 2,900 counties.
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I can't say I've moved up in the world, but Arizona doesn't have much of an employment base (nor do they adequately fund their schools).  I am happy for Vermont!  It is my heart-state. Ohio lands in the middle.  The rest is for you to find out...:)

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"Architecture Follows Nature" focus on biomimicry, sustainability, collaborative research | Archinect

"Architecture Follows Nature" focus on biomimicry, sustainability, collaborative research | Archinect | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Last Monday evening at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, architect Ilaria Mazzoleni and evolutionary biologist Shauna Price tag-teamed a lecture on their joint-work, Architecture Follows Nature, a collection of architectural proposals inspired by various animal skins. It’s a...
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Beautiful creations!!!

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Harvard Ed: Too Sweet & Salty (A Spoon Full of Sugar REALLY Does Help More Medicine Go Down!)

Harvard Ed: Too Sweet & Salty (A Spoon Full of Sugar REALLY Does Help More Medicine Go Down!) | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Even the “healthy” fruit drinks that Americans sip are packed with the amount of sugar contained in six cookies. That love affair is making us sick.
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There is a magic bullet and we just need to get the FDA to make sure we know what is added to our food.  Salt is injected to preserve meats and breads--ugh.  Sugar is added to everything. 

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Systems Thinking & Ed for Sustainability: Camp Snowball - Learning and Leading in the 21st Century

Systems Thinking & Ed for Sustainability: Camp Snowball - Learning and Leading in the 21st Century | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Camp Snowball is a summer "camp" experience that brings together students, parents, educators, as well as business and community leaders to build everyone's capacity for learning and leading in the 21st century.
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I went to Camp Snowball a few years ago and it was really worth my time and attention.  Jaimie Cloud and Tracey Benson are equally knowledgable facilitators!

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I went to Camp Snowball a few years ago and it was really worth my time and attention.  Jaimie Cloud and Tracey Benson are equally knowledgable facilitators!

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The next frontier in design? Hierarchical structures

The next frontier in design? Hierarchical structures | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Structures common in hair and bones have important implications for the future of biomedical devices, building design and beyond.
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20 women in sustainability (Twitter List, Celebrate International Women's Day)

20 women in sustainability (Twitter List, Celebrate International Women's Day) | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
To celebrate this year's International Women's Day, we've compiled a list of women tweeting about sustainability that you should be following
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Great list, although sad that so women remain in the top leadership spots in the field....

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Growing food without soil: feeding the world with aquaponics - The Ideas Arcade

Growing food without soil: feeding the world with aquaponics - The Ideas Arcade | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Most people are prepared to admit that there are a lot of serious problems facing the world today. How we manage these issues, and...
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If you're not familiar with aquaponics, you should be...

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Photos from Kim Anderson Desmuke's post... - Kim Anderson Desmuke | Facebook

Photos from Kim Anderson Desmuke's post... - Kim Anderson Desmuke | Facebook | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
This worked well for me for many years - it's a simple, weed-free way to grow lettuce, spinach and even radishes. Take a 2 cubic feet bag of potting...
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Why toss the bags when you can use them.  Thanks Lisa McG., for posting such a great idea!

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Teen's gardening invention blooms into 'planting revolution' (Handmade by previously unemployed mothers)

Teen's gardening invention blooms into 'planting revolution' (Handmade by previously unemployed mothers) | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Teen's gardening invention blooms into 'planting revolution'
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Yet, that high school idea has grown today to become Reel Gardening, an award-winning patented invention aiming to simplify food gardening and make it more effective.
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"Reel Gardening is a patented pre fertilized seed strip which encases the seed with organic fertilizer at the correct depth and distance apart. Reel Gardening is proudly handmade in Johannesburg by previously unemployed mothers. Reel Gardening strives to use Organic seed when available and the fertilizer it utilizes is a registered organic product. 
Reel Gardening has been founded on the motto of “Rather teach a man to fish than give a man a fish”.

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Top ten sustainability and social media campaigns – in pictures

Top ten sustainability and social media campaigns – in pictures | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The best examples of brands using social media to sell sustainable change through entertainment and useful information (Top ten #sustainability and #csr social media campaigns – in pictures http://t.co/yQa3jXwmFb)...
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Nature knows best: A biologist and a designer take creative direction from

Nature knows best: A biologist and a designer take creative direction from | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

In a fascinating conversation, biomimicry expert Janine Benyus and IDEO CEO Tim Brown discuss why nature's operating system is so powerful


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