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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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Technology : TreeHugger

Technology : TreeHugger | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
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A great blog...

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

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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, 11:15 AM

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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Getting Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Into Poor Neighborhoods Doesn’t Make Poor People Healthier

Getting Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Into Poor Neighborhoods Doesn’t Make Poor People Healthier | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
A dozen recently and currently incarcerated women gathered in a classroom across the street from their San Francisco jail and considered a bulb of fennel. Crowded around a few small tables, the students peppered their teacher, Vera Pittman, with questions. “Is that a vegetable?” “Do we have to eat the...

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Linda Alexander's insight:

There appears to be a lot of research on this topic, but I still have a hard time believing there is no impact.  It feels counter-intuitive to me. Your thoughts?

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Linda Alexander's comment, February 13, 8:45 AM
I posted this article on Case Western Reserve University's Fowler Center for Sustainable Value LinkedIn page. They have been very involved in studying this issue. They feel what accounts for a "grocery store" and other data are flawed in this study. You may have to join the group to read the comments, but here is the link where a few people have commented. http://www.linkedin.com/groups/I-have-hard-time-believing-4128980%2ES%2E5838688161047273476?qid=fad53cc0-2452-4084-811e-027c30bb5c35&trk=groups_most_recent-0-b-ttl&goback=%2Egmr_4128980
Cathryn Wellner's comment, February 13, 8:55 AM
Some good comments there. I'm headed off to a meeting but am sure there have been other studies that show food access challenges to be a serious negative issue. The study is coming to some hypotheses I would question. But this particular article still raises important points about the over-arching issue of poverty. That impacts housing, transportation, health, diet and everything else. The social and personal costs are enormous and unacceptable.
Linda Alexander's comment, February 13, 10:03 AM
Glad you were able to access the comments, Cathryn! Yes, poverty as a separate issue deserves attention...
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The Intelligent Design Theory That Inspired Darwin

The Intelligent Design Theory That Inspired Darwin | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Creationism and evolution may be bitter rivals today. But they share a common ancestor.
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Sixteen global sustainability leaders seeking transformational change

Sixteen global sustainability leaders seeking transformational change | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Jo Confino: It's easy to beat ourselves up for not doing enough to speed up sustainability, but it's important to celebrate courage and commitment
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Interesting and inclusive list...

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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.
Linda Alexander's insight:

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.
Linda Alexander's insight:

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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Linda Alexander's curator insight, March 18, 8:12 AM

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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IDEO: Announcing Our New Women's Safety Challenge

IDEO: Announcing Our New Women's Safety Challenge | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
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It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
In a Philadelphia neighborhood, a new grocery store alone wasn't enough to change residents' eating.

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12 Graphics That Contain Everything You Need to Know about Climate Change | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

12 Graphics That Contain Everything You Need to Know about Climate Change | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Climate change is real, it's here and it will be affecting the planet for a long, long time. That's the lesson of the latest iteration of ...
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