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No Ordinary Disruption: The four forces breaking all the trends

Out with the old assumptions, in with McKinsey Global Institute's new book on the four disruptive forces reshaping the world, "No Ordinary Disruption": http://…
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These disruptions need to inform our strategies and plans....

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Water Management in Urban Areas

Water Management in Urban Areas | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Water management in rural areas has always been an issue of great interest. On the one hand, water for human, stock and crop use is critical to living and
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Donate Trees to Communities in Need on Earth Day

Donate Trees to Communities in Need on Earth Day | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, Great Eastern Energy (GEE), is collaborating with Trees for the Future for a 30 Days of Green Campaign to raise awareness about sustainable practices and to assist with their efforts in planting new trees in impoverished communities
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Please go to www.facebook.com/Greateasternenergy to plant a tree for every like or share!

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Food Companies Have Opportunity to Show More Responsibility During California’s Drought Crisis | Sustainable Brands

Food Companies Have Opportunity to Show More Responsibility During California’s Drought Crisis | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With California suffering one of its most dire water shortages on record, the Golden State’s political leaders are scrambling to find solutions. Analysts suggest California only has about one year’s reserve of water left. As a result California's 37 million residents, who are already among the most water-efficient citizens in the United States, are facing tighter water restrictions.
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GOCE gravity satellite data helps produce tool for geothermal energy development

GOCE gravity satellite data helps produce tool for geothermal energy development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A team of scientists have used readings from ESA's Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer to produce an online tool designed to make it easier than ever to locate potential geot...
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The Growing Outdoor Recreation Economy

The Growing Outdoor Recreation Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., U.S. Interior department Secretary Sally Jewell said national parks had their highest visitation rates ever in 2014, with more than 400 mill...
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Where is your business on its Sustainability journey?

Where is your business on its Sustainability journey? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sustainability: A framework for the leaders of business functions to assess their organisation's progress on becoming more sustainable

Via Cambium, John Swannick, Expressworks International
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We're glad to see sustainability being discussed and shared in change management channels. Sustainability touches all enterprise functions with sometimes profound effects.  If your organization is contemplating a sustainability journey, are you anticipating the changes to organization, culture and behavior that should be part of your journey planning?

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Expressworks International's curator insight, April 17, 11:51 AM

We're glad to see sustainability being discussed and shared in change management channels. Sustainability touches all enterprise functions with sometimes profound effects.  If your organization is contemplating a sustainability journey, are you anticipating the changes to organization, culture and behavior that should be part of your journey planning?

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CEMEX's Strategic Mix—in Pictures

CEMEX's Strategic Mix—in Pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This Mexican cement company redefined itself as a global solutions provider and developed the critical capabilities to match.
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You Don't Have to be a Scientist to Browse the World's Freshest Satellite Images

You Don't Have to be a Scientist to Browse the World's Freshest Satellite Images | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A new tool lets you search NASA-quality photos of Earth from 2013 up to this very minute.

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Impossible City: A youth-built off-grid movable eco-village for Seattle's homeless

Impossible City: A youth-built off-grid movable eco-village for Seattle's homeless | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A project by Seattle-based charity Sawhorse Revolution is both educating young people and creating accommodation for the homeless. The Impossible City is a community of housing built by local teen...
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Ultra-sustainable classroom is one of only two of its kind

Ultra-sustainable classroom is one of only two of its kind | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens was recently awarded Living Building certification for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes facility. Now, the organization is hoping to follow suit with...
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How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.
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Wind energy blows US emissions onto right track for 2025 target - environment - 16 April 2015 - New Scientist

Wind energy blows US emissions onto right track for 2025 target - environment - 16 April 2015 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Carbon emissions from US power stations in 2015 are set to drop to their lowest level for 20 years, as wind, solar and gas replace coal
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Innovation Excellence | Don’t Fail with Innovation Failure

Innovation Excellence | Don’t Fail with Innovation Failure | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It is generally accepted that innovation involves risk.  In the more enlightened organizations it is also clear that failure should be accepted as a consequence of playing the innovation game.  It’s a bit like sport.  You can’t win all the time, but it doesn’t mean that you change the whole team if you lose one game.
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Companies need graceful failure or what the author calls "competent failure."  Learning from experience can provide greatest opportunities for learning.

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Collected Ideas That Bring Hope for a Greener, Healthier World

Collected Ideas That Bring Hope for a Greener, Healthier World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I can't think of a better time to review Jared Green's inspiring new book, Designed for the Future, than the week of Earth Day....
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Experts Agree: We Can Preserve Electric Reliability and Protect Public Health Under Clean Power Plan

Experts Agree: We Can Preserve Electric Reliability and Protect Public Health Under Clean Power Plan | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first ever national carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Fossil fuel-fired power plants account for almost 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, making them the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation
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A Sustainable Business Roadmap: The Hagen-Wilhelm Chart for Change | Sustainable Brands

A Sustainable Business Roadmap: The Hagen-Wilhelm Chart for Change | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In his recent book, Making Sustainability Stick, Kevin Wilhelm offers a wealth of insight, experience and tools to help individuals and organizations deliver more business value by adding environmental and social parameters to their business strategy. By taking a look from the inside at the work of pioneering companies such as Starbucks and REI, the book shares some of the key things that have contributed to progress and tries to help folks avoid some of the setbacks of those who have gone befor
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This chart helps to break down the "change journey" into stages and provides useful indicators to help people and companies understand where they are.

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Expressworks International's curator insight, April 20, 10:46 AM

This chart helps to break down the "change journey" into stages and provides useful indicators to help people and companies understand where they are.

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Innovation Excellence | Change Your Questions, Change the World

Innovation Excellence | Change Your Questions, Change the World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Janet Sernack discusses what a disruptive question is, and why are they one of the most critical levers for creating the safe space for innovation.
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, April 19, 8:17 PM

“Changing our questions can change the world. The key is constantly creating better questions to see that world with fresh eyes. When this happens, we will find ourselves living the profound observation that Jonas Salk (discoverer of the first polio vaccine) made that “you don’t invent the answers; you reveal the answers” by “finding the right question.”

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Why Water Markets Might Work In California

Why Water Markets Might Work In California | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When Australia suffered a drought in the 2000s, it set up markets to trade water rights. NPR's Linda Wertheimer asks McKenzie Funk whether water markets could help California.
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A Robotic "Hand" Based on the Chameleon's Tongue

A Robotic "Hand" Based on the Chameleon's Tongue | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mechanical robot grippers are designed to grasp specific shapes. This is perfect for assembly lines, where every object is the same. But what if a more flexible solution were required? Think of a conveyor belt covered with random junk that needed to be sorted for recycling: Imagine a robot hand
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Dutch firm heats homes for free using cloud server power

Dutch firm heats homes for free using cloud server power | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

You've probably noticed how hot your computer gets if the processor is doing some heavy lifting, like when playing a game, for example. The same thing happens with server farms. Nerdalize aims to ...

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The time has come to reawaken our humanity

The time has come to reawaken our humanity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It is easy to blame societal and environmental ills on powerful elites, big business, greedy bankers, corrupt politicians and corporate fat cats; perhaps easier still to blame it all on the ‘system...
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Acidic oceans triggered mass extinction over 250 million years ago

Acidic oceans triggered mass extinction over 250 million years ago | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New study has linked the acidification of oceans to the mass extinction that wiped out most marine and land life on Earth over 250 million years ago. The parallel with current acidification due to...
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How Food Waste Costs Our Cities Millions | TheCityFix

How Food Waste Costs Our Cities Millions | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

It would take farm land the size of Mexico just to grow the amount of food that humans produce, but do not eat, every year.


More food goes uneaten at the consumption phase of the supply chain—in places like homes, restaurants and cafeterias—than at any other stage. Almost all urban areas experience high levels of food waste—food that is fit for consumption when it reaches consumers but is discarded before or after spoiling. While food waste presents significant challenges, addressing waste also provides an opportunity for growing cities to reduce their carbon emissions, curb deforestation, and mitigate water withdrawals caused by agriculture.

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With Too Much of a Good Thing, Europe Tackles Excess Nitrogen

With Too Much of a Good Thing, Europe Tackles Excess Nitrogen | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and other countries, European governments are beginning to push farmers, industry, and municipalities to cut back on fertilizers and other sources of nitrogen that are causing serious environmental harm.
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