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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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Meet the Mother of All Processes - Brian Solis

Meet the Mother of All Processes - Brian Solis | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The shift from Mass Production to Mass Customization demands a fundamental shift in the way we manage our organizations. Centralized innovation and decision-making, the mainstays of the Mass Production era, simply cannot get results in a world where unlimited choice demands real-time response.

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5 ways to make public transit awesome

5 ways to make public transit awesome | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From train tracks as urban gardens to bus stops as art installations, here are five exciting ways cities around the world are making transit awesome now.
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Experiencing an energy audit

Experiencing an energy audit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Last week, I had an audit of our house's energy use done and I wanted to share a few impressions of the process. Partly I hope to inspire a few readers to do the same, and partly I figure some of my readers know a lot more about this than me and can answer some of my questions. The audit was performed by Jon Harrod of Snug Planet, a local energy efficiency firm here in the Ithaca area of upstate New York

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Blue LED Rings On Famous London Monuments Show Just How Far Sea Levels Could Rise

Blue LED Rings On Famous London Monuments Show Just How Far Sea Levels Could Rise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Michael Pinsky installs blue LED rings on 3 famous monuments in London to raise awareness about climate change and the potential catastrophic sea level rise over the next 1000 years.
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Chinook Salmon Study Shows Many Salmon In Wild Aren't Really Wild

Chinook Salmon Study Shows Many Salmon In Wild Aren't Really Wild | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Four years ago, the once-mighty Chinook salmon runs in California and Oregon were so small that the states agreed to an unprecedented moratorium on fishing.
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Are Emerging Markets Leading the Way in Job Creation? | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development

Are Emerging Markets Leading the Way in Job Creation? | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

With a few exceptions, industrialized nations are still struggling with unemployment, unable to recover completely from the 2008 economic crisis. In the U.S. things seem to be improving as the unemployment rate fell in January to 8.3 percent, its lowest level since early 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. But all in all, whether it is lack of job opportunities for young people around the world, or that the global economy is not generating as many jobs as needed to keep up with labor force growth, the global job narrative is one of doom and gloom.

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A new Native American village based on tradition helps a Tribe reclaim its sustainable roots | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

A new Native American village based on tradition helps a Tribe reclaim its sustainable roots | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  The Ohkay Owingeh Tribe and Pueblo in New Mexico has returned to its roots with an award-winning, mixed-income housing project based on traditional Native forms.  It's an exciting and inspiring project.
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Intermission: 'SOUP' and Sea Pollution - Design - GOOD

Intermission: 'SOUP' and Sea Pollution - Design - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a series of hauntingly gorgeous photographs entitled “SOUP,” Mandy Barker captures the bright, plastic debris that covers our oceans.
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Sustainability Natives

Sustainability Natives | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
During a talk at her alma mater, Lawrence University, students asked CSRHub co-founder Cynthia Figge, Do we even need the unsustainable products and services that we are trying to make more sustainable?
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NASA mission calculates global ice melt and rising sea levels

NASA mission calculates global ice melt and rising sea levels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Over seven years, scientists used data from NASA satellites to measure global ice melt and the effect on sea level rise. Now, a new study shows that during that time, the world's water mass grew by half an inch.
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The Necessity for Increased Versatility of Thinking | Rethinking Complexity

The Necessity for Increased Versatility of Thinking | Rethinking Complexity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Present sustainability programs in organizations have severe limitations built into them and the implementers are generally unaware of them....


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Useful insights, faulty analysis in new book on rising energy use

Useful insights, faulty analysis in new book on rising energy use | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This post was written by Steven Nadel, Executive Director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and a contributing author at the ACEEE blog.

A new book by David Owen was just r...
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Instead Of Corporate Philanthropy, How About Corporate Volunteering?

Instead Of Corporate Philanthropy, How About Corporate Volunteering? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These are uniquely challenging times for those seeking social development. On the one hand, the demand for nonprofits to tackle entrenched problems has never been greater.
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Pass the parcel – who is responsible?

Trewin Restorick warns government and insurers could be playing a dangerous game with the UK's water strategy...
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Bootstrapping Humanity’s Next OS

Bootstrapping Humanity’s Next OS | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Whew, what a month!

2012 is moving forward at a rapid clip, and construction of our new operating system is manifesting before my eyes!

Here’s what I’m seeing happen:

The last few year...
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Get on my land! New report shows thousands benefit from community farming

Get on my land! New report shows thousands benefit from community farming | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

An impact assessment of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in England – entitled ‘The Impact of Community Supported Agriculture’– has found that CSA schemes are providing multiple benefits to thousands of members, their communities, local economies and the environment. CSA offers an innovative approach to reconnecting people with their food, and helps to build strong partnerships between communities and farmers.

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More Gyrations in the Price of Food

More Gyrations in the Price of Food | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Global food prices have taken their first monthly jump since July, and a big one.
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Burn This: Biofuel Farmed From Seaweed? | Environment | AlterNet

Burn This: Biofuel Farmed From Seaweed? | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Seaweed harvested from the world's oceans may be a sustainable source of ethanol.
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The Role of Crowdsourcing for Better Governance in Fragile State Contexts

The Role of Crowdsourcing for Better Governance in Fragile State Contexts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This paper is meant to serve as a primer on crowdsourcing as an informational resource for development, crisis response, and post-conflict recovery, with a specific focus on governance in fragile s...
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What's going on with new home sizes - is the madness finally over? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

  After many years of dramatically increasing home size in America - from an average of 983 square feet in the 1950s up to 2300 square feet in the 2000s, despite declining household sizes - the trend appears finally to be going...
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5% of California's Energy Requirements Come From Wind Power

5% of California's Energy Requirements Come From Wind Power | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California derives 5% of its total electricity needs from wind energy. This powers about 400,000 households and a total of 4,000 MW is generated.
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Happiness Is The Ultimate Economic Indicator

Happiness Is The Ultimate Economic Indicator | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One factor that is increasingly being cited as an important economic indicator is happiness. After all, what good is increased production and consumption if the result isn’t increased human satisfaction?
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Community Solar – Trending in 2012 | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Community Solar – Trending in 2012 | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As the home of some pioneering community solar projects, Maryland’s clean energy champions are seeking to establish a platform on which these renewable energy...
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Walter Reed Plan Approved, On Its Way to Council

Walter Reed Plan Approved, On Its Way to Council | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Housing Complex is Washington City Paper's blog about D.C. real estate.
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Volkswagen’s Think Blue Beetle is Made From 2,805 Pieces of Recycled Trash!

Volkswagen’s Think Blue Beetle is Made From 2,805 Pieces of Recycled Trash! | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This luminescent Volkswagen Beetle is a life-size art work crafted by artist Haribaabu Naatesan from over 2805 pieces of scrap for the Think Blue Campaign.
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