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You must read Hot, Flat, & Crowded

October 29, 2008

by Thomas Friedman (Amazon).  It’s an excellent discussion about our current challenges with concrete solutions.  I’ll post more about it, but I recommend just reading the source.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

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Social Scarcity? “City of Ember” book intrigues

August 24, 2008

My son whispered that we had a (paper) copy of J Duprau’s City of Ember when we saw the movie preview last week.  It’s impossible for me to resist a post-apocalyptic novel about people completely dependent on machines they don’t understand.  It’s a youth book, but I was not disappointed – this was a fast read with a decently suspenseful plot.

Normally, that would not be worth a post here; however, I was intrigued by Duprau’s picture of a community coping with limited & diminishing resources.  Her community was simultaneously aware of their impending doom and completely unwilling challenge the status quo.  Throw in a corrupt and self-indulging government and you’ve got a mirror.

In Ember, they adapted remarkably well to ever more limited supplies, but they shut down all innovation.  Their inhabitants were always waiting for someone else to solve the problem for them.

City of Ember by J Duprau

City of Ember by J Duprau

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Microsoft + European Beachs = Social Environmentalism?

August 8, 2008

GreenMonk posted an interesting link to a Microsoft web site, EyeOnEarth, that tracks water conditions of European beaches.  Putting this information online is nice, but the social Web 2.0 aspect got my interest.  “this community-based approach makes it an exceedingly powerful tool and this has to be the first time we have seen grassroots activism, supported by central transparency, powered by Microsoft!”

Social Environmentalism - beach goers can report conditions

Social Environmentalism - beach goers can report conditions