Suburbs increasingly view their auto-centric sprawl as a health hazard

By Katherine Shaver December 28, 2016, from the Washington Post Planners in Prince George’s County have talked for years about reshaping communities to help residents fetch a gallon of milk via a walk or bicycle ride, rather than add to stifling traffic congestion by having to drive. But planners say they’re increasingly treating the Maryland county’s low-density, auto-dependent design as …

Building new options to the extractivist sharing model

By Nathan Schneider, 21 Dec 2014 Image from OpenSource.com’s post, “Don’t Build a Better Mousetrap. Change the Business Model.“ One chilly morning last winter, I reconnected with an old friend, Joel Dietz, on a video chat. We hadn’t seen each other for years, and we’d each had several starts and stops in our lives since. He began telling me about his latest undertaking, …

47% of Jobs Will Disappear in the next 25 Years, According to Oxford University

By PHILIP PERRY, 27 Dec 2016, Big Think British Musicians. Ms. Dynamite. Getty Images. The Trump campaign ran on bringing jobs back to American shores, although mechanization has been the biggest reason for manufacturing jobs’ disappearance. Similar losses have led to populist movements in several other countries. But instead of a pro-job growth future, economists across the board predict further losses …

Germany’s Decarbonization Plan for Transportation: Agora Verkehrswende

Agora Verkehrswende A successful clean energy transition requires an environmentally friendly transport  system.  By 2050 Germany has committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by between 80% and 95% compared to 1990.  In 2015, the international community set itself ambitious climate protection targets for the first time in the form of the Paris Agreement on Climate Protection. Ambitious climate protection …

Leveraging startup culture to improve government and make the rapid shifts we need

By The Intersector Project By Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, City of West Sacramento and Mark Johannessen, Council Member, City of West Sacramento As advancements in technology revolutionize customer experiences in every aspect of our residents’ lives, local governments are under evolutionary pressure to adapt or risk losing the support and trust of the communities they serve. However, by design, governmental entities are organized to …

Cultivating an Economy in Service to Life

Imagine for a moment that you live in a place that is truly healthy, where people feel a sense of belonging and security. Such an economy would nurture diversity. Quality of life would be paramount. Human activities would support natural systems and processes. Ecosystems would be healthy and provide services that enhance people’s quality of life. All forms of capital …

Green Transformation: Is There a Fast Track? from The Politics of Green Transformations

By Hubert Schmitz.  This is the final chapter of Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach and Peter Newell (eds), The Politics of Green Transformations, Earthscan/Routledge, 2015.   Introduction The green transformation is different from previous transformations in one critical respect: urgency. This is the first transformation in history to be achieved against a deadline. Hence the question in the title: is there a fast …

Learning from approaches in other sectors

Cross-posted from The Beam, interviews with inspiring leaders While Stefan Schurig is an architect by training, he has devoted most of his professional career to the environment and sustainability. Before becoming the Director of Climate, Energy and Cities at the World Future Council (WFC) in 2007, Stefan was the spokesperson for Greenpeace Germany for 10 years. In 2002 he also …