The editors and contributors have been talking recently about how little we know about our readers and how little we hear from you in the comments, so I'm starting this thread as a "Meet & Greet."
Please take the time to make a comment, tell us a bit about who you are, any interesting projects you're working on or cool things you would like to share with the WorldChanging community.
Just to kick this off, I'm Vinay. I'm a largely silent contributor - mostly I post somewhat off-the-wall essays exploring the edges of environmentalism. Based in Chicago... if there are other WorldChangers here perhaps we could have a get together?
Hi everyone. I'm a silent one, but have been enjoying the posts since I set worldchanging as my home page in January. I'm currently at UCLA, in the process of earning a masters degree in urban planning, focusing on transportation. A big secret about Los Angeles is that there is a bubbling undercurrent of very capable people who have been working to shift the transportation paradigm here. Two projects I'm involved in are reinvigorating the pedestrian advocacy group Los Angeles Walks (website forthcoming--but not up yet--at www.la-walks.org) and Bikesummer 2005 (www.bikesummer.org). A second big secret about Los Angeles is that it is blanketed by a huge public transportation system that has 1.3 million boardings a day--(mostly bus boardings). Though, sadly, I must agree that much of the area is still overwhelmingly auto-centric.
I'm an artist, designer, etc based in rural northern Michigan. Worldchanging has been a great resource for info on sustainable matterials, design and architecture. I also dig the posts on leapfrogging, as I've spent a lot of time living in the more 3rd world cultures of the US.
Most of my work incorporates some recycled material, and all of it is designed for durability, sustainability, and ease of use. check out furniture, sculpture, mosaic etc at www.johntunger.com. My weblog features studio news, essays on design, business, and collaboration in the arts: http://johntunger.20six.co.uk
Although my day job is making commissioned artwork, I have a number of product lines for the home in development using predominantly recycled materials. I expect to officially launch these sometime this summer. In what passes for spare time, I'm also trying to get a project off the ground which applies open source project management to the creation of public art the idea is to make it easier for community members to participate in projects from the design stage through installation. If anyone with a firm grasp of php is interested in working on this with me, please contact me via th eform on my portfolio site.
Thanks, and thanks to Worldchanging for all the great work!
I'm also at UCLA, majoring in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution and minoring in Geography. (Thanks to the latter, I now have the good fortune to be taking a class with Jared Diamond.) I read WorldChanging almost every day.
My big project is World Beyond Borders, a website about world citizenship, human unity and global government as a long-term political goal. I'm also doing research on wetland restoration, looking at the effects of distance from an established site on restoration success. Oh, and I'm interested in creating holidays celebrating dates in the Cosmic Calendar. And more... :-)
I know LA's public transportation system quite well. My family lived here about 12 years before buying a car, and I don't drive.
I have been reading WC for a while now, but just recently moved from the UK to Malawi. I am a computer programmer contracting for companies in the US at the moment. We came to Malawi because my wife works for Opportunity International Bank of Malawi, a microfinance bank that has figured out how to provide banking services to the poor and be self-sustainable at the same time. They use fingerprint readers, good customer service, and a lot of careful planning to make sure that even people who have never been inside a building before are comfortable getting and using a bank account.
I love WorldChanging, the posts often get my heart beating with excitement. The trouble is I am here in Malawi and I want to be "WorldChanging", but I am not sure where to start. I have thought about trying to start up a manufacturing plant for solar cell production - but I have no idea how to do such a thing, just the knowledge that it is needful and would be cool. I will definitely start a Linux Users Group, but am wondering how to get more than just expats coming. There are IT needs everywhere here, but I want to do something truly WorldChanging not just helping embassies install anti-virus software. WorldChanging definitely focuses on real solutions, not just theories, but there is still a gap between these solutions and what I can practically do.
Perhaps WC could start an "Ask WorldChanging" column, like "Ask Slashdot" so we can tap into one another's knowledge and make it apply to wherever we are.
I'm a silent reader of WC. Your works has been a continuous source of inspiration and infroamtion for me (see my blog nomada.blogs.com). I'm a biologist working as professor in a Spanish university, and my work is related to the management of natural resources (coastal zones and fisheries). We are involved in community-based approaches to managment developing both research and development projects.
Hello World Changers,
Congrats to worldchanging.com for the utne indy press award!
"Meet & Greet" ... Me?
A basic earthling... strolling on the edge of green, away from the pack, yet calling to them.
Ironically (as per the other posts), I moved from Chicago -five years ago, to a small mountain village a couple hours from LA. I have an independent environmental media producer background (which means I'm poor as hell but have changed the world, with little words.)
Nice to meet you!
Just a silent reader from Sydney, don't really have the expertise to comment on the technical so with World Changing I'm happy to just learn about the good stuff from you all. I'm into bicycles and started 2005 without a car, first time since my teens, and never will own one again. I train and race bikes and also commute everywhere on one. I also work in the bike biz.
I'm always on the lookout for some good stuff on bicycles here as well.
A portuguese 38 years old, teacher, biologist and very environmental activist...critical, nice some times, love to share ideals to promote an Education for Sutentability.
All men of free, uthopical and aim to preserve environment as a road to peace are welcome.
http://bioterra.blogspot.com ( english available)
Thre is a strong warning about whatŽs happen in Brasilian lands because of the carbon trade. See details here http://www.tni.org/exhibit/index.htm or in my blog, as you wish. Spread the word- stop carbont trade.
Another reader from Spain - in my case from the Canary Islands. I have commented to other posts but I find this post may be a good meeting place (until it becomes crowded).
It would be a good idea to have this "meet & greet" posting turned into a more or less permanent "contact point" for each language, country or special interest. Just add a database to it.
Easier said than done, but just imagine the possibilities.
There may be worldchangers just around the corner.
We then use "open space" (as in Harrison Owen) to gather around the issue "what can WE do from here?" ...
Like ants and cake: try + share what works.
I'm an ecosystem ecologist at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
My research is centered on ecological management. In particular I am interested in techniques that enhance social-ecological resilience and enable social learning.
I'm a South African living, for the moment, in the UK.
I work for a deafness charity (the Royal National Institute for Deaf People), where I develop applications (stuff like SIP phones that handle text natively as well as voice, etc) and review emerging internet standards, ensuring that new tech supports the principle of "access for all".
I found WorldChanging through reading the Viridian Design archives through reading Bruce Sterling's fiction.
My hobbies include infecting my social circle with the WorldChanging memes.
I'm a climatologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, working on the links between global environmental change, changes in natural resources and ecosystem services, and their impacts on human health and security. I also direct our university's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (www.sage.wisc.edu).
Right now, I'm spending a lot of time examining the global-scale patterns of land use, mainly from agricultural expansion and intensification, and their impacts on climate, hydrological cycling and biogeochemical cycles. I am also teaching courses in systems dynamics, environmental modeling and simulation, and earth system science.
I'm extremely interested in finding better ways to link environmental science to practical sustainability outcomes.
I find WC extremely inspiring and exciting! Keep up the good work!
My name is Nigel. I LOVE the WC blog. I'm a software engineer/computer scientist/wanna-be-entrepreneur.
My primary interest right now is demonstrating how modern computing can leave behind the Von Neuman architecture for computation and thus create new models for thinking about and analysing the physical world.
More concretely, I'm investigating how commodity graphics hardware (ATI, NVidia, etc) can be used to do NON-graphical computation. The modern grpahics processing unit (GPU) in your comsumer graphics card is definitely NOT a nice Von Neuman architecture. I'm looking to exploit the GPU to do non-GPU things. Cool stuff.
Please drop me a line if you'd like to chat.
Hey, I'm in Austin, TX; I work at the University of Texas as Sustainability Coordinator within Environmental Health & Safety. I've done a lot of work with SustainUS, the national youth network for sustainable development, and with the UT Campus Environmental Center, a long-term institution for student environmental partnerships.
Hello World changers,
My name is Tunji Lardner and I write from the chaotic, filthy, sweltering (and the same breath) promising city of Lagos, Nigeria. I run a nonprofit, WANGONeT that is in this very challenging environment struggling to change at least our own corner of the world. But enough about me; over the last year, I have found Worldchanging to be the intellectual tonic that gets me through the day.. poor bandwidth notwithstanding. In my dystopian reality, the promise of another world unfolding before our eyes is really the promise of a collective sense of hope. We are really all connected, even if in the myopia of our part of the world this might seem like... well dispatches from another planet. But someday soon, some of the wonderful, practical and eminently "doable" ideas that are chronicled each day will necessarily become a reality for all of us. In the meantime, I log on everyday to catch a glmpse of utopia. Keep up the good work. We are the earth, the earth is us. Tunji
My own work and interests are literally all over the map. I design and build fine furniture, am a luthier, and a certified technocrat, having dot-bombed, and am just in the processing of releasing an open source music server. I have a strong interest in alternative building techniques, both physical (e.g. strawbale) and strategic (e.g. "urban planning", Local Code, et al). In my spare time, I'm desiging an alternative an conceivably revolutionary hybrid gas/electric engine. I also travel a great deal, and write about that extensively on the web.
Reading WC at *least* daily is by far and away one of the best parts of my day. The wide range of topics and thought-provoking discussions lead me to comment not infrequently. Kudos once again to Worldchangers for what you've started here.
Also, I'd love to find some way to spawn WC communities from this thread. Maybe geographic (i.e. meat in realspace), maybe topical (user discussions online), but it would be fun I think to "continue the conversation" in any medium. Any interest in this? Did I just volunteer?
I'm a physicist working at a nanotechnology company in Texas. Thanks for all the good posts - I always enjoy reading what's new at Worldchanging.
Happy to be here, pleased to meet you all!
Hello, I'm a 61 year old programmer in Northern Virginia. I enjoy the flow of information on this site, but my main contribution to the environmental movement is to act as a cheerleader among friends and acquaintances, trying to counter right-wing anti-environmental propaganda whenever it pops up. Keep up the info-flow!
I want to thank everyone here for their tireless posts to promote a just future! I have been following WC since your first post,inspiring truly inspiring. I just stopped working for a nonprofit fundraising org here in New Orleans. I've stopped to raise money for myself to gather further degrees(NP world NOT being a easy path to save) My aim is to work (eventually) towards building and maintaining a smart grid in my region. Thanks again for all your works- the snowball is building.
What an inspiring and hopeful group meets in this virtual place! You help restore my optimism daily. I live on the coast of Maine, where I design what some call "green" buildings. We have a cooperative, organic vegetable garden and orchard here, and I putter around with other homesteading endeavors. Jon Foley (several posts above) is my brother. I'm a "systems head" and closet academic, opting to live quietly as just another aging hippie. If you ever find yourself in mid-coast Maine, you'll find a welcome here.
I'm almost finished with my second law degree (I have Civil Law, now doing Common Law) in the University of Ottawa, in Canada. I plan on doing pro bono work with environmental organizations as soon as I can and I've been doing great efforts to reduce my personal ecological footstep in the past year (public transportation for 80%+ of my commuting, vegetarian, compost heap, recycling, CFLs, spreading the concepts and idea behind my green beliefs (not in a preachy way, just trying to tell people about the things that convinced me instead of telling them to adopt my conclusions directly.)
I think I really became a "worldchanger" after reading Paul Hawken's The Ecology of Commerce. It was the first book with so many workable and desirable solutions to our problems, I just couldn't help but dream and try to do my part. I also love elegance and efficiency in general. It's very intellectually pleasing to me.
I do like the idea put forward by Mike above about a "ask Worlchanging" column in the format of "ask slashdot". I think it would give an opportunity to this community to participate more.
I also have a small blog where I talk about my environmental and worldchanging musings and readings.
I'd love to figure out how I can change the world in a few hours per week. I'm a software developer by day, family guy and occasional musician by night, living in Pasadena, California. I'm also interested in getting Christian communities mobilized in World Changing ways, though that may be a pipe dream. I'm often inspired by news through WC of good things happening in the world.
Typo alert: In my post above, "footstep" should read "footprint".
I am an unpublished science fiction writer from Austin, TX. I am also on my way to infecting young minds with bright green memes by becoming a public school teacher. I started reading WC sometime last year and haven't stopped.
Being but one of those hopelessly idealistic students, it's nice to see so many excellent professionals passionate about these important issues. Mainly, I'm an architecture student at the University of Cincinnati personally focused on the intersection of architecture/urban planning and politics. I'm serving as chair of the Forum 2005, the national conference of the American Institute of Architecture Students and actually discovered this blog from Cameron Sinclair's Architecture for Humanity newsletter that I began receiving after seeing him speak at the 2003 AIAS conference. I've also recently been working on DesignCitizen, a policy institute I've been helping start with a friend of mine. Our half-functional website is http://www.designcitizen.org.
Again, this blog has been such a wonderful resource and inspiration. Thank you so much!
Welcome, everyone. I'm Ethan Zuckerman, infrequent WC contributor, freelance afrophile, weblogging advocate and reluctant academic. More on my stuff at http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/ethan.
It's really inspiring to hear about everyone's work and to get a sense for the diversity of people reading and enjoying WorldChanging. I'm especially thrilled to meet our African readers - glad to hear that folks working for social change on that beautiful continent are finding WorldChanging useful. Please keep those introductions coming...
I comment from time to time, but mostly just enjoy reading the posts and other comments here on WorldChanging.
I'm getting my Masters in Electrical Engineering at Cornell U. in Ithaca, NY. I plan to move to Phoenix, AZ over the summer and get a job related to nanotech/nanofab (maybe at ASU, maybe at a large company... see what comes up). My other interests include science fiction, computer simulations, games, and world politics/trends.
Love the site! The news in most places is so negative and short-sighted, which makes this place a breath of fresh air. Please keep up the excellent work.
I only recently started trying to keep up with the many many interesting posts here after originally being pointed to the Muji house post from a few weeks back. I'm a landscape architect, currently back at school studying architecture in Scotland - hoping to inject some landscape sensibilities into my architect colleagues and fellow students....
i am barney a 3 year old genitically engineered border collie living in a lab somewhere in the western united states i am typing this with a stick held in my mouth i enjoy the website very much but i wish someone would explain what this 'green' is
LOL. I'm glad I wasn't drinking anything by the keyboard when I read that :-)
I'm currently an administrative assistant at MIT, but in 6 months I hope to be attending grad school, pursuing a masters in architecture, with urban design to follow. Long-term, I want to be involved in sustainable urban design.
I've experienced public transportation in Portland, OR, and Boston, MA, and the excitement of bicycling as primary transport in the latter (I got rid of my car a year ago and do not miss it. well, maybe the heater.).
I have a terrible addiction to blogs, especially the political ones, which tend to be downright depressing, so reading WorldChanging, which is more in my field - and NOT depressing, is a wonderful addition to my daily routine. Both the posts and the commentary are educational and heartening.
I am Brett. I am from the South Island of New Zealand.
The world can sometimes be a dark place, but World Changing is a constant source of encouragement and interest and good humour. Thanks!
If you ever get parole barney, there's plenty of work for you down here with the sheep.
I'm a programmer, currently contracting to update the website for "Donors Choose" -- www.donorschoose.org. It's a really cool site where teachers can post a proposal, anyone can donate whatever they want towards it, and when it's funded they buy the stuff and send it to the teacher along with a camera. The kids do their thing, take pictures, write thank-you notes, and the cycle restarts.
I also won the Viridian "Embrace the Decay" contest. http://codetransform.com/EmbraceDecay.html
More than anything I'd love to be involved with World Changing projects. I feel that Donors Choose is one of them, but my time with them will soon come to an end. As a father of a six year old daughter, I don't feel I have the time to start something myself, but I would love to find ways to get hooked up with the people and organizations who are looking to hire some help.
WorldChaning.com is a very inspiring site for me. I'm so glad to see the wide range of news and projects out there. It makes me feel like my aren't as wacky as I think. I would love to find out how to get more involved in specific projects, if they want the help.
I'm based in Jacksonville, OR.
I'm Nicole, a WC contributor, based in Paris, France. I'm about to crash for the night, but I will be having one fantastic sleep with all of these good wishes floating out there. Thanks for making my evening! Wonderful to virtually see who you are reading WC. As someone said, this is a team sport! Let's keep this momentum up.
WC is my favorite RSS Stream
I'm an advocate of ecological economics (which i haven't seen a WC post on yet) and a recent postgrad from MIT. A presentation on Ecological Econ, given to a Harvard undergrad class is at:
I'm currently looking for environmental/planning jobs in the Boston, MA area, and looking for other ways to spread worldchanging ideas.
Hey. I'm Dan from Keyport, NJ on the Raritan Bay watershed. I soooooooo look forward to getting online to read the posts. They are inspirational and contribute to building a bright green future. I am an early Viridian and believe we can create an abundant future (((as long as we get started))).
Currently, I run an urban science education program in NJ's 30 at-risk districts and organize interactions with many, many students teachers and families. I love systems perspecitves, R. Buckminster Fuller, biodiesel and children. I try my best to enable others to raise and educate children capable of solving todays seemingly dis-connected problems.
If you are in New Jersey, look me up.
I'm Matthew Smith from Brisbane, Australia. Would be interested if there are other world changers in my area. Bruce Sterling is my worldchanger via viridian via his 'Steam Punk' novel with William Gibson 'the difference engine' - i got into WG after reading Neuromancer in 2000 which was recomended to me by my wife's friends boyfriend who I met while travelling.
I'm a programmer for a company that makes coal mine monitoring systems - currently looking for a career that is more aligned with my new-found worldchanging ideals. Maybe something like teaching kids in developing nations how to write weblogs. I guess I read this weblog looking for ideas and trying to figure out how to reconcile the goal of feeding and educating my children with participating in the bigger picture.
Hi, everybody... I'm a more or less regular contributor to WorldChanging. I've been online since 1990 and credit WorldChanging precursor CoEvolution Quarterly (and the Whole Earth Catalogs) with my first connection to the Internet, at the WELL. I've since become an Internet professional as well as a writer and blogger, and I've been both a proponent and student of activist technology of the "second superpower" kind, as well as several other subjects of focus here. My WorldChanging colleagues have inspired me to do some of my best writing recently.
I'm in Austin, Texas.
I'm a graduate student in environmental science and management in Santa Barbara, CA. I just discovered WorldChanging a few weeks ago while fishing around for blogroll links for my environmental politics blog, Organic Matter (and yes, you guys totally made the cut). I especially enjoy your material about leapfrogging - I'd heard of the concept before, but never the term. You've got one of the best green blogs out there, so keep it up!
Hello all! Greetings from New York,
I've mostly been reading and enjoying forwarded WorldChanging posts from friends more active on the blog. But I'm slowly getting sucked into the vortex.
I'm a freelance editor who edited Amory Lovins' last two books, Small Is Profitable and Winning the Oil Endgame--two exciting projects that have popped up in this blog a bunch. I'm currently looking to do more work in a similar vein.
In my own writing and research, I've a longstanding interest in cultural/conceptual/spiritual underpinnings of how humans interact with our world.
Hi from yet another WC contributer. also one thats been tardy of late.
I've been coordinating and running the tsunami reconstruction appeal through my NGO, Architecture for Humanity. We will brake ground on a number of projects in the next few weeks and no doubt one of us will do a large update on WC very soon.
Also if any of you have any innovative, sustainable designs please send me an email - we can certainly support and if possible help implement them in areas where they might help make a difference.
I'm an (aspiring) freelance journalist, presently attending graduate school at Columbia Journalism.
WorldChanging has helped blow back to life those embers which burned in my idealistic little heart back in the late nineties, and were temporarily stuffed by the economic downturn, post-9/11 psychosis and the commercial mainstreaming of digital culture. I was too quick to believe that a new world was just around the corner, and too quick to believe that it would never come; and far too confident in my own ability to predict its shape.
So now I'd like to sit back, enjoy the ride, and help spread the word, scatter the seeds and all those good things. I'll probably end up at a small daily newspaper after graduation, and hopefully I'll establish a consistent 'worldchanging'-type freelance beat on teh side.
You know, your post really helped me put something into words I've been struggling with for a long time, Brandon.
"The world is too complex for simple hope and fear."
What I mean by that is that is that there are no simple answers, few if any unalloyed goods or bads.
Bhopal is a disaster. It shapes the future of a continent. DDT was going to save the world from malaria...
I guess I feel there's a process of playing odds - each step, each action, each innovation is a gamble, a roll of the dice against the complexities and non-linearities of the world game. We can never know how anything will turn out, we have to act because there *is* no such thing as "inaction."
The world is too complex for simple hope and fear.
Riding the tide of swelling optimism
A world speaking, a world listening
Patient orbits, of scattered opinions
Day to day, we have a choice
Given the chance for equality, community, love
I appreciate this privledged view from above
Thanks for the inspiration everyone at WC. From a daily reader in Burlington, VT. As a current student of ecological design, and an environmental educator I appreciate your efforts in really creating this force of optimism.
Hi, checking in from Mumbai, India. I'm one of those infrequent contributors to Worldchanging, but a very loyal reader. I simply love the shared optimism for a better world that this space embodies. And am proud to be a part of this conversation. When i do write, its more about how social technologies are making a difference and changing our world.
Ouch - that was me speaking and not Rohit!
Hi, I'm Donna, software process engineer by trade, Taoist at the moment, learning to live simply and with a lighter footprint on the world. I adore this website - it really gives me hope to see so many people doing such wonderful projects. Makes my day after driving around San Diego with all the hummers, huge SUVs, and all that. Not that I am a saint - but my minivan is insanely practical for two teenagers, my organic gardening addiction (my other website is nativegrowers.com), and moving my sister-in-law and her husband to Tucson this weekend since they can't afford to live in San Diego anymore.
Thanks for all you do with this website, and for all the wonderful work people around the world are doing. Change happens slowly, but it does happen. As a 70s kid, I'm pleased to see some of the best ideas from those times finally coming to fruition. Guess at least a few of us grew up with those environmental dreams still intact...
Hi, Donna. I just saw your comments and wondered if perhaps you subscribe to the Daily Tao.
Hi, my addiction was immediate when I stumbled over World Changing during its adolescence, and today I feel 'proud' to be part despite being nothing more than a passive reader! I imagine you regular contributors have superpowers to stay ultra-connected, spot the heart of matters in an instant, & do without sleep.
If I only skim a story, I'll often still read the comments. Readers can add valuable perspective, & it's great when readers express interest in getting involved with an activity. In the future, perhaps WC could create a small area/forum where people can collaborate on turning shared visions into spin-off actions (or link to a pre-existing network).
Janelle - Aussie in Spain, occasional project mngr/product developer + sustainable development student.
I've been reading WorldChanging for a few months now. It is the first thing website that I look at every day - just after checking my email. I am an economic development researcher, evaluator, sometimes trainer, often project manager, and soon to be Dad.
I live in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada, where I work for a training centre for community development leaders from around the world. I've only recently moved back home to Canada, where I have nestled myself in a small place 20 Kms from where my great, great, great, great grandfather buult our family homestead 170 years ago.
This blog has been invaluable to me as I begin to wonder how I can myself a more sustainable life for myself - one that is progressive and (dare I say it?) fun. The connections that you have made between different subjects, and the energy with which you approach your subjects have shown me what blogs can and should be. I look forward to a lot more learning with the WorldChanging community!
I'm an English professor, an on-again, off-again freelance writer, and the writer/publisher of sustainablog. WorldChanging is one of a handful of blogs I check several times a day, and I'm never disappointed...
I'm mainly a passive WC reader - recently discovered the site via www.planeta.com. I'm based in Bristol, UK and am active in the numerous interlinking environmental/sustainability groups and movements in this exciting city.
I'm particularly interested in urban food growing, community gardening, permaculture etc. I'm also interested in anything that tries to move us on from the simple recycling and damage limitation exercises currently advocated by the green movement, to systems based more around the inherent sustainability of natural ecosystems (waste equals food, there is no such place as "away" etc). recent inspirations have included the great work being done by Zero Emissions Research Initiative (www.zeri.org) and by the Bioregional Development Group in London (www.bioregional.com).
Thanks for the inspiration and info esp. appreciate all debate on how cultural shifts - attitudinal and behavioural - come about and how we can all act as catalysts for this.
To play off the straight lines from some of my colleagues above, I'm Emily, one of the regular contributors to WorldChanging, based in Brooklyn, NY. I'm a web producer, online content specialist, and freelance writer for these past 10 years, often combining these with social change and environmental activism (which occupied most of the 10 years prior). I'm also developing a new project, an online, participatory environmental news network here on the East Coast of North America.
I'm thrilled to hear so much about everyone's work, and see how many folks we're reaching around the world. Glad you are all finding the site useful and inspiring.
I'm in Cornwall in the UK.
I recently found World Changing and check it first thing each day. I am an unusual mix of contrasts. On one side I own a business that fairs and paints superyachts for the super wealthy and so contribute in creating a good deal of pollution. On the other side I am a supporter for many environmental initiatives and work as a therapist in transforming peoples lives.
I believe the world will change greatly as we change our relationship with ourselves. The damaging structures of our society are created by people and as people change so will the world. When more people begin living the lives that they truly want to lead rather than living the lives they have been taught they should want to lead then we will be happier and more fulfilled. Happy fulfilled people create a happy fulfilled world.
So simple but not necessarily so easy.
I'm Jamais Cascio, co-founder of WorldChanging, and (now that we're getting the organizational structure in place) Senior Contributing Editor. This has been an eye-opening set of comments (and I encourage people to continue adding to the list!). It has set off backstage conversations among the contributors and between Alex and myself; trust me, your suggestions have been heard.
Welcome, and thank you all for reading us.
Great site and so refreshing to read about who are the readers and what they do. Hope is on the way...
I'm a painter and thinker. Lived in Belgium till was 36 then in China for some 15 years and since 2002 near Madison, WI in the US.
I work on the following:
- visual arts thoughout our human history had a societal functionality that was to illustrate the worldview of the men of knowledge of the day at the attention of all members of their societies (animism then religions then the upcoming bourgeoisie and finally something WorldChanging pointing on the horizon)
- late modernism landed us in confusion land where art became "whatever" without any linkage to society.
- WorldChanging is an active party in the present shaping of a new truly global worldview.
I 'm writing about all that and also trying to render visual signs about this upcoming worldview. If interested visit me at http://laodan.blogspot.com/
Best to all of you,
My name's Patrick Hall, I'm a big fan of Worldchanging.com, and I've been reading it obsessively for quite some time now. You guys really have a great thing going here. Caja used the word "heartening" above to describe the site, and that's exactly how I see it: just the right balance of optimism and realism.
I'm a linguist and a programmer, and I'm interested in the intersection of language and technology, especially on the web. I love seeing language-related posts here, I hope there are more. Poking around blogospheres in various languages (with the aid of dictionaries, Google, and a lot of patience) is a hobby of mine -- Brazilian and Welsh blogs are current favorites.
On a nitpicky language geek note, is there any chance that the new version of Worldchanging.com will be encoded in utf-8? Unicode is worldchanging! =)
Oh, and one more thing -- other readers might be interested in taking a look at the "worldchanging" bookmark feed on Josh Schachter's very awesome del.icio.us:
howdy. Greg from chicago here. I'm an organizer and communications officer for the Chicago branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). I work in retail, but hopefully not much longer, because I have applied to go back to school to get an MS in environmental management. This will be my third attempt at grad school, the first one (a Ph.D. in biochemistry) bottomed out after 5 years of not being able to stand what I was doing and the second never got off the ground because my application was rejected for not having enough geology prereqs for the program (MS in environmental science). so i've spent my time in this shitty, waste-producing, non-recycling photo lab job until i found a place where I actually wanted to be.
any chicago folks out there, coming up this june the IWW is having a conference about the past and future of the labor movement and alternative worker organizing in commemoration of the 100th aniversary of our Union. Concert also, featuring lots of labor folk musicians (utah philips, anne feeney, mark ross, and more). check out the iww centenary page for more info.
Hi, folks, my name is Paul Fleming. I live in Seattle, which is where I met Alex ages ago. It's been great to read these comments and learn more about who else is out there.
I read worldchanging almost daily but I have to admit to being more of a lurker than a contributor (I'm one damn good and loyal lurker, however). I work for the Seattle Public Utilities on regional and state water issues and a wee bit on rainwater harvesting. I'm also enrolled in an evening MBA program at the University of Washington where I hope to expand the traditional b school focus to include the types of bright green future issues discussed here.
I'm a freelance writer covering LOHAS ( Lifestyles
of Health and Sustainability), issues for regional
magazines throughout Southern California. I read Wordlchanging daily as a source of inspiration and information. As a shameless plug checkout my byline (www.dragonflymedia.com), a lifestyle pub dedicated to many of the issues that you guys so succintly cover.
One of the 101bloggers, a contributor at Christian Crumlish's RadioFreeBlogistan and a blogger in my own right, I'm a refugee from corporate America living in the Great Lakes state of Michigan. Being between business service and research consulting gigs, I've enough time on my hands to work towards reform of the Democratic Party from grassroots up, starting as a Deaniac and DFA member, now as a local party activist. Future studies have intrigued me for a number of years; WC both satifies my curiosity on this topic and whets my appetite for more, much more. Keep up the great work; appreciate the diversity of subjects here.
Hello all, nice to hear from all of you. I'm Zaid Hassan. I've been contributing to the site almost since it was launched and have enjoyed the editorial challenge posed by both Jamais and Alex.
My hope is that we keep building on this dialogue here as well as making an active effort to invite in people from all those other parts in the world that are currently missing.
I look forward to the ongoing journey with all of you.
Dawn Danby checking in from Toronto. I'm a WC contributor, interdisciplinary designer, sometime artmaker. Lately I've been involved in bringing sustainable design to some of Canada's more unlikely spots... in many cases introducing tried-and-true ideas for the first time. In that context, I rarely get the chance to sit and talk about these things with folks in the know, so it's a real pleasure to hear from fellow-travelers and readers. We're thrilled to have you, and I too look forward to the dialogue...
I've been a reader mostly becuase I good news is just as important as the blood and fear that leads mainstream press. Good in = good out, right? So, now I've begun to express myself on interesting topics which I hope to contribute something meaningful. While I'm not an editor or journalist, I do consider myself to be learned.
My profession happens to be teaching physical fitness to individual adults. My background education is in mechanical engineering. Neither requires communicating in text proficiently.
As a greek (green+geek), I value ideas promoting efficiency. In this, nature is the leader (compared to man). Therefore I've always considered the western world's discovery of all things natural or indigenous to be inevitable and fun to watch.
I've made a point of volunteering at PopTech.org the last 2 years. Met last minute speaker Alex S. there. A cool guy that got me hooked on this blog.
As they say "I'm just happy to be here!"
Ignore that oddly placed "I" in the 1st sentence after the poorly spelled "because" ...its late in Washington, DC.
This thread is fantastic! What a great crew of readers & contributors!
And yeah, to an earlier point: What ABOUT a WorldChanging Meetup group or something? Would there be any utility (or fun) to it?
My name's Robin & I work at INdTV, a new cable TV network based in San Francisco.
I follow and contribute to WC because there must be a better way of living than we are currently and WC is currently the best source of information on what can and is being done.
I live in Hamburg Germany and am active in banking and investment management
Robin, what a cool idea! Challenging because we're pretty disparate by location, but awesome because we're all pretty wired and could do a virtual Meetup!
WC, what do you think? Could we set up a WC Meetup with monthly session via a chat? This is a pretty smart mob you're working with, after all, we could do it...?
Open virtual house! Reminds me of the WELL's first office party. "So YOU'RE who's out there."
I read WorldChanging daily, just for the hope of it. It's encouraging to know there are people walking their talk in worldchanging ways.
I worked at Whole Earth for 9 years, managed the WELL for 6. Lived on the Farm for 12 years, worked in Guatemala for 2.
One of my current projects aims to use the Net to enrich the leadership pool for permaculture practice in the developing world.
Nice work, y'all.
Hi, I'm Shannon Clark (male fyi).
I am the founder and organizer of MeshForum (http://www.meshforum.org) a conference on Networks which will be in Chicago May 1-4th. Topics will range from networks generally to social, technical, biological, and physical networks. Jamais Cascio of Worldchanging will be one of our keynote speakers and we hope many other readers of and contributors to WC can join us as well.
I have been active online since 1991. In 2000 I founded JigZaw (http://www.jigzaw.com) a software and consulting firm - through which I provide my professional services to large Fortune 1000 firms and some startup firms and investors. Generally helping at the intersection of business and technology in the evaluation of their needs, current resources, and options in the marketplace.
That work (knock on wood) allows me the time to also work with a number of non-profits and other organizations around the world. Some via Minciu Sodas (http://www.ms.lt) a diverse group for independent thinkers, and here in the US mostly for Hope Street Group (http://www.hopestreetgroup.org) a non-partisan, non-profit public policy group of young (under 40 mostly) professionals. Less formally I frequently offer feedback (and comments) to many groups and people on and offline.
I also maintain a personal blog Searching For the Moon at http://searchingforthemoon.blogspot.oom
Hi all, I'm a graduate student in UT Austin's Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program. Most of my recent work has involved the implementation of arsenic mitigation programs for marginalized villages in West Bengal, India. I'm part of team planning the national Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) conference at UT next fall, and I have been looking to WC for some ideas on conference themes and sessions. Thanks, and I look forward to reading more!
Seems that I'm the sole person to check in from Denver, CO. I found WC about 3 months ago and now read it weekly. Although all of the posts are interesting, I tend to gravitate towards the technology posts, especially those that cover energy-related issues. Links from your site have introduced me to other excellent sites more in line with my technical interests, but I stil come back to read WC. Why? This sites premise that the path this world takes is not fixed and can be altered from the status quo is near and dear to me.
Also, since the state of my business career has left me disenchanted with my present employment, I read these posts with the hope that I will someday read one and say "ah-ha! That's what I should be doing with my life!"
I have a quick fable that that might resonate with the people who find this site encouraging:
I live In Peterborough, Ontario. I am a math student who is graduating in a month. Hopefully afterwards I will do a masters in something or other.
Reading your page is great, thanks.
i'm writing from just outside of Cleveland, Ohio, where i am studying architecture at Kent State. i've been reading worldchanging for about two years: its a fantastic and important resource, and one of the few optimistic things i get to read.
Our curriculum weights the concepts and practice of "green" architecture pretty heavily, with faculty trained in building science and environmenal design teaching studios. Beyond classes and seminars, our upper level design work is expected to show an understanding of sustainable practices, sometimes to the level of building efficency calculations and systems integration. Good stuff, and not easy to deal with, but ultimately fulfilling. I'm looking for graduate schools in Architecture or Landscape Architecture (or both, like UVA), and any suggestions or ideas are welcome.
Susan Szenasy spoke at our school last week, and when the question of "is the glass half empty or half full?" was posed to her, she unhesitatingly replied "half empty." While i was taken aback to hear this from the editor of a magazine that is informed about and committed to designing for ecology and social justice, i agree with her. i read this website, and the information that comes through it, because they are a potent remedy to this bitter view, and a great motivator: that we aren't all doomed to live in the dystopias we've been collectively imagining for the last few decades. You can't read about "Barefoot Solar Engineers" or that bizzare Australian solar chimney and not think there are better things ahead.
I proudly call Toronto, Ontario in Canada my home.
I was turned on to WorldChanging through the mercurial Cameron Sinclair.
For the past 7 years my worldchanging efforts have been pretty small and local, I've volunteered with Second Harvest, an organization that brings surplus food (mostly perishables that would usually hit the bin from restaurants, fast-food chains, supermarkets, caterers) to people in need. It's well executed and immensely effective.
I work with photo-artist Edward Burtynsky and I've had the good fortune to be involved in researching and developing his three world-changing wishes as he won the TED award late recently (referenced on this very site). Curious, if you had an opportunity to make three wishes that could change the world (provided they're executable), what would they be?
I love Worldchanging. I am honored to be a part of this virtual community; I'm a new reader, but already an avid one. In but not from Seattle, I am a student of Urban Design, especially interested in overlapping local/regional systems (energy, transportation, food, politics, economics). I am currently investigating graduate schools to continue these studies (suggestions are encouraged!).
My undergrad degree is in Ecological Agriculture, with a focus on urban food systems - I would love to see more posts (perhaps a monthly post?) on the transition from global/industrial to local ag systems.
I would like to also add my voice to the request to formalize this meet'n'greet. My suggestion is that it contain geographical information, because the other side of this amazing virtual/global community coin is meeting face-to-face within our own communities to work for change. My $.02.
Finally, to my fellow readers: post more comments! I am one of those people - and not alone in this - who learns as much from the dialogue as from the information. (This is worldchanging wish #1: More Comments, #2 is corporate salary differential caps and #3 is use of the precautionary principle for new substances and technologies)
The time is always right to do what is right!
As per my above request: hadn't seen the 'Postcards' series yet. Thanks.
My name is Julia and I don't keep up with you nearly as often as I should. :-( I am PhD student at OISE and run a couple of blogs. The one most relevant to your work would be ZeroCostComputing. I have research interests in the use of participatory design and social software as learning environments/opportunities for marginalised youth such as working children and refugee children.
I think WorldChanging is a *great* resource. Thanks so much for doing this!
I'm a geek who's interested in technology and future developments of all kinds and I currently work for a major electricity company in New Zealand. I came across this site whilst researching how electricity generation and distribution is likely to change in the future and am now hooked. It's one of the best put-together and informative sites i've come across and is certainly a resource that i'll keep up with and possibly even contribute to if I hear of anything interesting...