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2010 as Watershed Year
Alex Steffen, 7 Jan 10

As you may have gathered, there's a lot afoot here at Worldchanging. Over the next couple weeks, we'll be releasing some new work (including the video of the talks I gave in Seattle shortly before COP15 and of the talk I gave at the Bright Green Expo there), some news about changes in editorial direction (including updates about the upcoming second edition of Worldchanging: A User's Guide and Bright Green) and a whole mess of announcements of speaking gigs and other public appearances over the next year.

Last year, as you also may have gathered, was a remarkable year for us. We suffered the slings and arrows of recession (like so many other nonprofits), but we also put out an astonishing amount of new work, much of which appeared elsewhere in print, on the radio or on television or was unveiled on stages from Amsterdam to Jerusalem, Vancouver to Copenhagen. Much of the best of that work has enriched the second edition of the Worldchanging book.

Now we're going to be shifting gears. After six years of covering the most compelling solutions to the planet's biggest problems, we've learned some things about the cutting edge of sustainability and social innovation; we also feel strongly that the debate about how to build a better future needs to move farther, faster, and be more willing to grapple with the future's hard realities. We think 2010 is going to be a watershed year for the fate of the planet, and we want to do our utmost to contribute in the most meaningful, creative ways we can. We're going to push the edge of the envelope of that discussion, and we hope you'll join us in a new spirit of exploration.

In the meantime, we wish you the happiest of new years, and want to thank you all for being such a passionate, intelligent, engaged community of readers.

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Thank you, I have been reading and appreciating your site and the work you are doing for years now. Your new direction is very much in harmony with the growing urgency of our planet's needs and I wish you much continued success!

Posted by: MS Rochell on 13 Jan 10

Thanks for all you do. This organization is a great resource for people trying to make the world a better place.

My hope for WorldChanging is that it evolves beyond an idea spout to a place where the relative merits of ideas are discussed. At some point we need to move from brainstorming to action.

Posted by: Bill S on 20 Jan 10

Agreed, Alex.

With 2020 hindsight looming into perspective, we must all do more to expedite progress.

At Green Map System, we're starting the new decade - our 15th year - with this thought in mind and doing more to support inclusive participation in sustainable communities worldwide. Turning local information into global interaction in 55 countries, we invite WorldChangers to take action by leading or working with their local Green Map project.

This week, I'll be meeting with Green Mapmakers in my hometown, Detroit (where the US Social Forum will be held in June ( as well as movement members from Seattle, Vashon and Tacoma - let me know if you want to try and meet up, Alex, perhaps on the 28th.

Posted by: Wendy Brawer on 24 Jan 10

Hey Alex,

All the more reason why we should be talking about Seattle's Innovation Engine. I've now met with more than 75 Seattle innovators and we are well on our way to getting it started.

Perhaps it's finally time for us to have a chat!



Posted by: Joe Brewer on 26 Jan 10

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