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Worldchanging 2.0: Abuzz with New Solutions

The future of green is orange: within the 600 pages of the new Worldchanging book, you'll find the global sustainability movement redefined. This is a time for thinking in terms of scope, scale and speed. Subsequently, we've taken out almost all the guides to small steps, better shopping and behavior change. We've added hundreds of new and updated entries on building a bright green future, from the very basic systems of life all the way up to planetary thinking. Though it is a revised...

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OpenIDEO: A New Collaboration Platform for Designers

by Francisco Noguera This week saw the launch of OpenIDEO, a new collaboration platform where you can literally work with IDEO staff and other design thinkers around the world. OpenIDEO was conceived to encourage collaboration and apply the principles of design thinking to critical social challenges. A catchy video with an accent whose origin I've not yet deciphered (IDEO's take on the "About Us" section) explains in a couple of minutes how you can actually contribute to design-driven...

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Elizabeth Grossman and the Green Chemistry Revolution

Elizabeth Grossman was here in Seattle on December 2nd promoting her new book "Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry." She spoke at Town Hall Seattle on the green chemistry movement. Her enthusiasm filled the room as she discussed her interest in the subject, the need for a green shift in the chemistry industry and innovative people who are working to make it happen. Toxic chemicals are seemingly ubiquitous. Since everything on Earth is...

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Worldchanging 101: BUSINESS

Changing the world is good business. Here are some of the most popular and enduring stories we've published in our first six years, stories we think offer a window into the Worldchanging archives. In these pages you'll find a treasury: more than 10,000 articles on cutting-edge solutions dating back as far as October 2003. This work pushes the boundaries of the global conversation on sustainability, social innovation and planetary thinking. Many of these writers are leaders in their...


Worldchanging 101: An Anniversary Collection

Worldchanging is six years old today! To celebrate our sixth anniversary, we've created a collection of what you might think of as the Worldchanging canon: pieces that have had enduring popularity and that we think say something important. And it turns out the two overlap pretty well. After compiling a list of our most popular articles we noticed that a high proportion of our most read, forwarded and linked pieces not only represent groundbreaking work, they also highlight many of the core...

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Worldchanging 101: STUFF

How will our things -- and our relationships to them -- change in a bright green future? Here are some of the most popular and enduring stories we've published in our first six years, stories we think offer a window into the Worldchanging archives. In these pages you'll find a treasury: more than 10,000 articles on cutting-edge solutions dating back as far as October 2003. This work pushes the boundaries of the global conversation on sustainability, social innovation and planetary...

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The Solar Forest: Charging Station And Shady Spot For Electric Cars

by Christa Morris The approaching age of electric vehicles presents us with a secondary, albeit significant, challenge: building accessible recharging stations with renewable energy. While we’re at it, can our parking lots be shady, please? One solution may already have arrived. In Neville Mars’s dreamy design, appropriately dubbed the Solar Forest, large, leaf-shaped photovoltaic panels on branching “trees” will provide both shade and power-up plugs for electric cars relaxing...


Attention Philanthropy 2009

At Worldchanging, one of our three main missions is to practice attention philanthropy. Attention philanthropy is a gift of notice. In a noisy world, deluged in advertising, overrun with PR flacks and crowded with the superficial, one of the biggest barriers to success for a small, good idea or noble enterprise can simply be getting noticed in the first place. Attention philanthropy is all about shining a light on good work that's worth supporting. It is grantmaking that deals in access,...

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Ask the Planet: Introducing Children to Biomimicry through Music

Nominated by Hesseltje S. van Goor My grant goes to the Biomimicry Institute and their new children’s CD, Ask the Planet and its sister-website, AskNature.org. As Bioneers Radio Show host/producer Neil Harvey describes it: a musical celebration of nature’s genius … designed to connect children to nature, create a sense of awe for the environment, and teach them about the concepts of biomimicry. Coming at a time where climate crisis has gained international recognition, the field of...


What Would Nature Do?

Fresh Ideas from Janine Benyus on How We Can Learn from Nature When we emulate nature to solve human problems sustainably, we are practicing biomimicry. This discipline is one of our favorite ideas here at Worldchanging, as we see its great potential for helping the human-made environment function more like the natural environment. Biomimicry guru Janine Benyus discussed this idea and more with designers and architects at last week’s Living Future unconference in Portland, Ore., where she...

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