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Bruce Sterling, Bright Green Futures and Black Swans

Worldchanging Ally #1, Bruce Sterling, is interviewed over at Fortykey books, and says a lot of interesting things: Rhys: You are well-known as an advocate of technology as the optimum solution to future environmental crisis, primarily through ultra-efficient design. I believe that this approach is called ‘Bright Green Environmentalism’ as opposed to the ‘light’ and ‘dark’ green variants, which place stress on individual consumer responsibility and government programs. Were you...


The Future of Suburbs, Biomass Charcoal, and Clean Energy

Looking back one, two, and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 The Ruins of the Unsustainable: Searching For Answers to the Suburbs A classic Worldchanging piece by Julia Levitt, in which she ponders Bruce Sterling and the future of suburbs... 2008 Biomass Charcoal in Eastern DRC Ethan Zuckerman looks at efforts designed to end the developing world's dependency on charcoal... 2005 Joel Makower: Clean Energy -- It's Not About the Environment Joel Makower asks "Why aren't you buying...


Remember Small Businesses, Plan for Both Peak Oil and Climate Change, and Listen to Bruce Sterling

Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 Climate Debate Overlooks Small Businesses As the United States debates how it should tackle climate change, "Big Business" has generally received the most political attention. Small companies are mostly disengaged from the climate debate, businesses advocates say, yet environmentally conscious, small enterprises could become influential supporters of climate legislation... 2008 The Nexus of Peak Oil, Climate Change and...


Cities of the Future and Climate Lawsuits

Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 What is a City of the Future? Bill Becker explores how city officials are faced with the issue of how to spend money: "Will they use the money to become cities of the past or cities of the future? What is a city of the future, anyway?"... 2008 Nothing for today! 2005 Climate Lawsuits Bruce Sterling, in his Viridian mailings, often draws an explicit comparison between greenhouse gas-emitting industries and tobacco...


Frameworks for Citizen Responsiveness: Part 2 - Toward a Read/Write Urbanism

by Adam Greenfield We’ve been talking a little bit about what we might gain if we begin to conceive of cities, for some limited purposes anyway, as software under active development. So far, we’ve largely positioned such tools as a backstop against the inevitable defaults, breakdowns and ruptures that municipal services are heir to: a way to ensure that when failures arise, they’ll get identified as quickly as possible, assessed as to severity, brought to the attention of the relevant...

Bruce Sterling "Shaping Things"

Bruce Sterling is also known as Ally #1 around here. It's not an exaggeration to say that there probably wouldn't be a Worldchanging, if Bruce hadn't done his Viridian Design project. Bruce continues to inspire and inform us. If you don't know Bruce, this talk, from last year's Lift (an excellent European ideas conference) is a great introduction into the kind of work he's doing now: Bruce Sterling "Shaping Things" (Lift09 France EN) from Lift Conference on Vimeo. For more on Bruce, check...


John Wilbanks on Science Commons, and Generativity in Science

John Wilbanks, the founder of Science Commons, is in the midst of a big move. His division of Creative Commons, focused on opening scientific research and innovation, is now five years old and is being “airlifted” to California to try to bring some of their ideas into the Creative Commons movement as a whole. One way to think of the mission of Science Commons, Wilbanks tells us, is to spark generative effects in the scientific world much as we’ve seen them in the online...

Worldchanging Timeline: 2003-2009

We here at Worldchanging just celebrated our sixth anniversary! In addition to publishing a series of "101" posts, highlighting some of the iconic pieces we've published over the years, and a primer on blogs and other resources we lean heavily upon, we though that it might also be useful to share a timeline of the project so far, noting some representative events, to give the interested reader a sense of where we came from and how we got here; perhaps knowing something of the evolution of...

The Ruins of the Unsustainable: Searching For Answers to the Suburbs

"The ruins of the unsustainable are the 21st century's frontier." We've been pondering that statement by Worldchanging ally Bruce Sterling for nearly two years now. In North America, several decades of bad development (and the government policies that enabled and encouraged it) have resulted in unchecked sprawl and played no small part in our global financial meltdown. Far-flung exurban areas have swallowed up miles of greenfield, replacing farmland and woods with pavement and lawns, and...

Bruce Sterling's The Caryatids: A Review

Pity those science fiction writers who adapt too slowly: many labor with tools invented for a 1950s version of the genre that no longer makes sense; they're still dreaming heroic rocketcar dreams when the future is scrambling towards carbon-free distributed car-sharing for Indian slums. Nothing decays faster than an old future, and most writers are lucky to find one unique vision of how things might be, much less find a new one when their first wears out. Bruce Sterling, though, is not most...

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