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Vertical Farming: New Book Out

Dr. Dickson Despommier, a former professor at Columbia University and champion of vertical farming, has released a new book on The Vertical Farm Project. The book puts forth his argument about the future of urban agriculture through vertical farms. Worldchanging has covered the debate over vertical farms quite a bit (see the list at the end of this post for links), and the idea is certainly a controversial one. I've not yet read the book, but it would be interesting to know if Despommier...

Collaborative Democracy: Beth Noveck on Reengineering Civic Life

The following are remixed highlights of Beth Noveck's talk "Transparent Government" that she gave as part of the Long Now Foundation's Seminars about Long-Term Thinking. As with Noveck's original talk, these highlights, as remixed by Hassan Masum, are made available under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa 2.5 license. We have been concentrating decision-making power in the hands of too few people - whether legislatures, or cabinet officials, or bureaucrats and agencies like the patent office. We...

Can Science Save the World?

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is celebrating their 10th anniversary with an 11 day science festival called Quantum2Cosmos: Ideas for the Future. Speakers from around the world will be converging on Waterloo, Canada to talk about string theory, quantum computation, dark matter—and a few bright green themes. Two WorldChanging Canada writers, Karl Schroeder, and Mark Tovey, are among them. Karl Schroeder was a panellist on the 'Are We Bound for Space' panel on Tuesday at...

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...


Worldchanging 101: PLANET

How can a growing human population make a sustainable home on a finite planet? 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...

Headlines from Worldchanging Canada (August 2009)

Top stories from our Canadian blog: It's All in the Name - A New Tool Will Provide Assurance for Green Claims There's a buzz about the .eco domain. More interesting than the competition between the two groups competing for the prize are the criteria that could be used to decide who is allowed to adopt .eco as their internet address. Peter ter Weeme explains. Sustainability Observations From The Road John Lewis recently returned from an extensive trip abroad, and shares his observations of...

Headlines from Worldchanging Canada (3/31/09)

The top stories from our Canadian blog: Food for thought and action What is Vancouver doing to encourage local food? A lot, as it turns out. Peter ter Weeme reports on backyard chicken coops, a challenge by city council that has already created more than 1600 new garden plots, and a system that helps restaurants green their operations. The Missing Link Even when a company is well-meaning, how do we get companies to do their green due diligence? Jordy Gold explores how green chill may get...

Graphic Series: Earthly Ideas, Week 8

Editor's note: This post is part of a series. We'll be releasing one of Worldchanging ally Andy Lubershane's original comics each week until the end of the year. While many of the issues covered in the comics have been discussed on Worldchanging in the past, we hope that you'll be able to use this new medium in a different way … whether it's in your classroom, on your office wall, or to help explain ideas to friends and family. This week's cartoon describes Enhanced Geothermal Systems....

The Best of Worldchanging Canada: An Anniversary Retrospective

October 31 marked the second year since the founding of Worldchanging Canada! This excellent blog has flourished under the direction of editor Mark Tovey, and has set the bar high for our other local iterations. Even non-Canadians would do well to learn from the leading innovators in the world's second-largest country. In honor of the blog's second anniversary, we're offering you a handpicked sampling of some of their best, and most uniquely Canadian, work to date. Enjoy! Earth Hour from...

Planetary Management and Colonizing Earth

This article was written by Alex Steffen in August 2007. We're republishing it here as part of our month-long editorial retrospective. No corner of the planet is so remote that it hasn't felt humanity's footprint. We have become a force of nature: influencing everything, accelerating destruction. And whether we admit it or not, we're increasingly in the position of having to choose the fate of much (perhaps all) of life on Earth. One of the most stunning scientific measurements of this...

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