Five things: Tender is the Night at City Gallery Wellington, First Light House NZ’s entry in US Solar Decathlon, Our Choice by Al Gore & Push Pop Press, Pollinators by Louie Schwartzberg and Long Now seminar with Tim Flannery on evolution.
Wellington’s blessed with relatively abundant water. Where does it come from? How does it get to us? Are there regional differences in taste? Here’s what I learned at a municipal water tasting as part of the Wellington on a Plate Festival.
How can indigenous wisdom be used to develop sustainable architectural and urban design strategies? Exploring Maori design principles with New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.
Objects are printouts – not treasures, not things to stocpkpile. Our posessions are frozen social relationships. Think of them as hours of time and volumes of space. Reassess the objects in your space and time. What is most important?
Links and notes from XMediaLab in Auckland, a combination think-tank and creative workshop with a focus on the design, development and business of digital media ideas across multiple platforms.
I’ve been seduced by a terroirist network known as New Zealand Artisan Honey, made up of passionate beekeepers producing honeys in small, quality batches from specific varietal sources among some of New Zealandâ€™s most spectactular locations.
Looking at C,mm,n, a sustainable collaborative mobility concept; “Anatomy of Sharingâ€ interview with Robin Chase; and Adam Greenfieldâ€™s 14 Elements of networked urbanism.
Part three of a four part video looking at the work of artist Fiona Hall in the exhibition FORCE FIELD at the City Gallery Wellington. Fiona Hall City Gallery Wellington Art Artis When My Boat Comes In – detail, photo by cicadas , image by Fiona Hall.
Al Gore and the Purpose-Driven Web Forget about swapping party pictures on Facebook and other â€œgee-whiz stuff,â€ says former Vice President Al Gore. â€œWeb 2.0 has to have a purpose.â€ â€œThe purpose, I would urge all of you â€” as many of you as are willing to take it up â€” is to bring about a higher level of consciousness about our planet and the imminent danger and opportunity we face because of the radical transformation in the relationship between human beings and the Earth,â€ Mr. Gore said Friday evening at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. — Swapping party pictures is like Joshua playing tic-tac-toe in Wargames, the first steps towards realizing everyone and everything is connected all the time, the beginnings of consciousness raising. (tags: al_gore web2.0 environment globalwarming socialresponsibility consciousness socialaction internet socialnetworking) Obama's Seven Lessons for Radical Innovators Bigness of purpose is what separates 20th century and 21st century organizations: yesterday, we built huge corporations to do tiny, incremental things – tomorrow, we must build small organizations that can do …
A recent live talk with Peter Senge through Calliflower introduced me both to this great tool for conference calls and webinars and Senge’s compelling new book, The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals And Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World. Calliflower impressed me with sophisticated features for managing and participating in calls with an interface that’s elegant and easy to understand. (See below.) It can record calls as MP3 files to make available afterwards. And, it’s free. I found it through Facebook and was able to participate fully from the event page in the browser without having to launch Skype or pick up a phone. Talkshoe offers a similar service but was not nearly as seamless in my last experience (a while ago, worth revisiting). The only part I don’t understand is the business model. But it definitely shifted the quality of my listening, which dovetails perfectly into the the message in Peter Senge’s new book. You can download the talk with Peter Senge in mp3 format. (It’s free, but registration required). My notes …
A. Both are fictional. Or at least highly speculative. No. We’ve already established that. B. Both indicate danger, especially around bodies of water. Sure, but we’re looking for a more specific answer. C. How about tree-fitty. Exactly! Tree-fitty. What’s tree-fitty? Loch Ness Monster: $3.50 Global Climate Crisis: 350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. Where are we now? About 385. Learn more, connect with others and take action at the newly relaunched 350.org founded by Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy (one of the most compelling and inspiring books I am reading right now.)
Greening the Grocery Store Our throw-away society functions on a presumption: somebody else is taking care of this waste. Investigation suggests otherwise. The landfill is a flawed design. Even recycling, in its current mode, is deficient. Only when people become aware of facts, no (tags: design recycling sustainability graphicdesign graphics green plastic supermarket retail shopping information)