In April I was invited to speak at TedXPortland, under the theme of Wonderland. I spoke of the need for people to be critical rather than magical thinkers and how best to do this as a society is to take our kids out of the classroom and into the natural world–Outdoor School for All. Enjoy.
Exciting peer-reviewed research findings just published by PLOS ONE “Estimating the Size and Impact of the Ecological Restoration Economy” by BenDor et al., provide a solid view inside the sector and dispel the notion promoted by some that environmental programs stymie business. Presently Source: Ecological Restoration – Now $25 Billion in U.S.
Oregon’s mountains are at less than 20 percent of normal snow, with no respite in sight. January 2015 was the second hottest on record, following a 2014 that was the warmest year on record. Although this makes for a pleasant winter here in the Northwest, communities in Oregon are already gearing up for another year of serious […]
In a surprise move, the recently appointed Chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission was fired by Governor John Kitzhaber for not approving subsidies for coal exports at the port of Clatskanie, reported by the Oregonian today. Surprise because the Governor has previously come out against exporting coal from Oregon ports, saying that coal, as well […]
The problem is the whole transport sector is quite influenced by the whole utilitarianist mindset. Now we’re bringing in the idea that it’s not acceptable to be killed or seriously injured when you’re transporting. It’s more a civil-rights thing that you bring into the policy. Matts-Åke Belin, traffic safety strategist, Swedish Transport Administration
Last week I was invited to participate in a “Design Lab,” run by Portland State University’s collaborative problem solving center, Oregon Solutions. Led by former Multnomah County Chair Beverly Stein, over 50 state and national thinkers (not necessarily experts on poverty) came together to develop ideas with the goal of halving Oregon’s poverty rate by […]
Why Getting to 2100? The next century will be a test: can humans use their intelligence and foresight to successfully transition from our consumption-fueled economy to one that balances the needs of humans with the Earth’s available resources. Getting to 2100 aims to be a forum for sharing of good ideas and good works. Got a good example or a new idea? Share it with the world!