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Writing about social, environmental, and financial sustainability. Cities, design, leadership, science, business, healthcare, education, and the future.

This is our working definition.

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Miriam Nielsen (@zentouro) is one of the most respected media makers on the topic of sustainability. In 2016, Miriam posted a YouTube video posing the question “What is sustainability?” One would think this question is very easy to answer, but, as it is discussed in the video, sustainability is actually not a simple concept to articulate.

The starting point:

“Sustainability is living within the regenerative capacity of the Earth, so that the essential needs of present generations can be met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their essential needs” — Miriam Nielsen

This is obviously a macro level definition of…


Step #3 Enjoy your coffee.

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Before you buy an Electric Vehicle (EV), you should know how and where you’re going to charge it. It is important to know that you will be able to charge your EV from home, and it is also important to know where and how you will charge your EV when you are out in the world.

Step 1: Determine where you are going to do your charging.

The first thing you should know is that it is of course possible to charge your EV from home. You can do this with any AC outlet in your home, but it will take 8–10 hours to charge your EV. You can install a…


Entrepreneurship

An Interview with Len Schlesinger

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Len Schlesinger is President Emeritus at Babson College and the Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School where he serves as Chair of the School’s Practice-based faculty and Coordinator of the Required Curriculum Section Chairs. He has served as a member of the HBS faculty from 1978 to 1985, 1988 to 1998 and 2013 to the present. During his career at the School, he has taught courses in Organizational Behavior, Organization Design, Human Resources Management, General Management, Neighborhood Business, Entrepreneurial Management, Global Immersion, Leadership and Service Management in MBA and Executive Education programs. …


For those navigating an uncertain world

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What if we could predict the future? What if we could prepare for the future? Perhaps we can, but maybe it doesn’t make sense to try to predict and prepare for one future. Instead, we should attempt to predict and prepare for many possible, probable and preferable futures. When we talk about preparing for the future, it is generally in the context of reducing risks or avoiding worst case scenarios. We can also prepare for possible, probable, and preferable futures by developing and pursuing our positive visions for what we want our world to be like. …


Wisdom on how to train your creative spirit

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So many of us fall into the trap of waiting for inspiration when what we really need to do is train ourselves to design and make consistently. If we can create consistently, then making quality designs simply becomes part of our processes. Here are 17 quotes to help drive you to create productive and consistent maker habits.

1. “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

2. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” — Stephen King

3. “At…


An Interview with Aron Teo Lee, Founder of DEILAB

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Photo Credit Pete Bulanow

Aron “Teo” Lee is a social entrepreneur and innovator. He has been an artist, athlete and DIY engineer for decades. In 2013, Aron started DEILAB to teach students about design, engineering and innovation. He has since conducted hundreds of after school programs, summer camps and professional development workshops in public and private schools, universities, corporations and non-profit organizations.

Why is teaching people about design and innovation important?

Design

Design is one of my favorite words. There is a beauty, grace and elegance to the word. It captures a sense of humanity, healing and service.

In my innovation labs, “design” is simply defined as a plan. I follow with an…


Step 4: Keep iterating quickly until we achieve net zero

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We’re back in! America has rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement!

President Biden has recommitted the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement, which means we have a lot of work to do. For those of you who forgot about the Paris Climate Agreement, here is a post from way back in 2015 by the Obama Administration announcing the participation of the United States.

“In short, this agreement will mean less of the carbon pollution that threatens our planet, and more of the jobs and economic growth driven by low-carbon investment. …


And maybe also for everyone else

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Every once in a while, we all need a little inspiration to help us design for our users. Sometimes it is as simple as reading a quote or a daily affirmation. These quotes and daily affirmations can also help designers develop the habits that enable good design consistently. Here are 23 quotes for people practicing human-centered design.

1. “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the…


Architecting feel-good, habit-forming spaces to help you live, work, and learn better

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Why do we care about being productive? What is productivity anyway? As individuals we probably don’t care about our economic contribution to Gross Domestic Product, but we do care about doing certain things. We don’t just care about getting things done for work. We also care about experiencing life and the world around us. Being productive is not just about finding ways to make more money. It is more importantly about finding ways to pack more meaning and joy into our day to day lives.

“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.”…


The good, the bad, and the unpredictable

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The relationship between Main Street and Wall Street has become increasingly unclear. As more and more Baby Boomers retire and remove their money from their 401k’s, the relationship between Main Street and Wall Street might be illuminated.

Pew Research recently reported that the rate of retirement among Baby Boomers has increased over the past year. This is understandable as more and more Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age, and with the ongoing pandemic, retirement is probably more appealing than ever. …

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