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Making Change Together with the Cool City Challenge

At this morning’s EPA webinar (part of a dynamite series by EPA's West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum), Annie Leonard shared what she has learned on her journey…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on September 9, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Incubating Nature

Because nature has proven so successful in her engineering over the last 3.8 billion years, "asking nature" and mining her expertise has become a smart tactic for innovative businesses.   A critical part of that business innovation will be to sort out how to translate Nature's…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on July 16, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Transportation Revolution

My husband and I are active participants in the now-familiar data-informed “sharing economy”-- a collection of cloud-based networks matching temporarily available assets with the people who need them now.  Avid AirBnB hosts, my former home office frequently holds vacationers and future San Franciscans as they discover The City.  ZipCar members now too, we let go of our rarely needed second car (a sexy 300ZX) with…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on June 10, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Creating with Constraints

Upcycling is a creative business practice with the power to literally transform our material world.  Adam Wegener and Scott Hamlin are the creators of two young businesses which are applying upcycling principles to innovate the very way they approach product innovation. Adam is out to inspire a generation of future upcyclers, while Scott is out to change the way the apparel supply chain is materially sourced. The “waste” materials they are…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on April 9, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Mo'Data, Mo'Data, Mo'Data

Sustainability is, at last, becoming deeply embedded into business decision-making and practice.   "Mo'Data" is my translation of the mantra I heard from business leaders last month, as they described what is needed most to get this job done. From KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) to…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on March 12, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Risk, Resilience and Love: Lessons from Woodstock

As GreenBiz unveils its State of Green Biz 2013 report this week, risk and resilience emerge as new touch-words for sustainability.  The implications for business will be further explored at the …

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Added by Sue Lebeck on February 13, 2013 at 3:00am — No Comments

New Year, New World

"It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine!"  Such was my personal soundtrack during a road-trip move across the country with my family in 1989.  And such is an appropriate soundtrack as we begin this next cycle of the Mayan long-count calendar.

 

New worlds and new times invite -- nay, demand -- change.  We've often offered…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on January 9, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

On the VERGE of a Smarter World

Warmed up by Clean Tech Open last month, I next had the pleasure of wallowing in the creative juices of GreenBiz’ VERGE@GreenBuild conference.   This was PlayLand for anyone interested in building a smarter tomorrow.   Focused on the built environment, VERGE opened with a 48-hour marathon of creativity referred to as HackCity. It continued with…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on December 4, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

"Post-Recognition" Collaboration

In Austin, Texas last week, the SXSW Eco community convened for its second year to address “the need for a concerted, cross sector approach to solving the recognized challenges facing the economy, the environment and civil society”.  Their aim: “to drive the conversation of sustainability beyond rhetoric and towards solutions. “  

 

The SXSW Eco folks are perhaps naming our era as they reach out to “professionals at the…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on October 2, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

May is Game-Readiness Month for Change-Makers

Whether we feel we are experiencing too much change or not yet enough, change IS the massively multiplayer adventure game on the table these days. And the game is much more fun if we are prepared!

 

Admired colleagues are serving up some great preparations for change-makers this month, and you will want to get your share. Marianna Grossman’s Sustainable Silicon Valley WEST - Climate Change and Resiliency…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on May 1, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

A New Cultural Narrative for Sustainability

Last year at one of the many sustainability-focused conversations I joined, a wise woman in the audience expressed well the conundrum we are living.   Despite our talk and activity around sustainable practice, our current cultural narratives of consumption and narrow measures of success are working against us.  We have no narrative for creating a world with regenerativity and sustainability at its core.  Without a new story, we are well-intended players trapped in an out-of-date…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on April 3, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Wisdom for Aspiring SMART Innovators, from IBM SmartCamp

“Be passionate but realistic. Learn to adapt, and don't give up. It’ll take longer than you think, but you'll change the world.”

Those were some of the words of wisdom passed on from the stories of entrepreneurs and innovators at IBM’s SmartCamp Global Finals here in San Francisco on February 2nd, 2012. 

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Added by Alyson Greenlee on March 5, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

On Being Santa

As many of you know, my mid-life crisis came early.  After fifteen years in the networking industry commercializing and connecting people to the Internet,  I stepped back in the mid-90’s to look at the people we were connecting and, well, people in general.  For several years, I directed my creative energy to parenting, studying psychology and seeking the meaning of life (or at least the meaning of mine).  I did not find the meaning of life, but I did learn how we create meaning for life. …

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Added by Sue Lebeck on December 20, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

"What Part of You is Not for Sale?"

Today's perspective comes from guest blogger Alyson Greenlee, a newly-minted twenty-something MBA who immediately impressed me.   I enjoy Alyson's thinking, so I asked her if I could share one of her thoughtful and provocative questions here.  Enjoy! -- Sue

 

What part of you is not for…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on December 6, 2011 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Sustaining Thanksgiving

A story in today’s New York Times caused quite a stir.  The headline: “A Blow to PinStripe Aspirations”, a.k.a. "Wall Street Layoffs Take Heavy Toll on Younger Workers".   Have a quick read, and then check out the passionate reaction it elicited.   The word “schadenfreude” was used several times to describe what was unfolding.  (Schadenfreud is not a word in my vocabulary,…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on November 22, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Prosuming and "Liking" it

Our readers know that Alvin Toffler invented the word, but I might be the first person to "verb" it.  From our friends at Wikipedia:

The term [Prosumer] has ... taken on multiple meanings in business and economics: the business sector sees the prosumer (professional–consumer) as a market segment, whereas economists see the prosumer…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on November 8, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

How would Nature do your job?

These days such a statement might make one a little jumpy.   But in this case, there is no need to panic. Nature is not jones-ing to downsize your position.  Instead, as a result of an increasing number of human apprentices, Nature's genius is on-deck to help YOU look brilliant.





As regular readers have detected by now, I am an unabashed fan of the concepts and potential of Biomimicry, the human practice of…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on October 25, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Celebrate! the California Benefit Corporation

News from our friends at B-Lab -- Woohoo!

Check out also our new Video addition to the B-Labs innovation story!…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on October 11, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Biggest Risk of All

Like many, I have become discouraged, even angry, in the wake of Silicon Valley solar manufacturer Solyndra's filing for bankruptcy. 



Unlike many others in the blogosphere, I am not angry with the government loan guarantee program for backing Solyndra.  I am not even angry with…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on October 11, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The World is Ripe

Sometimes you just cannot be everywhere you want to be.  The eighth of September was one of those days for me, as Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) held a workshop on Designing for Sustainability through Biomimicry, and I was not available to go.  I heard from colleague Diana Lee of the Biomimicry Institute that SSV Executive…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on September 14, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

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