Tuesday, March 17, 2009

World Changing - Here's the Pitch

From The Book "World Changing:"

Worldchanging: A Users Guide for the 21st Century is a groundbreaking compendium of the most innovative solutions, ideas and inventions emerging today for building a sustainable, livable, prosperous future.

From consumer consciousness to a new vision for industry; non-toxic homes to refugee shelters; microfinance to effective philanthropy; socially responsible investing to starting a green business; citizen media to human rights; ecological economics to climate change, this is the most comprehensive, cutting-edge overview to date of what's possible in the near future -- if we decide to make it so.

Cities: Living green by living urban

Cities: Introduction

We live on an urban planet. For the first time in history, a majority of us live in cities. How we grow those cities, how we build neighborhoods, how we provide housing, how we choose to get around, how well we incorporate nature into the places we live - these are the challenges that will largely determine our future.

And with millions and millions of people moving every year from the countryside to the city, all of these difficulties seem even more insurmountable. Appearances, however, can be deceiving. For, along with the boom in urbanization, we're seeing a boom in urban innovation. Simply put, we're getting better at building better cities.

Though a couple of years old by now (published 2006), still, I'm convinced it's worth looking into. I've ordered my copy. I'll let you know how it looks and what it offers when it arrives. And (as recommended) I bought local.

UPDATE: Worldchanging.com co-founder Alex Steffen discusses energy conservation and our planet's other big challenges. Learn how energy conservation can help us create a sustainable future in this video from TED.

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