The challenges of operating in a changing world
The ‘old school’ as some would say with regards to being in business, has a lot to do with hierarchy. Domination of a sector ensures success and how much money you have enables that to happen even faster. Business owners sell most of their business to investors in order to bring life to their dreams, politicians kowtow to backers losing their morals and their concern for citizens in the process, and people sell their future earnings to companies for the privilege of taking care of their basic needs from day-to-day. As I was watching Les Miserables last night I thought of how people in the future would look to our current situation in disbelief and grief in the same way I viewed Jean Valjean. How could that possibly be ok that someone went to prison for stealing the bread to eat? Can easily turn into today’s predicament → How could someone not have a place to live when there are empty houses? Or → How could the government let that happen? Continue reading “Being Effective in Achieving Your Goals”
Waste Not is a living game, meaning that it will be updated as conditions change. Much of what we play with is static, but our lives and behaviors shift as discoveries happen. In the early 90’s all of a sudden someone is making biodegradable packing peanuts where there were none before.
For many years incandescent light bulbs just had to be thrown away. With a little creativity and intention, I’ve seen those light bulbs upcycled into vases, oil lamps, and more. While I’m not sure we can really use every light bulb that will no longer cast light, removing as many as possible from the waste stream turns them into resources.
What will creativity and innovation bring tomorrow? I certainly don’t know. That’s the best part of having a game that can be updated to reflect change. The text descriptions can be added to as players write back with their ideas, and as science makes progress.
Progress towards zero waste may one day mean that the understanding of our cycling process is simply understood and products are designed with this in mind. But until we get to that point we need to build and play with the understandings that are a part of the cycle. For example, there is no away. The food system is not a pyramid and more of a circle, or really many circles.
Supporting Waste Not on Indiegogo from now until March helps to raise awareness and help move society towards zero waste. That’s pretty awesome of you!
PS The Earth said to say ‘Thanks a bunch!’
PSS In the next update: Film bags and technovomit…
After months and months of troubleshooting why I couldn’t log into my blog to add or update anything -> It’s fixed!!!
Look forward to reading some of the posts that I’ve written while waiting and seeing updates all over the site.
Spending time in the Maasai Mara is amazing. You find yourself surrounded by lions, giraffe, zebra, and vast open stretches of land in a way not possible in the United States.
Despite the remote nature of this beautiful place, the Maasai people have made contact with the rest of the technological world. Continue reading “In the Maasai Mara”
I am annoyed by the Internet and at the same time I am in lust. Like a troublesome boyfriend, the Internet seems to be the answer to so many problems – everything you need a few clicks away.
Today, the rush to get ‘online’ for organizations may very well be the difference between failure versus legitimacy and future success.
The biggest problem I see is that for the portion of our population with limited or no access, the Internet is not an answer.
Technologically, there is and will continue to be a separation between those who have and those who do not, like there is with salary. Each new innovation increases the knowledge gap that someone just becoming computer literate must leap. It may be instinctual to someone who has been immersed with computer use their whole life, but what about the urban and rural poor that have not? What about those who are older and just have never picked up the skill? What about those who have no need to use a computer for their livelihood? What is their right to have access to the same information?
Obama recognizes the need for transparency (BRAVO!!) with regards to the recovery work being done in America. To answer this challenge the administration has posted the information regarding this transparency online.
However, how do US citizens who are not computer literate access the same information?
Is the Internet just another form of oppression? This is a challenge that needs to be addressed. How do we make information accessible? Is a socially just Internet a potential reality?
I think a socially just Internet would look like something that used vacant storefronts to teach, entrepreneurs and volunteers to train passersby, engage the community and a general recognition that while some information should be available online we shouldn’t give up on the person to person connection that happens in a community.
What do you think?