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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 30, 2011


How to Make Systems Thinking Sexy

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JOHN THACKARA

How to Make Systems Thinking Sexy

We will not transition successfully to a restorative economy until systems thinking becomes as natural, for millions of people, as riding a bike. That's a big ask. How do we get from here, to there?

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge [BFC] is one of the more important projects to address this task — and serving on the jury was by far the hardest work I did last year.

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WILLIAM UNDERHILL

Comradettes

The opening show for this new clothing collection made plain the back-to-basic theme: no catwalk or models, just a rack of clothes in an open wardrobe on the floor of a former factory with a pile of hammers as the only decoration. Slogans on the outside walls proclaimed: “Revolution is Glorious,” “Down with Luxury” and “Dress for Revolution.”
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JOHN FOSTER

DART St. Louis

Last April, more than 250 designers, art directors, photographers and illustrators took turns throwing darts at a map of St. Louis. The intersection where the dart landed became their destination. The dart-thrower had a month to find his or her assigned corner of the city and return with a photograph that made that spot come to vivid life.
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THE EDITORS

Sappi Ideas That Matter

Back in the last century (1999 to be precise), the paper company Sappi launched a program to distribute grants for social design and innovation. Since then, Ideas That Matter has funded $11 million in efforts to improve the health, education and prosperity of the world’s citizens.
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JOHN THACKARA

The High-Tech Permaculture Metabolic Engine Greenhouse

Interview with industrial ecologist Eva Gladek about a net-zero-impact urban farm system called Polydome.
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ERNEST BECK

San+Co

The project, which recently won first prize at the annual conference of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Innovation Network, is based on the idea that India’s urban slum dwellers, who earn between $2 and $5 a day, would be willing to pay an estimated $6 to $7 a month for a system that provides a toilet and electricity for an entire family.
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Acumen Sexy Sanitation Challenge

Acumen Fund announces winners of its "Sexy Sanitation" challenge.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: JULY 11, 2011

TED Global

What is life? And how can it be better lived? From the secrets of the biological processes that take place in our body, to the cultural constructs that take place in our society; From the technologies and resources that make life possible and enjoyable, to the themes that define our humanity -- or threaten it: TEDGlobal 2011 will be a celebration of life, in all its forms.

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John Mullins & Randy Komisar

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Hartmut Esslinger

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