Business Models,events,ideas & concepts

You may have heard this at the Food, Farming & Future conference at MIT…

2 Sep , 2017  

If you've regularly read On the New Economy, or our various posts about biomimicry, affordability, inclusion, zero waste, and hacking you'll understand the content in this video.

If you actually were at the MIT Conference on Food, Farming and the Future, you'll hear why these words sound familiar (although there's a lot of the substance missing).… [Read the rest]

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Business Models

Want to build a circular economy? A focus on cars won’t help.

13 Jun , 2017  

Once there was a Zen master who met his archery teacher on a cliff overlooking the ocean. At the edge of cliff was a target. The archery teacher demonstrated a perfect shot, firing an arrow directly into the target’s center.… [Read the rest]

Business Models,cityscapes,ideas & concepts,Urban Farming,Zero Waste

Citizens vs Patriot Acres: A Compost Controversy in Chicagoland

25 May , 2017  

Patriot Acres' Site Plan in Des Plaines, IL near Chicago

When it comes to issues concerning our global economic and ecological future, it is all too easy to frame the discussion as a binary debate. … [Read the rest]

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Business Models,cityscapes,Homesteading,ideas & concepts,technology

Living Buildings: Thinking Outside the Pipe and other resources

13 Sep , 2016   Video

livingbuildingchallengeIf you live in any area that's prone to drought, you are already thinking about how to manage water. Here are some creative ways that others have come up with to meet the challenge of preserving water.… [Read the rest]

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affordablility,Business Models,cityscapes,events,Zero Waste

The 500th Street Store and more!

12 Sep , 2016  

In just 2.5 years the Street Store has helped 500 events to connect the "haves" and "have nots" in a humanistic way, all around the world. And now there's more. On 25 September from 10:30am to 15:30, the co-founders will be at The Salesian Institute, 2 Somerset Road once again to announce their new project.… [Read the rest]

affordablility,Business Models,cityscapes,new products,technology

Biomass gasification-derived bricks and concrete

6 Sep , 2016  

New materials for closed loop systems?

What would you build a house with? A technical report published by ISTC claims that the ash produced from biomass gasification can become bricks and concrete.… [Read the rest]

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affordablility,Business Models,technology,tools,Upcycling,Zero Waste

The red pill or the blue pill?

10 May , 2016  

precious_plastic-problemOkay, we've got a problem with plastic. It's a big one. No surprise. It doesn't break down into something useful for other creatures, like leaves or twigs do. It can kill wildlife when left out in the wild.… [Read the rest]

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Business Models,Circular Economy,events

The MIT Sustainability Summit on April 24 and 25 will be on the circular economy

4 Mar , 2015  

I'm proud of the students at MIT for focusing on how we fundamentally change how we do business in an environmentally and socially aware time. That photo of the frozen wave off Nantucket finally made it on to my internet browser and I thought--wow, now is the time to make the circular economy a reality, on a wide scale.… [Read the rest]

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Business Models,ideas & concepts

Why First Generation Farmers’ Incubator Didn’t Get Funded

7 Jan , 2015  

First Generation Farmers wanted to create an incubator program. It tried to do it on Kickstarter, and failed.

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