Editorial

  • When people think about how to move our societies towards sustainability, they usually think simply about reducing our collective environmental impact. But the related question, of how human well-being can be produced more efficiently, is often ignored. Modern economic systems are disastrously inefficient ways of producing well-being. The vast …

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Feature

Perspectives

  • In 2010 David Letterman asked Hollywood actress Salma Hayek if she routinely eats bugs. “Look,” she responded. “I’m salivating! They’re delicious!” Insect eating, officially called entomophagy, is an age-old custom found throughout the world and often considered standard dietary practice. Nearly 2,000 species of insects are eaten by …

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  • The landscape of postsecondary textbook publishing is undergoing a significant makeover with the introduction of high-quality digital textbooks. As with the introduction of most technology, there is resistance, not the least arising from nostalgia for a product that has been around, in its essential form, for centuries. Nonetheless, the …

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  • What connects a group of Bayaka pygmy hunters in the Congo Basin, opposed to illegal loggers encroaching on their land; residents of Deptford, in South London, concerned about a noisy scrapyard across the road from a school; and members of the website oldweather.org, transcribing century-old ship log books to gather information about …

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  • Indian power companies have their hands full generating and transporting power to cities and large factories—the current peak power deficit is 13 percent and growing. The problem isn’t just that the energy need is much larger than the production capacity; the existing electricity distribution and transmission infrastructure is also hugely …

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On the Ground

Solutions in History

Envision the Future

  • It seems impossible, until it is done. Nelson Mandela In 2050 it’s a pleasure to breathe. The air is fresh, even in the biggest cities. Commuters don’t reach home frazzled after being tied up in bad traffic. The world is simpler in 2050. There are fewer consumer goods but there is more time, more conversation, […]

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Interview

  • Adam Kahane is best known for his work around scenario-planning, which he first used to help bring about a resolution in post-apartheid South Africa in the 1990s. Now a partner in Reos Partners, an international social innovation firm, and an associate fellow at the University of Oxford, he uses scenario planning to assist governments, global …

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Media Review

  • REVIEWING Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Chelsea Green, 2012 Farming in the United States is ebbing, and the growers who remain in business are consolidating into larger operations to save their farms. In addition, this country constantly struggles with nutrition-related diseases, …

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Noteworthy

  • When he saw a mother and baby die in childbirth from a preventable and treatable condition, Myshkin Ingalawe decided to put a stop to it. “It” is undiagnosed anemia—an iron deficiency that contributes to thousands of maternal deaths each year in India. Though easily treated with iron pills, anemia commonly goes undetected, so Ingalawe created …

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  • “We’ve got this tremendous problem. If we do nothing, children are going to lose years of life. It’s not their fault. They don’t even understand it.” So begins an interview between New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman and a cardiologist from Richmond California, Jeff Ritterman, who sits on the city council and, last October, […]

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