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Paul Gilding - Personal website of Paul Gilding “The Great Disruption” » Paul Gilding’s book The Great Disruption was released around the world over 2011 to wide acclaim. It is now being translated into various languages. The Dutch edition has been released (see here) with the German version due for release in late 2012. A bracing assessment of the planetary crisis that we can no longer avoid-and the once-in-an-epoch chance it offers to build a better world. “One of those who has been warning me of [a coming crisis] for a long time is Paul Gilding, the Australian environmental business expert. He has a name for this moment-when both Mother Nature and Father Greed have hit the wall at once-’The Great Disruption.’ “- Thomas Friedman in the New York Times

Fritjof Capra on the evolution of systems thinking Fritjof Capra’s work can’t be reduced to a profession or discipline. He has dedicated the last 40 years to demonstrating the limits of trying to understand life by breaking it down into various parts, from medicine to art to spirituality. Instead, he advocates a holistic approach, based on the interconnectedness of all things. His most recent book, co-authored with Pier Luigi Luisi, aims to show the evolution of systems thinking, and outline the economic, ecological, political and spiritual implications of seeing life through a systemic lens.I spoke with him for an hour before the London launch of his book. Eyeing the recent Green Futures edition ‘Where Science Meets Art’ on the table, Capra launches in...

Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability The global environmental landscape has become increasingly complex, particularly as a greater dependency on resources for economic growth exerts constant pressure. Studies suggest that over 1.4 billion people have no access to either electricity or decent water, 870 million people still go hungry and 600 million jobs will be needed within the next 10 years. In addition, at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in 2011 in Durban, South Africa, an understanding was reached to negotiate a new, legally enforceable and universal International Climate Change Agreement, to be implemented by 2015. This offers a significant opportunity to explore how the multilateral climate-governance architecture could become more effective, acknowledging the limits of the current nation-driven negotiation mechanisms.

Keren Elazari: Hackers – The Internet’s Immune System ‘For the past three decades, hackers have done a lot of things, but they have also impacted civil liberties, innovation and Internet freedom, so I think it’s time we take a good look at how we choose to portray them, because if we keep expecting them to be the bad guys, how can they be the heroes too?’ The beauty of hackers, says cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari, is that they force us to evolve and improve. Yes, some hackers are bad guys, but many are working to fight government corruption and advocate for our rights. By exposing vulnerabilities, they push the Internet to become stronger and healthier, wielding their power to create a better world.

Fashion Futures 2025: Global scenarios for a sustainable fashion industry The challenge Like any other sector, the fashion industry is not impervious to the threats presented by the world’s uncertain future, including climate change, resource scarcity, vulnerable economic conditions, changing consumer behaviour and so on. The challenge to the fashion industry then is in understanding these threats and taking appropriate action to safeguard its future, protect the environment and improve the lives of its customers, workers and suppliers around the world. What we did? Using futures thinking techniques and with the support of Levi Strauss & Co, we created four vivid scenarios exploring how climate change, resource shortages, population growth and other factors will shape the world of 2025 and the future of the fashion industry within it. They explore every aspect of the industry, from production of raw materials, through manufacturing and sale, to use and end of life.

Human Evolution Enters an Exciting New Phase If you could escape the human time scale for a moment, and regard evolution from the perspective of deep time, in which the last 10,000 years are a short chapter in a long saga, you’d say: Things are pretty wild right now. In the most massive study of genetic variation yet, researchers estimated the age of more than one million variants, or changes to our DNA code, found across human populations. The vast majority proved to be quite young.

THRIVING / a co-design lab » TRANSLATING REFLECTION INTO ACTION How might deliberate practice in self-reflection enhance learning strategies? These experiments present participants with multi-modal strategies for evaluating one’s performance or comprehension. Specifically, the brief exercises explicitly identify next steps for improving aspects of performance. The call to future action underscores the value of building the reflective muscle required to actively respond to our internal back-talk.

Future Earth Future Earth Blog launched Future Earth has launched a new online presence at Intended to be a home for innovative new ideas and essential reading for everyone engaged in global sustainability, this online magazine will be a showcase and discussion forum for the latest ideas and developments in research in this area, both in the projects that form part of Future Earth's network and beyond. Future Earth will be a global platform to deliver:

The Next Green Revolution For decades, environmentalists have warned of a coming climate crisis. Their alarms went unheeded, and last year we reaped an early harvest: a singularly ferocious hurricane season, record snowfall in New England, the worst-ever wildfires in Alaska, arctic glaciers at their lowest ebb in millennia, catastrophic drought in Brazil, devastating floods in India – portents of global warming's destructive potential. Green-minded activists failed to move the broader public not because they were wrong about the problems, but because the solutions they offered were unappealing to most people. They called for tightening belts and curbing appetites, turning down the thermostat and living lower on the food chain. They rejected technology, business, and prosperity in favor of returning to a simpler way of life. No wonder the movement got so little traction.

City Systems It would be far easier and would require less energy to build new, efficient cities than to attempt to update and solve the problems of the old ones. The Venus Project proposes a Research City that would use the most sophisticated available resources and construction techniques. Its geometrically elegant and efficient circular arrangement will be surrounded by, and incorporated into the city design, parks and lovely gardens. This city will be designed to operate with the minimum expenditure of energy using the cleanest technology available, which will be in harmony with nature to obtain the highest possible standard of living for everyone. This system facilitates efficient transportation for city residents, eliminating the need for automobiles. The Venus Project's Circular City arrangement is comprised of the following:

38 Predictions About the Future Have you ever wondered what the future of humanity holds? We know you have, we do it all the time here at Mashable. And frankly, looking ahead is pretty much an integral part of human nature. Our friends at Information Is Beautiful Studio have compiled 38 predictions about the future of tech, science, and humanity in general — with an educated guess as to their odds of actually becoming reality. Prototyping Mental Models with Lego Serious Play for Agile People can tell stories and express themselves when trying to solve complex problems using Lego. Jens Hoffmann facilitated the session "Prototyping an Agile Culture with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®" at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. The attendants divided themselves into teams of 5 people or less. Marcus Barber Utilising a wealth of process methods, Marcus' world class facilitation skills enable Boards, Senior Management teams and diverse stakeholder groups to gather insights aimed at answering a core question: 'What do you want to achieve, and by when?' A Strategic Futurist and leading Value Systems specialist, he assists clients with strategy development and innovation processes. He is a Visiting Fellow delivering the strategic futures block at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, the premiere management training program for the Department of Defence that brings military personnel from around the globe to a year long residential strategy training program

250 Quality Conversation Starters: The Only List You'll Need Here are some great questions for starting a conversation. There are a lot of random conversation starters to get you started and then conversation questions listed by topic. You can start with the random questions or find a topic that interests you. There’s no right place to start, just scroll down to wherever you want and get started! There are tons of ways to use these questions. I find that the most rewarding way is for everyone to pull up this list of conversation starters on a phone or tablet, and then take turns letting everyone choose a question to ask the group.