To Till the Earth

I like how the use of SCALE in art is so different from the use in economics or manufacturing. Both manipulate power-structures but artists do so with irony, econs and engineers, not so much. Welded Shovel Pine Cones by Floyd Elzinga. Beautiful. HT J. Parry-Hill


Giving Voice to Supply Chains

Lovely piece by author Dov Seidman in which he argues for the need to empower stakeholders along global supply chains. Here's a bite: ...real sustainable change for overseas workers won’t rest upon if or when retailers sign a petition—or “how much” consumer pressure will be required to coerce companies to do so. Rather, the question is how will these companies understand and … Continue reading Giving Voice to Supply Chains

Skeptics of the “Buy Local” Movement Value Efficiency

Which is fine. With some products, the efficiency of industrial systems is probably a good thing (economies of scale). With other products, smaller and slower production processes are probably a good thing (economies of scope). The hard part, I guess, is figuring out what's better when and for whom. For more: Is Efficiency Effective? 

Systems Thinking and Collaboration in K-12

I'm on my way home from ISSST (see previous post) where I had great conversations with sustainability engineers in academia and the public and private sector. On Thursday night I was lucky enough to join a bunch of them at Cincinnati chili joint and ask them this question: "If we could teach kids one thing that would make the 'educating … Continue reading Systems Thinking and Collaboration in K-12

Human-Centered Design Process

I'm headed to the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technologies to give a talk called "Make Better Stuff: a human-centered approach to product and systems development." A human-centered process should not be confused with a user-centered process though it often is. Come to the talk to find out the difference! Below is a link to the handout I'll … Continue reading Human-Centered Design Process