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
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
This wax lamp by London based designer Merve Kaharan may seem silly but the concept here is deep. What if more of our products and systems had "regeneration" built into their design?
If we want to make better stuff, we can't only measure the material and energy impacts of current stuff. We need to understand consumer demand for stuff and how that demand has been created. If we understand, then we might be able to intervene. Start your history lesson with the video above. It's about Edward … Continue reading Edward Bernays
I saw an exhibit of Ganson's work at MIT this past March and I find myself thinking about it almost every day. This demo on how to make wire gears is so great. I love this jig he's using (and probably made).
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?
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
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
"The best thing to do with gifted and talented children is teach them to help others."
'For those of you who can't concentrate when children are making noise in the room, develop that skill. Otherwise you'll end up having a lot of conversations that mothers and women are left out of.' Author Sandra Stenigraber as a child was making noise at the opening of her talk in Ithaca on May 6