Link Loving 24.02.11

February 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

  • This stuff keeps me up at night – thawing of the world’s permafrost.
  • Best break-up ever. Man puts wife on terrorist suspect list. Reuters.
  • We all work at Enron now, says Umair Haque. A fantastic indictment of the failing corporate system. (Yes, I’m going to link to him until you add his blog to your RSS feed.)
  • F1 Racing. In a boat. Crazy.
  • Canadian civil servants speed-date each other to understand what everyone does. Genius. Alex Evans.
  • I thought humans were still evolving? Apparently not much, says Michio Kaku.
  • David Roberts has a reality check on how much and how fast we need to build our clean energy system. Mostly my reaction: holy shitballs.
  • Imagine writing the year 2011 as 02011. Changes how you think about life doesn’t it? Long Now.
  • Sophie Arie on how women in Italy are organising against Silvio Berlusconi.
  • My good friend Amanda McKenzie, hands over leadership of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition to focus more on her writing.

Marketing And Sustainability – An Incompatable Truth?

February 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

John Grant has a very strong interview on that very question –

The Simpons On Climate Change

February 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

This piece by Sara Peach on the Yale Climate/Media blog is a very enjoyable read – and includes these two classics.

The Homer Simpson Approach:

The Lisa Simpson Approach:

Link Loving 23.02.11

February 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

  • Fantastic talk by economist Diane Coyle on breaking points – growth/financial failure, new technologies/old institutions, and systemic change -at ippr.
  • A very cute song asking to have Stephen Fry’s babies. Not as weird as it sounds.
  • *Ring the alarm bells!* There is a mole in the Third Sector. Brilliant column from ‘The Insider‘.
  • Johnny Howorth of The Guardian in a three month stint alongside UK Uncut.
  • This would just be stupid. Cuts may shut down Parliamentary Climate Change Committee. Alegra Stratton.
  • ‘Leaders must dream big’ says Vijay Govindarajan.
  • Mary Robinson recounts her recent trip to Sri Lanka. A glimpse into the climate realities of tomorrow.
  • Dominic Barton of McKinsey wants capitalism for the long term – and when you hear this kind of person arguing for fundamental reform, you know it’s time.
  • The Great Gatsby – in video game format. Amazing – especially the lengthy quotes from other characters!

Steven Pinker On Language

February 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

A fantastic recent RSA talk put on their animated white board. Watch out for Gok Wan’s unexpected appearance…

Watch the original talk in it’s entirety here.

Link Loving 22.02.11

February 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Don’t Be Afraid

February 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

Something a little different –

“Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter so the world will at least be a little bit different for our having passed through it.”

Rabbi Harold Kushner

Link Loving 21.02.11

February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

  • Tom Baker describes when celebrity campaigning works. I’d add a fourth: to introduce an issue – either obscure health issues, or a ‘moment’ like the forests.
  • I promise you’ll never have seen anything like this before. Slo-mo running.
  • Phil Auerswald quotes Trotsky and has some thoughts on chaos, systems, and making change.
  • S├ębastian Duyck asks if in the absence of success, shall we cheer for not having fully failed at the UNFCCC?
  • Rob Evans and Paul Lewis with another opportunity to learn why to always expect the worst. How corporate spies infiltrated climate activist networks.
  • Bryan Walsh on how the food movement is coming to the rescue of the green movement in the States. Practical implementation joy.
  • The inspirational story of Nick Vujicic, a man with no arms or legs – but one hell of a good attitude, courage and humour. A wonderful speaker.
  • Apparently recognising faces gets easier once you’re over 30. Phewf.
  • Penelope Trunk explains how to start a quality conversation with someone you don’t know. Parties/networking events would be so much better if people had read this.

Changing Idea Of Who We Are?

February 21, 2011 § 4 Comments


If over the last millennia people have moved from seeing themselves as part of a tribe, to a village, to a nation state – is the next step to see ourselves as part of a human species? Or even one part of an ecosystem? Does the use of terms like ‘global community’ already suggest this change is happening?

“The most exciting breakthrough of the twenty-first century will occur not because of technology, but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human.” John Naisbitt

Why Stories Matter: The Art And Craft Of Social Change

February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Marshall Ganz is one of my absolute heroes. Read this fantastic introduction to his work using stories in organising. It’s filled with one quotable piece of wisdom after another.

I grew up in Bakersfield, California, where my father was a rabbi and my mother was a teacher. I went to Harvard in 1960, in part because it was about as far as I could get from Bakersfield, which was the terminus of the dust bowl migration that John Steinbeck made famous in The Grapes of Wrath.

I got my real education, however, when I left Harvard to work in the civil rights movement in Mississippi. I went to Mississippi because, among other things, my father had served as an Army chaplain in Germany right after World War II. His work was with Holocaust survivors, and as a child the Holocaust became a reality in our home. The Holocaust was interpreted to me as a consequence of racism, that racism is an evil, that racism kills. I made a choice to go to Mississippi. « Read the rest of this entry »

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