UPDATE: Design 4 Resilience was held in April of 2010. You can read the event notes here.
Shareable is cohosting D4R because a resilient society is one that's democratic and that shares. I hope you'll join us!
Have you ever wondered what qualities enable certain people, organizations or communities to thrive despite unexpected challenges?
Independence Recycling of Florida has made a fascinating proposal to recycle the debris of Port-au-Prince
The capital city of Port Au Prince looked like it was hit by a giant wrecking ball. Whatever has been left standing by the 7.0 earthquake and numerous aftershocks is likely cracked beyond repair and will have to be demolished.
"What would it take to grow all the food needed for all Manhattanites – on Manhattan Island?" This video drives home the ecological impact of our current food production and consumption patterns – but then goes beyond that, to present a truly shareable alternative. From the Why Factory:
How much food do I consume? How much land is needed to grow it? Could we grow our food in the city? Could we feed all Manhattanites by growing food on Manhattan island?
“Common sense” is a term Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin repeatedly uses—with ever increasing enthusiasm—to describe the Hillside Farmers Cooperative he is creating with Latino farmers in southern Minnesota. Sometimes he pronounces it, “commons sense.”
“I come from the commons,” declares Haslett-Marroquin, who grew up in Guatemala, where his family still farms communal lands, “and I am going back to the commons. The whole idea about the commons is so entrenched in what we are doing.”
Over at Worldchanging.com, Warren Karlenzig proposes ten big trends in sustainability. Five of the items speak directly to the importance of putting sharing at the center of a sustainable world:
1. Bikes Culture 2.0
Time period: 2010-2019
In a Q&A with Shareable.net, Zipcar founder Robin Chase argued that the United States power grid should carry information as well as electricity, on the grounds that shareable infrastructure would make the grid "smarter," or more efficient. Now a new report from the US Department of Energy "shows a direct link between the smart grid and carbon emissions."
As reported by Twilight Greenaway: A University of San Francisco professor assigns her students to increase the sustainability of a corner store called the Save More Market in the city's diverse, low-income Western Addition neighborhood. Their nifty suggestion:
I've described how our circle of San Francisco families have launched a number of neighborhood projects--and in the Shareable article "Urban Butterflies," my pal Olivia Boler describes how started we started a group to explore the lifecycles of bees and butterflies and to introduce our kids to basic ecological concepts.