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2016/09/10 Tim Ingold, “The Sustainability of Everything” (web video)

Talk at the Centre for Human Ecology, Glasgow, announced at http://www.che.ac.uk/tim-ingold-talks-about-the-sustainability-of-everything-10th-sept-2016/ Video posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncLv9Gk7XrI and https://vimeo.com/182572764 This digest was created by editing the text transcript generated by Youtube. View the video yourself for a more authentic reproduction. Lapses, grammatical

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Sustainable Development Goals must sustain people and planet, experts say | March 20, 2013 | sciencedaily.com

Six Sustainable Development goals from U.N. to supersede Millennium Development Goals that expire 2015, based on new appreciation of anthropocene. In the wake of last week’s meetings at the UN on the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a

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2011/03/14 13:00 Bill Reed on Sibbesborg Sustainability [web video + slides]

On a post at the Systems Community of Inquiry, Tiina Merikoski asked for comments on a blog post on Aalto Sustainable Communities, linking to Bill Reid’s presentation on the launch of the competition on the design of the Sibbesborg community. 

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Saul Griffith, “Climate Change Recalculated” (MP3 audio), Longnow Foundation, 2009/01/16

Part of sustainability is conservation, but we can maintain even a minimal level of modern conveniences through conservation? … the land area dedicated to renewable energy (”Renewistan”) would occupy a space about the size of Australia to keep the carbon

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William McDonough, “Sustainability And The Next Industrial Revolution” (MP3 audio), Total Picture Radio, 2007/07/05

William McDonough is a designer with creative approaches to sustainability. “Reflect on this: It took us 5,000 years to put wheels on our luggage. How smart are humans?”  William McDonough “My goal is very simple. It’s to help create “a

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Paul R. Ehrlich, “The Dominant Animal” (MP3 audio), Tech Nation, 2008/08/18

Human beings impact the world, but are not outside nature.  Can human beings help but be human? Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Stanford Professor Paul Ehrlich about his latest book, “The Dominant Animal,” which looks at human evolution and the

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Wes Jackson, “”The Necessity and Possibility of an Agriculture where Nature is the Measure”, Colorado College, 2005/04/27

Agriculture has become so industrial, that modern society has almost forgotten that plants grow naturally. In 2005, Wes Jackson was named by the Smithsonian Institution as one of 35 people who made a difference. Farming, in Jackson’s view, is humanity’s

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  • 2022/08 Moments August 2022
    Busy social calendar of summer family gatherings and local festivals, interspersed with otherwise invisible journal article writing.
  • 2022/07 Moments July 2022
    Enjoying summer with Toronto Jazz, then road trip to Iowa and Chicago.
  • 2022/06 Moments June 2022
    Social calendar for month was full with Toronto Biennal of Art, Luminato, Taste of Little Italy and Toronto Jazz Festival, plus family dim sum and dinners.
  • 2022/05 Moments May 2022
    Spring return from California visit, into Toronto coming back to life with city activities.
  • 2022/04 Moments April 2022
    Spring sees art exhibitions opening up around Toronto, then a trip to the Bay Area in Northern California to visit family and friends.
  • 2022/03 Moments March 2022
    Emergence from hibernation at home, as winter gives way to spring
  • The Aesthetics of Nature | Carlson and Berleant (2004)
    Towards a non-anthropocentric view of aesthetics, we explore the legacy of work in the aesthetics of nature. The collection of essays in The Aesthetics of Natural Environments (2004), edited by Allen Carlson and Arnold Berleant, illuminates some of the issues and debates on this perspective. In the Acknowledgements for the 2004 book is a trail […]
  • Genealogy of Systems Thinking | Debora Hammond | 2002
    In the history of science of systems thinking, Debora Hammond related the backgrounds and connections of the founder of the Society for General Systems Research, that is now the International Society for the Systems Sciences. Boulding (1956) plays a large role in framing two orientations towards “general systems theory”. Kenneth Boulding used to distinguish […]
  • Moral character in human systems (Geoffrey Vickers) | Adams, Catron, Cook (1995)
    Geoffrey Vickers saw human systems as different, with moral character distinguishing from natural and manmade systems. Gregory Bateson, in a more general view of systems, saw morality as entering in systems processes.
  • Protein remover tablets (RGP)
    As protein remover tablets for RGP contact lenses become more difficult to find, the hydrogen peroxide solutions are an easy-to-find alternative.
  • Book review of ZHANG, Zailin (2008) “Traditional Chinese Philosophy as the Philosophy of the Body” | Robin R. Wang | 2009
    In this review of a philosophical work written in Chinese, a comparison is made between Chinese philosophy centering on the body, in comparison to Western philosopy centered on the mind. (I found a reference to this book, tracing back from Keekok Lee (2017) Chapter 9, footnote 8.
  • Approche systémique
    The translation from English "systems thinking" to French "la pensée systémique" misses meaning. "Approche systémique" has lineage to "Conférences Macy", "General System Theory (Bertalanffy)" and "Gregory Bateson"
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