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Lasts Longer | Asymco
Of course, there would be not much business without an environment and we should all strive for sustainability.  But this is an existential observation, and it’s defensive. The important call to make is that Apple is making a bet that sustainability is a growth business.

Fundamentally, Apple is betting on having customers not selling them products.

The purpose of Apple as a firm is to create and preserve customers and to create and preserve products. This is fundamental and not fully recognized.
iphone  apple  business  environment  sustainable  strategy  corporations  relationships  technology 
7 days ago by allaboutgeorge
“We stepped in and started doing it”: How one woman built an award-winning news outlet from her dining room table » Nieman Journalism Lab
“We had to shift from the idea of ‘We’re a traditional newspaper that covers everything’ to ‘We’re a niche publication that is going to — that can only do things that we have a revenue model for.'”
journalism  publishing  canada  environment  vancouver  911 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The Public Square Goes Mobile - NYTimes.com
From carshares to communal ovens, local currencies to walkability indexes, people increasingly understand that they can effect change in their own backyard, block and neighborhood. In this country’s quest for individuality, we sometimes forget we do need other people; this project helps facilitate that. It may take more than a minute, but it’s worth a shot.
technology  public  mobile  community  behavior  society  nytimes  activism  environment  creativity 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
TED: Future of Mobile With Henry Tirri, Head of Nokia Research [INTERVIEW]
The things people don’t usually think about with location-based systems are aggregate things like traffic information, and collective information about air pollution and other environmental data. In growth economies there’s a need for health-related and epidemic information collection. Mobile devices are key to monitoring things like this because they are globally prevalent and always where we are. They will enable us to aggregate data and get information that would otherwise be very difficult to get — I call these aggregate services.

The pollution example is a very good one. You can start to get real-time information about the environment — your exposure to pollution in LA for example. We did this in traffic already, so think about generalizing it to weather, pollution, and others. The platform allows people’s position combined with something measured, and that gives us a new world.
nokia  environment  social  traffic  transportation  weather  mobile  online  technology 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A Plea to All Creatives: Stop Going to Work | Duffy Point of View | Fast Company
Now that we have the ability to dial up, to log in, to upload notes, and download drafts from almost anywhere, we also need to learn the power of powering off and shutting down to charge up, sometimes for a few hours, sometimes for a few weeks.
design  creativity  environment  future  nature  work  creative  inspiration  office  sustainability 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Increasing Residential And Employment Density Could Mean Reductions In Vehicle Travel, Fuel Use And Carbon Dioxide Emissions
The committee disagreed about the feasibility of achieving the target density in the upper-bound scenario -- doubling the density of 75 percent of new development -- by 2050. Some members of the committee thought that these higher densities would be reached due to macroeconomic trends -- higher energy prices and carbon taxes -- in combination with growing public support for infill development, investments in transit, and higher densities along transit rail corridors. Other members thought that the high-density scenario would require such a significant departure from current low-density development patterns, land-use policies, and public preferences that it is unrealistic without a strong state or regional role in growth management.
transit  research  science  transporation  cities  environment  cars  jobs  work  housing  gas  urban 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The New Normal - Richard Florida
If the Pew data are accurate, it's not tech-driven consumption - less than a third (31 percent) of those surveyed consider high-speed internet a necessity, and just 4 percent say they need an iPod.

But there are many things that are not asked about, as Salmon notes, like " intangibles,'" or spending on personal development (education, learning), higher-quality food, exercise, health-care, green products, or a cleaner environment.
environment  urban  future  economy  shopping  marketing  business  cities  money  education  food  health 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Ars Technica: Mapping the blogosphere with spinning brain of colored dots
[...] In examining the salience of the range of issues relevant to farm legislation, for instance, Kearns discovered that "school lunches" were a popular topic of searches, but not a terribly hot topic among bookmarkers. Articles about cap-and-trade markets for carbon emissions were frequently saved by wonks, but generated relatively little community discussion.

Someone seeking to generate interest in the Farm Bill, then, would need to focus on a different aspect of the legislation depending on the specific form by which the message was meant to spread. A good candidate for a keyword-targeted search ad might be a poor topic for a viral video. [...]
social  information  data  marketing  video  farming  environment  blogging 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Beach Music : Neoteny
"I traveled with the radio off. In media silence, with the top down, I drove afternoons and nights and listened to passing crickets and cicadas, the whistling of the windows and the sounds of waves."
travel  cars  southcarolina  gas  nature  environment 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Lin Jensen
"I understand now that the interventions I make into the ecosystem will reverberate throughout the universe. And I know that my actions can be either helpful or damaging. Nature has its own wisdom, an inherent harmony born of natural consequence. If I can act in accord with that harmony, I can shape my actions to the earth's own economy and thereby avoid introducing harmful consequences.

"I try be mindful these days of what I do, and of where and to what consequence I do it. If I'm intent on 'digging a hole' (either an actual hole or understood as an analogue for any other interaction with the body of the earth), I try to notice where the dirt is piling up."
ecology  environment  aesthetics  buddhism  nature  identity  writing 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Thomas Friedman - Why How Matters - NYTimes.com
ou do things matters more than ever, because so many more people can now see how you do things, be affected by how you do things and tell others how you do things on the Internet anytime, for no cost and without restraint.

“In a connected world, countries, governments and companies also have character, and their character — how they do what they do, how they keep promises, how they make decisions, how things really happen inside, how they connect and collaborate, how they engender trust, how they relate to their customers, to the environment and to the communities in which they operate — is now their fate.”
business  corporations  ethics  identity  reputation  social  government  economics  environment  community 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Biking on a Brompton: One Reporter’s View - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com
"Once you have the knack, a rider can tuck in the back wheel, fold the midsection, flip down the handlebars and left pedal, and lower the seat – all in about 20 seconds."
travel  bicycling  aesthetics  exercise  cities  urban  nytimes  green  environment  health 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Indy.com | Fed up with mass-produced food, more young urbanites decide to hit the dirt | Indianapolis Entertainment
"If you look back not too long ago, Indianapolis was a major vegetable-producing area. We had the skills and the land and the environment to feed Indianapolis just 80 years ago, 75 years ago."
indiana  food  farming  land  environment  cities  urban 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
As Oil Giants Lose Influence, Supply Drops - NYTimes.com
“There is still a lot of oil to develop out there, which is why we don’t call this geological peak oil, especially in places like Venezuela, Russia, Iran and Iraq. What we have now is geopolitical peak oil.”
oil  energy  venezuela  russia  iran  iraq  politics  power  business  war  geography  environment 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com Interviews - Elizabeth Royte
"[...] I urge people to learn about the real social and environmental impacts of bottled water, and to learn what's going on with their own water supply. Don't just assume that it's bad. Test the water if you have any doubts, find out if there are any contaminants, and if you have concerns get a good filter, on-tap or under the sink. And get a good reusable bottle.

If there isn't public support for municipal water supplies, it will be difficult to ask people to accept rate increases or support bond offers to maintain them. People will feel like, I'm not drinking from it. Why should my tax dollars go there? That will only result in deterioration of our water supplies. Only those people who can afford to drink good water, in hygienically sealed plastic bottles, will have access. Everyone else will be left to drink increasingly inferior public water supplies."
water  environment  politics  books  writing  nonfiction  local  taxes  social 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Graham: Cities and Ambition
"A city speaks to you mostly by accident—in things you see through windows, in conversations you overhear. It's not something you have to seek out, but something you can't turn off."
cities  urban  berkeley  nyc  paris  power  sanfrancisco  environment  demographics  culture  community  boston  bayarea  location 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Saffo on why he’s leaving the Institute for the Future | Chris O’Brien
“It’s the forecasters disease. I’m constantly thinking about the implication of what I was seeing on the horizon of my work. Fundamentally, many of those things were outside the scope of what my clients were willing to fund."
futurism  thinking  attention  science  cities  urban  environment 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Special Report: China In Africa | Fast Company
"An unfathomably vast terrain comprising 49 nations, the sub-Sahara represents nearly one-fifth of the earth's landmass. Yet its total economy is tinier than Florida's. Here, 300 million people get by on less than $1 a day."
activism  africa  china  economics  environment  globalization  usa 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
In Wyoming, the Dark Side of America’s Thirst for Energy - New York Times
“Throwing warm beating hearts at a failed energy policy is a tragedy, whether it’s the war or the oil fields. The jobs are a good thing. But going after it so frantically and doing so much damage is wrong.”
oil  wyoming  writing  energy  environment  war  politics 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Sludge tested as lead-poisoning fix - Yahoo! News
"What's needed are more studies on what's going on with the pathogens in sludge — are we actually removing them? The commitment to connecting the dots hasn't been there."
environment  cities  urban  baltimore  eaststlouis  illinois  maryland 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Sadie Jones
"We feel the pull of nature very strongly, relating — even unknowingly — feeling in ourselves to bulbs being stirred in frozen ground, or to the branches of dead trees. Perhaps this indivisibility from nature is an important thing to recognize [...]"
nature  books  writing  creativity  memory  environment 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Rising Prices Hit Newsprint Publishers - WSJ.com
"We keep thinking that at some point things are going to get better. Newspapers have gone to narrower pages, lighter-basis-weight paper, and we keep thinking that those sorts of declines will run their course or at least decelerate. [...]"
newspapers  journalism  publishing  environment  business  media 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Is it better for the environment to read your newspaper online? - By Brendan I. Koerner - Slate Magazine
"According to a 2006 report, a single copy of the British tabloid the Daily Mirror, weighing in at 6.4 ounces, accounts for 6.1 ounces of carbon emissions."
green  newspapers  media  journalism  environment  uk  reading  online 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BLDGBLOG: Comparative Planetology: An Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson
"I’ve been working all my career to try to redefine utopia in more positive terms – in more dynamic terms."
toread  sciencefiction  archaeology  architecture  cities  environment  fiction  interview  interviews  literature  reading  science  writing 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Jazz great McPartland to unveil symphonic piece on Rachel Carson » PopMatters | News and Commentary | PopWire
“I got the idea to do this because of what people are doing to the world. All I can do is play something about it.”
environment  jazz  music  creativity 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Water Scarcity Threatens China's Future - Environment - New York Times
"China’s disadvantage, compared with the United States, is that it has a smaller water supply yet almost five times as many people. China has about 7 percent of the world’s water resources and roughly 20 percent of its population."
china  usa  water  environment  economics  asia  cities  farming  population 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Grape expectations | Salon Life
"If we consider the way our world is changing and look ahead, the Puget Sound area will only get better for wine. But in California, they're going to have difficulty finding varietals that will grow in a hotter and hotter climate."
wine  environment  farming  oregon  washingtonstate  california  globalization  beverages  alcohol 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Greenbelt: How the World Works - Salon.com
"You climb and climb and climb, and then you come around a bend and the vast, almost inconceivable beauty and glory that is Northern California spreads out before you."
california  environment  transit  bicycling  sanmateocounty  sanfrancisco 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Current Thinking
"I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
enery  environment  sustainable  usa  history  creativity  suburbia  urban  newjersey 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Why Are They Greener Than We Are?
"My prediction is that if we have a change in America, it won't be driven by politicians or architects but by the developers [...] So I think the one group we associate most with greed and inefficiency, it will lead the way in the future."
architecture  environment  sustainable  europe  usa  design  land  government  green  realestate 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Al Gore Has Big Plans
"The central challenge is to expand the limits of what's now considered politically possible. The outer boundary of what's considered plausible today still falls far short of the near boundary of what would actually solve the crisis."
environment  politics  democrats  2008  katrina  hurricane  cinema  law 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Incident News: Wayward Humpback Whales
"NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Services, the Marine Mammal Center and the US Coast Guard have responded and are coordinating rescue operations."
sacramento  california  environment  animals  fauna 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
In Ducks, War of the Sexes Plays Out in the Evolution of Genitalia - New York Times
"Once they choose a male, they’re making the best possible choice, and that’s the male they want siring their offspring. They don’t want the guy flying in from who knows where. It makes sense that they would develop a defense."
sex  fauna  animals  bir  evolution  nature  environment 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Vancouver Magazine: The New Seattle
"[W]ealth here was generated by scooping up minerals, knocking down forests and, since 1986, harvesting the last of our non-renewable natural resources: water-view real estate."
vancouver  canada  seattle  washingtonstate  travel  identity  cascadia  immigration  environment 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Black Phoebe :: Ms. Jen: Honey Bee Deaths and Swarming
"The walker, the observer, and the nature lover in me hopes that we can help our little black and yellow friends to recover and bounce back to their flitting from flower to flower ways."
nature  environment  fauna  insects  farming  food  california 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Year Without Toilet Paper
“That’s the thing about this current wave of environmentalism. It’s not about, how do we protect some abstract pristine space? It’s what can real people do in their home or office or whatever."
environment  public  social  outdoors  cities  behavior  food  urban  transit  sustainable  transportation  relationships 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Idea Lab - The Noises of Nature
“If we don’t take the opportunity to form a baseline understanding” of natural soundscapes, we’ll lose part of our own humanity. These sounds taught us to dance, and they’re part of our language. I think we owe them something.”
southamerica  fauna  music  science  research  environment  animals 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Blossoms, Inc.
"We consume 10 million cut flowers per day in the United States. On a per capita basis, we still spend considerably less in a year on flowers than Europeans do -- $25.90 compared to, say, more than $70 in Norway or $100 in Switzerland."
flowers  marketing  farming  beauty  aesthetics  usa  europe  love  environment  books 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: GM Introduces Plug-In Electric Car
"The domestic industry spends hundreds of millions to cultivate image. What they've been slow to realize is that fuel efficiency is increasingly sexy to many Americans. Even if you don't buy a Prius, you have the sense that Toyota is with the program."
cars  energy  green  environment  usa  marketing  sustainable 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Should I ditch my newspaper? | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
"I tend to miss out on the small items out of left field that would never catch my eye online. I read less of the long-form stories, which is ironic since it's my favorite form and one I enjoy writing."
writing  nonfiction  journalism  newspapers  media  social  environment  marketing 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Friends, friendsters, and top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites
"Social network sites are not digital spaces disconnected from other social venues — it is a modeling of one aspect of participants’ social worlds and that model is evaluated in other social contexts."
academia  community  culturalstudies  culture  education  environment  friendship  futurism  identity  livejournal  philosophy  psychology  reading  writing  work  web  theory  technology  sociology  social  smartmobs 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: State of the Church
"[... E]piscopalians tend to be better-educated and tend to reproduce at lower rates than some other denominations. [...] We encourage people to pay attention to the stewardship of the earth and not use more than their portion."
religion  christianity  episcopalian  mormon  catholic  environment  demography  usa 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: China’s New Leftist
“People ask in the West, How could China develop capitalism with an authoritarian state? But that’s ignoring how modern capitalism grew in the West, without much democracy and with the help of imperialism and colonialism."
china  india  politics  power  environment  health  population  capitalism  sustainable  society  farming 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Other Fish to Fry
"Considering what’s at stake is the survival of the ecosystem of the world’s oceans, I’d rather eat fewer, smaller and more expensive fish than no fish at all."
food  fish  environment  cooking 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Broken unit at refinery led to alert
"We didn't get any calls about complaints of adverse effects, but because the sirens were activated people were calling 911 to find out what was going on. We really actually want people to go to their radio and television when the sirens go off so the dis
refinery  contracosta  martinez  environment  contracostatimes 
march 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Sounding the alarm
"The problem is that there's so little time, and art - especially poetry - is a matter of seepage, of slow accumulation; it doesn't warn, it laments."
poetry  art  activism  politics  environment 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Kitchen Voyeur: Sunny Side Up
"Mary said, quoting Peter Matthiessen, 'Anyone who pushes a button to turn on the gas or turns a spigot for water doesn't know how most of the world lives.'"
solar  cooking  food  energy  environment  sustainable 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: One in ten fish is eaten in Japan. So why don't they know there's a shortage?
"The British are lightweights when it comes to fish eating. We only manage 20kg each a year - the world average is 16kg. The Japanese put away 10 per cent of the global fish catch - 69.1kg of fish each a year. That's 19 fishfingers a day, every day."
japan  food  uk  environment  oceans  conservation  fish 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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