Motive

Why Rural Tanzania?

July 16, 2012
/ / /
Comments Closed

Three years ago I made a commitment to return to a dedicated ecological concern professionally. To that moment, my practice in other firms and within Landwave had adopted renovation and efficiency in practice through better IT as erstwhile ecological contributions. While tech driven practice efficiency does not have direct ecological impact, it is a good discipline and kept me thinking about practical applications of lofty tools. On the other hand, renovation has a significant ecological benefit in utilizing previously built structures. No forest turned parking lot. No need to excavate and dispose of soils. A fraction of the materials required-and therefore a fraction of the energy to extract, fabricate, ship and install. The list goes on and on. And while construction of any sort has an impact, renovation takes advantage of sunk energy and resources.

Though perfectly reasonable and necessary, I never felt as though these were a sufficient fit for my skills and interests. If our colleagues are half right, the issues facing us are urgent. What’s more there is a need to capture the collective imagination to reinvent our approach to material life on a massive scale. Efficiency and renovation are hardly inspirational. We need better motivations. I need better motivations.

Read More

STEAM: Between Silence & Light

November 3, 2011
/ / /

I spend a lot of time heads down in the daily work of making a living an, raising my kids and enjoying my life.  I spend a bunch of other time in the heady world of ideas.  That world takes me home, to our little island planet in the far arm of a tiny galaxy.  And what I see happening to our planet, because of us, scares me enough to hunger for action.  But the daily grind frustrates my efforts to focus my productivity.  I end up adrift.  There is a middle ground – STEAM education and industry.  Within these realms are the projects of a lifetime: creating a feedback and decision infrastructure for planetary sustainability.

Read More