Philosophy

STEAM: Between Silence & Light

November 3, 2011
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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.

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"Cities In Challenging Times"

September 30, 2009
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I just heard the On Point Radio show on how some cities are dealing with the recession. Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker and Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty both discussed their administrations approaches to problems unique to deep recessions such as this. Additionally both cities face what might be seen as “common” urban problems: crime and education gaps.

What was remarkable about the narratives that both men brought out were their refusal to let the circumstances of the day – be it economic downturns, thinly veiled corruption or entrenched bureaucracies – obstruct the outcomes of creating wonderful places to live. While I will not make this blog political by saying I do or don’t agree with their politics, I will say this: both men deserve a lot of credit for envisioning a better future and energizing members of their communities to constructively engage in the creation of great places to live.

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