join our co-editors at http://openspacetech.blogspot.com if you wish to celebrate sustainability goals empowered by youthful community builders -help link 100 top places for youth jobs creation

download practice of peace chaps 1,2 by harrison owen found open space

2016 Diary of Millennial Sustainability Exchanges - add one isabella@unacknowledgedgiant.com Brooklyn: & Moores Million youth social solutions world January; &Kenya 28 January; more www.economistuniversity.com


Monday, June 1, 2020



if it is forced to cut this , will likely be the poorest who get hit

the us is probably the most expeNsive majoR producer - under 50 dollars not worth many producers while

so where does this leave russia

Sunday, April 5, 2020

nhk series no more plastic - circular economy
jeplan massively recycles plastic and clothes our of japan and lille france
gamechanger 2018 china stopped importing other asian nations followed

thomas friedman 4 0 model- the nation that leads this will be both wealthiest and healthiest

i am reminded 20 years ago of the late great ray anderson of interface carpet manufacturing - he spent the last 10-15 years demonstrating that by designing a 10-year plan transforming a whole chain of partners even a market like carpet manufacturing could be profitably led by getting to zero footprint

Saturday, April 4, 2020

attenborough and ocean clean up

see great pacific garbage patch and the ocean clean up netherlands epicentre stared by student
if humans continue plastic life as normal, furst 100 years of plastic will result in more plastic than fish in oceans

the  expomemtial crisis of microplastics
see also life work david attenborough bbc - which billion youth have made viral on mobile

small fish eat microplastics, are eaten by big fish, then humans- microplastics become biohazard in diets

Thursday, March 19, 2020

To interact with the model and learn more about he science behind it, please visit:  https://www.climateinteractive.org/tools/en-roads/

brlliant chance to try out zoom today - thanks to otto everyone at mit

whebever i am in doubt my own mental model goes back to adam smith 260 yreas ago- so i hope to share notes with smithians and others cop26 glasgow november
if you ave a lot of notes to share tell me- and i will add you to a month in tis blog
i actually live in washington dc whatsapp +1 240 316 8157

----- Forwarded message -----
From: Presencing Institute <noreply@eventbrite.com>
To: "chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk" <chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk>
Sent: Thursday, 19 March 2020, 09:53:34 GMT-4
Subject: Message to attendees of DoTS 10

Just in case you did not get our previous messages, please note that the new Zoom link to join DoTS 10 is now: https://presencing.zoom.us/j/444224852

Meeting ID: 444 224 852
About to start now.

Dialogues on Transforming Society & Self (DoTS) - Episode 10

Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM (EDT)
Organized by Presencing Institute
View Order
Mobile Tickets
Contact the Organizer
This email was sent to chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk

Sunday, March 1, 2020

solution to hurricane valley

bahamas=700 islands in hurricane alley
one place hit -hope town on 10 dollar stamp
solution solar microcredits need to
rocky mountain institute
come to march harbor 15 acre solar microgrid  -install lowest ground to be hurricane proof-ragged island
-one problem remains bury lines instead of hurricane victims overland
see 60 minutes

gamechanger is battery storage - down 60% in cost
What is the Blue Economy?
According to the World Bank, the blue economy is the “sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health”.
Sustainable development of Blue Economy would lead to the following results:
  • greater protection for the marine environment
  • increased investment in existing economic sectors
  • the development of new economic sectors based on existing marine resources
  • increased number of businesses operating in the Blue Economy
  • generation of new research, innovation and knowledge about the ocean
Why is this important?
We may not be able to tell from the surface, but there are many threats to our oceans due to pollution – corals are dying, the ocean is warming and becoming more acidic, and there are too many boats chasing fewer fish.
According to Ocean Unite, “the Ocean provides half the oxygen we breathe, absorbs a quarter of our CO2 emissions and over 90% of the heat from those emissions, puts food on our plates and is home to 80% of all life on Earth. But it is in danger – and so are we. ”
There is still time to recover from this crisis. Branson Centre is doing its part in mitigating these and other issues by offering training to more entrepreneurs like Johanan Dujon of Algas Organics who has created the Caribbean’s first indigenous biotech company.
What is a Blue Economy Entrepreneur?
These entrepreneurs are focused on tackling the problems facing the ocean and building sustainable businesses that support ocean health in the region.
How does Branson Centre support Blue Economy entrepreneurs?
Branson Centre caters to businesses from diverse industries, including manufacturing, agricultural, digital transformation, tourism and so many others. We are scaling for impact by offering a specialized component of our accelerator programme for blue economy entrepreneurs.
Working with the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator and Ocean Unite, Branson Centre is committed to grow a cadre of blue entrepreneurs, ready to work with nature to fuel a sustainable blue economy in the Caribbean.
Application Process
Branson Centre Caribbean will work to scaleup existing businesses that have proven successful in the sector, and partner seed-stage blue entrepreneurs that have the potential to grow the blue economy in the region.
What makes this specialized component different is that at the end of the programme:
  • blue entrepreneurs in the scaleup phase will have the opportunity to pitch to our group of investors
  • seed-stage blue entrepreneurs who fall below J$25M – J$200M in gross annual sales will be connected with angel investors for the opportunity to grow their business

Sunday, February 16, 2020

from axios
Unable to absorb new costs, cities are killing recycling programs just as public concerns about climate change ratchet up, Kim Hart and Erica Pandey report.
  • China, the biggest buyer of U.S. recycled materials, has closed its doors. Before the ban, the U.S. was exporting around 70% of its waste to China.
  • Changing consumer behavior has made the trash-sorting process more complex and expensive.
What we're seeing: Axios paid a visit to a major recycling center in exurban D.C.
The plant — operated by Republic Services in Manassas, Va., in the heart of Prince William County — runs up to 22 hours a day to process the 550 tons of paper, plastic, aluminum and glass that are delivered daily.
  • Despite the heavy machinery and increased automation, the process is still extremely dependent on humans.
  • On each shift, 28 "sorters" sift through the material as it rolls down a series of fast-moving conveyer belts. The workers spot and pull out non-recyclable trash from the stream so fast that they look like blackjack dealers.
  • People throw surprising things — Christmas trees, old carpet, shoes, diapers and even cinder blocks — into their recycling bins.
Many cities are struggling to make recycling work.
  • About 60 cities have canceled their programs, according to Waste Dive.
  • Others have stopped accepting certain items. Alexandria, Va., and Katy, Tex., no longer collect glass. Baltimore County recently admitted it hasn't recycled the glass it collected for the past 7 years.
  • Costs are skyrocketing: Omaha, Neb., received a single bid for recycling services for $4 million, twice the city's budget.
What's needed: Cities have to renegotiate their recycling contracts, many of which are 30 years old, to find a viable business model.
  • That includes charging consumers for curbside pickup.
What's next: Researchers are developing robots to more accurately and efficiently complete tedious, dangerous recycling tasks like sorting.
Share on Facebook Tweet this Story Post to LinkedIn Email this Story

Sunday, January 19, 2020

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink's full interview on shifting strategy to focus on sustainability 


An excellent interview with Larry Fink. Some are linking BlackRock's shift towards sustainability with Tesla's skyrocketing stock price - some big actors with news of BlackRock's adjusted motivations may be gobbling up Tesla shares in anticipation of some huge upcoming investment by the firm.
There's a shorter video with excerpts from the interview and some chatter from the silly talking heads at CNBC, here:
I found the older CNBC commentator's behavior shocking. He wants "adults to stay in charge as long as they possibly can"... this in response to the manager of a 7 trillion dollar fund shifting his outlook to favor environmentally-sustainable businesses. The commentator pejoratively groups anyone who takes the climate crisis seriously with millennial investors. This is the kind of stupid old money shorting disruptive innovators like Tesla.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

2020 good news week 3

BlackRock, an investment fund that manages nearly $7 trillion, will "reshape" its strategy toward investments that support environmental sustainability, according to a letter to investors from its founder and Chief Executive Larry Fink, as The New York Times reported.