• In this paper, I want to give you a sense of how economics can be reconstructed to include natural capital in a seamless way. I shall do that in three stages…. I show that property rights to natural capital are frequently unprotected or ill-specified. I argue that this typically leads to their overexploitation, and so to waste and inequity…. I [then] illustrate overexploitation in the context of a ‘small’ problem: the economic failure that can accompany deforestation in a small region…. [Finally] I demonstrate that when natural capital is included in economic statistics, the recent economic history of nations looks very different from what we are led to believe when conventional economic indicators
  • "Like the Sputnik launch that triggered the Cold War space race, Russian miniature spacecraft launches have catalyzed the Naval Postgraduate School to design and build a revolutionary new mini-satellite launcher to quickly bring the U.S. into the competition. Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) Profs. Jim Newman and Rudy Panholzer and Research Associate Dan Sakoda came up with the idea for the NPS CubeSat Launcher (NPSCuL) that attaches to an Atlas or Delta rocket via a secondary payload adapter and deploys a large number of miniature satellites into tumbling, low-earth orbit.Command signals trigger a sequence of spring releases in the "Jack-in-the-Box" device that catapult the tiny cube-shaped spacecraft carried inside the launcher into orbit. Once freed, the small CubeSats conduct a wide range of missions, from earth observations to testing cutting-edge technologies for spaceflight such as new solar cells, to studying the effects of microgravity on biological samples."
  • "does anybody else find such a public declaration of private grief seriously off-putting? Part of it’s just cross-generational — I sometimes have to remind myself that Gen Y et. al. use technology and the public forum of social media in ways that aren’t necessarily bad but just different from the way I would and do. I fucking hate Twitter, fr’example … just can’t stand its truncated format, which seems to me to be essentially a celebration of the spectacularly unexamined life and a giant ‘eff you’ to the studied craft of writing."
  • We are living in the Era of Perpetual Advice – and almost none of it is any good…. There was a time, not so long ago, when medical information came from men and women in white coats who had gone to university…. Now, by contrast, we have Google, energy healers and Ashley Dupré. No wonder we're so screwed up. The much deeper problem, it seems, is that most of us suck at telling good advice from bad. A brain-scanning study conducted earlier this year by neuroscientists at Emory University in Atlanta found that even intelligent people may be far more vulnerable to bad advice than initially believed. When respondents making financial choices were faced with corresponding expert counsel, the decision-making function of their brains often shut down. The more confusing and nonsensical the advice, the neuroscientists reported, the less people seemed able to use their own internal value mechanisms."
  • "Through Design we can turn an invisible activity of energy consumption into a process that can be experienced, thereby potentially altering awareness and leading to a change in behaviour. Following this line of thought, the Visual Voltage exhibition presents a set of objects specially designed to help visitors reflect on how they consume energy."
  • "People are starting to see peak oil as the Great Opportunity, the chance to build the world they always dreamt of…. The scale of the challenge is huge, and the obstacles are plenty, but there is an emerging energy to succeed, a sense of quickening and an exhilaration in talking and listening to each other once again, to visioning what we want and then rolling up our sleeves and starting to co-create it…. What fascinates me, and what I plan to explore in this website, is the emerging culture that underpins this work. We are communities, a society, a world in transition, and to do that we need a culture of transition, but also the tools for manifesting it."