* Quick Reports

As part of the collaborative learning process each member of the class is required to prepare and http://sdes2012.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/raporteur1.jpg?w=229&h=131present to the class two  Quick Reports  on some aspect of our topic in which you tackle a topic, author, event,  institution or school of thought, which you then summarize, analyze and present with your comments to the others for their attention and critical reactions.

 

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Wikipedia: First references

Bearing in mind that this is a course without a textbook or two to feed your wikipedia logoreading and guide the discussions, we have turned instead to the web and more specifically in this section to the Wikipedia for a certain number of introductory pieces, as sources of useful first information on concepts, terms, phenomena and forces, many of which have a role in shaping the environment of the next decade (the scope of this seminar) and beyond (the scope of someone else’s).

Uses and limits of Wikipedia and other Wikis

The entries need to be treated with caution of course, but in many cases they make a good first-stop shop when you are looking into a topic area for the first time. You can think of them as a first-stop shop for researchers, journalists, students and the generally curious citizen. First-stop, but not last-stop shop. OK?

In fact a certain number of them are exceptionally good as introductions and provide references and links for those who wish to go further (an excellent and perhaps a bit surprising example is the entry on Design). But again, it’s just a start.

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Sustainia: A World of Sustainable Solutions

sustainia world solutions coverA study released today profiles 100 leading sustainability innovations. We showcase the top 10, featuring carbon-neutral plastic, e-waste recycling kiosks and an ethical smartphone

Quick Reports

As part of the course credit each member of the class is required to prepare and http://sdes2012.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/raporteur1.jpg?w=229&h=131present a  Quick Report  on some aspect of our topic in which you tackle a topic, author, event,  institution or school of thought, which you then summarize, analyze and present with your comments to the others for their attention and critical reactions.

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It’s a very different century. Have you understood?

And just in case that has not yet entirely sunk in, let’s have a look at what Luis Louis von Ahnvon Ahn of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science has to say about Massive-scale online collaboration. And here, as we think about your futures, is maybe a good time and place as any to get it in our heads that there is a massive tectonic shift between our new century and the one in which people of my generation and younger learned most of their skill sets. How is the triad of sustainable development, economic and society going to fit in this new environment? One thing we can say for sure: it will be very different and would have been well beyond the imaginations of anyone pondering all this back in, say, 1999. Are you ready for that?

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How to tell a sustainable business from a greenwashing one: Interview

Interview with Paul Gilding

Ahead of the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, environmentalist and author Paul Gilding speaks to Eco-Business in a wide-ranging interview on the global climate crisis and human nature, and how some businesses will die in the next decade to make way for sustainable ones.

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