- Food Labels, Taxes, and Subsidies—the Egg of Columbus in the Obesity Crisis?
Food labeling and food pricing do not do much to change this food system; they only address the symptoms. To really make a difference to health (and environmental sustainability), we have to change the system itself.
- "Streetfight" by Janette Sadik-Khan
In "Streetfight" Sadik-Khan breaks down her achievements into replicable ideas for urban planners and traffic engineers everywhere, and she also reminds us that the fight for a better city isn't over.
- Fighting Food Waste with Paper and Spice
At a moment when most of us look to Silicon Valley for the next highly sophisticated technological breakthrough that will change the world, it's increasingly unusual to interview an inventor and designer whose creation neither beeps nor shines.
- Wealth and Resource Consumption of Megacities
How can megacities address global environmental challenges? A new study shows how ultra-dense city planning can be part of the solution.
- China's Disruptors: How Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, and Other Companies are Changing the Rules of Business
Entrepreneurs emerging from China are redefining the nature of business—not just in China, but everywhere in the world. The new millionaires and billionaires are determined to ride that wave of growth and see how they can shape it to serve their own ends.
- Technology and Finance: Darwinism or Symbiosis?
An open innovative mindset on the part of both banks and non-banks alike will be key to modernize the infrastructure of banking.
- What Makes a City Great? It's not the Liveability but the Loveability
A conversation about cities, suburbs, and the consequences of exporting the "Western" city model to the world with Ethan Kent, senior vice president of Project for Public Spaces.
- The Smartification of Humanitarian Response
The "data revolution" is underway, ushering a smart era of humanitarian and development work.
- Shakespeare on the Shop Floor
A pioneering organization is using literature to enable other sorts of conversations at the workplace—the types of conversations that successful companies need to have.
- Bye, Doctor, Hi, "Cloud"
A team of entrepreneurs based in San Francisco is turning the out-of-date diagnostic industry upside down.
- Let’s All Slow Down . . . Time to Prioritize People over Cars on our City Streets
New research supports the need for North American cities to really shift towards "slower" modes like walking and cycling.
- How We Think: Reflections on Thought in The Digital Age
On why now I do not have Wi-Fi in my apartment and relegate the first portion of my day to undisrupted and immersive activities such as writing, research or sketching at home.
- "I like to make things that do not have a like or download button"
This Dutch designer is transforming the way cities and urban landscapes work and feel. Glowing trees and smart roads are just two of his revolutionary ideas.
- Civic Engagement: One Simple Solution to Youth Disconnection
New research points the way to targeting volunteer and other civic engagement opportunities for youth who are most in danger of falling through the cracks.
- "Soy is a Huge Cloud Over All Agriculture"
Kathryn Redford has a mission: revolutionize the meat industry. How? By using insects in animal feed, instead of soy or corn.
- Beyond Business as Usual
Conducting business as usual is no longer good enough. Instead of finding ways to use society and the environment to be successful, companies must contribute to society and the environment in order to sustain success.
- Of Moonshots and Slingshots
Only if policy people and technologists work together better will we change the world in ways that are congruent with our most critical human needs and planetary risks.
- Now They're Cooking: SolSource Harnesses the Himalayan Sun
With a solar cooker designed through community consultation, two young innovators are delivering clean energy to remote mountain villages, as well as your backyard BBQ.
- India's National Green Tribunal: An Environmental Justice Experiment
India's National Green Tribunal provides the country with a more accountable legal mechanism to protect the environment and those whose livelihoods depend on it.
- The 'Copter Will See You Now
As countries develop policies for civilian and commercial drones, it is important to apply ethical standards that are permissive of innovation.