- "We are Entering the Rare Metal Age"
David S. Abraham argues that as we move away from fossil fuels, the demand for the rare metals needed for green technology will increase. Understanding the political, economic,and environmental implications of these elements is at the heart of a sustainable future.
- From Lab to Table
"New Harvest" wants to kick-start a bio-economy of animal products made without animals. Some have already called this revolution "the next .com."
- 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.
- "The problems are so huge I can't be pessimistic"
A conversation with Cesar Harada, inventor, environmentalist, and entrepreneur, on oceans, the difficulties of founding a startup, and letting curiosity guide your learning.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A Dangerous Dance in Modern Iran
Any stirring of excitement about change in Iran needs to be tempered by the reality that change will never come from the current leadership.
- New Family Planning Technologies Expand Options for Women
New sexual and reproductive health innovations have the potential to revolutionize options for women by diversifying delivery forms, varying product duration, and targeting multiple health risks simultaneously.
- The Story of Maria's Libraries
Maria's Libraries is redefining what libraries can do for community development through a connected network of libraries across Kenya.
- 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.
- China's Ecological Pivot
The World Cultural Forum held this spring in Hangzhou witnessed what may be an epochal pivot by the Chinese leadership toward an ecological future.
- Using SMART Technology to Stop Wildlife Poachers
Several major wildlife organizations collaborated on a free, open-source Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool to help park rangers improve their anti-poaching patrols.
- Innovation to the Rescue: New Ideas and Tech for Helping Refugees
The UN refugee agency is adopting an innovation-centered approach in pursuit of better services, products, and outcomes for displaced populations.
- Exporting Expertise: Lessons from Brazil's Forest Success
It took a broad group of actors to reduce Brazilian deforestation by 75 percent in seven years. Now, their success can be emulated in other tropical countries.
- 3D Printing Can Unlock Development Potential
3D printing is the new frontier in manufacturing, with potentially radical effects on patterns of global trade and development.
- The Energy of Society: What's at Stake this Election
This election gives us a choice between two clearly different paths. Will we take the first halting steps toward developing a sustainable civilization, or will we stay the course with infinite-planet economics?
- Repairing the Shattered Sky
A new film looks at American leadership during the ozone crisis and compares it to the situation with global warming today. The clock is ticking for the United States to step up to the plate this time around.
- The Practice of Bioregionalism
Through local governance, appropriate technologies, and the occasional confederation for solving big problems, bioregionalism promotes human flourishing along with natural sustainability.