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Small Acts

The Chinese philosopher Lao-Tse is quoted as saying ‘Accomplish the great task by a series of small acts’

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Technology is revolutionising participatory planning – what will you do?

Technology is revolutionising the opportunities for and depth of participatory design and planning – here are three software solutions you should know about. Participatory design is gaining traction around the world, it started off as co-operative design and has some origins in Human Centered Design as well. The basics of participatory design are that the […]

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Does sustainability need rational or irrational people?

He isn’t quite my name sake but Oscar Wilde once said “the rational man looks at the world as it is and adapts himself to it. The irrational man looks at the world and adapts it to him self. Therefore all change depends on the irrational man.” A good place to start would be teaching […]

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Environmental impact of synthetic meat and cricket flour

From the votes in so far, over 50% of voters would chose cricket flour over synthetic meat or being vegetarian. But what about the environmental impact? Well, not surprisingly synthetic meat has lower carbon emissions – synthetic cows don’t fart or poo! It has less land grab – synthetic cows don’t need to eat grass, […]

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Don’t create a ‘sustainable brand’, create a sustainable company

I love Fast Companies Co-Exist website, it’s awesome. But I am struggling with a recent article, particularly in light of reading “Is sustainability still possible?” and my recent posts on the matter. The title of the article was “10 Qualities That You Need To Create A Sustainable Brand” the article was wonderfully written and I […]

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Is Sustainability still Sustainable? – State of the World 2013 Report

Discovered this book at the weekend on Kindle Cloud – the title intrigued me as it is common with a lot of thoughts of my own at the moment. The first sentence of the first paragraph of chapter 1 really resonates with a lot of conversations that are happening in the property industry in Australia […]

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There is hope in our children

I brought the kids a DVD at the weekend and as we were on our way home my eldest daughter turned around to me and said “Dad, why is this wrapped in plastic when it already has a plastic cover, why does it need two covers?”. After being amazed at her observation, I said “I […]

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