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Our blog is a library of resources and ideas found by us or shared with us by our friends and client network. It’s a collection of articles, radio stories, infographics and videos that relate to our work and broaden our thinking: our favorite content from the internet and beyond. Original commentary gives insight into our process and poses questions about the world inside and outside of the studio.


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The Devil’s Slide Tunnel opened this morning in time for commuters traveling between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay. For those on feet, hooves or bikes, the former path of Scenic Route 1 will be transformed into a trail with breathtaking views of soaring cliffs with crashing surf below. Please mind the edge! “After the tunnel […]

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MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory is tracking trash! Using some well-placed sensors and tags, you can watch the trajectory of various common items of refuse. You never knew how exciting their afterlife could be, or how long.

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By Janet Paskin Ode Magazine, May 2009 Not only in Africa, but in North and South America and Europe, “social stock exchanges” are launching to connect donors and investors with non-profits and businesses with a social mission, in the same way traditional markets present businesses and products to investors. Learn more about how the language […]

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By Sandra Steingraber Orion Magazine, May/June 2009 Imagine ecological equivalents to the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P that reported to us every day—in newspapers, on radio, on websites, on the crawl at the bottom of TV screens, on oversized tickers in Times Square—data about the various sectors of our ecological system and how they are faring. […]

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By Thomas L. Friedman New York Times Op-ed, March 7, 2009 Let’s today step out of the normal boundaries of analysis of our economic crisis and ask a radical question: What if the crisis of 2008 represents something much more fundamental than a deep recession? What if it’s telling us that the whole growth model […]

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By Justin Mullins Ode Magazine, September 2008 “If the best way to create the future is to invent it, we say the second-best way is to finance it.” Read about what Silicon Valley’s famed ability to create wealth out of technology innovations can do for the green energy industry and why their infusions of venture […]

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By Phil Catalfo Yoga Journal, May 2009 If unwelcome changes at work are stressing you out, try using them as an opportunity to discover the truth of who you really are. Maybe it’s time to ask the question again, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” …Or ask a different question altogether. […]

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Steve Inskeep talks with economist Dambisa Moyo Morning Edition, March 17, 2009 Steve Inskeep talks with Zambian-born economist Dambisa Moyo about her book Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa. Moyo has been a consultant for the World Bank and an economic sub-Saharan Africa specialist for […]

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By Michael Pollan New York Times Magazine, October 9, 2008 Dear Mr. President-Elect, It may surprise you to learn that among the issues that will occupy much of your time in the coming years is one you barely mentioned during the campaign: food…The health of a nation’s food system is a critical issue of national […]