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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.


Archive for December, 2009

By Heather Box, The Huffington Post, Dec. 21, 2009 …”When I heard Nisha, who has lost three friends to gun violence and is from a neighborhood where gun violence is not uncommon, articulate why green jobs were a key part to solving the climate crisis and the problems people are facing in the hood, I […]

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By Sam Grawe, DWELL , Dec. 2009 “If you travel a lot and pay attention to changes in the urban landscape, there is one obvious addition to almost every truly modern city: the bicycle. While bicycles have been present in some form on our streets since their invention, credit the French Vélib’ program for their […]

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By Eric Wicks, Design Mind on GOOD, Dec. 17th, 2009 Albert Einstein once said, “The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them…” and he was right. In the next century, our job as designers will be to evaluate accepted solutions through a different lens. […]

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From Christina Polcari: A sobering take with a hopeful ending. …Although I may dream it, I didn’t come to Copenhagen expecting some bold and valiant legally binding treaty. I try to be more of a realist. So maybe I’m naive because I did expect something more than what we got. The “deal” is a failure. […]

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By Elisabeth Rosenthal, The New York Times, December 15, 2009 The agreement for the program, [Reducing Emissions From Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD] if signed as expected, may turn out to be the most significant achievement to come out of the Copenhagen climate talks, providing a system through which countries can be paid for […]

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Climate Change Is Inevitable — It’s Time to Adapt By Spencer Reiss, WIRED, Nov. 9, 2009 In the apt jargon of industry, a hotter planet is already “baked in.”… Now here’s some good news: We can still come out OK. Because by one of those strokes of luck that seem to follow the most charmed […]

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Ode has published a special edition with solutions to global warming to inspire the UN Conference in Copenhagen. Too much talk is about doom and gloom, whereas global warming really presents an inspiring opportunity to clean up the planet and create millions of new jobs. That’s what this Ode “solutions we need now” issue is […]

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A letter from Heather Box, our correspondent on the ground in Copenhagen… Tuesday, December 15, 7:15 AM The League of Young Voters Education Fund is on the scene in Denmark! It was inspiring to fly all the way across the world last night only to disembark from the plane and see dozens of familiar faces […]

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It’s true that global agreements, national cap and trade plans, and sustainable community strategies are desperately needed if we are going to slow or halt climate change. It’s also true that, especially as citizens of rich democracies, we should be pushing our elected leaders to take real action on this issue. In the meantime, however, […]

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