I'm Jeff Trexler, Wilson Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Pace University, where I study law and personal identity. It's good to be here at JustMeans. Uncivil Society is a blog I maintain about values, design and corporate identity, with a particular focus on social enterprise. The Blingdom of God is where I write about spirituality and material culture....
- Todd Stern
- Carbon for Water
- Angela Merkel
- 2012 Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations
- General Motors
- early stage funding
- Western Canadian Cryospheric Network (WC2N)
- Citi Foundation
- MoRE World
- sustainable fuel
- village savings and loan associations
- German Institute for Economic Research
- UN Conference on Sustainable Development
Sustainability and the Industrial Revolution
As TriplePundit notes, the opening day of Socap09 produced this observation:
1. The sustainability revolution is not on par with the dot com bubble, but rather on par with the industrial revolution. This will be great retrofit of our lives Everything we've ever created was created wrong. We need those all those crazy ideas. ~ Steve Newcomb, Virgance, The Future of Social Innovation on the Web
Not saying that I agree or disagree with this--what Newcomb's statement did was get me thinking about what was makes sustainability feel substantially different.
Namely, organizational technology.
The Industrial Revolution had it in abundance. Mechanized production decreased costs and maximized output. You could literally point to the engines that were changing the world; even a century and a half later, we can read the critique of, say, Marx and Engels, and their target remains in our sight.
Sustainability is more slippery. It's an idea, a goal, an ethic--yet its means of production are not so clear, let alone standardized. Sustainability is also in many ways not that energizing in ways that capture the human imagination--watering your plants with grey water is a far cry from the roaring engines that transformed the landscape while giving the masses power, new jobs and cheap goods.
Sustainability may get to the point of being a new Industrial Revolution. Not denying that at all. However, as of now it still needs something more.