A lot of people are uncomfortable with the term Engineering, and that’s understandable, we’ve spent a lot of time pouring concrete where it wasn’t wanted…but the kind of engineering we’re talking about, this working with natural processes – if water is flowing too fast, slow it down, if you can slow it down then other […]
When you join particular places with people with vision and energy you can create all sorts of interesting places and fascinating opportunities.
An educational activist…encouraging other people to find out how they can best act in the world.
Giving students a holistic view – how we’re both interdependent and integrated is essential both for their futures and their ability to positively impact the world.
There’s a strong technical solution bias – ICT is the new technical fix that will allow us to not change our lifestyles in order to achieve sustainability – and of course that’s hard to say no to, it’s very tempting to believe in such a narrative.
That other form of development is what I’ve been looking at in the Andes in the context of what they call buen vivir or good living – which isn’t always about accumulation and excess.
There will be conflict, so we need people to recognise those different values.
The real challenge, no matter what scale you are taking action, is to be aware and responsive to what’s going on at other scales.
There’s a real problem for sustainability when you start using all of the resources – you have no capacity if something goes wrong – because then if it goes wrong it goes very wrong.