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Dear readers, Thanks for stopping by People and Place. It's now been more than a year since I last posted here. I stopped blogging in spring 2011 to spend more time on my Ecotrust day-job, particularly...

The Commons as an Engine for Innovation

This evening, I’d like to get innovative about how we think about innovation itself.  The corporate cliché is to “think outside the box.”  That is such an inside-the-box way of thinking!  I say let’s...

The Porter Hypothesis and Regional Innovation Clusters

Environmental regulation can enhance innovation and competitiveness. This is the essence of the so-called Porter Hypothesis, developed byMichael Porter, head of the Institute for Strategy and Competitivenessat Harvard University. I find in Porter's words a...

Valerie Brown: Wicked Problems and Transdisciplinarity

Science-as-usual will not solve complex problems. This is the starting point for Tackling Wicked Problems: Through the Transdisciplinary Imagination, edited by Valerie Brown, John Harris and Jacqueline Russell. The idea that problems might be "wicked"...

Peeling the Onion of Resilience Thinking

Among recent books to popularize the idea of resilience, Thomas Homer-Dixon’s The Ingenuity Gap (2000) and The Upside of Down(2006) are on my short list of favorites. A centerpiece of Upside of Down is the...

Reading and Remembering Jonathan Rowe

In the handful of times I met Jonathan Rowe, I sensed a rare combination of outrage and mindfulness. Jon's passion was that elusive thing called community: the story of human relationships, the value of mutual...

Daly and Farley: Six General Policy Design Principles

A touchstone from the textbook by economists Herman Daly and Joshua Farley, Ecological Economics: Principles And Applications, is its list of six general principles for policy design. I've shortened, without ellipses, the elaborations of...

Rosemary Randall: Climate Change and Loss

The tensions between competing climate change narratives – science and economics – are discussed in a recent Grist post by David Roberts: "Smackdown: climate science vs. climate economics." Climate science describes numerous harmful scenarios emerging...

Fair Sharing of Our Common Heritage

What does it mean to say that the environment is our “common heritage”? On one level this is a simple statement of fact: when we are born, we come into a world that is...

Boulding’s Spaceship Earth

The image that man has of himself and his environment is in a process of transition. Primitive men, and to a large extent also men of the early civilizations, imagined themselves to be living on...