In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Michael Pollen
What to eat, what not to eat, and how to think about health: a manifesto for our times. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, the well-considered answers he provides to the questions posed in the bestselling The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

The Future of Life

The Future of Life

Edward O. Wilson Knopf; 1 edition (January 8, 2002) Amazon.com Book Description: From one of the world’s most influential scientists (and two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author) comes his most timely and important book yet: an impassioned call for quick and decisive action to save Earth’s biological heritage, and a plan to achieve that rescue. Today we [...]

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins
In this groundbreaking blueprint for a new economy, three leading business visionaries explain how the world is on the verge of a new industrial revolution. Natural Capitalism describes a future in which business and environmental interests […]

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Bill McKibben
Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we’ve waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already […]

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

by Donella H. Meadows
In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth–the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet– Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of [...]


Technology & Humanity

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Janine McGonigal
There is an undeniable power in games for harnessing the best attributes of humanity – and a great potential in directing those attributes towards improving the quality of our work, our lives, and our environment.

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Climate Change

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Bill McKibben
Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we’ve waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already […]

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Biology & Ecology

The Future of Life

The Future of Life

Edward O. Wilson Knopf; 1 edition (January 8, 2002) Amazon.com Book Description: From one of the world’s most influential scientists (and two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author) comes his most timely and important book yet: an impassioned call for quick and decisive action to save Earth’s biological heritage, and a plan to achieve that rescue. Today we [...]

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Culture & Society

A Short History of Progress

A Short History of Progress

Ronald Wright
Each time history repeats itself, the cost goes up. The twentieth century—a time of unprecedented progress—has produced a tremendous strain on the very elements that comprise life itself: This raises the key question of the twenty-first century: How much longer can this go on?

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Recent Articles

A Critical Review – “Clock of the Long Now” by Stewart Brand

A Critical Review – “Clock of the Long Now” by Stewart Brand

Now is shorter; soon comes swifter; and the past marches closer to the present. This is the theme of Stewart Brand’s manifesto “Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility, the Ideas Behind the World’s Slowest Computer”. He brilliantly makes the case that the human perception of time has become excruciatingly limited and focused, and [...]

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Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Janine McGonigal
There is an undeniable power in games for harnessing the best attributes of humanity – and a great potential in directing those attributes towards improving the quality of our work, our lives, and our environment.

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Waste Land

Waste Land

What happens in the world’s largest trash city will transform you.

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A Short History of Progress

A Short History of Progress

Ronald Wright
Each time history repeats itself, the cost goes up. The twentieth century—a time of unprecedented progress—has produced a tremendous strain on the very elements that comprise life itself: This raises the key question of the twenty-first century: How much longer can this go on?

read more

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Michael Pollen
What to eat, what not to eat, and how to think about health: a manifesto for our times. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, the well-considered answers he provides to the questions posed in the bestselling The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

read more

The Future of Life

The Future of Life

Edward O. Wilson Knopf; 1 edition (January 8, 2002) Amazon.com Book Description: From one of the world’s most influential scientists (and two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author) comes his most timely and important book yet: an impassioned call for quick and decisive action to save Earth’s biological heritage, and a plan to achieve that rescue. Today we [...]

read more

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins
In this groundbreaking blueprint for a new economy, three leading business visionaries explain how the world is on the verge of a new industrial revolution. Natural Capitalism describes a future in which business and environmental interests […]

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IBM’s new Neurosynaptic Chips – Technology Inspired by the Brain

IBM’s new Neurosynaptic Chips – Technology Inspired by the Brain

Called cognitive computers, systems built with these chips won’t be programmed the same way traditional computers are today. Rather, cognitive computers are expected to learn through experiences, find correlations, create hypotheses, and remember – and learn from – the outcomes, mimicking the brains structural and synaptic plasticity.

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Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Bill McKibben
Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we’ve waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already […]

read more

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

by Donella H. Meadows
In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth–the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet– Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of [...]

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Gasland

Gasland

A shocking, riveting, and incredibly important film that thousands of Americans can personally identify, with as the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history sweeps across the United States, leaving more and more innocent citizens to suffer the health and financial consequences in its wake.

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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That’s a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.

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Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World

Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World

As we emerge from the recession, a generation is searching for practical answers about how to succeed and make positive change in the world. With real-life success stories and practical advice and exercises, Making Good outlines how to find opportunities to effect change and make money.

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Jaw-Dropping: James Balog’s Time-lapse Proof of Extreme Ice Loss

Jaw-Dropping: James Balog’s Time-lapse Proof of Extreme Ice Loss

This is one of the most vivid and stunning displays of climate change produced by TED, where the images do all the talking. Watch a series of time-lapse images captured by a photographer displaying alarmingly accelerating glacial decay, from monumental glaciers all around the world.

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Zygmunt Bauman: Sobre benefícios e malefícios do Facebook.

Zygmunt Bauman: Sobre benefícios e malefícios do Facebook.

World-renowned Polish sociologist Sygmunt Bauman, one of the most significant global social thinkers of our age, reveals some startling and incredibly revealing thoughts on the dramatic evolution of the concept of “friends” as brought about by Facebook and social networks.

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