Insights //

Our thoughts about things that interest, inspire, and motivate us.

Design //

  • X-Mas Insight Special: Design Thinking at UN Biodiversity COP13 Conference in Cancun, Mexico

    Decem­ber 23, 2016

    X-Mas Insight Spe­cial: Design Think­ing at UN Bio­di­ver­si­ty COP13 Con­fer­ence in Can­cun, Mex­i­co

    Main­stream­ing Bio­di­ver­si­ty through Design The Unit­ed Nations COP13 Bio­di­ver­si­ty Con­fer­ence con­clud­ed last week on Decem­ber 17, 2016 in Can­cun, Mex­i­co. For 10 days offi­cial del­e­gates as well as sev­er­al oth­er bio­di­ver­si­ty experts and prac­ti­tion­ers gath­ered to share ideas and dis­cuss the inter­na­tion­al Con­ven­tion text that would pave the way for Main­stream­ing Bio­di­ver­si­ty. DE was in atten­dance and …

  • International Contemporary Furniture Fair - The Avant Garde goes Green

    May 20, 2011

    Inter­na­tion­al Con­tem­po­rary Fur­ni­ture Fair — The Avant Garde goes Green

    Con­tem­po­rary art and design is often thought of as removed from our dai­ly exis­tence. Its mean­ing or func­tion can be dif­fi­cult to grasp in prac­ti­cal terms. Fur­ni­ture is no excep­tion. Design­ers and artists use dif­fer­ent mate­ri­als, struc­tures and treat­ments to push the lim­its of expres­sion and inno­va­tion. The divide between nature and human­i­ty can be ampli­fied in …

Environment //

  • Dealing with Disruption and Resource Pressure - Ecosystem Service Valuation in Todos Santos

    Octo­ber 28, 2016

    Deal­ing with Dis­rup­tion and Resource Pres­sure — Ecosys­tem Ser­vice Val­u­a­tion in Todos San­tos

    Authors: Melin­da Fel­so, David Oswald The news we get of Mex­i­co is often wrought with sto­ries of car­tels, vio­lence, and cor­rup­tion, how­ev­er, there is a vast array of nat­ur­al won­ders in this remark­able coun­try that are just start­ing to be rec­og­nized for their true eco­nom­ic val­ue. These nat­ur­al resources can be viewed as ‘ecosys­tem ser­vices’ which are …

  • Climate Change Adaptation in Guyana and Suriname - Responding to Risks with GIS

    Octo­ber 12, 2016

    Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion in Guyana and Suri­name — Respond­ing to Risks with GIS

    The DE team has direct expo­sure to the real impli­ca­tions of cli­mat­ic change and vari­abil­i­ty in our work in the Caribbean and the result­ing prob­lems we see are wide-rang­ing and in many cas­es extreme­ly dis­rup­tive. Over the past six months we have been work­ing with IICA (Inter-Amer­i­­can Insti­tute for Coop­er­a­tion on Agri­cul­ture) con­duct­ing work­shops on how …

Inspire //

  • Be a 21st Century Business Leader, Be a B Corp

    Feb­ru­ary 14, 2017

    Be a 21st Cen­tu­ry Busi­ness Leader, Be a B Corp

    Authors: Melin­da Fel­so, David Nicholas Oswald Busi­ness lead­ers of all sorts are faced with the same ques­tion today: can I run a finan­cial­ly suc­cess­ful busi­ness but also real­ize suc­cess in terms of pos­i­tive social and envi­ron­men­tal out­comes? The answer to this is an emphat­ic YES. The B Corp mod­el is one such way that com­pa­nies are show­ing that …

  • Lufa Farms - Rooftop Urban Food Systems, a Key to Healthy Cities of the Future

    August 15, 2014

    Lufa Farms — Rooftop Urban Food Sys­tems, a Key to Healthy Cities of the Future

    While urban rooftop farm­ing is a grow­ing trend around the world, Montreal’s own Lufa Farms are push­ing the bar high­er. Their flag­ship hydro­pon­ic farm, built on top of an old indus­tri­al build­ing in the north of Mon­tre­al, shows that urban farm­ing is pos­si­ble on a large scale, that it is both sus­tain­able and com­mer­cial, that …

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