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TEDxChange Berlin: The Big Picture

A looming, Berghainian former power station set the perfect scene for one of TEDx’s biggest events to date, as local and international guests and speakers entered awestruck to mutters of that familiar phrase: ‘only in Berlin’. Out back in the blogger lounge, the retro post-industrial vibe continued in a room that could have been a … Read more

FutureCityLab

Posted by Natalie in Projects - 27 January 2012 - (0 Comments)
FutureCityLab

An open-source project aiming for sustainable cities by 2050, this loose but dedicated network of professionals and experts focuses on the move towards locally sourced food production, new forms of energy harnessing, and building upon what is already there rather than  knocking down and starting over.  Inspirational stuff. I just joined them at http://ftrctlb.com/   … Read more

TEDx Berlin 2011: High Energy

Posted by Natalie in Events - 21 November 2011 - (1 Comments)
TEDx Berlin 2011: High Energy

An eclectic line-up of apparently unrelated topics came together beautifully today at TEDx Berlin, with themes curving in a topical arc through this thoughtfully curated event. Katherine Lucey, CEO of Solar Sister, ignited our imaginative kindling with a moving account of the power of electricity to change lives in rural Africa.  Her company provides people … Read more

The Meaning of Clean

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 21 April 2011 - (3 Comments)
The Meaning of Clean

I’ve just read that in a drive to boost sales, a bottled water company called Real Water have labelled tap water ‘damaged’ and are claiming that it is harmful to health.  It’s either overwhelmingly stupid or –having made the Guardian and probably a number of other blogs – a brilliant PR trick.  Whether it’s garbage … Read more

A Little Less Conversation

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 7 April 2011 - (0 Comments)
A Little Less Conversation

It seems that these days there is always something going on. Of course, there always has been, it’s just that now information exchange happens so efficiently we all know about it instantly. Even given this daily data deluge, we are currently seeing a global glut of particularly significant events. From Japan to Libya, the Ivory … Read more

Disagreeing with David

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 25 March 2011 - (0 Comments)
Disagreeing with David

As a passionate naturalist, Sir David Attenborough has been an inspiration to me for as long as I can remember. He’s probably one of the main reasons I’m an environmentalist at all. Is his address to the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)  Attenborough alludes to population growth as the … Read more

That Sinking Feeling

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 24 March 2011 - (0 Comments)
That Sinking Feeling

When a rogue website reported that a small Pacific state had legalised cocaine the country’s denial was resolute, but the truth reveals a more disturbing story. Yesterday I momentarily fell for what now seems like a ridiculously implausible hoax. A website called CBS published a story about how the Marshall Islands had legalised all substances … Read more

Off the Hook

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 7 March 2011 - (2 Comments)
Off the Hook

More and more people are beginning to come round to the idea that we need to undergo an oil detox.  Whether for economic or environmental reasons, it seems to be the only sensible path towards a sustainable future.  But what does it actually mean and how might it look? A few weeks ago I wrote … Read more

Towards Oil Independence

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 28 February 2011 - (0 Comments)
Towards Oil Independence

Black is the new brown Oil permeates every conceivable part of our lives. It has shaped our values, informed our decisions and improved our lifestyles beyond the point of no return. Even in the face of increasing destruction and the promise of ruin, the force of black gold has become too powerful and valuable to … Read more