One of the sources I use to stay abreast of major trends shaping our world is MIT’s “Technology Review,” a free daily newsletter that reports new findings and plans in the world of technology. An increasing percentage of what they report concerns virtual reality – VR – and artificial intelligence – AI.  I was curious about how those technologies would impact us, as humans, as well as our relationship to the environment around us.

The findings aren’t pretty.

Here are some thoughts coming largely from “D”, an incredibly insightful non-physical entity that my wife has been channeling for almost ten years.… Keep reading


When I began developing the Garden Atriums Sustainable Community, the dimensions (or aspects) of sustainability that I sought to address were all on the physical side of things … heating, cooling, power, water, air quality, etc. Then I had a “rude awakening”:  People who bought the houses didn’t buy because they were Net Zero in all those aspects.  They bought because they thought the homes were beautiful.

I kill myself to learn to create environments that are totally sustainable, and they buy because “they’re pretty”?… Keep reading

Non-Zero-Sum Living

Non-Zero-Sum Living is the

only way to save life on Earth


Stuart W. Rose, Ph.D.


I recently took a class that linked philosophy with movies. Given my interests in sustainability, my term paper wove movies with sustainability.

Zero-Sum situations are those which – as they say in “The Highlander” – are epitomized by the phrase, “There can be only one.” A gain for one person means a simultaneous and equal loss for another, so the sum is zero.  Sporting venues, elections, product manufacturers, romantic pursuits, spelling bees – contests of any kind – all carry with them great intrigue. … Keep reading

Remaking Schools

I believe the higher our level of education, the better our potential quality-of-life. In education, as in many realms, waves of a “better approach” tend to come and go.  While my doctorate is in what’s known as “organization development,” it was housed in a college of education, so I had to take several courses in education to satisfy requirements.  I became familiar with schools such as Summerhill, Waldorf or Montessori, and systems such as “contract learning.”  It’s a long blog, but here’s some 21st century thinking.… Keep reading

Giving Up

Here’s a “big picture” perspective about the major trend in which we live. I’ll add comments afterwards about how this trend impacts sustainability.

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Have Americans Given Up?

A new book by Tyler Cowen argues that when it comes

to innovation and dynamism, the country is all talk.


Rick Wilking


Americans have fallen in love with the idea of their entrepreneurial spirit. Silicon Valley seems to have replaced New York City as the country’s metropolitan mascot of dynamism.… Keep reading