From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. http://storyofstuff.org
Lead Material Scientist for Material ConneXion, Dr. Andrew Dent, shares valuable information on sustainability and materials.
Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens -- and the environment.
As a chemist working in a major office furniture company, Michael Werner has the assignment to analyze many of the materials used in their company's products. He shares with us the story behind the wide array of chemicals that we are exposed to through our daily contacts with everyday products. He shows us a better way to live in which products are designed for reuse and that the chemicals used to make them take into account their impact on the ecosystem are part of the design consideration. He describes a world in which our design moves from an economic system to an ecological one in a circular economy.
Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account "all children, all species, for all time."
Jared Diamond articulately spelled out how his best-selling book, COLLAPSE, took shape.
At first it was going to be a book of 18 chapters chronicling 18 collapses of once-powerful societies--- the Mayans with the most advanced culture in the Americas, the Anasazi who built six-story skyscrapers at Chaco, the Norse who occupied Greenland for 500 years. But he wanted to contrast those with success stories like Tokugawa-era Japan, which wholly reversed its lethal deforestation, and Iceland, which learned to finesse a highly fragile and subtle environment...
In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhood suffer most from flawed urban policy.
Using Nature's Genius in Architecture