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Big League Enviros

With the start of the baseball season underway, The Wall Street Journal’s enviro blog (“Environmental Capital”) takes a look at what teams are preaching green this season, and no we don’t mean signing bonuses or debating natural versus fake turf. Rob Nuttig, the Mother Earth News publisher and owner of the Pittsburg Pirates, is one of the champions of a new, greener image. And, our own regional favorites—the World Champion Boston Red Sox—have even taken to public service announcements.
Baseball isn’t any different than the scores of other businesses that have suddenly discovered the virtues of environmental stewardship—with one huge difference. Lots of people actually watch, and care about, what happens in baseball. “Our other businesses have the scale. The Pirates aren’t as big, but they have the visibility,” said Mr. Nutting.
Read more of Keith Johnson’s report here, and find out how and why big league owners are seeing green.

Use Systems Thinking to Make Lasting Social Change

What can be done when our best intentions create unintended problems—such as temporary shelters increasing homelessness or food aid accelerating starvation?After decades of helping change-makers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors address tough social problems, systems-thinking expert David Stroh shares the pioneering framework that both demystifies systems thinking and shows how it can lead […] Read More..

Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start.Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes developed […] Read More..

Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More..

The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..
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