Exploring Earth Systems

On Tuesday, May 9, the Norway House will host a moderated discussion on Exploring Earth Systems: the Geoversiv Approach to Smart Future-Building, with Don Shelby and Joseph Robertson. The event will be held in the Norway House gallery, where explorer David Thoreson’s brilliant, moving photography exhibit ‘Over the Horizon’ is currently on display. RSVP at…

Non-Partisan Citizen Empowerment is Working

Originally published April 28, 2017, by ICLEI USA Throughout the 21st century, cities are likely to be more and more the engines of design that determine how we live and whether our way of making a living in the world is sustainable. Every society everywhere grapples with questions of how much decision-making authority should be…

La poética planetaria

Estamos en el umbral de un futuro orgánico-generativo, en el que administrar la ecología integral es un principio vital Lo que llamamos “mundo” es algo que vamos inventando con nuestros deseos y exploraciones, códigos y peleas, cartografías y accidentes. Todo ocurre según límites y prescripciones que no siempre vemos venir delante. El misterio de cada…

Diplomacy is Capability

Diplomacy is often referred to as “soft power”. That framing is more a measure of diplomatic prowess than a result of the simple fact of having diplomats. Bad diplomacy may, in fact, reduce the amount of overall influence a nation has. Soft power is not a given; it is a complex, high-stakes endeavor, and necessary…

The Presidency is Non-Linear

We live in a world defined by complexity. Much of what we are able to achieve in our day to day lives, which would have seemed magical just two generations ago, is the result of endless entanglement with people living and working and dreaming elsewhere. Technology and communication as we now know them require inputs…

UNFCCC Stakeholder Participation Reform Proposal

Submission from Citizens’ Climate Education on ways to enhance participation of non-Party stakeholders in the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. This proposal is built around the same core structure as our submission made 21 May 2016, at request of the Secretariat, for inclusion in the Facilitator’s Report on the…

Science is a National Security Imperative

Sound science and the free flow of facts are a national security imperative. Without genuine investigation, a willingness to discover evidence, and ways to ensure that reliable, useful, accurate information is moving freely, everyone is less able to know which choices will have which ramifications, and so everyone is less able to make informed choices…

Climate Solvency: Human Rights as Drivers of Future Thriving

The following essay is based on my intervention at the CNDH Maroc Special Event on Human Rights and Climate Change, held on 6 November 2016, in Marrakech.  Climate disruption itself is a human rights issue. The state of our climate system is a lens through which to read progress on human rights at all levels, in…

4 Ways to Accelerate Carbon Pricing

In Marrakech, the work of implementing the Paris Agreement moved forward in important ways. The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition and the World Bank are supporting a new High-Level Economic Commission chaired by Lord Nicholas Stern and by Nobel Economics Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. The commission will study critical questions relating to innovation and deployment of optimal carbon…

Climate, Peace & Security Knowledge Graph

The Peace Synapse graph: Thinking through climate, peace and security connections in the real world This stunning image is actually a map of knowledge connections, between people, institutions, climate change impacts, and related response scenarios. It is a global knowledge graph (GKG) of climate, peace and security connections, running from January 2009 through 2016. Because…

Playing with Dragons

Why we choose the burden of outdated power structures The modern age opened with the advent of modern science and a deliberative effort to demonstrate truth with examination of evidence. Modern democratic processes emerged from this break with feudal history. Today, we are living in post-modern times—the period after modern breakthroughs became the general foundation…

The Poet’s Duty

by Pablo Neruda To whomever hears not the crashing of waves this Friday morning who being locked in a home or office factory or coal mine or side street romance or dry prison cell: to them unspeaking and blind the poet attends opening the door that has shut them in where endlessness can be heard…