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I send out a weekly letter with various ideas, updates and resources. People seem to like it. You can sign up here:

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I’m looking for a few smart people to join me in a prototype workshop.

I'm offering a unique, one-month workshop on foresight and strategy for worldchanging success. It’s unlike anything I’ve offered before, and designed to be affordable to a wide range of professionals. I’ve described the workshop in more depth below. I’m thrilled to be doing this, and looking for a small group of great people to work with.

You might know someone who’s at a point in their career where this kind of exploration could lead to breakthroughs and inspiration. If so, please pass on this invitation: http://www.alexsteffen.com/workshops

Thanks, sincerely
Alex

PS: If you wouldn’t mind helping to spread the word on Twitter as well, I’d love a retweet of this announcement:
https://twitter.com/AlexSteffen/status/558001577105956864
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Very little about the crisis we face is manageable within a framework of discrete "issues" addressed partially and incrementally. Since our public debate addresses essentially all problems (whatever their scope or scale) as issues and lauds partial, incremental solutions, we have a bit of a problem.
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All emissions targets should now be stated not as percentages, but as total budgets: E.g., "We will emit no more than 93 MT CO2 over the next 50 years." (Or, better yet, "We will emit no more than 93 MT CO2, ever.")

Metric tonnes C02, and other greenhouse gasses measured by the amount of CO2 a comparable warming effect would have (CO2e): Hard to BS that.

"If it's not a carbon budget, it's not a real climate target." That should be a thing.
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The idea that realism & imagination are opposites undergirds our inability to cope with the planetary crisis we now face.
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I have a piece today in the new Guardian Cities.

"On a planet of cities, affordability is social justice. The hardships rising rents cause low-income people – the strained budgets, the overcrowding, the increased risk of homelessness and the pushing out of the urban poor into suburbs where their time and money is further taxed by longer commutes and more expensive transportation – undermine hardworking people's prospects and worsen income inequality, with serious consequences for all of us.

"To make housing affordable again, we need to catch up to decades-worth of unmet demand, over the next few years. In many cities, this means goals measured in the tens of thousands of new homes; in the fastest-growing cities, it means hundreds of thousands. Build enough housing and (economists and experience both tell us) prices should at least stabilise. Want social justice? Build a lot more housing."

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/feb/10/unaffordable-cities-global-scandal-housing-lack …
A basic lack of homes is taking a terrible urban toll – affordability is social justice. Our only choice is to build, build, build Your views: have soaring city property prices affected your life?
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I really enjoyed doing this interview with Boom magazine:

"I believe that we are in the process of reclaiming our kinship to the future. I mean that in the most literal sense. The people who are going to be alive in the near future and in the distant future are us. They’re our descendants. They’re the people we love and their descendants. The future isn’t some make-believe land where weird things happen. That is a very strange conception of how time actually works and has far more to do with marketing things than it does with actual human experience. In 2115, a whole lot of people, who are the children of people now alive, will still be alive. So we’re not talking about a distant them. And I think that’s really important to recognize, because there’s a tendency to believe that because the future is some distant, crazy place, we can leave the future to the future. In fact, there’s a very explicit ideology about not trying to fix our problems now, but wait until nanotechnology, or intelligent robots, or visitors from Mars, or whatever the hell comes along and fixes it for us."

http://www.boomcalifornia.com/2015/03/the-boom-interview-alex-steffen/
From Boom Spring 2015, Vol 5, No 1. Editor's Note: Alex Steffen is a futurist and a self-described optimist. A native Californian, Steffen is keen on the future of the Golden State. So much so that he moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area from Seattle after taking futurism by storm with his ...
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I've launched a new weekly email letter. It's about planetary futurism, sustainability, cities, books, the best random stuff I read on the Net, things I’m obsessing over and projects I’m working on. If you're interested you can sign up here:

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2015, I have a good feeling about you.
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Urban planning can be a means for tackling massive problems at the city scale; we've let it degenerate into arguments over parking spaces.
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"The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists reported Tuesday, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions, heat waves becoming more common and more severe, wildfires growing worse, and forests dying under assault from heat-loving insects.

Such sweeping changes have been caused by an average warming of less than 2 degrees Fahrenheit over most land areas of the country in the past century, the scientists found. If greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane continue to escalate at a rapid pace, they said, the warming could conceivably exceed 10 degrees by the end of this century.

“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” the scientists declared in a major new report assessing the situation in the United States. ...

The report, the National Climate Assessment, was prepared by a large scientific panel overseen by the government, and received final approval at a meeting Tuesday morning in Washington. The report was unveiled at the White House, and President Obama planned to spend part of the day highlighting the findings in interviews with television weather forecasters around the country.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/07/science/earth/climate-change-report.html?hp&_r=0&pagewanted=all
Declaring that the issue of human-induced climate change had “moved firmly into the present,” a major study found that water shortages, torrential rains, heat waves and wildfires were worsening.
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I am a writer, public speaker and planetary futurist. I like to think about how we can live well and be good ancestors.

I was executive editor of Worldchanging.com after co-founding the organization in 2003 until it closed at the end of 2010. I also edited two editions of Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century.

Now, I am at work on several projects, including Carbon Zero (which looks at climate-neutral cities as an imminent reality) and a book/film/online project about the future of the future.

I sometimes blog at http://www.alexsteffen.com/
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