December 2015

Topple vs. restore

“In our world, we have enough power to topple our most important systems, but not the power to restore most of them…[but] there is still time to restore this well enough to aid fundamental changes in how our societies make decisions, and especially to start to better deal with the large potential systems disasters we […]

Trains go up, trains go down

This is awesome: use excess solar power to drive trains uphill, then let them drive back downhill to generate power when the sun goes down.

Peloton by Harold Braul

I love the Peloton Series by Harold Braul; dreamy and beautiful.

Investing in Omaha

In an age when all the attention is on rich Silicon Valley people designing things for each other, it’s interesting to read why the world’s most successful investor lives in Omaha, Nebraska: Buffett is known for investing in quality businesses that have fallen out of favor with the market, and he said being in Omaha […]

Tribal techniques for global issues

I love this–traditional South African negotiating techniques were used to get a climate deal in Paris (and Durban in 2011): An indaba is designed to allow every party to voice its opinion, but still arrive at a consensus quickly. It works because opinions and arguments can only be aired in a particular way: Instead of […]