Trust is the underlying bond that binds individuals to individuals, individuals to institutions, and institutions to society. The future of humanity then is very much tied to your actions, behaviors, and impact.
Innovation is iterative. Sometimes change requires interns with fresh perspective. Sometimes it requires people with long-term industry knowledge who understand the parameters of the box we need to think our way out of. Sometimes it requires both.
I am happiest -- and, I've found, I do my best writing -- when surrounded by greenery. As I type this now, my desk is fringed with a little Peruvian apple cactus, a spider plant, a milk cactus and a big, hardy jade plant.
Deceptive "green washing" claims aside, this is a business trend that is unequivocally good: it's good for the environment, it's good for the consumer, and there is a growing consensus that it's good for business.
The world is currently on track to heat up the climate by six degrees, which would cause huge losses to the global economy. In order to avoid this, significant investments in low-carbon technologies are needed. But where should the cash come from?
Today's parking facilities are no longer the antithesis of environmental responsibility. In fact, the International Parking Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the Green Parking Council, are working to not only turn them into spaces that contribute to the environment, but also the aesthetic of the world.
Over the last decade, Colorado has emerged to boast one of the most aggressive clean energy standards in the United States -- something that began under the administration of former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr.
As the seasons change and customers again flock to the salons, both consumers and workers alike can be a little more at ease, knowing that safety and health in New York City's nail salons is a priority.
It's early November, and I sit perched on the edge of a remote Adirondack lake. The afternoon sinks into evening much like it has for weeks, but faster, a sobering reminder that the crisp autumn air will soon give way to the bite of winter.
He made the time he had left profoundly meaningful in the way he chose to say goodbye by using his death and plans for an eco-burial to save a wooded area scheduled to be cut down for a cemetery.
The greatest fear of disconnection with nature, and the widest response thus far, seems to be for children. At some point, society separates our young people from the natural world, reinforcing a doctrine that has been evolving for hundreds of years.
Shark week got me thinking... Do you really care about the ocean? What's beyond the shoreline may never cross your mind. Could an ocean country change that?
The edible container is not a new concept according to research groups around the world. The pharmaceutical industries have used gelatinous packaging for decades reducing waste and adding consumer convenience and value.
Let your children grow up to be farmers. Let them know what it is like to be free from fluorescent lights and laser pointer meetings. Let them challenge themselves to be forever resourceful and endlessly clever.
Based on long experience and training, my first thought is not a manmade or natural disaster, but a homegrown "school-made disaster" - a school environmental problem affecting children's health.
What we need to do now is go further... to imagine, and then create, a world without war. With the hideous death-toll in Gaza, the chaos in Syria and Ukraine, the turmoil in Libya, that might seem a long way from the reality of 2014. But the important first step is to say "this is possible", and then to start to plan the actions needed to bring a peaceful world into being.