Designing Cradle to Cradle

I was reading the One Red Paper Clip blog last night and came across a very inspiring video of a presentation about design, taking into account “All children, all species, for all time.” The note to readers on One Red Paperclip read:

Dear all citizens of planet Earth. I think you should watch this movie:

*You can watch the video is full-screen by clicking the rightmost icon above “VideoEgg” or you can see it at its original source.

The presenter is William McDonough (bio), an architect and designer. The message is that we need to focus on sustainability – and it appears that he’s walking the walk. His book is called “Cradle to Cradle“. From McDonough’s website:

“I believe we can accomplish great and profitable things within a new conceptual framework—one that values our legacy, honors diversity, and feeds ecosystems and societies . . . It is time for designs that are creative, abundant, prosperous, and intelligent from the start.”

I’ve been reading The Upside of Down the last few weeks, and regularly watch/read info related to the environment, business, and people. Sometimes it really feels like we’ve got our heads in the sand… This video is refreshing and made me feel hopeful that somewhere out there people are working to design a better future for all of us. Watch the presentation and share it with your friends!

My First Barcamp (Vancouver)

Barcamp Vancouver 2007 LogoI’m attending Barcamp in Vancouver this weekend. I was one of the lucky 120 who got in before all the spots were filled -last I heard the wait list is 70+ people.

Barcamp Vancouver is happening at Workspace, which I’ve never had the chance to visit before. Since Workspace opened I’ve been meaning to get down there and check it out…but time’s been rather short this year, so Barcamp’s a great excuse to check out Workspace. I’m hoping they’re serving their legendary coffee this weekend.

The last conference I attended was Northern Voice, where I got to meet a bunch of people from the local tech/blog world. Working for myself, I don’t often get the opportunity to mingle with people who do the same kind of work that I do, so weekends like this are always fun. I’m really looking forward to it.

Check out Tell Ten Friends or Megan Cole for more info about Barcamp Vancouver. Kris Krug‘s also hosting another Photowalk on Friday night, which looks like fun.