Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Go green by getting lazy

From Worldchanging blogger Karl Shroeder:

"There is a secret to changing your behavior. The trick is not to trust your own willpower. Instead, arrange conditions outside yourself such that the desired new behaviour is always your laziest option."

The kids these days

Creative Commons founder Larry Lessig:

"We have to recognize that kids are different from us. We watch TV, they make TV. It is technology that has made them different." (As reported by Bruno Giussani on TED Blog.)

And the wisdom to know the difference

Joel Makower summaries this month's HBR and Atlantic cover stories on how companies can manage the risks and opportunities of climate change.

Virtual worlds meet Web 2.0

More on the increasing integration of immersive virtual worlds and Web 2.0 (3pointd).

Crescent moon from Earth's orbit

Check out this recent astronomy picture of the day, as blogged by Jamais Cascio at Open the Future.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Heading for Virtual Worlds

I'm busy packing for the Virtual Worlds 2007 conference in NYC. It should be an exciting two days.

I'm a bit behind in my blog scanning, but here are some nifty articles on virtual worlds and VR that caught my eye this week:

Harry Potter and the FSC-certified paper

Scholastic and the Rainforest Action Network announce that the 7th and final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be printed on 65% FSC-certified paper.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Millenials and viral marketing

Check out AdAge for this review of a UK teen road safety campaign that gets the message, the medium and the distribution all exactly right.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Markets vs. networks vs. communities

Umair Haque has been posting recently at Bubblegeneration about the differences between markets, networks, and communities as drivers of media/web 2.0 innovation. A nice distinction.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Clean Energy Trends 2007

Joel Makower and Clean Edge have released their free report on the most important clean energy trends for 2007, including the following top five:
  • the traction of carbon markets
  • the growth of closed-loop biorefineries
  • the promising growth of advanced batteries
  • Wal-Mart's unexpected clout as a clean-energy market maker
  • energy utilities' growing enlightenment around renewable energy
  • New Raku-Raku phone targets seniors

    NTT DoCoMo's new handset includes "Slow Voice" and "Clear Voice" features, as well as automatic volume adjustment.

    Tuesday, March 06, 2007

    Art & Fear

    A great little book from David Bayles & Ted Orland, with immediately practical advice for art, business, and life.

    Monday, March 05, 2007

    Muji comes to NYC

    The first Muji flagship store in the U.S. will open in the Times Tower in time for holiday 2007.

    Thursday, March 01, 2007

    New coat of paint

    As some of you might have noticed, I've started to tinker with the site design for The Conversationalist. I've retired the light-on-dark color palette, and have started to move about some of the page elements. Expect to see more changes in the coming weeks.

    Feel free to send me suggestions for anything you think would make the site more useful and readable. In the meantime, a big thank you to Marimekko Chase for her help on the changes that went live last night!