Monday, November 14, 2011

Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities

Alex Steffen in a great speech about ecocities (explained in other words with nice pictures of present solutions).

I would submit to you that all of these things are not only possible, they’re being done right now, and that it’s a darn good thing. Because right now, our economy by and large operates as Paul Hawken said, “by stealing the future, selling it in the present and call it GDP.” And if we have another eight billion or seven billion, or six billion, even, people, living on a planet where their cities also steal the future, we’re going to run out of future really fast. But if we think differently, I think that, in fact, we can have cities that are not only zero emissions, but have unlimited possibilities as well.