Building a Bright Green Future

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If everyone lived like a typical prosperous American, we’d need ten planets to sustain our way of life. What might a sustainable future look like? How do we design and build one-planet prosperity in the next couple decades? What kinds of breakthrough technologies and innovative designs are being deployed to help us realize 90% reductions in our impact while improving the quality of our lives? What big problems remain to be worked out? How, in short, do we use ingenuity to design a future that’s both bright and green?

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Alex Steffen


Alex Steffen has been the Executive Editor of Worldchanging since he co-founded the organization in 2003, as the next phase in a lifetime of work exploring ways of building a better future.

In a very short time, Worldchanging has become the most widely-read sustainability-related publication on the Internet, with an archive of over 7,000 articles by leading thinkers around the world. It’s played an important role in revealing formerly obscure innovations and groundbreaking ideas, thereby pushing forward the sustainability movement and assisting in the growth of its network.

Worldchanging has also been integral in garnering major support for important causes, such as the post-Tsunami relief effort, for which Worldchanging raised $150,000 in partnership with Architecture for Humanity. The critically-acclaimed site won the Utne Independent Press Award in 2004, and was nominated for Webby’s (the Oscars of the Net) for Best Blog and Best Magazine, as well as for Bloggies for Best Writing and Best Group Weblog.


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