The Modern Chicken Coop of My Dreams…….

I’ll admit it.  I’m a little gaga for chickens right now, with an extra special fondness for modern chicken enclosures.

But I beg of you, before you judge me, please allow your eyeballs to feast upon the magnificence of this Coop.  Is this not the raddest chicken domicile in the universe, AND the most ingenious IKEA hack EVER.?

I thought so.

Which reminds me, what are you waiting for?  Scoot on over to IKEA Hacker and find out more about this lovely structure.

Toolbox for Sustainable City Living…….

“It is critical to plan ahead and start building radically sustainable infrastructure capable of supporting future urban populations while the resources to do so are still available.  Instead of waiting for governments, corporations, or city planners to start being responsible, radical sustainability is about people taking initiative today.  Transformation from the ground up is our greatest hope for the future.” –Toolbox for Sustainable City Living, Introduction.

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There are so many things I love about this book.

First off, It’s where I learned one of my new favourite phrase: radical sustainability, which perfectly describes the book’s gritty, let’s get on with it approach to changing the world.

Radical sustainability is all about starting small, and slowly closing the nutrient loops in our lives, as this passage from the book explains:

When designing a sustainable system, it is important to be mindful of the relationship of its components.  Many of the systems described in this book have yields that become the inputs of others.  For example, food scraps produced from garden vegtables can be put in a worm composting box, worms grown in the box can be fed to fish, whoses wastes (along with worm castings) can be used as nutrients by plants that can be used to generate methane gas.  Cycling nutrients throughout a sustainable system in this manner makes a closed loop.  Creating a closed loop minimizes the amount of external inputs needed for a system to function, and reduces the waste products that are exported.

Whether it’s keeping backyard chickens or diverting your food scraps to a worm box, radical sustainability starts with picking an activity that turns your crank, and then having the courage to  jump in, and give it a shot.

Who knows, through a bit of hard work, you may become master of the chicken yard–or worm box–and hunger for new challenges which, in turn, will further expand your urban homestead and close even more nutrient loops.

Heck, it’s even possible you might have a whole lot of fun in the process.

Pass It On……..

From the great Joseph E. Stiglitz:

Some Americans are afraid that the government might temporarily “nationalize” the banks, but that option would be preferable to the Geithner plan. After all, the F.D.I.C. has taken control of failing banks before, and done it well. It has even nationalized large institutions like Continental Illinois (taken over in 1984, back in private hands a few years later), and Washington Mutual (seized last September, and immediately resold).

What the Obama administration is doing is far worse than nationalization: it is ersatz capitalism, the privatizing of gains and the socializing of losses. It is a “partnership” in which one partner robs the other. And such partnerships — with the private sector in control — have perverse incentives, worse even than the ones that got us into the mess.

Nationalize.  Reorganize.  Decentralize.  Pass it on.

The Big Takeover | Rolling Stone…….

This is the must read article for the financial crisis.

Matt Taibbi’s article is so good, in fact, I can even forgive Rolling Stone for giving both Chinese Democracy and No Line on the Horizon five star ratings and putting both discs on their must have list.

The mistake most people make in looking at the financial crisis is thinking of it in terms of money, a habit that might lead you to look at the unfolding mess as a huge bonus-killing downer for the Wall Street class. But if you look at it in purely Machiavellian terms, what you see is a colossal power grab that threatens to turn the federal government into a kind of giant Enron — a huge, impenetrable black box filled with self-dealing insiders whose scheme is the securing of individual profits at the expense of an ocean of unwitting involuntary shareholders, previously known as taxpayers.

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Net Geners…….

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I am so done with all of the old ideas of the last eight years which, by the way, have lead to the multiple disasters we are now facing on so many fronts.

You know, little things like our continually shrinking global economy and the over heating atmosphere, just to name a few.

That’s why I’m absolutely giddy over the rise of the net geners.  Not only do these digital natives befuddle the boomers still in power, but this new generation also shares my impatience for rapid innovation and change.

The Economist has a great article on The Net Generation. This is where the engine of change will get its juice.

Mr Tapscott identifies eight norms that define Net Geners, which he believes everyone should take on board to avoid being swept away by the sort of generational tsunami that helped Barack Obama beat John McCain. Net Geners value freedom and choice in everything they do. They love to customise and personalise. They scrutinise everything. They demand integrity and openness, including when deciding what to buy and where to work. They want entertainment and play in their work and education, as well as their social life. They love to collaborate. They expect everything to happen fast. And they expect constant innovation.

Hallelujah!!