Sustainable Finance vs the Real World

(Above: I recently learned about a beautiful ecological design concept called Induced Meander. The word was coined by the ecologist Bill Zeedyk who, guided by the motto “let the river do the work”, transforms degraded wetlands and drylands into more resilient ecosystems. He spends time on and with the land pausing, at certain moments, to […]

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The (Design) Journey Back To Local

I did a 30 minute talk last October for Allan Chochinov’s Products of Design class at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City. Here is the video – and below are the main points, followed by a transcript. MAIN POINTSYou and I use more energy & resources in single month than our great-grandparents […]

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Back To The Land 2.0: Some JT Videos

These videos introduce the annual Back To The Land 2.0 summer school in Sweden that I run together with Konstfack (Cheryl Akner-Koler) and Annika Göran-Rodell. See also my 2022 Back To The Land 2.0 Reading List. Nine ways to intervene in a food system Thirty minute video from 2014 – but still relevant. Starts at […]

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New Meetup Dates

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Sustainability You Can Touch

Ganges, 15 June 2022 CONTENTSSustainability You Can TouchOpen School for Village HostsAI and sustainability: new talkBack To The Land Reade SUSTAINABILITY YOU CAN TOUCH (EDITORIAL)I was stupefied when I read this text in 2020: “CEO Anne Rigail announces that Air France will offset all carbon emissions from the 450 domestic flights it runs daily. It […]

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Back To The Land 2.0

This reading list is for students on the summer course I run together with Konstfack, in Sweden. These texts span new ways to think about food and food systems – how to be, as well as what to do, in a food context.

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From Control, to Kinship: Ecological Restoration in a More Than Human World

The following is a transcript of my keynote talk on 29 May at Quantum(Quantum(Quantum()))): Artificial Imagination – the 2022 aai International Conference on art(ai) hosted by Tongji University in Shanghai. The video is here. Six months ago, in a talk titled Beyond Calculation, about AI and Sustainability, I asked whether artificial intelligence could be enough, […]

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Ideas for the City That Cares: Ezio Manzini’s new book, Livable Proximity

Below is my review of LIVABLE PROXIMITY: Ideas for the City that Cares, by Ezio Manzini (with a contribution by Ivana Pais). This review appears in the June 2022 edition of She Ji A city that cares brings new meaning and vitality to a world exhausted by a focus on concrete, and consumption. In these […]

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Tonantsintlalli – a multidimensional Mother Earth


Can indigenous knowledges help us inhabit our own places in a more adaptive and responsive ways? Can connection with these kinds of lived experience help us redefine development, and progress in our own situations? The text below is my introduction to Tonantsintlalli – a multidimensional Mother Earth presented by Desiree Hernandez Ibinarriaga & David Marcelino […]

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