January 07, 2012

Mission 2012: Green Futures. Plus, my first public talk on Green Business: EcoSummit Berlin March 22nd This year I am embarking on a new, additional mission. You may have already noticed in my Twitter feed and via my Facebook updates that I am expanding my work into various 'green' topics such as sustainability (in particular what has been termed 'sustainable capitalism), climate change and global warming, and renewable energy. While investigating these new topics I am also hard at work on my new book "From Ego to Eco" which will cover some of these issues (in addition to media, culture, politics and what I call 'the networked society) as well. My new site / blog at GreenFuturist.com was launched a few months ago and is shaping up pretty well, already; I am using it primarily to share updates and interesting snippets culled from my research and 100s of RSS feeds that I scan for the latest developments. Please take a look, read the announcement (also below), comment, follow me on Tumblr, or subscribe to the GreenFuturist RSS feed. You may also want to visit (and like?) my new Facebook 'Green Futurist' page, or check out my new @AGreenFuturist Twitter channel. I also recommend you follow my new public Kindle notes on Amazon - this is starting to be a good resource and I am sharing notes on 30+ books there. My work in media, content, communications and the Future of Business will continue, of course; both with my esteemed colleagues at The Futures Agency as well as by myself. Stay tuned via TFA's Facebook page. I have just confirmed my first public appearance as 'Green Futurist' at the EcoSummit 2012 in Berlin, on March 22nd (first thing in the morning), and look forward to maybe seeing you there (on-location or virtually) if at all possible. See you soon! Gerd Leonhard PS: be sure to follow and...
The one thing that really irked me while spending some time in the utterly amazing Bali I was very fortunate to spend some time in Bali before Christmas (following some work with my client in Jakarta) and it is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. The culture and the people are simply amazing - its like being dropped into a world that is much less competitive and materialistic, and much more collective and interdependent. For some reason, though, it seems like the people and the government of Bali may need to urgently take a hard look at their plastic littering problem - plastic garbage such as bags, wrappers and bottles are everywhere; in the rice fields, in the rivers and the ocean (see this photo I took at our hotel's otherwise magnificent beach). The dichotomy between the holistic and nature-centric lifestyle of the Balinese people and the garbage problem boggles the mind, at times, and is really the only thing I don't fondly remember from my Bali trip. Someone told me that over 800 tons of plastic is being dumped into rivers and the ocean in Bali every day - how can I help to tackle this issue? Should plastic bags be banned? Seems like a good first step to me. Update: Tide of Plastic (The Guardian) Gerd Leonhard www.twitter.com/gleonhard i.mediafuturist.com for mobile updates Related articles Gerd Leonhard: Mission 2012 are Green Futures. (thefuturesagency.com) Interesting: Fox News viewers less informed than those who don't watch news at all: study - New York Daily News (mediafuturist.com) The Futurist's Dilemma (thefuturesagency.com) New video: about being a Futurist, the future of education (Interview) (mediafuturist.com) (via MediaFuturist: Seth Godin on 2012: 2 must-watch videos. The... (futureof.biz)

Gerd Leonhard

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