Alex Steffen, Planetary Futurist, Journalist/Author, Entrepreneur, and Thought Leader. Alex Steffen is a global voice of clarity on sustainability, social innovation and planetary futurism. He is an award-winning writer who speaks to audiences around the world. Alex was Executive Editor of Worldchanging.com after he co-founded the organization in 2003 until it closed in 2010. See also: http://www.ted.com/speakers/alex_steffen.html and http://www.alexsteffen.com/about/
Two fascinating short videos of his TED Talks illuminate how cities, their form and nature, play a critical role in our sustainable future. In so doing, he outlines the contours of a sustainable urban future.Incidentally and invisibly, he also showcases the contributions of a strategic sustainability approach. Enjoy these two short videos.
- Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities (10 mins; climate change and net zero cities): http://www.ted.com/talks/alex_steffen.html
- Alex Steffen: The route to a sustainable future (17 mins): http://www.ted.com/talks/alex_steffen_sees_a_sustainable_future.html
In addition, you also may enjoy these other two videos by two of sustainability’s pioneers and key threads.
- William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design (20 mins): http://www.ted.com/talks/william_mcdonough_on_cradle_to_cradle_design.html
- Janine Benyus: The promise of biomimicry (23 mins): http://www.ted.com/talks/janine_benyus_shares_nature_s_designs.html
by Scott T. Edmondson, AICP, Sustainability Committee past co-director and current member/strategic sustainability advisor.