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machtfaktor erde. great two-part documentary on future problems through climate change, including water, resource wars, territorial conflicts, land grabbing, etc. this should also be subtitled in english; realizing how the world is experiencing changes and preparing for more should be a major call to action. climate change will be the underlying master challenge of the next century, and it was caused by our ‘economic’ activities that led us to exploit our planet with brutal force. even the IEA acknowledges that ’the door is closing’.

full videos (in german): part 1 & part 2

cindy gallop has a bunch of very smart insights for like-minded entrepreneurs.

i’ve been asked, how i could be so critical of our capitalistic system and still think of myself as a social business entrepreneur. it’s actually not too difficult for a few reasons:

1) i do not think it is a capitalistic society, when our banks are too big to fail and bailed out by government. i do not want to advocate for more radical free markets, i just want to restate that what we have is closer to crony capitalism than anything else.

2) i believe in creating value, not money. and to create long-term (‘sustainable’) value, people and planet come first, and while profit should be part of the game, it is merely a means to stay afloat within the current environment. it’s important to remember that not everything of value is actually compensated through money. in fact, almost nothing of value is. the main problem i see in crony business is that profit maximization trumps everything else. that’s why i support yunus’ social business model.

3) i see business as the process of creating value (or utility), and making it accessible to people outside of your personal circles. i don’t think business needs to a handful of ruthless scrooges exploiting their people, maximizing externalities and elbowing away the competition; but creating meaningful value for everybody (not just those traditionally considered ‘stakeholders’), and a better future.

4) we need to change a lot of things in the world. i want to be that change because i think buckminster fuller is right in saying ‘to change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.’ and i simply don’t know a task that is more exciting in life than imagining/inventing/building the future!

this was the silent climate parade 2011 – berlin’s contribution to 350.org’s moving planet! people went to the streets in more than 175 countries at more than 2000 events to tell our leaders that we want to start moving towards a renewable future!

what a beautiful day it was in berlin! almost 1000 people joined us on that day that was full of sun and smiles to make our message clear! for more pictures from the parade click on the pictures below, they will take you to two different facebook albums:

it was a great experience to organize this event, and the day made up for all the work of organizing it. thanks to everybody who helped make this possible! hope we’ll dance again next year, maybe with even more people but hopefully just as silent and fun!

great video on runaway climate change, tipping points, and what that all means for our future. also available in french, spanish, german, italian & hungarian.

nice video from the tar sand protests in front of the white house!

posted about this before, but this seems to be getting huge! so far 275 people have let themselves be arrested to protest the keystone xl pipeline. more info from the ny times, salon.com, grist’s nice video & a slightly longer guardian feature.

if you’re a US resident, you can support the protests by signing the petition! if civil disobedience is not for you, or you’re not in D.C., join the worldwide action day moving planet on september 24!

awesome analysis of the fossil fuel age, the economy, and why economic growth is effectively over.

“in short, we have to live within nature’s budget of renewable resources at rates of natural replenishment” – very nice, post-carbon institute!

nice video to start this blog. how funny will these predictions seem in 2015?