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Watch Noreena Hertz’s “How to use experts — and when not to” talk at TED

We make important decisions every day — and we often rely on experts to help us decide. But, says economist Noreena Hertz, relying too much on experts can be limiting and even dangerous. She calls for us to start democratizing expertise — to listen not only to “surgeons and CEOs, but also to shop staff.” […]

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Autodesk makes to “The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education” list by Fast Company

The magazine recognized Autodesk’s Sustainability Workshop as a program at the forefront of education. The workshop, offered free to mechanical engineers, teaches the principles behind sustainable design […]

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Watch Eric Berlow’s “How complexity leads to simplicity” talk at TED

Ecologist Eric Berlow doesn’t feel overwhelmed when faced with complex systems. He knows that more information can lead to a better, simpler solution. Illustrating the tips and tricks for breaking down big issues, he distills an overwhelming infographic on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan to a few elementary points […]

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Shanghai World Expo: UK Pavilion

U.K. Pavilion is designed to highlight the country’s long history of bringing nature into its cities. The theme, “Building on the Past, Shaping our Future,” together with the innovative design, is meant to challenge Chinese perceptions of Great Britain as traditional and stuffy […]

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Watch Emily Pilloton’s “Teaching design for change” talk at TED

Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She’s teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers’ minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state […]

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Autodesk Introduces Free Sustainability Resources for Engineering Students, Educators

Autodesk has unveiled Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, an online portal of educational content providing mechanical engineering students and teachers with the resources they need to practice sustainable design […]

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Shanghai World Expo: SPAIN PAVILION

The Spain Pavilion, designed by architect Benedetta Tagliabue, cleverly mixes the concept of sustainability —represented by the 8,524 wicker panels, a traditional material and a handcraft technique used both in China and in Spain […]

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Watch Rebecca Henderson’s “Getting Unstuck: How to Promote More Sustainable Practices in Our Organizations” talk at MIT Sloan School of Management

All that’s required to achieve sustainability, says Rebecca Henderson, is to clean up your current operations and/or rethink the business. “That’s easy,” she says — with a smile. Henderson has spent much of her career trying to help firms embrace and survive such transformations. She and her colleagues have analyzed why businesses get stuck in their ways, and how they can break free to act boldly around the challenge and opportunity of sustainability […]

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[EVENT] IxDA Shanghai presents “An evening of conversation about Design, Interaction, Work and Life” with Marc Rettig: May 25th, 2010, 6:30PM

In the midst of a global conversation about change, many designers are pondering their own impact in the world. How does our experience in software interfaces, web sites, and physical products prepare us to address the profound issues humanity is facing? These issues involve many complex systems, systems too big to fit into the scope of any single company or institution. Design methods are potent at large scale and scope, but what does it take to be effective as a practitioner, as a team, as a company? What is it like to actually achieve a meaningful, sustainable, positive difference in life? In this evening of conversation, Marc Rettig will moderate a few discussions about the fundamentals of design work, and the need for designers everywhere to be working to have impact beyond making money for their employers […]

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Autodesk creates game to raise Green Building awareness

Play the “RetroFits” game and help raise awareness about the benefits of better, greener buildings […]