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December 20, 2012
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Setting the Example 
 
  • Can democracies learn to tackle environmental problems?
    The future is bleak, argues sustainable development expert Jorgen Randers, because the democratic system isn't geared to breaking the kinds of political deadlock that emerge around environmental issues such as climate change and overpopulation. Authoritarian regimes might do better than the democratic West when it comes to riding out future challenges, Randers speculates. "Please help make my forecast wrong. Together we could create a much better world," he begs. MIT Sloan Management Review online (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why realty investors love green building methods
    Environmental upgrades and green building methods are now must-haves for serious real estate investors, says Douglas P. Lawrence, managing principal for 5 Stone Green Capital. Lawrence's company "wouldn't even look" at realty investment opportunities that lacked significant green features, he says. "Building green does not cost more. It costs different because the savings are over the long haul." Knowledge@Wharton (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
What goes into Smarter Buildings?
Learn how ecology, biology, computer science, and geography come together at IBM to help clients create more efficient cities, neighborhoods, and buildings. Featured speaker David Bartlett, VP IBM, covers this and more at the Geodesign Summit, Jan 24-25 in Redlands, CA. Register by Dec 21 and save.
Creating Accountability 
  • Colorado River shortfall leaves officials thirsting for alternatives
    The Colorado River will soon have too little water to serve the Arizonans and Californians who rely on it for irrigation and drinking water, experts say. That's led policymakers and experts to consider a wide range of alternatives, from paying farmers to leave their land fallow to boosting supplies by towing in Arctic icebergs. "It's one of the toughest environmental problems there is," says Ellen Hanak at the Public Policy Institute of California The Economist (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • Sports franchises help spread the green gospel
    Sports franchises are going green, and that's helping to persuade their fans to take environmentalism seriously, experts say. "Sports is nonpartisan, it's not political, so when you see these large franchises going green and speaking about global warming, it sends a message to everyone in the marketplace that this is a real issue that merits attention," explains Allen Hershkowitz, the director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Sports Greening Initiative. The Guardian (London) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • How companies can persuade people to alter their behavior
    Individuals may understand the importance of adopting a more sustainable lifestyle, but actually getting them to change their behavior is quite a challenge, writes Marc Stoiber. "The argument for adopting eco-efficiency and innovation is often sound. But real people aren't motivated to action by rational arguments," said Jim Nelson of BC Hydro. Companies can overcome this challenge by finding the right way to present their messages to their audiences. FastCoExist (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Inventor uses man-made tornadoes to create wind energy
    PayPal founder Peter Thiel is bankrolling a Canadian inventor who thinks he's found a way to generate clean energy by harnessing the power of tornadoes. The system introduces warm, humid air into a circular station to create a "controlled tornado" that can drive multiple utility-scale wind turbines. GigaOm (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Good leaders are great communicators
    Would-be leaders should prioritize developing their communication skills, writes Gretchen Rosswurm. That means mastering public speaking, corporate communications and interpersonal communication skills. "You may be hired for what you know, but you'll be promoted for your ability to influence people," Rosswurm writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Editor's Note 
  • Best of 2012: 18 SmartBrief interviews with industry thought leaders
      
    SmartBrief's SmartBlogs network interviewed 18 industry thought leaders this month. Find out what these leaders are projecting for their industries in 2013, and see what other free SmartBrief newsletters you may be missing out on. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

SmartQuote 
By communicating consistently, effectively and honestly, you gain trust and respect."
--Gretchen Rosswurm, communications exec at Celanese, writing at SmartBlog on Leadership
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