Why India Matters
May 10, 2017 — Bruce Hull

India is becoming the most consequential country in history (again). Over a million people a month are joining its workforce. Almost as many are moving into its cities. The bulge in educated and motivated people provides a “demographic dividend” with tremendous hope and promise. The “dependency ratio” of workers to total population is huge, which means more workers, more saving, more investing, more consumption, and more growth—a self-reinforcing growth feedback loop (China’s dependency ratio is declining and hence they risk… Read More
The End of Expertise: And Why That Is A Giant Problem for the Anthropocene
March 2, 2017 — Bruce Hull

Two game-changing coattails that Trump road to the presidency are fake news and distrusted expertise. They also usher into mainstream governance an end to rationality, modernity, enlightened self-interest, and related strategies and hopes that we can think our way out of the challenges we face. These are deeply troubling trends for those of us concerned with the highly technical, enormously complex, wickedly interdependent sustainability challenges of meeting the needs of 2-5 billion new middle class consumers while sustaining a climate… Read More
Population is Not the Problem
March 2, 2017 — Bruce Hull

The “population bomb” narrative is problematic for sustainable development professionals and advocates. We should not put ourselves in the unpopular, misanthropic, and unwinnable business of shaming parents. Instead, we have a much more optimistic, hopeful, and inspiring mission: we are in the business of development, which, it turns out, is the most effective way to slow population growth (see below). Humanity’s biggest challenge is not exploding population growth as the bomb narrative implies; it is, instead, dealing with the prosperity… Read More
A Passion for Urban Water Issues
November 2, 2016 — Lindsay Key

More than half of the world’s people live in a city, and that number continues to rise. The booming human population—expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050—coupled with the gravitation to cities for resources is responsible for the increase. Unfortunately, this trend puts a heavy burden on natural systems and city infrastructures, such as transportation, electricity, disposal facilities, sanitation, and water supply. Tiona Johnson is dedicating her career to addressing access to water. “Water is a necessity for life, and… Read More
Mindset Of Sustainability Leaders
Mindsets for Driving Change
July 1, 2016 — Bern Hoffmann

“Look everywhere, and consider the question ‘can I drive change from there?’ You have to drive change from wherever you are!” This was the final exhortation from Laura Asiala, PYXERA Global Vice President, Net Impact board member, and event moderator, to attendees gathered for the June 22nd Fireside Chat: Mindset for Leaders in Sustainability event organized by the Washington, D.C. Professional Chapter of Net Impact and hosted by Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). Joining Ms. Asiala… Read More