A new project from the global design firm Stantec looks at how ancient forests and other ecosystems could come back, through “rewilding,” if we produce food differently. Raising cattle, for example, takes up vast swaths of land for grazing or growing cattle feed. (In the U.S., pasture occupies around a third of the lower 48 states; these maps illustrate just how much of the country is used for grazing.) But as plant-based burgers and bioreactor-grown dairy continue to become more common, and eventually cheaper and tastier than the versions from animals, it could make more space available for forests to return. Similarly, indoor agriculture is more efficient than traditional farming and so could help free up space. … [Read more...] about Why we need to “rewild” our environment
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The kinds of movies Oscilloscope chooses to release also fulfill one of Yauch’s core missions for the company, which was to create a heaven for filmmakers. Laub’s fellow co-president, Dan Berger, says that Yauch had a unique perspective on the artist/distributor relationship because he had spent so much of his career on the creative, rather than the business side of things. “We’re very collaborative with the people that we work with,” Berger says. The company chooses its roster of films based on quality–not necessarily on the potential to turn a major profit. … [Read more...] about The Other Legacy: Inside Collaboration Lab Oscilloscope
There’s always been a subculture of sewers who have made new pieces from vintage garments. Over the past five years, some of these makers have had success selling on resale marketplaces like Depop and Poshmark. (I recently profiled Bella McFadden, who earned more than $1.26 million on Depop selling upcycled fashion.) Labels like FanFare and Zero Waste Daniel focus exclusively on upcycling. Similar to Patagonia, Eileen Fisher also upcycles its own garments in-house. … [Read more...] about Patagonia has had enormous success with upcycled clothing. Could other brands follow?
Fast Company is now accepting applications for our annual Best Workplaces for Innovators awards. This marks the third year we will be recognizing companies and organizations around the world that most effectively empower employees at all levels to improve processes, create new products, or invent whole new ways of doing business. … [Read more...] about Fast Company now accepting applications for Best Workplaces for Innovators 2021
As we move into an increasingly robotic and digital age, solving complicated human problems becomes more important than ever. Schools need to teach more of the process of entrepreneurship and engineering, including development and research to truly understand user needs. If we want the entrepreneurs of the future to succeed, it’s important that our engineering curriculums teach them the necessary skills. During COVID-19, we gained an opportunity to rethink workplace practices and schooling techniques—let’s do the same with the way we teach engineering. … [Read more...] about I’m a high school sophomore. Here’s how schools can teach kids to solve real-world problems