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Recall the wonderful story of Dorothy and her dog, Toto, who are whisked away from their home and follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz, to nd the pathway home. Along the way they meet a Scarecrow searching for a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The Wizard chal- lenges them to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help. In this quest, they achieve their dreams, and Dorothy discovers from Glinda, the Good Witch, “You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.
“Throughout this story is embedded the importance of storytelling, how a story’s frame can either empower or disempower us in our belief that we can make a difference in our own lives, in our communities, to become more sustainable. We are biologically driven social animals, and storytelling is a social act in and of itself through which we share cultural meaning and purpose.” (p. 115)
– Ann Dale, Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development
“Half the world must be set aside for nature, says Canadian conservationist” on the Sunday Edition with Micheal Enright
CBC Radio. (27, August 2017). Half the world must be set aside for nature, says Canadian conservationist. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/radio/
“Longtime conservationist Harvey Locke travels the world to encourage people to think about the needs of the Earth and not just our needs as a species — an idea that he refers to as ‘nature needs half’.”
Haaretz.com. (2014, December 29). Wind Tree uses micro turbine leaves to generate electricity [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/UOp7hYwObA4
News video on a new type of wind turbine styled to look like a tree. Mini plastic turbines make up the leaves of the tree, and pick up very small breezes that larger machines do not.
FastCompany. (2011, October 4). What is Biomimicry? [Video file]. Retrieved from https://biomimicry.org/what-is-biomimicry/#.V7IHAJMrJbU
An explanation of biomimicry. Described as bringing biologists to the (sustainable) design table, because nature already has the best and most sustainable answer to design.
Tony Seba. (2016, April 2). Clean Disruption – Why Energy & Transportation will be Obsolete by 2030 – Oslo, March 2016 [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/Kxryv2XrnqM
Tony Seba describes Clean Disruption, which is when innovative and ecological products overtake reigning technologies. Examples include energy storage, electric and self-driving cars, and solar energy.
Closer to Truth. (2017). Rupert Sheldrake – Is Consciousness Fundamental? [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46kgmgI9fPs
Biologist and author, Rupert Sheldrake, shares his ideas on the nature of consciousness on “Closer to Truth”.
Burch, S., Shaw, A., Dale, A., & Robinson, J. (2014). Triggering transformative change: a development path approach to climate change response in communities. Climate Policy, 14(4), 467-487. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/
Hanna, K. and Ann Dale. Social Capital: A Planner’s Primer, Plan Canada, Winter 2008, 44(8):36-39. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net
Newell, R., Dale, A., Herbert, Y., Duguid, F., Foon, R., & Hough, P. (2015). Trans-disciplinary Research: An Academic-Practitioner Partnership Effort on Investigating the Relationship between the Cooperative Model and Sustainability. International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences, 4(1), 23-53. Retrieved from http://www.hipatiapress.com/
A greener grid: China’s embrace of a new electricity-transmission technology holds lessons for others. (2017, January 14). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/
Climate change: Clear thinking needed. (2015, November 28). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/
Combating illegal fishing: Dragnet. The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/
Companies’ green strategies: In the thicket of it. (2016, July 28). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/
Electrifying everything: After electric cars, what more will it take for batteries to change the face of energy? (2017, August 12). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/
Fewer, but still with us: The world has made great progress with eradicating extreme poverty. (2017, March 30). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/
Generating power from waste heat: Hot stuff. (2015, August 1). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/
Heroine addiction: How to smack it down. (2015, November 7). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/
Herrmann, V. (2017, July 12). Doomsday narratives about climate change don’t work. But here’s what does. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com
Higher education: Flying high. (2016, June 25). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/
Invisible Fuel. (2015, January 25). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/
In praise of human guinea pigs. (2015, December 10). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/
Prugh, T. (2016, September 13). Is Informed Engagement Key to Sustainability? [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://blogs.worldwatch.org/democracy-sustainability-cities/
Schiller, B. (2017, July 10). When It Comes To Sustainable Development, The U.S. Is Failing (By A Lot). Fast Company. Retrieved from https://www.fastcompany.com
Wilt, J. (2017, July 12). The Problem With Climate Doomsday Reporting, And How to Move Beyond It. DeSmog Canada. Retrieved from https://www.desmog.ca
Dale, A. (2010, March 5). Policy and Social Innovation: As if it Mattered? [PowerPoint presentation].
Dale, A., Newell, R., Herbert, Y. & Foon, R. (2015). The Solutions Agenda: A Call to Action for and by Canadians. Retrieved from https://www.changingtheconversation.ca/thesolutionsagenda
Dale, A., Foon, R. & Herbert, Y. (2013). A Policy Agenda for Canadian Municipalities. Retrieved from https://crcresearch.org/solutions-agenda/policy-agenda-canadian-municipalities
Dale, A., Robinson, J., Herbert, Y., & Shaw, A. (2013). Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: An Action Agenda for BC Decision-Makers. Retrieved from https://crcresearch.org/solutions-agenda/climate-action-agenda-bc-decision-makers
Dale, A., Herbert, Y., Newell, R. & Foon, R. (2012). Action Agenda: Rethinking Growth and Prosperity. Retrieved from https://crcresearch.org/solutions-agenda/action-agenda-rethinking-growth-and-prosperity
Friends of the Earth. (2017). 20 Big Ideas to Change the World. Retrieved from https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/30-big-ideas-change-world-102987.pdf