How Technology is Improving the Environment

This is an outstanding article from Jesse H. Ausubel, Director of the Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University, about some of the positive aspects of technology’s impact on our world. Here is a teaser from the article:

“US Geological Survey data through 2010 shows that water use has now declined below the level of 1970, while production of corn, for example, has tripled 

Thanks to Russ Roberts (twitter handle econtalker) at for featuring Jesse Ausubel in the 8-24-2015 podcast titled: Jesse Ausubel on Agriculture, Technology, and the Return of Nature

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How Technology Liberates the Environment


Despite predictions of runaway ecological destruction, beginning in the 1970s, Americans began to consume less and tread more lightly on the planet. Over the past several decades, through technological innovation, Americans now grow more food on less acres, eat more sources of meat that are less land-intrusive, and used water more efficiently so that water use is lower than in 1970. The result: lands that were once used for farms and logging operations are now returning as forests and grasslands, along with wildlife, such as the return of humpback whales off the shores of New York City (pictured above). As Jesse Ausubel elucidates in a new essay for Breakthrough Journal, as humans depend less on nature for the well-being, the more nature they have returned. Photo Credit: Artie Raslich / Getty Images.

Spring 2015 | Jesse H. Ausubel

Guide to the Perfect Post

I’m big on checklists, since I have seen their power and simplicity. Guy Kawasaki provides a great one here for how to rock social media.

Quality Tools in Daily Life

Bob Hubbard:

A great overview of how various quality tools can improve our personal lives from Nicole Radziwill.

Originally posted on Quality and Innovation:

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This past month, ASQ asked the Influential Voices: “How do you incorporate quality tools into your daily life?” That’s a topic I’ve covered here often, and from many different perspectives:

Another simple way I apply principles from quality management to my day to day life is by structuring my problem-solving plans in terms of DMAIC, DMADV, or Root Cause Analysis. Sometimes, more than one methodology can be useful. How do you choose which methodology to use? Here’s how…

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State What You See

Bob Hubbard:

I am a huge advocate of ‘coaching towards a desired behavior’. This short video from David Marquet gives a great example of why the right words are crucial.

Originally posted on Blog: Intent-Based Leadership:

Weekly Nudge – State What You See

Our perspective defines our reality. Instead of stating what you think is happening, our interpretation…state what you see, the facts.

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How to Talk to Yourself

Bob Hubbard:

The truth changes. “I think I can” learn new ways to improve my personal operating system. Check out David’s latest blog post.

Originally posted on Blog: Intent-Based Leadership:

When talking with others the words we use matter a lot, and they matter when talking to ourselves as well.

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Why Motivating Others Starts with Using the Right Language – @99u

Bob Hubbard:

Language is important, especially for leaders. more good stuff from David Marquet.

Originally posted on Blog: Intent-Based Leadership:

The seven members of the offers team gathered for their weekly standup at the New York-based technology startup. There had been misconnects the previous week with the email marketing team and the design team resulting in an inconsistent message that didn’t showcase some of the best offers the group had worked to secure.

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Fix the Environment, Not the People. 4 Levers for Affecting the Culture.

Bob Hubbard:

I hear leaders talk about the need to “change the culture”. Since leaders are in charge of the culture, I recommend this great post for everyone aspiring to improve their environment.

Originally posted on Blog: Intent-Based Leadership:

Editor’s Note: This post is part of the series “Disruptive and Innovative Culture Change,” a weeklong effort co-hosted by Switch & Shift and the good people at Culture UniversityKeep track of the series here and check our daily e-mail newsletter for all posts. Don’t subscribe? Sign up.

We know that environment has a large impact on people’s behavior, yet as leaders, we are often too quick to blame a behavior on the person rather than the culture we’ve created. This is easier, because while they are responsible for their behavior, we are responsible for the culture.

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