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A Future of Uncontrolled Decline?

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The planet’s focus today should be on resiliency rather than on sustainability, says Dennis Meadows, one of the original authors of the 1972 book Limits to Growth. That book was one of the first scholarly works to recognize that the world was approaching its sustainable limits.

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Reducing Your Company’s Carbon Footprint — Through Logistics

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Trying to reduce your company's carbon footprint? MIT engineering professor David Simchi-Levi suggests taking a systematic look at the logistics involved in your supply chain -- and then carefully analyzing the data to understand the greenhouse gas emissions impact of your logistics choices, the MIT News Office reports.

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Playing Russian Roulette — With the Gun Pointed at Our Children

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How can you explain to ordinary people the dangers of not taking action to lower the risks associated with climate change in the future?

That's a question MIT Sloan School professor John Sterman has given thought to -- which was evident when he gave a presentation on climate change last week at a systems thinking conference at MIT.

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MIT $100K Winning Start-up Has Sustainability Aims

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Last night, C-Crete Technologies won the annual MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition and $100,000 in start-up capital.  The start-up has developed a method for producing a nanoengineered cement designed to be both stronger than traditional cement -- and with a lower carbon footprint.

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Outcome-Driven Supply Chains

When properly designed and operated, the traditional supply chain has offered customers three primary benefits—reduced cost, faster delivery and improved quality. But managers are increasingly recognizing that these advantages, while necessary, are not always sufficient in the modern business world. The supply chain should be designed and managed to deliver one or more of six basic outcomes: cost, responsiveness, security, sustainability, resilience and innovation.

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Innovation in organizational structure

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We're used to thinking about innovation in technology, in products or services, or even in management methods or business models. But in a recent article in strategy+business, Marjorie Kelly highlights a type of innovation that is less commonly discussed: innovation in corporate structure, ownership and governance.

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Innovation to the rescue?

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Will technology innovation eventually help lead the economy out of recession?   Simon Johnson of the MIT Sloan School of Management is predicting "a wave of entrepreneurship,"  which will start "right away" but whose total effect won't be felt for about five years, according to a recent article in The Boston Globe.

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New and noteworthy

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Two news items that capture some of the spirit of the times:

 

In a New York Times column, Thomas Friedman raises the question of whether this downturn may signal the end of an era of unsustainable growth.

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