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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Al Gore Suggests

posted by on October 26 at 21:20 PM

Worldchanging, a tiny Seattle nonprofit and web site that is well-known internationally (and to me) but relatively obscure on its home turf, is celebrating the release of its book, “Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century,” with a talk by sci-fi writer and futurist Bruce Sterling and editor Alex Steffen at Town Hall this Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m., (leaving plenty of time for Halloween parties!). Tickets are $5.

The book is a latter-day Whole Earth Catalog with more than 600 pages of solutions to problems such as climate change, poverty, and the AIDS epidemic. It’s an optimistic peek at a future radically transformed by technology, green design, clean energy, nonviolent protest, green transportation, women’s rights, public health, new media and more.

In his forward to the book, former vice president Al Gore says it “not only shows what is already possible, but also helps all of us imagine what might be—in our own homes, in our communities, and for the planet as a whole. Taken together, these solutions present a picture of a future that is not dark or catastrophic, but one that is full of hope and within our grasp.”

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Is this sarcasm? I would love it if such a book actually existed...

Posted by Jack | October 26, 2006 9:30 PM

October 8 is in the past.

I realize this is a blog, and we all have to put up with typos because Dan Savage says they're OK on fast-moving informal blog pages, but sometimes typos can make a pretty big difference, even on interweb-diary sites.

Posted by robotslave | October 27, 2006 2:09 AM

Yesterday I rode the bus around this time (today I'm not, I'm writing this instead). Out of the hundred or so people on the bus, I think I may have been one of five who wasn't a, I'm guessing, a 9th grader? I literally didn't see another adult.

A funny part was when a big stop for exiting came up, and a bunch of the kids began shuffling together. The kid I was standing next to mumbled to the effect, "the floodeth cometh." It was only at that point by the tenor of his voice that I (think I) realized he was in fact a He.

He went and got a vacant seat, as did I. Finally, I noticed a few fellow soon-to-be grey haired people. It felt like October 8th, or the week of October 14th. It's confusing.

Posted by In my opinion | October 27, 2006 7:36 AM
a future that is not dark or catastrophic, but one that is full of hope and within our grasp

I'm sorry, but this is a terrible recommendation. Like most Americans, I honestly can't be bothered for anything less than, "dark and catastrophic." Take away the fear, I'm just going to drive my SUV through a stream full of spawning salmon.

Posted by Joshua | October 27, 2006 8:35 AM

fixed it - thanks for pointing out!

Posted by ECB | October 27, 2006 8:50 AM

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