Sustainability Reading List

Sustainability Reading list

Amy Luscombe from Banarra, our Opening speaker at the one8nine UnConference has supplied a reading list of Sustainability books.

Thanks Amy once again for your talk and for the list.


Sustainability Reading list:
Sustainability reading list
Author Title Year ISBN
Kim Sbarcea “Corporate Sustainability and the role of Knowledge Management: preliminary exploration” Feb-07
Mark McElroy “Deep Knowledge Management and Sustainability” 2002
Mark McElroy The New Knowledge Management: Complexity, learning and sustainable innovation 2003
The Dalai Lama The Universe in a Single Atom: How science and spirituality can serve our world. 2005
David Suzuki & Holly Dressel From Naked Ape to Superspecies: Humanity and the Global Eco-crisis 2004
Paul Hawken The Ecology of Commerce: A declaration of Sustainability 1994 978-0887307041
William McDonough & Michael Braungart Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things 2002
Fritjof Capra The Hidden Connections: Integrating the biological, cognitive and social dimensions of life into a science of sustainability 2002 978-0385494717
David Orr Ecological Literacy: Educating our Children for a sustainable world 2005 978-1578051533
Andres Edwards The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a paradigm shift 2005 978-0865715318
Daniel Esty & Andrew Winston Green to Gold: How smart companies use environmental strategy to innovate, create value, and build competitive advantage 2009 978-0470393741
William Blackburn The Sustainability Handbook: The complete management guide to achieving social, economic and environmental responsibility 2007 978-1585761029
Bob Doppelt Leading Change Toward Sustainability: A Change-Management Guide for Business, Government and Civil Society 2003 978-1874719649
Bob Willard The Sustainability Champion’s Handbook: How to transform your company 2009 978-0865716582
Jared Diamond Collapse: How societies choose to fail or succeed 2005 978-0143036555
Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness
2009 978-0143115267
Ernest Callenbach Ecotopia 1990 978-0553348477
Alan Weisman The World Without Us 2007 ISBN-10: 0312347294
David Bornstein How to change the world: social entrepreneurs and the power of new ideas 2007
Tim Flannery The Weather Makers 2001 ISBN-10: 0802142923
James Lovelock The Revenge of Gaia 2007 978-0465041695
The Worldwatch Institute State of the World 2009: Into a warming world 2009 978-0393334180
Greg Horn Living Green: A practical guide to simple sustainability 2006 978-1893910478
Christie Matheson Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style 2008 978-1402210822
Doug McKenzie-Mohr & William Smith Fostering Sustainable Behaviour 1999
Theodore Rozak The Voice of the Earth: An exploration of ecopsychology 2001 978-1890482800
Eckhart Tolle A new earth: Awakening to your life’s purpose 2005 978-0718148577
Andrew Griffiths (ed) Corporate Sustainability (Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice Vol 6 (2))
2004 978-0975043622
Adrian Parr Hijacking Sustainability 2009 978-0262013062
Mark Diesendorf Climate Action: a campaign manual for greenhouse solutions 2009 978-1742230184
Ralph Metzner Green Psychology: Transforming our relationship to the earth 1999 978-0892817986
Daniel Goleman Ecological Intelligence: Knowing the hidden impacts of what we buy 2009 978-1846141805

Web Resources
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Program
United Nations Global Compact
Global Reporting Initiative
The Worldwatch Institute
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)


Web 2.0 – Web 3.0 – Web 4.0?

For some explanation of where we’re headed here’s a description from Seth Godin’s blog

Seth is a future-thinker (for want of a better description).

Tim O’Reilly coined the term Web 2.0. It is a bit controversial, but basically it describes a generation of web pages that go beyond the flat HTML of the original Web. Web 2.0 pages encourage community and user-generated content.

Web 3 is the brainchild of Tim Berners-Lee, largely credited for inventing the world wide web in the first place. It’s more commonly called the Semantic Web. The idea is, to quote Lee, “I have a dream for the Web [in which computers] become capable of analyzing all the data on the Web – the content, links, and transactions between people and computers. A ‘Semantic Web’, which should make this possible, has yet to emerge, but when it does, the day-to-day mechanisms of trade, bureaucracy and our daily lives will be handled by machines talking to machines. The ‘intelligent agents’ people have touted for ages will finally materialize.”

I’ll get in trouble for this simple shorthand, but it’s data about data. Websites that are smart about what they are and what they contain. But what’s it for? I mean it’s very audacious and powerful, but why? And what drives it to work?

The opportunities of the semantic web are limitless, and I can’t wait. But that’s not Web4. Web4 is what I’m really waiting for. And it’s entirely possible that Web4 will get here before the semantic web even though Web 3 makes it work a lot better.

We start with this:

  • Ubiquity
  • Identity
  • Connection

We need ubiquity to build Web4, because it is about activity, not just data, and most human activity takes place offline.

We need identity to build Web4, because the deliverable is based on who you are and what you do and what you need.

And we need connection to build Web4, because you’re nothing without the rest of us.

Web4 is about making connections, about serendipity and about the network taking initiative.

Some deliberately provocative examples:

I’m typing an email to someone, and we’re brainstorming about doing a business development deal with Apple. A little window pops up and lets me know that David over in our Tucscon office is already having a similar conversation with Apple and perhaps we should coordinate.

I’m booked on a flight from Toledo to Seattle. It’s cancelled. My phone knows that I’m on the flight, knows that it’s cancelled and knows what flights I should consider instead. It uses semantic data but it also has permission to interrupt me and tell me about it. Much more important, it knows what my colleagues are doing in response to this event and tells me. ‘Follow me’ gets a lot easier.

Google watches what I search. It watches what other people like me search. Every day, it shows me things I ought to be searching for that I’m not. And it introduces me to people who are searching for what I’m searching for.

As a project manager, my computer knows my flow chart and dependencies for what we’re working on. And so does the computer of every person on the project, inside my team and out. As soon as something goes wrong (or right) the entire chart updates.

I’m late for a dinner. My GPS phone knows this (because it has my calendar, my location, and the traffic status). So, it tells me, and then it alerts the people who are waiting for me.

I visit a blog for the first time. My browser knows what sort of stories I am interested in and shows me highlights of the new blog based on that history.

I can invest in stocks as part of a team, a team that gains strength as it grows in size.

Here’s Rikard’s riff on how the iPhone could be more like Web4.

I’m about to buy something from a vendor (in a store with a smart card or online). At the last minute, Web4 jumps in and asks if I want it cheaper, or if I want it from a vendor with a better reputation. Not based on some gamed system, but based on what a small trusted circle believes.

My PDA knows I’m going to a convention. Based on my email logs, it recommends who I ought to see while I’m there–because my friends have opted in to our network and we’re in sync.

I can fly to the CES for half price, because Web4 finds enough of us that we can charter a flight.

I don’t have to wait for Rickie Lee Jones to come to town. Sonos knows who the Rickie Lee fans are, and makes it easy for us to get together and initiate a concert… we book her, no scalpers necessary.

I don’t get company spam any more (“fill out your TPS reports”) because whenever anyone in my group of extended colleagues highlights a piece of corporate spam, it’s gone for all of us. But wait, it’s also smart enough that when a recipient highlights a mail as worth reading, it goes to the top of my queue. If, over time, the system senses (from how long I read the mail, or that I delete it, or that I don’t take action) that the guy’s recommendations are lame, he loses cred.

Sure, it sounds a bit like LinkedIn. But it’s not. LinkedIn tends to make networks that are sprawling and weak. Web4 is about smaller, far more intense connections with trusted colleagues and their activities. It’s a tribe.

You don’t have to join a tribe. But if you did, would you be more successful?

Unlike Web 3, we don’t need every single page in the world to be ‘compliant.’ What we need is:

  • an email client that is smart about what I’m doing and what my opted in colleagues are doing. Once that gains traction, plenty of vendors will work to integrate with it.
  • a cell phone and cell phone provider that is not just a phone.
  • a word processor that knows about everything I’ve written and what’s on the web that’s related to what I’m writing now.
  • moves by Google and Yahoo and others to make it easy for us to become non-anonymous, all the time, everywhere we go.

This stuff creeps some people out. The thing is, privacy is an illusion. You think you have privacy, but the video surveillance firms and your credit card company disagree. If we’re already on camera, we might as well get some benefits from it. If we choose.

I think it’s fascinating that Web4 is coming from the edges (we see all sorts of tribal activities popping up in blogs, communities, rankings, Digg, etc.) as opposed to from the center. Web 2.0 happened in largely the same way. Even online, big organizations seem to have the most trouble innovating in ways that change the game.

More information/explanations here: which has this nice graph:

Web 1.0 to Web 4.0

Web 1.0 to Web 4.0

This is my kind of Library!!

Rock and Roll Public Library! Astonishing but true! Mick Jones who used to be in The Clash has decided to become a librarian:

Here’s what one visitor to the Library had to say:

Bloody marvellous – BOAC bags, Clash tour guitar cases, Linn drum machines, Grundig radiograms, ancient samplers, as-worn-in-famous-photoshoots shirts (several), B.A.D set lists, mix tapes, videos, LPs, old punk fanzines, a hundred NMEs, Beatles Books and defunct pop mags, Shoot annuals, Dixon of Dock Green games (!) signed copies of Peter Orlovsky’s poems (“To Mick Jones & Joe Strummer 1981”), toy redcoats and zulus frozen fighting the Battle of Rourke’s Drift, Dinky models, London Calling gold discs, plastic Statues Of Liberty.

Ah! What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

I know it has nothing to do with the UnConference but….

Web 3.0

I promised a few articles of additional reading for anyone who wanted to read a bit more on 3.0 for the one8nine unconference blog:

PC Web 3.0

This article is a little old – it was published in 2007 – but of all I read, it was a good encapsulation of the concept.,2817,2102852,00.asp

Howstuffworks How Web 3.0 Will Work

There are plenty of articles about this on the web, but I think these two are a great and comprehensible start!


Web 2.0 poster

You may remember this poster of Web 2.0 from the UnConference.

Another site that’s a good visual link to all things Web 2.0 is:


World of Web 2.0

World of Web 2.0

You can get the full-size version here:


Thankyou all for your comments and feedback via the evaluation forms.

We will take note of your comments when designing the next UnConference.


Green ICT

I mentioned in my introduction to the day that I had been to the Sydney Linux Users Group (SLUG) meeting the night before at Google HQ and heard a presentation from Tom Worthington. He spoke on Green IT: learning to lower costs and carbon emissions with ICT

Here’s the link: – there are links to the actual course content for Tom’s Green ICT Course he runs through the ANU.

There is mention of Moodle and Mahara as the sort of tools that can be used in education.

I thought that Tom’s presentation slotted in nicely and complemented what Amy had to say on Sustainability.


What a great day!

Well, what a great day that was! Obviously my plans to blog during the day didn’t eventuate – what was I thinking there!!?

The day began with a coffee or tea break upstairs at the ACU North Sydney Library before we went downstairs for the official opening of the one8nine UnConference. After a brief welcome and introduction to the day we were intoduced to Amy Luscombe from Banarra who gave an entertaining and informative talk on Sustainability and what that means to those of us who work in Libraries. Amy’s talk was very informative and interactive and provoked lots of great questions which continued over morning tea.

After morning tea we broke into 4 workshop groups to examine a whole range of subjects: Google Docs; Libraries and Web 2.0; Vitual Libraries; and Flickr, Social Networks and Education. We then retired for lunch with some people staying in the staff dining room, others going to Greenwood Plaza, while the rest of us went to the Rag and Famish hotel (for some excellent crispy topped pies!)

The afternoon sessions saw workshops on Koha; Libraries and Social Media and Web 2.0; Google Analytics; a view on Web 3.0; Highlights of the ALA Conference before we rounded the day out with a video of the five finalists of the Book Cart Drill Teams competition at the ALA Conference.

A great day of interaction, collaboration and information sharing (and networking!). Lots of food and coffee and tea and a great opportunity to see the potential of various technologies.

Thanks again to everyone who came and participated with such great enthusiasm.


Sun is shining

Today is the day! Its time for the one8nine UnConference. I’ve just had breakfast and am getting ready to head over to ACU North Sydney to set up and get the day started.

A level of excitement and anticcipation is in the air as I look forward to welcoming 24 other Library people into a space that will enable collaboration and information sharing to happen. The day bekons and I now can’t wait for it to start.

Now to finish this cup of tea before I’m on my way!

Twas the Night before one8nine…

And late in the day on my way to Sydney I received a phone call inviting me to SLUG (Sydney Linux Users Group) who were having their monthly meeting at the Google HQ in Pyrmont. The opportunity to go inside the Google HQ wa too good to miss so I went and got to hear Tom Worthington talk about lowering the green houses gas and carbon emmisions of ICT. The whole talk was a nice lead in to Amy’s talk at one8nine on sustainability and focused on the ways and means of achieving a 15% reduction (on year 2000 levels) of CO2 by achievable measures in the ICT area by using comuters and computer programmes in innovative ways and more efficient ways.

Time now for bed ahead of one8nine!!

Roll on tomorrow!