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Ecocentricity Blog

A monthly blog by John Lanier, director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and grandson

of the late Ray C. Anderson.  Musings from John as he manages the private family foundation

that keeps Ray's legacy alive.

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Ecocentricity Blog: People Will Come
We built the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. But we didn’t know if teams would enter. We didn’t know if their ideas would be as innovative and impactful as we hoped, as we need. We didn’t know if “people would come.” James Earl Jones was right. I mean, of course he was. He’s James Earl Jones. If I ever met James Earl Jones and he told me...
Oct 17, 2016 11:45 AM ET
One-Hit Wonders
Full disclosure my good and faithful reader! This week’s blog is going to be even more disjointed and roundabout than normal. Just keeping you on your toes…. I think that discussing awesome one-hit wonder songs might be one of the best possible uses of your time. Seriously, who doesn’t enjoy this? In the right company, this topic of conversation can literally last for hours. I...
Oct 11, 2016 11:15 AM ET
Ecocentricity Blog: Congratulations John Picard!
Last week, I was in Los Angeles to celebrate with John as he received the Global Green Individual Environmental Leadership Award. It was certainly well-deserved for a man who has been an environmental leader for nearly three decades. In medias res. This phrase means “into the middle of things” in Latin, and it is a common device in narrative literature and film...
Oct 4, 2016 10:15 AM ET
A Distributed Generation Future
Here’s the basic idea: instead of a small number of power plants providing a lot of people and businesses with power, we can instead use a large number of small-scale electricity generators, each providing a small number of local users with power. Hmmmmmm. Where were we? Ah yes! We were discussing whether my gushing over electric vehicles was excessive,...
Sep 27, 2016 9:00 AM ET
Running Out of Gas
In this respect, electric vehicles carry less risk. If gasoline supply or infrastructure fails, electric vehicle owners don’t lose their mobility. In a moment like this in Georgia, I’m grateful for that benefit. I got an interesting text from my brother Patrick a couple of days ago. Out of the blue, he texted, “Must be nice to be an electric car owner….” I thought, “Why...
Sep 21, 2016 9:00 AM ET