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Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship David Cooperrider provides his insight on current articles relating to Business as an Agent of World Benefit.
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.

Cities are so important to our transition to a world where businesses can excel, people can flourish and nature can thrive. It has been so exciting to be part of each of the Appreciative Inquiry Summit's (annually for 10 years) sponsored by Cleveland's forward looking Mayor Jackson. The whole system in the room summits advance sustainability initiatives throughout northeast ohio, building "a green city on a blue lake." Here is an announcement of progress--in this case local foods and economy--and also more on the summit coming up mid september. 


Sustainable Food Business Roadmap
The City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Ohio State University Extension,and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition have developed a sustainable food cluster road map for Cuyahoga County, with a core objective to increase jobs, revenue and sustainability by supporting local food and beverage businesses.

The road map centers on competitively advantaged clusters-- “geographic concentrations of interconnected businesses, suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions in a particular sector.” 

During the Sustainability Summit, on Sept 17th and 18th, one of our design areas will be how to build off of our competitive advantage in the local food sector by connecting our regional assets through Business-to-Business Matchmaking, a key recommendation of the road map.
A Recipe for Success

A Recipe for Success

David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
DON'T JUST THINK POSITIVELY. THINK REALISTICALLY. There's a lot of good stuff happening in our lives, but we don't always let ourselves stop and notice it. Rewiring your brain for greater hope, inspiration and joy isn't simply about positive thinking. It's about realistic thinking. Realistic thinking means noticing the good things that happen to us as they occur and letting ourselves experience them. "We tend to not even notice a good fact when its there," he says. "The boss actually said 19 good things about you, but you're obsessing over the one bad thing." Appreciative Inquiry offers the tools for seeing, amplifying, and savoring those things of value worth valuing. This article shows how this is not at all Pollyannish, but physiologically significant--via brain plasticity and the reality that multiple realities are there everywhere, even the grace of great things, positive things, and good news.
How Appreciative inquiry can Help Rewire Your Brain To Overcome the Negativity Bias

How Appreciative inquiry can Help Rewire Your Brain To Overcome the Negativity Bias

“The bad news: Our brains are wired to be negative. The good news: You can train your brain to hold on to happiness in 10 seconds. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could hack into our own brains and rewire them to be happier?”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
In an industry slow to change, National Grid is a leader in sustainable value creation. As Chris Laszlo defines it, sustainable value is good for the betterment of the world AND the value for the company. National Grid is doing amazing things with smart grid, helping cities envision their own green future, and now re shaping infrastructures that are decades and decades old. I had a chance to help design several sustainable design summits with NG, and they are fearless when it comes to bringing all stakeholders into the room to articulate the strategic, more sustainable future. Here is just one more example of their journey toward what Ellen McArther calls the circular economy. Ellen was a keynote speaker at one of the early AI design summits focused on innovation in sustainability across the value chain.
National Grid's 'T-Pylons' Advance Sustainable Value

National Grid's 'T-Pylons' Advance Sustainable Value

“Mabey Bridge, a UK manufacturer of tubular structures, has been awarded the first contract to deliver supporting structures for National Grid's new generation of 'T-Pylons', which is smaller and uses fewer resources than the traditional lattice...”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
With long lag times, we need to develop our capacity for anticipatory learning, that is, global learning before the irreversible sets in. This resource focuses on tipping points in the making. For example, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet: Current conditions affecting the West Antarctic Ice Sheet are sufficient to drive between 1.2 and 4 metres of sea rise, and these glaciers are now in "unstoppable" meltdown at global average warming of just 0.8ºC (NASA, 2014A; Rignot, Mouginot et al., 2014; Joughin, Smith et al., 2014).
Climate Code Red: Irreversible climate change

Climate Code Red: Irreversible climate change

Tipping points, often an expression of non-linear events, are difficult to project. But if it is sometimes hard to see tipping points coming, it is also too late to be wise after the fact. Estimated tipping points around or below ~1.5ºC include:
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
To win the climate war, we in America, need to recall how we succeeded in other great struggles: by “we the people” acting together in the common good and directly investing in creating the technologies and industries we need to win. We did it in the past. We can do it again.
The climate movement is way too focused on market-based solutions: bold public purpose is our historical strength

The climate movement is way too focused on market-based solutions: bold public purpose is our historical strength

“There was a time when we met overarching challenges with bold public purpose and concerted action as “we the people.” When the Depression hit, we created large public works projects, building roads, airports, and power dams.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
Christened Tata Centre for Technology and Design (TCTD), the centre will focus on frugal engineering. The key focus areas will be water, healthcare, affordable housing, energy & environment, food & agriculture, human-powered mobility devices, education, and crafts development.
Tata Group donates $15.5M to to develop low-cost solutions for BOP Business To Eradicate Poverty.

Tata Group donates $15.5M to to develop low-cost solutions for BOP Business To Eradicate Poverty.

Indian multinational conglomerate Tata Group has donated $15.5 million (Rs 95 crore) to IIT Bombay (IIT-B) to setup a virtual centre, which would focus on developing low-cost technologies for the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) consumers, says a report...
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
The tubes have been buzzing over a new Department of Energy report on the US wind energy market, which came up with the low-low average cost for wind energy of $25 per megawatt-hour for a certain type of electricity purchase agreement (more on that later). According to some of our friends on the Internets that works out to 2.5¢ per kilowatt-hour, which certainly seems to spell doom for the long term prospects of coal, nuclear, oil, and even that “other” low cost fuel, natural gas.
How Low Can Wind Energy Go? 2.5¢ Per Kilowatt-Hour Will Spell Doom for Coal, Oil. It's Happening.

How Low Can Wind Energy Go? 2.5¢ Per Kilowatt-Hour Will Spell Doom for Coal, Oil. It's Happening.

“A new DOE report on the US wind technologies market pegs the national average cost of wind energy PPAs at $25 per MWh (only 2.5 cents per kWh) How Low Can Wind Energy Go?”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
Thanks to photographer Aaron Leitz, details shaping this modern home in Seattle offer inspiration and an infectious joyfulness. Seattle’s first certified Passive House has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and a day lit open stairwell with punctuated views to the street as its spine. Encouraging vertical living, this light-flooded urban family home is a heaven for its four members. Read more: http://freshome.com/2014/08/23/seattles-first-certified-passive-house-modern-family-home-marrying-luxury-and-sustainability/#ixzz3BJLXnmY8
Seattle’s First Certified Passive House: Modern Family Home Marrying Luxury and

Seattle’s First Certified Passive House: Modern Family Home Marrying Luxury and " joyful enrichment" of Sustainability.

“Park Passive House - its name hints to an eco-friendly nature. NK Architects made sure this energy efficient family home was also exquisitely designed.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
Of course, these records will be broken year after year, often several times a year, as solar power is growing fast in the Golden State. Nonetheless, bringing attention to the growth through new records is a good way to wake more people up to the cost competitiveness of solar power, as well as California’s leadership installing solar power.
California Solar Power Hits New Output Record

California Solar Power Hits New Output Record

“California solar power plants recently hit a new electricity output record for electricity from utility-scale solar power plants. It hit 4.813 gigawatts of output on August 15 at 12:03pm.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
The Rwandan government hopes to increase electricity access from current 18% to about 50% by 2017. Utility scale solar is stepping in. With high solar radiation, the country has a huge potential to set up solar power projects and solar heating systems. Significant opportunities in the off-grid sector also exist that can potentially help rural population gain access to electricity. With this example, one can see a leapfrogging pattern, where it's easier in Rwanda to leverage the future benefits of renewables than Florida, even though both are filled with sunshine.
Rwanda Set To Commission Its First Utility-Scale Solar Power Project

Rwanda Set To Commission Its First Utility-Scale Solar Power Project

“With a sun on its flag & high levels of solar radiation, Rwanda seems like a natural location for solar power use.”