ETech 2009 call for proposals: "Living, Reinvented"


6 Responses to “ETech 2009 call for proposals: "Living, Reinvented"”

  1. mgfarrelly says:


    The American Lifestyle of car-dependent/suburban living is unsustainable. The simplest reason? One word, oil

    Putting aside the environmental impact, people communing 15-20-30+ miles a day to work is getting prohibitively expensive due to gas prices. Homes built over the past few decades have been predicated on a certain price point for heating, a price point that we’ve more than surpassed.

    I’m not going to cry “DOOM!” at all. That strain of environmentalism is counter-productive. It’s about realizing that changes in behavior, construction and lifestyle can not only help preserve and protect the enviornment, but also improve quality of life. Someone struggling to lose weight who starts biking their errands on the weekend takes a solo driver off the road, saves money and gets in exercises. A family that uses ride share and car-share services saves hundreds of dollars in gas, car payments and even insurance. There are collectives forming across the country of people volunteering to help install solar and geothermal heating on member’s homes in return for getting their own homes worked on.

    Hybrids and electric cars are great, but the real innovation is the realization of the benefits of a more sustainable lifestyle.

  2. David Pescovitz says:

    Plinko @4, Fixed. Thanks!

  3. jphilby says:

    # Life Hacking & Information Overload:We are bombarded with too much information, but at least some of it is relevant

    So much of the “too much” information is redundant – or ancillary – or low-grade. What we need are more sites which put things in context – giving us overview, in a condensed form, and giving us a measure of the significance of new discoveries as well as a better comprehension of what we already ‘know’ in a sketchy way.

    Details are easy to assemble but “meta-information” requires more effort and broader comprehensibility. There are a dearth of such sites on the web; the best that do exist tend to be about the sciences, where the facts and the conclusions are often easier to put hands on.

    Efforts like the Earth Portal ( are, I think, first stirrings in that direction. But I’ve yet to see much thought given to how overview can be accomplished in a community fashion. Free time and expertise can only be had for a price. Where are the “knowledge venture capitalists”?

  4. plinko says:

    Proposals are due Sept 17, and the event is next March 9-12 in San Diego.

    The March event will be held in San Jose, not San Diego.

  5. padster123 says:

    “Will Dubai be the trendsetter with its newest sustainable city?”

    *snort of disbelief!!!*

  6. Jeff says:

    “# Sustainable Life: The American lifestyle is unsustainable.”

    It’s very fashionable to blather on about how America’s life style is unsustainable. It was also impossible to fly, or go to the Moon, or any number of other things. “Our” lifestyle doesn’t have to end, it can be sustained with innovation. The Bitchun Society doesn’t have to be just a stupid fiction, it can be real if we work for it. And Americans, more than any other culture, know how to work towards a goal and achieve their dreams. Besides, if we can’t innovate, we’ll take what we need. Resistance is futile!

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