I tried to think of the most offensive thing I could loudly remark in this room of fresh-faced young progressives, and here’s what I came up with:
I left my Hummer running outside. It’s okay, it’s powered by bio-diesel. It runs on handicapped baby pandas.
No one hit me, but I’m sure they’re all pacifists too. They had a pretty good crowd at the event, though it wasn’t particularly reflective of Vancouver’s population–a bit too Caucasian and hardly a grey hair in the room.
WorldChanging is a great sustainability (et al) blog that I’ve enjoyed for a couple of years, and they recently published a massive tome subtitled “A User’s Guide for the 21st Century”. It’s a reference book of progressive ideas, from building green homes to copyright reform to improving health in the Third World. It’s 608 pages and weighs in at nearly 4 pounds. It cost me a pretty penny at $48. I could’ve gotten it for nearly half that on Amazon but Jason Mogus of Communicopia convinced me to support the local economy, give more money to the authors, and so forth.
The executive editor Alex Steffen gave a brief talk, and used an interesting term I hadn’t heard before: attention philanthropy.