Friday, October 10, 2008

Sustainability is Fun

Art in BinghamtonHow do you sell sustainability? How can sustainability persuade ?

As a certified product of Catholic schools, I can assure you guilt isn't the answer. Neither is sacrifice.

But fun is. Or can be. Should be.

Fun how? Say, for instance, by
  • building compact homes and businesses, we'll densely and imaginatively create intimate private and connected public space. We'll fill gas-powered emptiness (aka berms and parking lots) with human creativity and social energy.

  • Broad Avenue Art Walk
  • making creative challenges out of reuse, we'll make the thrift store a quarry and a game show.

  • concocting local recipes from local foods, we'll show that barbecue was just an appetizer.

  • learning and sharing with the rest of the world, we'll help the Live Web finish tearing down the Magnolia Curtain (leaving the magnolias, of course). Memphians will be connected to the good and fun ideas around the world, and across town.
Sustainability requires creativity. Creativity produces fun. Fun brings more people to sustainability.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Chris and Kate Lareau said...

Your ideas were much bigger and better than this, but I'll share anyway. Sustainability is about good habits that become values. I heard about a 10 year old this week that dropped his latest crush like a bad habit when he realized her family didn't recycle. That's sustainable :).

10:34 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

Sustainable as it gets. Fun pales.

7:59 PM  

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