Almost a decade ago Peter Senge and Goran Carstedt published a seminal article in Sloan Management Review entitled “Innovating our Way to the Next Industrial Revolution”. Their central thesis: Industrial and consumption-based systems must approach natural systems and become cyclical, minimizing waste and maximizing re-use of whatever remains as externalities of the systems.
Ten years some things have happened. Green innovation and clean technologies find various applications, and sustainable entrepreneurship has also become a notion attracting attention by business angles and venture investors. Some interesting resources for further exploration include:
- Green Innovation, a site dedicated to news and tips of how to live more environmentally-friendly,
- ‘Cradle-to-Cradle’, product design that aims at doing away with the concept of waste,
- Sustainable Entrepreneurship, how entrepreneurship can help resolve the environmental problems of global socio-economic systems.