Readings.

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 3.07.28 PMThe New York Times’ Leaked Innovation Report

By The New York Times

This is it: the guide to the future. The digital-journalists new bible (perhaps replacing the now ever-changing AP style book?). Maybe I shouldn’t go that far. But alas,  here is the much awaited written guide for how The New York Times, the gold standard for journalism, plans to innovate in order to evolve with the rest of the world and hopefully survive in the digital age. This report is what the Nieman Lab’s Joshua Benton has called “one of the most remarkable documents I’ve seen in my years running the Lab.” The 96-page document outlines everything from the reasons for the past success of The New York Times, the rise of online native news publications such as Buzzfeed and Gawker, specifics for what the Times needs to do to catch up to these native publications, how it can do it, what the future may hold for journalism, and much, much more.

 


 

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

Cradle to Cradle

By William McDonough & Michael Braungart

This book will redefine the way you look at our disposable society. Denouncing the “reduce, reuse, recycle,” sayings of past and present  environmentalists, the authors of this book dissect the mentality of the “cradle to grave” manufacturing model and explain how we may evolve to an actually sustainable “cradle to cradle” model, if we would only be willing to rethink the way we live our lives. Including everything from standards of architecture to the creation of the very book itself, the authors offer up a new solutions as to how our society could change the way we makes things to help make that leap from the grave-end to the cradle-end of the cyclical manufacturing process.

 


 

No Impact ManNo Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process

By Colin Beavan

When you sneeze, what do you use to clean up the sometimes nasty contents that came shooting out of your nose? If you are anything like me, you’d use a tissue. But those are disposable. So are cups from Starbucks. The containers for your Chinese takeout or afternoon salad. Even your everyday grocery store items come wrapped in layers of plastic and cardboard. And that’s not even mentioning the pollutants from our cars, houses, or even our wash machines. Let’s face it, when it comes to sustainability, we are all a little guilty. Author of the book Colin Beavan just happened to open up to his guilt all at once, deciding to rid himself of his entire impact to our environment. Oh, and he decided to take his family with him and write a book about his experience along every step of the interesting, frustrating, and sometimes incredibly provocative way.

 


 

Green HandbookThe Little Green Handbook: Seven Trends Shaping the Future of Our Planet

By Ron Nielsen

Stuffed to the brim with wonderfully telling facts and figures, Nielsen not only illustrates some of the most important global developments we face today, but explains them in context and suggests solutions for future, positive change.

 


 

The Environment and the Press: From Adventure Writing to Advocacy

Env. and the Press

By Mark Neuzil

From the courageous classic of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring to the wholesome tales found in John Muir’s journal entries and essays, Neuzil tackles the long history of environmental journalism, how it shaped our past, present and our situation today—including how the practice now defines issues and can even set the public agenda.

 

 

 

 

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