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This site is a way for me to archive and provide ready access to interesting stuff (ideas, tools, approaches, scientific breakthroughs etc.) which I come across through my involvement in various initiatives and research projects. Its also a way for me to become more web savvy!


My interest in sustainability goes back 32 years. It was first sparked when I  saw Buckminster Fuller speak in 1976.  Fuller has often been considered a 20th century Leonardo. His prolific life of exploration, discovery, invention and teaching was driven by his intention “to make the world work for 100% of humanity”. My summer internship in Fuller’s office inspired me to research the field of solar energy and at the age of 21 I  built and sold one of Westchester County’s first all passive solar homes. Soon after, I joined the family business where I worked in real estate development for over two decades. For the last 13 years I have collaborated on building and overseeing a variety of financial investment portfolios while pursuing my real passion; innovative research, ventures and not for profit initiatives that advance humanity’s transition to sustainability. From 1985 to 2007, I served on the Board of the Buckminster Fuller Institute [1] and as its president from 1999 to 2005. In 2005, I joined the board of directors of Green Map [2] which is developing a cutting edge social mapping tools that  help connect and strengthen the worldwide green living, development and ecotourism movements. The same year I joined the Board of the Worldlink Foundation [3] which produces public engagement campaigns that encourage individuals to actively participate in creating a sustainable future. In 2010 Worldlink released "Nourish" a PBS special which explores the abundant possibilities to create sustainable food systems. In 2006, I conceived and managed a joint project between The Threshold Foundation and The Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment [4] to produce an internet movie about the global loss of biodiversity. (You can see it at daversitycode.com [5].) In 2007, I played a leading role with SavingSpecies.org [6] to preserve a 346 acre parcel of degraded coastal Atlantic rainforest that scientists determined was one of the most important conservation priorities in the Americas due to its potential to create a biotic corridor and save a large number of species at risk of extinction. I am currently devoting much of his time collaborating on two major initiatives: the Buckminster Fuller Challenge; A $100,000 annual prize program (entering its second year) which supports the development and implementation of strategies with significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems; and the  Sustainability Laboratory [7] whose purpose is  to spearhead the development, demonstration and world-wide diffusion of breakthrough sustainability practices. The first project of the Lab is currently underway. It is a model Bedouin, community-based agricultural enterprise in the Israeli Negev.

Thank You for your interest,

Joshua Arnow

 



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