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Day December 2, 2012

The Next Industrial Revolution Is Ecological

John Todd could be considered one of the founders of ecological design. For the past forty years or so, he has been building enclosed ecologies, first, for growing fish, John was one of the original growers of tilapia in the USA, and later for treating wastewater and reducing pollution. His most recent ecological systems design cleans heavy bunker oil, number 6 or Bunker C oil, from a canal in Grafton, MA, a site near where the first Industrial Revolution began in the United States. You can see a video explanation of the process at I wrote about this project previously at and have been trying to convince John he should consider presenting at the newly created Harvard/MIT seminar on geoengineering. We need to stop thinking of technology as purely mechanical and begin thinking in systems, learning from healthy ecological communities how to rebuild what we have destroyed. More video about John Todd’s work at More information about the Grafton, MA project at A good place to start learning about systems is Donella Meadow’s _Thinking in Systems_ which I wrote about at John Todd was one of the founders of New Alchemy Institute whose work still […]


Massachusetts is a home of innovation however no one told our state legislature or the Governor. After the Uber saga we have a new one to add to “really” files. Auto Dealers of Mass are suing Tesla for trying to sell directly. Some how we have a law in Massachusetts the prevents auto companies from selling directly to consumers?? i am sure in the days of horses and buggy whips this made some sense. I am sure Herb Chambers likes having a monopoly on Boston auto business but preventing Tesla from dealing directly with consumers is bad for Tesla, the environment and consumers in Mass.