It is time we stopped holding jobs hostage. The jobs proposed today are often from the old linear industrial revolution. They pollute, cause social injustice, and operate for profit alone. Will these jobs help the environment, people, or ecosystems? Will they address the non-linear systems of the more complex real world? Or will they pass these external costs on to the consumer as they have been doing? Those industrial revolution jobs are based on ideas that are 200 years old when the world had 1 billion people. We do not live in that world anymore. Chris Mayda, Professor of Geography and Sustainability at Eastern Michigan Univeristy, offers classes steeped in the sustainable mindset—accepting Earth's limits and examining how everything is connected. She believes that the mindset offers a positive lifestyle and job opportunities for the coming generations. The sustainable mindset is not about prescribed practices, but a way to think. It is interdisciplinary and encourages coopetition when working non-linearly within complex systems. Her textbook a "Regional Geography of the US and Canada: Toward a Sustainable Future" acknowledges what our countries are and what they can be as they move toward the Ecological Age.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
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