the parable of the totaled saab lessons on sustainability ignite columbus 1
Flickr photo by mattdesmond Two years ago I crashed my ‘92 Saab 900
ACCIDENT RETURN HOME 5 hrs, 250 mi
headlamps: $1000  body realignment : $2000 (labour) new bumper: $300 new hood: $500 total repair cost: $3800
nada value: $5000 + almost seized engine  + 6 months =  nada value: $2650 total repair cost: $3800
two senses of 'totaled’ too  costly  to fix (american) too  hard  to fix  (indian)
the  many  senses of sus·tain (sə-stān')  tr.v.   sus·tained, sus·tain·ing, sus·tains  To keep in existence; maintain. To ...
sus·tain·a·ble (sə-stā'nə-bəl) adj.  1. Capable of being sustained. 2. Capable of being continued with minimal long-term e...
so what totaled my car?
sustainability is cultural
sustainability depends on  continuous maintenance
sustainability depends on  continuous production
sustainability is infrastructural
it wasn't the economics
spare parts
sustainability depends on scale
it wasn't rarity
independence
sustainability is a knowledge practice
sustainability depends on collaboration
sustainability is creative
is cultural depends on continuous maintenance depends on continuous production is infrastructural depends on scale is a kn...
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a talk contrasting cultural aspects of sustainability with technological and ecological, given at ignite columbus 1, november 2008

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The Parable of the Totaled Saab

  1. 1. the parable of the totaled saab lessons on sustainability ignite columbus 1
  2. 2. Flickr photo by mattdesmond Two years ago I crashed my ‘92 Saab 900
  3. 3. ACCIDENT RETURN HOME 5 hrs, 250 mi
  4. 4. headlamps: $1000 body realignment : $2000 (labour) new bumper: $300 new hood: $500 total repair cost: $3800
  5. 5. nada value: $5000 + almost seized engine + 6 months = nada value: $2650 total repair cost: $3800
  6. 6. two senses of 'totaled’ too costly to fix (american) too hard to fix (indian)
  7. 7. the many senses of sus·tain (sə-stān') tr.v.   sus·tained, sus·tain·ing, sus·tains To keep in existence; maintain. To supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for. To support from below; keep from falling or sinking; prop. To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage. To bear up under; withstand: can't sustain the blistering heat. To experience or suffer: sustained a fatal injury. To affirm the validity of: The judge has sustained the prosecutor's objection. To prove or corroborate; confirm. To keep up (a joke or assumed role, for example) competently. [Middle English sustenen, from Old French sustenir, from Latin sustinēre : sub-, from below; see sub- + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.] sus·tain'a·bil'i·ty n., sus·tain'a·ble adj., sus·tain'er n., sus·tain'ment n. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
  8. 8. sus·tain·a·ble (sə-stā'nə-bəl) adj. 1. Capable of being sustained. 2. Capable of being continued with minimal long-term effect on the environment: sustainable agriculture . The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. sustainability noun the property of being sustainable WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.
  9. 9. so what totaled my car?
  10. 10. sustainability is cultural
  11. 11. sustainability depends on continuous maintenance
  12. 12. sustainability depends on continuous production
  13. 13. sustainability is infrastructural
  14. 14. it wasn't the economics
  15. 15. spare parts
  16. 16. sustainability depends on scale
  17. 17. it wasn't rarity
  18. 18. independence
  19. 19. sustainability is a knowledge practice
  20. 20. sustainability depends on collaboration
  21. 21. sustainability is creative
  22. 22. is cultural depends on continuous maintenance depends on continuous production is infrastructural depends on scale is a knowledge practice depends on collaboration is creative

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