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Magazine History & Selected Articles

EcoIQ Magazine published online in a quarterly format between 1998 and 2002. It included hundreds of features, op-eds, news briefs, and book and resource reviews. It has published mostly feature and opinion articles in a less structured way in the years since.

Our Magazine has included articles by such sustainability thought leaders as Lester R. Brown (Worldwatch, Earth Policy Institute), Duane Elgin (Voluntary Simplicity), Bill Shireman (The Future 500), Denis Hayes (Earth Day), Dave Wann (Affluenza), and many other successful social innovators and activists.

EcoIQ Magazine has championed big ideas. If wastes are resources, shouldn't we recycle everything? If environmental protection and economic prosperity aren't in conflict, why do so many people stubbornly insist that they are? And why can we not escape the feeling something is profoundly wrong with discounting future suffering and death to pennies on today's dollar?

Then, of course, there is the biggest idea of them all, that everything is connected to everything else. The idea pops up everywhere. Thinkers muse that perhaps the flutter of a butterfly's wings could effect the weather months later and on the other side of the world. "When we try to pick out anything by itself," John Muir reasoned, "we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." Many of our writers and articles point to the ubiquitous but still surprising interconnectedness between things as they attempt to describe solutions to our most vexing and indeed wicked problems.

Finally, EcoIQ Magazine has focused a spotlight on critically important issues and opportunities: The renewables revolution, the coming electrification of everything, the reconceptualization and reshaping of communities, the unfolding transformation of business practices, and, of course, the nip and tuck struggle to avoid climate catastrophe.

Since a lot of this was published between ten and twenty years ago, many of those hundreds of articles are today hopelessly outdated, often linked to studies and reports that are themselves no longer even online. We are in the process of sorting the still useful from the no-longer-useful and taking the latter offline.

We have preserved in this EcoIQ Magazine Archive twenty-five articles, including features, opinion pieces, and book excerpts and reviews. Reading through them reminds us of both how far we have come and how far we have yet to go.

Finally, in our days as a quarterly journal, we were assisted by a fine group of Contributing Writers and Editors. More about them here.

EcoIQ Magazine's Archived Articles

Nine Feature Articles. Subjects include an "unusual" but ubiquitous left-right alliance, the ramifications of having a large capital value in unburnable hydrocarbon fuels, restructuring the global economy toward sustainability, community renewal and urban planning, and a 4-part series by urban planning consultant Karen Walz on creating livable 21st century cities. More >>

Seven Opinion Articles. Subjects include overshooting our carrying capacity, the links between our environment and our economy, a new less confrontational path for environmental activism, getting serious about treating our wastes as resources, intergenerational ethics in water supply, how profit shapes urban space, and even how to rescue sand-starved beaches. More >>

Nine Book Excerpts & Reviews. Books excerpted or reviewed include: Thinking, Fast and Slow, a book that helps us distinguish between reality and the stories we tell ourselves; Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by David Wann & John de Graaf; What We Learned in the Rainforest: Business Lessons from Nature by Tachi Kiuchi & Bill Shireman; and several others. More >>

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