Where do you think the concept of environmental sustainability came from? Sometimes we think America is the “entrepreneur of all answers.” We innovate here, and I love that quality about our country. And while I’m proud of California’s increased consciousness about the importance of preserving our Earth, we usually have to look back to see where the truth started.
One remarkable era we can learn from is the Edo period in Japan, lasting from 1603 to 1868. Japan was ruled at this time by the shoguns of the Tokugawa family. This period was marked by stability and rising urbanization. Here are a few key concepts this era espoused, from which we can continue to learn::
1) Localization ...more