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AIA Climate Change Working Group

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About this Incubator Project

The C3LD Incubator Project “AIA Minnesota COTE Climate Change + Resilient Design Statement” Working Group is updating the 2004 AIA Minnesota Climate Change Position Statement and whitepaper to include climate change adaptation and resiliency. The 2004 statement was the first AIA climate change position statement in the country and it played an important role in the 2030 energy conservation movement.

2004 AIA Minnesota Climate Change Position Statement and Whitepaper
2011 AIA Minnesota COTE Sustainable Integrative Design Graphic (Regenerative Version)

AIA MN COTE October 2015 Meeting Notes
AIA MN COTE March 17, 2016 Meeting Notes
AIA MN COTE March 17, 2016 Climate Change Statement Resiliency Update – ROUGH IDEAS DRAFT

The Working Group will periodically post their work on this page.









































The places where we live are important. When we become invested in our neighborhoods, we discover that it can help us be healthy and safe and remind us of what really is essential; that we take care of each other and all the living things on our planet. That it doesn’t help us or our planet to spend massive amounts of time and money developing things we don’t need. When we have more time for ourselves, our families and friends, we can become involved in developing new ways for our communities (and our world) to thrive, like community sharing programs that can benefit everyone.

Annie Leonard, created a hugely successful online film called “The Story of Stuff” in 2007. Since then, she has continued to educate with fast-paced, entertaining, idea and fact-filled short movies. The Story of Stuff Project emerged after 2008 and Annie and her team have made 8 additional online films and a best-selling book. She became the Executive Director of Greenpeace, USA in 2013.

Presented in the style of the original movie, this online film, “The Story of Solutions Video”, helps us see that together we can change the “game”. When the “game’s goal” is large businesses always asking for bigger, more and more, the end result is that we don’t benefit. What’s being called “economic growth” often means most of us get less of what we really need and others go without. With more people power we can support communities and businesses that create solutions and have more time for each other in a future that’s safer, healthier and more fair for all of us.

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The Name:
A Better Economy

The Purpose:
Assist in defining a new fundamental purpose for the economy as outlined in “The Story of Solutions Video”.

The Inventory:
1. Switch the purpose of the Economy from MORE to BETTER.

2. Be a “Solutionary
– Learn to differentiate between an “Old Game Solution” that looks good and real “Game Changing Solutions” that create change for the better.
–  Example of an “Old Game Solution:” Give away Gift Cards to people who recycle plastic bags – which simply encourages them to buy more and reinforces the ‘MORE’ economic paradigm.
–  Example of  a “Game Changing Solution:” Ban plastic Bags and encourage reusable bags encouraging the ‘BETTER’ economic paradigm.

3.  GOAL:

G – Give People More Power
O – Open peoples eyes to the Truth of Happiness
A – Account for all Costs
L – Lessen the Wealth Gap

Example of a GOAL oriented solution: Evergreen Cooperatives Cleveland – Worker / Owners operating green businesses –   laundry, solar company + urban farm


The Story of Solutions Video

The Story of Solutions, 2013, The Story of Stuff Project

Evergreen Cooperatives Cleveland


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Panoramic Category
Capital + Economics (C)

Category Cascade
Design + Thinking (RB)
Life + Planet (LP)
Region + Bio-Region (RB)
Operations + Facility (OF)
People* + Products (PP)

Pattern Cascade
#DT tbd  | Possible Pattern Spin-off: “Solutionary”
#LP 075 | Reliable Prosperity
#RB 900 | Value-Added Production
#OF 725 | Green Business
#OF 750 | Community Benefit
#OF 800 | Self-Governing Workshops
#PP 725 | Green Procurement
#PP 750 | Product as a Service
#PP 770 | Product Labeling

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NNaomi Klein gives a very feisty TED Talk on the issue of reckless business behavior + economics, huberous, greed, climate change, mechanistic thinking, human domination of nature, the myth of endless resources, the American narrative of manifest destiny and the overwhelming need for pre-caution as a vital principle within our society and economy. In short, Klein skillfully integrates the key issues of the day into a fast-paced 18 minutes that will keep you thinking and entertained while offering new master narrative for modern society.

Life + Planet
| Reference Source: C3 Living Design (C3LD)
Key Link(s):

  • Twitter Hashtag: #LP025
  • Composite Category (C-Cat) Twitter Hashtag: #LPmC3
  • Primary Category: 01, Life + Planet, LP
  • Overlay Category: Meta, M
  • Sub-Category: None Established


Issue Statement
This pattern has not yet been developed and is considered a Seed with resources posted to the C3 Living Design Website.

Key Words + Phrases
Not Yet Identified

Significant Pattern Relationships | Primary Sphere of Influence (PSI)

Higher-Order Patterns: None yet Identified
Lower-Order Patterns: To be Selected

Problem Definition
Not yet Developed

Action Statement + Graphic
Not yet Developed

Reference Materials


Curator: Dp


B Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is “Big History”: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

The realy compelling aspect of this presentation is in Christian’s discussion on complexity, how it builds on itself through threshold layers and ultimately, how humans may represent a new threshold layer of complexity due to our capacity for detailed language and creativity.