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Lessons of the Square Watermelon

Posted in Models by fedwards on February 23rd, 2009

Find an extract (and some pictures) from an article, Lessons of the Square Watermelon by Peter Drucker on the Lean Thinking Network.

Japanese grocery stores had a problem. They are much smaller than their US counterparts and therefore don’t have room to waste. Watermelons, big and round, wasted a lot of space. Most people would simply tell the grocery stores that watermelons grow round and there is nothing that can be done about it. That is how the vast majority of people would respond. But some Japanese farmers took a different approach. If the supermarkets wanted a square watermelon, they asked themselves, “How can we provide one?” It wasn’t long before they invented the square watermelon.
Square watermelons

The solution to the problem of round watermelons wasn’t nearly as difficult to solve for those who didn’t assume the problem was impossible to begin with and simply asked how it could be done. It turns out that all you need to do is place them into a square box when they are growing and the watermelon will take on the shape of the box.

Square watermelons 2

To read the full article visit the Lean Thinking Network.

The ACCA to publish series of Sustainability Briefing papers

Posted in Models by fedwards on February 20th, 2009

The ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is publishing a series of five Sustainability Briefing papers for its members about core accounting disciplines in relation to sustainability.

The Sustainability Briefings cover the following issues:

· Reporting
· Economic Instruments
· Audit and Assurance
· Governance
· Accounting

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The Healthy Cities Conference – Brisbane, Australia

Posted in Events by fedwards on February 18th, 2009

What: The Healthy Cities Conference will be a platform for Government, Academics and Industry sector professionals to consider health, sustainability, natural resource management, climate change, urban design and the implications for public policy. The future will present some exciting challenges, what do we need to meet these challenges and how will it effect the way we live and work?
Where: Holiday Inn, Surfers Paradise 25th – 27th March 2009
To exhibit or display your services, you can download the Sponsorship prospectus at
For more information on registration fees or to view the program please visit the conference website.

Peter Garrett and Malcolm Turnbull to speak at Green Cities 09!

Posted in Events by fedwards on February 16th, 2009

Australia’s most innovative and influential green building companies will come together from 1-4 March to hear from two of the nation’s most experienced green politicians. Will your company be there? Don’t miss a rare opportunity to join our leading green thinkers at Green Cities 09, and hear from Peter Garrett, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, and Malcolm Turnbull, Leader of the Opposition.

Register online at

Invitation to the Sustainable Cities Round Table – Sustainable Sharing

Posted in Events by fedwards on February 9th, 2009

When: 6-8pm Thursday 26 February 2009
Where: Shed 4 Dock 4 North Wharf Road, Docklands VIC 3006 AUSTRALIA. Map: 2E 7D
RSVP essential to: rsvp@ by 20 Febuary 2009
What: It may seem strange that we’ve highlighted sharing as a sustainability issue. Yet as the West has become more industrialised we’ve also grown more individualised producing more products per person. At this Sustainable Cities Round Table we explore how we can learn to share again. Topics include shared spaces, such as composts and co-houses; shared products and materials, such as the renewed retro world of no longer daggy hand-me-downs, and shared services, such as permablitzes and group purchasing power.

Speakers include:
Kate Pears, My Sisters Wardrobe
Adam Grubb, Permablitz
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Bike Lending Models

Posted in Models by fedwards on February 2nd, 2009

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #93, 27 January 2009, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar newsletter provides an excellent commentary on sustainable transport issues.

“Errand Bikes, funded by GetAbout Columbia [in the US], are changing the way some Columbia merchants are doing business. Instead of depending on a car for all of their transportation needs, bikes are becoming a popular option. The Errand Bike Program loans new, ready-to-roll bikes to businesses owners or employees so that they can run errands, attend meetings or make deliveries with them. The bikes can also be used to travel back and forth to work to give people the opportunity to try out the bike commuting lifestyle.
“Businesses are allowed to keep the bikes for up to 60 days and if there is not a waiting list they can be kept longer. Janet Godon, PedNet Outreach Coordinator, runs the Errand Bike program and said the goal is to loan the bikes to businesses so they can see if employees will use them for errands, deliveries, meetings or commuting. ‘Because it’s a temporary loan program’, said Godon ‘we hope they use the bike & find it helpful so that they will want to purchase their own or begin riding one from home’.
“That is exactly what happened to Michael Baroli, owner of 9th Street Deli. He received an Errand Bike in September and enjoyed the bike so much that he bought his own for business and personal use. ‘I was too lazy to ride a bike before’, said Baroli. The Errand Bike program showed him that riding a bike was easy and fun. ‘Now I ride my bike every day’. Baroli bought a Journey 6 semi-recumbent bike. ‘I only drive on Sunday’s now to do the heavy errands. Other than that I am on my bike’. Main Squeeze Natural Foods Café has also had an Errand Bike since mid-September and owner Leigh Lockhart has been pleasantly surprised. “We use it a lot more than I thought we would’, she said. ‘Besides bike deliveries, we use it for many errands that we used to walk to do’.
“The Errand Bike has also been saving the business some money. ‘Before the bike we always felt like we need a car here in case we had to make a trip for something we ran out of. Now, we can get to Clover’s on Broadway just as fast as if we had a car’, said Lockhart.”
Ref: Pedestrian & Pedaling Network (PedNet) Columbia, Missouri