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20 Years of Crazy Ideas:

Dave Rejeski, Director of ELI's Technology, Innovation and the Environment Project, started writing for ELI's policy journal, The Environmental Forum, in 1997, starting with a story on the environmental implications of the service sector and most recently ending with a piece on the sharing economy. Here is the whole trip:

  • The Post Ownership Society, The Environmental Forum, September/October 2017
    The environmental impacts of the sharing economy may not be unequivocally positive or negative but will depend on sticky norms, policy nudges, and human preferences. There may also be tipping points in capacity utilization, which could impact policy decisions.
  • Any Big Ideas Left?, The Environmental Forum, September/October 2011
    Clearly, we are not running out of problems, but are we running out of solutions? At this point, it is not clear what paradigm, or more broadly, what vision, drives thinking about our collective environmental future.
  • Managing the Molecular EconomyThe Environmental Forum (cover story), January/February 2010
    Pretty much as predicted, the long awaited convergence of nanotechnology and biotechnology has arrived. Can environmental protection, still cleaning up the last Industrial Revolution, avoid the perils while realizing the promises of manufacturing at an atomic scale?
  • Overseeing the Unseeable, The Environmental Forum (cover story),  November/December 2007 (with Terry Davies)
    Nanotechnology is the perfect test case for the future of environmental protection…Oversight will require a variety of approaches – voluntary and involuntary, public and private, market-based and rule-based.
  • The Next Small Thing, The Environmental Forum, March/April 2004
    Nanotechnology is not the next industrial revolution, but it will converge with ongoing revolutions in information technology and biotechnology
to create it. The environmental community has a chance to guide the coming Info-Bio-Nano Revolution in ways that avoid the mistakes of the first industrial revolution — and harness this one for environmental improvement.
  • Electronic ImpactThe Environmental Forum (cover story), July/August 1999.
    The era of e-commerce has arrived. Selling and purchasing by both consumers and businesses will change form, and demand will be created for new products and services and how they are delivered. It’s time to start thinking of the environmental impact, and how unlikely our present regulatory system will be able to address it.
  • An Incomplete PictureThe Environmental Forum (cover story), September/October 1997.
    Though the services may not be at the end of the pipe, they have a significant effect and its size and contents.  Yet we are only beginning to understand the environmental impacts – and opportunities – the sector presents.

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