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04/11/2012

An overview of Whole Systems Design, LLC and the processes they work with to affect positive change. Located in Vermont's Mad River Valley, the business leads by example to illustrate the basics of sound land-use planning - in other words, how to adapt successfully in human society to the world's everchanging environmental conditions. Ben defines good design as 1. being a functional fit with humanity, climate, and resources; 2.Concentrating value from energy (sun/wind/life processes) and extending it over time; and 3.Utilizing time as a fundamental resource. In a nutshell, "good design" must go beyond doing "less bad" to becoming "regenerative" - improving the health of ecosystems, increasing biomass and biodiversity, and adapting to changing conditions resiliently.

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