Former IDEO Global Lead, Energy Domain
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This man is an amazing fountain of ideas and no-bullshit takes on the otherwise BS-rich green domain that has offered many a green bath for brands that do more talk than walk. Until recently, Ted championed famous idea/design agency IDEO's green field as lead for their Energy domain. As such, he has led, implemented, and audited the sustainability programs for Starbucks and worked with the US government to create a national sustainable agriculture initiative. Ted has an eye for business proof sustainability and "green" productification, a heart for effecting lasting change, and speaks his mind eloquently. Institutions like NASA and the World Economic Forum have previously benefited from meanderings of "The Ted".
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Ted Howes is former IDEO Global Lead, Energy Domain.
Ted Howes of Business for Social Responsibility describes the unsuccessful launch of smart meter technology in California. "They never thought about how to contextualize it in terms of a service for people, so that it connected to their values," explains Howes. "They never communicated a better value proposition to people."
Advocacy of the preservation or improvement of the natural environment, especially the social and political movement to control environmental pollution. Other specific goals of environmentalism include control of human population growth, conservation of natural resources, restriction of the negative effects of modern technology, and the adoption of environmentally benign forms of political and economic organization. Environmental advocacy at the international level by nongovernmental organizations and some states has resulted in treaties, conventions, and other instruments of environmental law addressing problems such as global warming, the depletion of the ozone layer, and the danger of transboundary pollution from nuclear accidents. Influential U.S. and British environmentalists have included Thomas Robert Malthus, John Muir, Rachel Carson, Barry Commoner, Paul R. Ehrlich, and Edward O. Wilson. In the social sciences, the term refers to any theory that emphasizes the importance of environmental factors in the development of culture and society.