The Courage to Reinvent the Future: Pooran Desai

Pooran studied in Oxford and Cambridge before co-founding BioRegional in 1994 with his wife, Sue Riddlestone. In 1998, he put together the world renowned BedZED eco-village in south London which was completed in 2002. This led on to the creation of One Planet Living — a framework which makes it easy for individuals, businesses and municipalities to understand and engage in a sustainable future. He leads BioRegional’s initiative on One Planet Communities in Europe, Africa, China, Australia and the Americas with over $30 billion of real estate development having used the One Planet framework. In this talk, the outstanding environmentalist and social entrepreneur Pooran Desai asks questions that are crucial to the survival of our species: Can we live happy and healthy lives within the environmental limits of our one planet? Can we harness environmental and social technologies to create a future of abundance rather than scarcity? What can be done in Luxembourg? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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