TED Radio Hour: Stewart Brand: Is Density Our Destiny?Stewart Brand says history has been defined by what happens in cities like London, Paris and New York. But now that the world's largest cities are in the developing world, what does that mean for the present?
Stewart Brand, the man who helped usher in the environmental movement in the 1960s and '70s, has been rethinking his positions on cities, nuclear power, genetic modification and geo-engineering. In this Talk, he gives a taste of his book, Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto.
Brand says people begin to innovate in unique ways when they live in close proximity to one another. At left, a video example of this used in the opening of his TEDTalk.
About Stewart Brand
Since the 1960s, Stewart Brand has maintained that given access to the information it needs, humanity can make the world a better place. He is the founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, co-founder of The WELL and the Long Now Foundation, as well as a writer, editor and game designer. Brand has helped to define the collaborative, data-sharing, forward-thinking world we live in now.