Conservation Enterprise Development: Choosing your Strategy

Creating a business that conserves culture or protects the environment, sells a product and generates a return isn’t easy – being tied to a particular place offers both constraints and opportunities that are quite different to classic entrepreneurship. Here’s some options for an enterprise development strategy that aims to innovate in value creation beyond the usual suspects…

Tropical sustainable design case studies from Cairns

James Cook University and the Tropical Green Building Network in Cairns have together released a comprehensive series of Tropical Sustainable Design Case Studies from Queensland, well worth a look. Covering residential, commercial, civic and civil building projects, these case studies present tropical design principles and theories (for environmental and social sustainability) put to the test, often with…

A Balinese spa treat, plus lessons on tropical architecture and ethics

Cantika is one of my favorite places in Ubud. To mix desert-tropical metaphors, it is an oasis of beauty and integrity in a land already full of beauty, but sadly not presently always full of integrity. I’d been to Cantika Alami (one of three Cantika massage and spa centres) on a previous visit and been…

Tropical Alternatives to Christmas

As the religious aspects of Christmas fade into the background over time the remaining, pagan European symbology becomes patently absurd, another way in which tropical citizens unthinkingly ape their temperate masters - fake snow in 30 degree heat; a santa costume unwearable without strong air conditioning; a tree from the sub-arctic recreated in plastic. In…