Thursday, July 23, 2015

Who rules the world?

The new book of Paul Steinberg, a professor of Political Science and Environmental Policy at Harvey Mudd College, is entitled Who Rules the Earth? The book is an engaging discussion on how rules rule our lives and the interaction with the environment. Unlike many people may assume rules are constructed because individuals care about a problem and try to find solutions. For example, building codes have a potential big environmental impact and thus changing those rules or creating new standard (like LEED) can have major impact. Based on personal observations and stories, Professor Steinberg shows us that rules are everywhere and key to understand how we can solve environmental challenges.
His students created a website where you find animations, news updates and a game to get immersed  even more with the rules and the environment. Although rules and regulations may sound like a boring topic. Steinberg is doing a great job to make it engaging and raise awareness.