GreenSource has a short interview with William McDonough, the author of Cradle to Cradle and we (along with thirty other people) are going to have dinner with him tomorrow night right here in Oak Park, IL, where McDonough will keynote the Greentown Conference. That's a lot of links for one sentence, and that's what will happen to you if you start reading McDonough and following his activities -- you'll start making links between how we consume things and how they are designed. It seems fitting that McDonough, an architect, will be speaking here in Oak Park, the site of the first studio of that other architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. And maybe it says that we are just a little over-immersed in this stuff when I confess that this dinner is my husband's 55th birthday present.
A good way to get an introduction to McDonough is through TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. This annual conference hosts the world's most fascinating people and charges them with using 18 minutes to give "the talk of their lives" -- then it shares the talks free on the web via the Creative Commons licensing agreement.