Independent media needs you. Join the Tyee.

New Ideas for the New Year

Lightbulb

The Tyee offers its readers 12 textbook cases of thinking outside the box. All of them come from people trying to make B.C. a better place to live.

In This Series

news

Lightbulb

Idea #1: Advertise Change

David Vogt wants to turn digital billboards into citizen media.

By Tom Barrett, 17 Dec 2007


news

Lightbulb

Idea #2: Mindful Sex

Dr. Lori Brotto has a new application for an old idea.

By Danielle Egan, 18 Dec 2007


news

Lightbulb (small)

Idea #3: Make Car Insurance Green and Fair

A UBC team wants rates that help the environment without hurting the pocketbook.

By Rob Annandale, 19 Dec 2007


news

Lightbulb (small)

Idea #4: Fruit Trees on City Streets

Ruben Anderson sees both the cultural and the culinary appeal.

By Colleen Kimmett, 20 Dec 2007


news

Lightbulb (small)

Idea #5: Cheap Meds for the World's Poor

A student group gets UBC onboard.

By Rob Annandale, 21 Dec 2007


news

Lightbulb (small)

Idea #6: Fix the Building Code

Two environmentalists say current rules are a barrier to new thinking.

By Tom Barrett and Andrew MacLeod, 24 Dec 2007


news

Lightbulb (small)

Idea #7: Stick It to the Pine Beetle

Sorin Pasca turns dead trees into a new building material

By Rob Annandale, 25 Dec 2007


news

Lightbulb (small)

Idea #8: Reboot the Treaty Process

Taiaiake Alfred calls for a conference to establish some basic principles.

By Andrew MacLeod, 26 Dec 2007


news

Lightbulb (small)

Idea #9: Public Funds for Home Renos

The case for loans to pay for solar heating.

By Colleen Kimmett, 27 Dec 2007


news

Lightbulb (small)

Idea #10: A Sea-to-Sky Greenbelt

Smart Growth BC takes on exurban sprawl.

By Tom Barrett, 28 Dec 2007


news

Bicycles In Paris

Idea #11: U-bike

Peter Ladner wants Vancouver awash in rental bikes.

By Rob Annandale, 31 Dec 2007


news

Lightbulb (small)

Idea #12: Zone for Affordable Housing

BC has far too few affordable homes. Whistler has none. Councillor Tim Wake warns: "Plan early, or react later."

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Jan 2008


Real Cities Give Their People Places to Pee

Public washrooms should be plentiful and accessible, says one scholar. And cities that do flush, flourish.

By Christopher Cheung