Carol Baroudi

Searching for Heroes of Innovation

By Carol Baroudi
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My company, Arrow Electronics, is likely older than you are. For the last 80 years, Arrow has been supplying components to technology innovators around the globe. We happen to think that these innovators deserve much more ink than they’re getting — and not just electronics innovators, but all the innovators who are making the world a better place. #Whyisit that glitz and glamour outrank brains and breakthroughs? #Whyisit that crime outshines true brilliance?

At the Core of Sustainable Electronics

By Carol Baroudi
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There’s rightfully much ado about the climate—from extreme weather events, severe droughts and water crises to fossil fuels and the race to renewables. However, there’s far too little talk about electronics and their roles in environmental ecosystems.

Ironically, the folks who say, “Don’t worry, we’ll invent solutions to all our problems” are typically envisioning some technological breakthrough that will save us all. They give little heed, I suspect, to “what will save technology.”

1.5 Tons of Water

By Carol Baroudi
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I’ve talked about the embedded energy in electronics – the energy used to create or manufacture a product. I’ve talked about the rare earth minerals and the other mined materials that go into electronics.

Who do You Trust?

By Carol Baroudi
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Every transaction, be it interpersonal or commercial, involves trust. You trust that you’re getting what you’ve agreed upon. Or you’ve weighed the risks and have decided that should you not get what you’ve settled upon, you can live with the consequences. For tangible goods, certain clear guidelines apply – we have return policies, warranties, and extended warranties. For services, it’s a different matter.

Sustainatopia Comes to Boston – Call to Speakers

By Carol Baroudi
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I enjoyed both attending and presenting at Sustainatopia in both Miami and L.A. last year. As a networking conference, it can’t be beat. This fall, Sustainatopia is coming to Boston, and my prediction is that it’ll be the best Sustainatopia to date. Why? Because here in Boston we’re rife with sustainability innovation – from clean tech to socially responsible investing – from the private sector to academia to government to nonprofits.

Electronics From Milk

By Carol Baroudi
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One of my biggest concerns on the road to sustainable IT is that, today, electronics are made almost exclusively from nonrenewable sources. Metals and oil for plastic come from the earth’s crust, never to be replenished. Last week, I wrote about new computer chips made from wood. This week, the news is about electronic components made from, yep, milk.

Connecting the Dots -- Reprise

by Carol Baroudi
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In May of 2012, 350.org organized “Connect the Dots Day,” which was aimed at bringing awareness to the acceleration and interconnectivity of severe weather events across the globe. I wrote then about the need to connect the dots in many dimensions beyond the weather events themselves if we are to cognize the importance of our every action as well as our every inaction. Three years later, we certainly have many more dots, and the need to expand our thinking is greater as well. Connecting climate change to energy is rudimentary.

"They Don't See the Harm"

by Carol Baroudi
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CleanMed 2015, Portland, Oregon. Keynote speaker Robin Guenther says that organizations are impeded from doing the right thing more by attitude than lack of funds. “They don’t see the harm” and thus do not see the need to act. When they see, they act, and often find solutions that may ultimately save money.

The Silo

by Carol Baroudi
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Organizations of significant size and longevity often complain about silos – departments or functions that operate in isolation from the rest of the organization, making the interchange of information difficult, if not impossible. It’s difficult to get a comprehensive picture without cobbling together into cumbersome kluges systems that are often unique. Frequently these problems are a result of mergers and acquisitions – different entities combining into one.

More Beer. Less Waste.

by Carol Baroudi
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It’s hard to get closer to the core of America than with American sports fans. If America actually has a top religion, it would have to be sports, given the number of devotees, the hours of worship spent, the dollars contributed, the passion, the zeal and, in some cases, the blind faith. So when data arrives indicating that a good chunk of Americans (more than a third of the 2,000+ surveyed) espouse environmental preferences in their sporting and entertainment events, I pay attention.

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