In 2003, Alex Steffen, a Seattle-based journalist, co-founded the website Worldchanging to provide news and informed solutions to environmental threats. Three years later, a book spun out of that effort. Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century was a 600-page synthesis of strategies for global challenges, with a foreword by Al Gore, design by Stefan Sagmeister and photos by Edward Burtynsky.
Widely recognized as a leading resource, the Worldchanging organization itself proved unsustainable because of a nonprofit business model that drained the energies of its formidable yet skeletal staff. After publishing a reported 12,000 articles, Steffen’s website closed late last year. Its legacy is continued through a revised and updated edition of Worldchanging, the book, which was published by Abrams.
Readers who want to keep up with Alex Steffen’s latest work can follow his posts on Twitter (@AlexSteffen) and on his site ( http://www.alexsteffen.com/ ).