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Tips for the 21st century


In Comment (NCE 13 January), Mark Whitby asked 'But how are we to deliver the 21st century engineers?' Here are some suggestions:

Read Sharon Beder's 'The New Engineer' - ISBN 073294676X - which challenges us to meet 'management and professional responsibility in a changing world';

To be stimulated and challenged as a technologist, read 'Natural Capitalism' by Hawken, Lovins and Lovins - ISBN 1853834610 - on the improvements in resource and energy efficiency we could produce. It also describes the success of the city of Curitiba, Brazil; where life has been transformed by members of our professions taking public office;

To learn about the sustainability challenge direct from leading thinkers, attend one of the three one-week residential courses at Schumacher College, Devon (;

If you really want to engage with the challenge and opportunities sustainability brings to management and business, do the two-year part-time MSc course in 'Responsibility and Business Practice', at Bath School of Management ( carpp/msc.htm).

Charles Ainger, (F)

25 Palliser Road, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks, HP8 4DL

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