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  • Perhaps the "sustainism" cultural manifesto would be best re-worded as "subsist-ism" if it is to have any true meaning to the majority of the world.

    Michael DeJong: The Human Stain on "Sustainism"

  • If sustainability is boring, "sustainism" is just grammatically freaky adding "ism" to a verb?

    The Guardian World News

  • The early pioneers took into consideration fair-trade long before the "cultural revolution" of sustainism arrived to ease our conscience when we buy our $5.00 cup of fair-trade coffee though I'd gladly wager that none of the gurus of sustainism would ever exchange places with the coffee bean pickers of Guatemala, no matter how "fair" that fair-trade is.

    Michael DeJong: The Human Stain on "Sustainism"

  • The intent is that sustainism will mark a shift not only in thinking and doing but in collective perception -- of how we live, who we do business with, how we feed ourselves, what we design, where we travel, and with and how we communicate and how we deal with nature.

    Michael DeJong: The Human Stain on "Sustainism"

  • Sustainism as a manifesto for the 21st century is being touted as a signal of a new cultural era, where the world is re-designed as more connected, more localist, more digital and more sustainable, and it's strongest proponents have also created a "universal" language to illustrate how sustainism is already reshaping global and local cultures, business practices, technologies, and the media.

    Michael DeJong: The Human Stain on "Sustainism"

  • How can sustainism be the new modernism or even a replacement for modernity?

    Michael DeJong: The Human Stain on "Sustainism"

  • I'm no economist, but I suspect that this particular human stain on sustainism will quickly send their high-minded sustain-ist ideals right out the window when investors and stockholders see the internal rate of return and their dividends shrink away to nothing-ism.

    Michael DeJong: The Human Stain on "Sustainism"

  • At the other end of the spectrum, as Cynthia Smith, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum curator who brilliantly brought to life the exhibition "Design for the other 90%" showed, "sustainism" in the developing world is about staying alive just one more day; making fetid water potable; and valuing innovations by indigenous peoples and scientists, architects and engineers from the developed world equally.

    Michael DeJong: The Human Stain on "Sustainism"

  • I suspect that sustainism is just the hot air of intellectuals and those who consider themselves superior with the sole intention to profit either financially, academically or as part of a desperate eat-or-be-eaten quest for immortality by self-defining their haughty intentions as yet another "manifesto."

    Michael DeJong: The Human Stain on "Sustainism"

  • Practical proposals like this are what designers need, as well as data, definitions, exemplars of success and cautionary tales of failure if they're to realize the potential of sustainism or whatever else anyone wants to call the next 'ism.'

    Michael DeJong: The Human Stain on "Sustainism"

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  • I can't believe there was talk of time travel and I didn't make a joke about branes.

    February 11, 2014

  • I'd rather be among Old Ones than Great Old Ones.

    October 5, 2011

  • Leaden: Too funny! I just watched the Buffy episode where Giles talks about the old ones. Sorry. The Old Ones. You might also like Chained_Bear's Conversations for the Ages list.

    Bilby: Brackets around "Neophyte Sprognik," please.

    October 5, 2011

  • We've never been able to list lists, unless done by editing the list description and putting URLs to list pages in there. Or by putting URLs in comments. Either way you end up with a list with URLs at top or bottom but not in the 'listed' manner that words are. leaden - why are you shouting, oh Neophyte Sprognik? - you might like this guide to classic Wordie/nik discussions: Only on Wordie.

    October 5, 2011

  • Looks around for bilby, then whispers to ruzuzu (I thought it more polite than “Old Ones”.)

    I do so enjoy reading about the old days.

    October 5, 2011

  • Did you just call bilby an Elder Wordnik? Hahahaha!!

    October 5, 2011

  • Thanks for the list, blafferty. (There’s another evening down the drain.) I hope similar lists for other Elder Wordniks erupt soon.

    I’ve been trying to collect best-of-Wordnik-commentary lists in an effort to get caught up with the shared culture here, and in the process realized the most important feature setting Wordnik apart from other online metadictionaries; it’s the same difference between attending a university campus and studying alone at home. (It is, unfortunately, also the feature most emasculated by the new interface.)

    October 5, 2011

  • My goodness, those are lovely.

    July 26, 2011

  • *bats toenails*

    July 26, 2011

  • Big feet to match the big ears.

    July 25, 2011

  • Hm, a google search of "bilby +site:wordnik.com" yields some very interesting footprints.

    July 25, 2011

  • Gasp! There's not already one?
    *runs off to check feasibility*

    July 25, 2011

  • You should make one, blafferty.

    July 25, 2011

  • I don't know, blaffy, but that would be a fun list to peruse on a rainy day.

    July 25, 2011

  • Does anyone have a list of bilby adventures?

    July 25, 2011

  • This is a conversation I missed 6 months ago. I'm surprised no one has yet listed this word in order to preserve this amazing colloquy for the Wordie/Wordnik archives! I am sincerely impressed by the creativity shown here (leaving aside M. Schwarz's suistic comment, which started the volley).

    July 24, 2011

  • so many sustainic verses here

    February 8, 2011

  • The thing is I'm not a big fan of sustainability (as a word) precisely because it has that stain bang in the middle of it. But at least it has some ability.

    This is just a stain surrounded by suism, which could be a collective noun for lawyers, or short for sewer system, or the activities of a suist.

    All in all, revolting.

    February 2, 2011

  • I like that it has most of the flavor of sustainability, with just a hint of satanism--but if you spill any, it would probably leave a stain.

    February 2, 2011

  • The more I see this word, the more hideous it looks.

    February 2, 2011

  • *applause for frogapplause's anagrams*

    February 2, 2011

  • Ass Unit-ism is an anagram for sustainism. There are others: Tsunami Sis, Mist is Anus....

    February 2, 2011

  • *applause*

    February 1, 2011

  • Bravo!

    February 1, 2011

  • The dawning of the era of sustainism
    negates, revokes, expunges and aborts
    my deeply-held belief in Jainism.

    Had I been an adherent of LilWayneism,
    I probably wouldn't have cared that nothing thwarts
    the dawning of the era of sustainism,

    or the creeping tide of cellophanism;
    I could have held onto (with all its warts)
    my deeply-held belief in Jainism,

    or retreated to the redoubt of BrainsBrainsism,
    or other such retarded thoughts.
    But the dawning of the era of sustainism,

    brings in its wake a sad RemembertheMaineism
    and thanks to cultural theorist Michiel Schwartz,
    my deeply-held belief in Jainism

    seems no better than a tawdry Thomas Paine-ism.
    It's like being in a terrible intellectual storm far from any ports:
    the dawning of the era of sustainism
    on my deeply-held belief in Jainism.

    February 1, 2011

  • you'resovainism.

    February 1, 2011

  • It's OK, I'll go with "Thomas Paine-ism".

    February 1, 2011

  • We need one more.

    February 1, 2011

  • BrainsBrainsism?

    February 1, 2011

  • cellophanism?

    February 1, 2011

  • RemembertheMaineism?

    February 1, 2011

  • Keep going and we'll have enough for a villanelle.

    February 1, 2011

  • What about LilWayneism?

    February 1, 2011

  • At last, something to rhyme with Jainism.

    February 1, 2011

  • I just happen to have one of the many art history textbooks that fell through that leaky Norwegian time hole last year (as well as a couple of paradoxes and more soylent green than I can use*), and it turns out SPOILER ALERT for people who prefer to experience time chronologically that Schwarz & Elfers are (will be) successful at naming the next major cultural movement. Here is a brief except:

        1687-1789: Rationalism
        1770-1830: Romanticism
        1830-1905: Realism
        1880-1905: Art Nouveau
        1880-1965: Modernism
        1965-2010: Postmodernism
        1990-2040: Post-Postmodernism
        2010-2055: Sustainism
        2055-2063: Neoconsumerism
        2063-2063: Cataclysm
        2063-Present: Zombiism
            — “Chapter 1: Brains. Brains!

    * If you want some, just stop by.
    That is, they (will) get credit for naming it (erroneously, as mollusque pointed out).

    February 1, 2011

  • Hi mschwarz, a search in Google Books shows that sustainism was used before your coinage, with a similar meaning:

    "Sustainism" is suggested as an alternative to "technocentrism" and "ecocentrism" with an emphasis on people's rights, biodiversity and limits. A new model of the good life results.
    --Religious and Theological Abstracts, Volume 40 (1997)

    Also, sustainity goes back to 1984.

    February 1, 2011

  • You should try something malt-flavored for the furballs, b.

    January 31, 2011

  • Actually I invented the word while searching for vegemite in Ougadougou. After deciding a podge-wodge of fermented ram testicles wouldn't do (not to mention the ram being understandably reluctant, despite his commitment to family planning) I tried scraping the crud off a mechanic's axel-spanner and marinating it in angel's tears for a week. It was close, but not quite good enough for this little a-wanderin' marsupial. My companions, taking pity upon me in my hour of need, guided me through winding alleys of the souk to meet a wise old man, thought to be a living encyclopedia and an all-round up dude on how to fake unpalatable Australian condiments. He was in front of the tv watching a revolution in a country where people like sitting on cars. I couldn't get a word out of him and eventually, needing exercise after much immobility, he joyfully heaved me down the stairs like a Berber drop-kicking a sack of grade A couscous. As I landed I hit my head on a sustainism. There it was! A word no-one wants or likes, badly-formed and ugly to boot. I buried it under a poultice of chunky World Bank economic reports no-one would read again (or read in the first place) and hoped that it would never see the light of day. Alas...

    And I didn't find my vegemite. Though ruzuzu said if I get furballs she might be able to help.

    January 31, 2011

  • SUSTAINISM - A new word.
    http://www.artbook.com/9781935202226.html

    "Sustainism" has since been referred to in The New York Times (http://bit.ly/hxMhXZ) , International Herald Tribune, as well as in the Italian (24 Ore-Il Sole) and Dutch press (NRC Handelsblad), and online.
    The short definition of sustainism: a new cultural era and cultural movement after modernism and postmodernism, based on ideas of connectivity, localism and sustainability.
    First published use: 2010 by Michiel Schwarz & Joost Elffers.

    Alongside two related new words were introduced in our book: "sustainity" (compare: modernity) and "sustainist" (compare: modernist) '>The word "sustainism" was coined by Michiel Schwarz and Joost Elffers in 2010.
    It denotes a new cultural era .
    Like in: "After modernism and postmodernism comes sustainism". Or: "Sustainism will become the mainstream culture of the 21st century".
    The word sustainism was launched in the recent book by Schwarz & Elffers, "Sustainism is the New Modernism: A Cultural Manifesto for the Sustainist Era" (Distributed Art Publishers AP, NY, 2010). http://www.artbook.com/9781935202226.html

    "Sustainism" has since been referred to in The New York Times (http://bit.ly/hxMhXZ) , International Herald Tribune, as well as in the Italian (24 Ore-Il Sole) and Dutch press (NRC Handelsblad), and online.
    The short definition of sustainism: a new cultural era and cultural movement after modernism and postmodernism, based on ideas of connectivity, localism and sustainability.
    First published use: 2010 by Michiel Schwarz & Joost Elffers.

    Alongside two related new words were introduced in our book: "sustainity" (compare: modernity) and "sustainist" (compare: modernist)

    January 30, 2011