How do we gauge the health of our communities? Chilean economist Manfred Max-Neef posits that fundamental needs fall into nine universal categories: subsistence, protection, affection, understanding, participation, idleness, creation, identity, and freedom—a list that suggests "health" relies on inter-related factors that are economic, ecological, and social. Enter: Ecotrust's Conservation Economy map, an animated schema that "offers a visual guide to the building blocks — or 'patterns' — that provide a framework for the evolving language of sustainability."
(Via Reggie Prim.)
And: Calculate your ecological footprint.