Mining the Mind

In our work, we constantly generate new knowledge and insights about sustainable development. Below, we share articles based on our work and research introducing new ways of thinking. We imagine what a sustainable society can look like, as well as publish tools and guides to help us get there.

All material is free to share and open source under Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA).


Articles archive


The World’s Best Systems Thinkers: Part 1

Sep 2022

Diversity in Greatness

Systems thinking is this generation's lifebuoy. It's the only way to accurately observe our world, assess its complexity, and design and im…


A three-part series for Sustainable Vietnam

Jun 2022

How Innovation Communities enhance Sustainability

The following article consolidates a three-part series that Except produced for Sustainable Vietnam. It shares Except's experience and insi…


Moving beyond impact investing toward a systemic approach

Mar 2022

The Rise of Systemic Investments

To realize a sustainable society, we need to address our bruised environmental and economic systems in their entirety. For that to happen, …


Moving toward sustainable buildings and cities

Jan 2022

Vietnam's Race to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions

Vietnam has outlined bold carbon reduction goals in its National Green Growth Strategy 2021-2030. With this, it has entered a pathway to be…

Unexpected predictions from the military and insurance industry on the effects of climate change

Jan 2022

New climate insight revealed

We continue to face unprecedented droughts, wildfires, and flooding. All the while, our leaders and media pundits continue to spout contrad…


The COP26 Outcome: What it Means for Orchid City

Nov 2021

The COP26 Outcome: What it Means for Orchid City

On the evening of the 13th of November 2021, Alok Sharma, the acting president for COP26, the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, proudly de…