I started talking about the concept of "sustainable information" here at Grist a couple of months ago, and drew mostly blank stares. It was as if yoking the two words together couldn't possibly make sense.
I didn't mean information about sustainability, valuable though that is.
I didn't mean the sustainable delivery of information -- as in, "think of the trees before you print out this e-mail," or "don't leave your laptop on its charger round the clock."
And -- important though this might be to my own livelihood -- I didn't mean "how do we keep news organizations in business," which is what people in the media often think "sustainable" means.
I was thinking more about what it might mean to apply the ideal of sustainability to the news and information that we produce and consume every day.