I grew up the son of European parents. I used to think that’s why I was raised to limit waste as much as possible, but now I know lots of folks who were raised by or with parents and grandparents from the Great Depression era and they were ingrained with the same sensibilities. Shut the door, “close” the light, take care of your equipment and it will last longer. My dad was all over Europe during WWII (not by choice) and he constantly drummed into us how lucky we were to live in a free society, have three meals daily and a roof over our heads. My wife (also from Europe) continues the tradition of not being wasteful.
One trend that will likely see continued growth in the near to long term future is the green movement. The recession has forced companies to seek ways to cut costs and save money. I expect that the green movement will continue to flourish in the IT community and as Ellen Fanning points out in her article "The Top Green-IT Organizations find fertile ground for innovation" the goal is not only to help the environment but to save money. The beauty of green is that it's the gift that keeps on giving as future generations get to benefit as well. I know I'm imparting that thrifty mindset in my children at every opportunity.
This story, "Green IT and Depression-Era Values" was originally published by Computerworld.