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E-Waste Problem

Sustainability & Infographic
Visualizing The World’s 
E-Waste Problem
    By Ariel Schwartz via Fast CoExist

Every day, we throw out an enormous amount of precious metals that are hiding inside our old electronics. Just how much? This infographic will shock you, especially if you like gold.

" Creativity from Southern World"

  Valdivia "Green Sky" By ©msanhuezacelsi 
  More Art & Photography...

"10 Technologies to help the world's poor"

OPEN Sustainability & Technology

 by via

While many of these products remain out of reach price-wise for the majority of individuals, most can be purchased by governments or non-profit organizations.   

Veganism: A Fad? Or the Future of Food?

Veganism: A Fad? Or the Future of Food?

While we haven’t done as much on veganism lately as we once did when Justin was submitting posts regularly, we’re still mindful of the impacts of the traditional animal-based diet on the environment and human health. So, while many will call this lifestyle choice a “fad” encouraged by the celebrity set, we know that veganism is a solid option for a healthy lifestyle… and is easier on the planet. Though we don’t all practice veganism, understanding the impacts of our food choices helps us make those choices knowingly… not the kind of mindset normally associated with the American diet.
So, why is the vegan lifestyle growing in the US? Sure, it’s presence in popular culture makes a difference… but it’s also clear from the infographic below that many Americans are becoming more mindful of their food choices, and aligning those choices with their values. We’re impressed, and applaud anyone who decides to make such a change… for whatever reason (because nearly all of them are really good ones!).

Are you a vegan? Why’d you choose a diet and lifestyle that rejects all forms of animal products? Any particular inspirations? Share your thoughts with us… we’d love to learn more!

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Source: TopRNtoBSN.com

Veganism: A Fad? Or the Future of Food? [Infographic] via sustainablog.org

 Source: TopRNtoBSN.com


Japan and Entrepreneurship Culture

Sustainability & Entrepreneurship

 Why Japan Has A Massive 'Entrepreneurship Vacuum'

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Empirical research has shown that "opportunity-driven" entrepreneurship is the wellspring of growth in the modern market economy. In Japan, the relative dearth of opportunity-driven entrepreneurship has contributed to the nation's economic malaise over the past two decades -- since the asset price bubble burst in 1991.
Although there are encouraging signs -- given the sophistication of Japan's technological base, the promise of female entrepreneurs, the advent of start-up incubators and the rise of "intra-preneurship" within established companies -- entrepreneurship levels today are markedly low relative both to pre-1991 Japan and to current levels in other developed countries. Ironically, during Japan's two lost decades, foreign-run enterprises, small businesses and entrepreneurs accounted for nearly all job creation. To revitalize its sluggish economy, Japan must create incentives to promote homegrown start-ups and must rapidly commercialize patented, cutting-edge technologies.

"Cities as a Lab"

Sustainability & Innovation

Cities as a Lab!

By Brooks Rainwater via Cityminded.org

The world is urban. Currently over half of the world’s inhabitants live in cities and this is projected to grow to 70% of all people by 2050. Not only are people increasingly gravitating towards cities for economic opportunity, but they are moving to cities because of the unique opportunities they provide in design, culture, and quality of life. Cities are the centers of economic growth and the urban environment is becoming increasingly smarter. Worldwide, cities are facing increasing global challenges in promoting public health, seeking sustainable outcomes, and incorporating resiliency strategies. Architects are uniquely positioned through the use of collaborative design thinking and the ability to work at multiple scales to envisage future development, help solve these challenges, and plan innovative solutions.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'” Audrey Hepburn


"B Corps and society's problems"

Jay Coen Gilbert shares his vision to harness the power of business to solve society's problems through olve society's problems through  via TEDxPhilly. -- a new standard labeling socially and environmentally responsible companies. B Corps will help corporations be profitable while solving society's problems. More Information...

Understanding social and public labs

Social innovation & labs

  Understanding social and public labs

 This note summarises a view of the field of innovation labs - and what might lie ahead. It looks at the ways in which labs need to be both insiders and outsiders at the same time – and the practical challenges of the classic ‘radical’s dilemma’. If they stand too much inside the system they risk losing their radical edge; if they stand too far outside they risk having little impact. It follows that the most crucial skill they need to learn is how to navigate the inherently unstable role of being both insiders and outsiders; campaigners and deliverers; visionaries and pragmatists.

This  paper looking at the various social and public labs I’ve come across around the world.

It suggests a typology for understanding them and describes some of the challenges they face – in particular, the radical’s dilemma of having to work both inside and outside established systems.

- See Full paper via  nesta.org.uk
I’ve written a paper looking at the various social and public labs I’ve come across around the world.
It suggests a typology for understanding them and describes some of the challenges they face – in particular, the radical’s dilemma of having to work both inside and outside established systems. 
- See more at: http://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/understanding-social-and-public-labs#sthash.qNAKl8A1.dpuf
I’ve written a paper looking at the various social and public labs I’ve come across around the world.
It suggests a typology for understanding them and describes some of the challenges they face – in particular, the radical’s dilemma of having to work both inside and outside established systems. 
- See more at: http://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/understanding-social-and-public-labs#sthash.qNAKl8A1.dpuf

Open Cinema "Le Voyage dans la Lune" by George Méliès


"Le Voyage dans la Lune" 

by George Méliès

A Trip to the Moon (French: Voyage dans la Lune) is a 1902 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. Inspired by a wide variety of sources, it follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled spaceship, explore the Moon's surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return in a splashdown to Earth with a captive Selenite in tow.

How much you know about the Ebola?

Science & Global News

How much you know about the Ebola?

by  WHO

Ebola virus disease (EVD), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), or simply Ebola is a disease of humans and other primates caused by an ebolavirus. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches. Typically, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash follow, along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, affected people may begin to bleed both within the body and externally.

Innovative Spaces

Space matters. It affects the way we work, think and interact. That’s why building environments that encourage creative collaboration has become a central issue for organisations and city planners globally.  From the corporate Googleplex to the startup accelerator and the innovation campus, billions are being spent on the innovative work-scapes of the future.

The ‘architecture of innovation’ is not itself anything new.  Sixty years ago biologist Jonas Salk claimed his discovery of the polio vaccine only came when he swapped his basement lab for an Italian monastery which eventually became the template for the iconic Louis Kahn-designed Salk Institute.  Yet uninspiring architecture can still be great idea generators from MIT’s leaky Building 20 to the garage startups of Silicon Valley.    

"Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime" by Beck #OpenCinema

Cinema & music

"Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind OST"

The soundtrack album for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was released by Hollywood Records on March 16, 2004. It features the score, composed by Los Angeles musician Jon Brion, as well as songs from artists E.L.O., The Polyphonic Spree, The Willowz, and Don Nelson. Beck, in a collaboration with Jon Brion, provides a cover version of the Korgis' "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime". Many of the vocal songs either revolve around memories or the sun.

"B The Change"


Whose Smart City?

Open Sustainability & Innovation

Whose Smart City? 

The proliferation of 'smart' solutions to a deluge of political and economic problems in today's cities may well serve to reinforce urban inequality at a time when new radical alternatives are in desperate need.

"Plaza del Torico, Teruel, HDR"  by Marc (marcp_dmoz) CC BY NC SA 


As a student of cities, I am very much interested in the diffusion and circulation of buzzwords, global slogans and global ideas about cities and their development strategies. In the last decade, I have observed the shifts from debates on technological and information cities, to cultural cities, creative cities, sustainable, green and resilient cities, to our current conjuncture with the rise of the 'smart' cities. But what does it mean for a city to be ‘smart’? What are the implications and rationales behind smart urbanism? Is smart urbanism as positive as the term suggests? 

The concept behind smart cities is actually rather vague, there is no common definition of what a smart city is, most commonly the idea relies on the implicit assumption that urban infrastructures and everyday life can/should be optimized and ’greened’ through the technologies and innovations of global IT companies. So, what’s the problem with smart cities? Who wouldn’t want to live in a smart city anyway?

The Gathering "Travel" Live #RockNroll

 The Gathering is a Dutch alternative rock band, founded in 1989 by brothers Hans and René Rutten and vocalist Bart Smits in the small city of Oss, North Brabant.




"Great QUOTES"

Full Quotes Gallery via EcowR

"Music gives a Soul to the universe, wings to the Mind, flight to the Imagination, and life to everything" Plato.

▸"Most important have the courage to follow your heart and intuition" Steve Jobs.



▸ "Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology is Indistinguishable from Magic" Arthur C. Clarke.

▸"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." Thomas Jefferson.
Full Quotes Gallery via EcowR


▸"Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk" -Tony Stark.

▸“Never walk on the traveled path because it only leads where others have been” Alexander Graham Bell.

▸"Entrepreneurial Business favours the Open mind" @RichardBranson.


▸"The second Internet revolution will be using the Internet to disrupt & transform other sectors" @SteveCase


 ▸“If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything Original” @SirKenRobinson


▸"Risk is not a four-letter word. Today, not taking risks can be risky, because risk equals Innovation." Robert Brunner

 ▸ "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein

Filthy Luker to Disrupt Cities " Urban Art with humor & irony"

creativity & Design

Filthy Luker, stage name of Luke Egan, is an artist from Bristol, known for his works of urban art. His pieces are dynamic and dark site specific three dimensional interventions, laden with irony, reinvent the function of everyday objects or add details unsettling, creating dialogue with the surrounding environment, in order to confuse passers-by and a laugh or a look of astonishment.

"Change Ahead"

Designed The Perfect Cardboard Box

Creativity & Imagination 

Designed The Perfect Cardboard Box

via Fast Co.design

Two Cooper Union undergrads constructed a box that's less wasteful, easier to pack, easier to open, and good looking, too.

While some companies, like Ecovative, are tooling around with highly sustainable alternatives to shipping products around the world, two undergrads have just reinvented the humble cardboard container itself to be more efficient.

Blood Moon 2014 - Lunar Eclipse Online

Science & Culture

The Total lunar eclipse will begin early on the morning of October 8 at approximately 4 a.m. EDT. A live Ustream view of the lunar eclipse will be streamed on this page on the night of the event, courtesy of Marshall Space Flight Center. The feed will feature a variety of lunar eclipse views from telescopes around the United States.

On October 8, 2014, there will be a total lunar eclipse. It will be the second of four consecutive total eclipses in a series, known as a tetrad (the remaining 2 eclipses will take place on  April 8, 2015, and September 28, 2015). 

"Follow Me Project"

Photography & Creativity

"Follow Me Project"

by  Murad Osmann

Murad Osmann is a creative photographer who documents his travels around the world with his girlfriend leading the way. This ongoing series is known as Follow Me To, and you can stay updated via Instagram. His adventures showcase beautiful landscapes and romance from a first-person perspective. We hope that you will find his work inspirational and maybe start your own creative photography series. 

Sustainability and Innovation: Hyper-Connected City

Cities of Innovation
 Amsterdam as a  
Hyper-Connected City

By Bas Verhart via Meeting of the Minds

As the world moves into an accelerated phase of mass urbanization and mega cities are developing across the globe, the governments of many smaller cities are looking for ways to differentiate themselves and to attract talent from around the world. Two cities stand out in their drive to be different: San Francisco and Amsterdam. Even though both are relatively small in comparison with the mega cities popularized by international media, one could say these “boutique cities” think differently and act more nimbly than their mega counterparts. It is no coincidence that Lonely Planet selected these two hyper-connected cities as the #1 and #2 destination cities for 2013.

Open Infographic "The Future Of Libraries"

Education & infographic

"How Technology Is Shaping The Future Of Libraries"

via infographiccommons.com

This infographic from Open Site spells out the current and future trends happening at libraries in your school and around the world.

The Power of Passion

Ideas worth spreading
The Power of Passion

By Richard St. John via TED-Ed

For love or money? Based on hundreds of interviews and his personal experience, Richard St. John suggests that passion, not money, is one of the key drivers of success.