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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Increasing Parental Involvement

GOOD Ideas for Cities: Increasing Parental Involvement | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Conversations around improving education largely focus on ideas for improving schools and teachers. But it has been proven that dedicated parental involvement is just as important for students. How could a city implement a stronger connection between parents and schools? As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Cincinnati, the Cincinatives team tackled a challenge to increase parental interaction during one of the most important periods of a student's career—early childhood education. Their program, Home Room, focuses on showing parents that everyday, at-home experiences can turn into learning opportunities. A group of trusted community advocates across the city from churches and nonprofits would serve as advisors, holding workshops and serving as a resource for parents. Additionally, Home Room would create a series of learning tools, from apps to flashcards, which would help parents to add lessons to everyday activities.

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Obesity is a very serious medical condition...

Obesity is a very serious medical condition, no longer viewed as strictly an issue of cosmetics. It’s a contributing factor in the death and disability of too many of our neighbors, friends and family members, and its societal costs are astronomical. Although overall obesity prevalence rates appear to be leveling off, there are still far too many Americans who are overweight or obese – approximately one-third of adults are obese and another third are overweight.


Besides facing an increased risk of premature death, people who are obese are at greater risk of serious medical conditions that can make them very sick, potentially subjecting them to constant pain and suffering and diminished quality of life. Obesity not only drives up health care costs for patients and families, it costs businesses – and the country – tens of billions of dollars in lost productivity and higher employee health costs.

 

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/weight-nation-challenges/

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A New Fundraising Tool for Permaculture Permaculture Research Institute

A New Fundraising Tool for Permaculture Permaculture Research Institute | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

WeTheTrees provides a multifaceted tool to every permaculturalist, and can be used very creatively to not only raise funds for a project, but also to fundraise for a course, assess the market potential of different ideas, and even to pre-sell products that will be produced with aforementioned fundraised capital, allowing the farmer or eco-social entrepreneur to feel more secure in their undertaking.

 

WeTheTrees can also function as an excellent way for a community to collect money for cooperative endeavors.

 

And furthermore, WeTheTrees allows a wonderful and meaningful way for anyone to be able to contribute to positive change on this planet. Just browsing through the site can be enjoyable, seeing all the interesting projects that other folks are raising money for, and when a person sees one that really excited them, its just a click away to become a contributor.

 

http://www.wethetrees.com/

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Rehan School English Introduction

Rehan School.com uses low entry , low cost mobile phone systems as a education tool, by producing educational videos based on nursery to metric system curriculum. The project is free of charge. Spread the word.

 

www.RehanSchool.com 

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A group of leading international scientists,...

A group of leading international scientists, doctors and professors have spent their lives trying to find out what is the best way to eat. A pattern has begun to emerge in their research, which shows that our animal-based diets are the cause of our most challenging health and environmental problems. Having to battle against their own beliefs, and those of the institutions they worked for, they have come up with a solution that will change people's lives forever.

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More Americans Are Disillusioned With the College Degree

More Americans Are Disillusioned With the College Degree | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Blame the Great Recession. According to a new survey commissioned by the Country Financial Security Index, Americans are increasingly disillusioned with the value of a college degree. The number of adults who say that college is a good investment has declined from 81 percent in 2008 to just 57 percent today.

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Student Power Convergence 2012

Student Power Convergence 2012 | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

College students are under attack in the United States, and around the world. One only need look as far as Quebec or Mexico for evidence of student uprising.

 

... in Washington politicians debated for months over whether or not to allow interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford student loans to double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent.

 

The $1 trillion of student debt held in the US officially exceeds our nation’s credit card debt. Legislators continue to propose bills which raise the cost of attendance at major public universities around the world.

 

I stand with students around the world seeking to create a universal system of higher education which empowers education as a human right, something which all human beings ought to able to pursue to the extent that they choose.

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The Playful City + Urban Renewal: the London Festival of Architecture

The Playful City + Urban Renewal: the London Festival of Architecture | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

This year's edition of the London Festival of Architecture invites architects, planners and the public to reflect on whether cities do actually provide the best environment for people to improve their quality of life.


"More of the world's population than ever before live in cities, and the trend looks set to continue. Whether cities do actually provide the best environment for a high quality of life remains uncertain, however. An architecture festival is one way to focus the attention of architects, planners & the public on that crucial question, hence the London Festival of Architecture (LFA).

 

If the festival has a headlining act, it is perhaps the London Pleasure Gardens, which present an unusual vision of urban renewal in the capital's former industrial heartland. Inspired by the English pleasure garden, the 60,000 square metre site, surrounded by dilapidated industrial mills and landmarks, includes oddities such as a golf-ball-like concert hall, monopoly houses and an oyster bar with a grass roof that doubles as seating for the open-air cinema.


Renewal at the micro-scale is also being tested at LFA 2012. Gibbon's Rent, near the Shard at London Bridge, used to be one of those neglected back alleys that people avoided. Architect Andrew Burns and landscape architect Sarah Eberle have turned it into a "theatre of the jungle", or at least the beginnings of one, as the winding garden has been left incomplete to encourage local residents and businesses to take ownership of it and to develop it as they see fit. That bottom-up approach may become a bigger factor in city planning: similarly inspired projects are a feature of this year's festival..."


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TEDxManhattan - Britta Riley - Research and Do It Yourself

Artist and innovator, Britta Riley, explains R&D-I-Y. Using social media and mass participation, the community has researched and developed her unique approach to growing food in small urban apartments using a window, plastic bottles and some plants.

Join in: research and develop it yourself.


http://www.windowfarms.org/

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Internet of food: Arduino-based, urban aquaponics in Oakland

The land in West Oakland where Eric Maundu is trying to farm is covered with freeways, roads, light rail and parking lots so there's not much arable land and the soil is contaminated. So Maundu doesn't use soil. Instead he's growing plants using fish and circulating water.


It's called aquaponics- a gardening system that combines hydroponics (water-based planting) and aquaculture (fish farming). It's been hailed as the future of farming: it uses less water (up to 90% less than traditional gardening), doesn't attract soil-based bugs and produces two types of produce (both plants and fish).


Aquaponics has become popular in recent years among urban gardeners and DIY tinkerers, but Maundu- who is trained in industrial robotics- has taken the agricultural craft one step further and made his gardens smart. Using sensors (to detect water level, pH and temperature), microprocessors (mostly the open-source Arduino microcontroller), relay cards, clouds and social media networks (Twitter and Facebook), Maundu has programmed his gardens to tweet when there's a problem (i.e. not enough water) or when there's news (i.e. an over-abundance of food to share).


Maundu himself ran from agriculture in his native Kenya- where he saw it as a struggle for land, water and resources. This changed when he realized he could farm without soil and with little water via aquaponics and that he could apply his robotics background to farming. Today he runs Kijani Grows ("Kijani" is Swahili for green), a small startup that designs and sells custom aquaponics systems for growing food and attempts to explore new frontiers of computer-controlled gardening.


Maundu believes that by putting gardens online, especially in places like West Oakland (where his solar-powered gardens are totally off the grid), it's the only way to make sure that farming remains viable to the next generation of urban youth.


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UN, Fashion Industry Team Up to Support African Manufacturing, Fight Poverty | Ecouterre

UN, Fashion Industry Team Up to Support African Manufacturing, Fight Poverty | Ecouterre | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
The United Nations and the fashion industry are teaming up to fight poverty and boost production in Africa through the Fashion 4 Development initiative.
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An Argument for More Self-Government

An Argument for More Self-Government | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Back when he was still a presidential candidate, Gingrich said to his fellow conservatives, “if we shrink government then we have to grow citizens.”


Last week, at a forum hosted by the White House Office of Social Innovation, many in attendance said essentially the same thing: we citizens need to take on more responsibility for the common good.


The right has to recognize that there are collective endeavors that require, well, collective endeavor — which is to say, government.


A new deal for citizenship is emerging, and it makes the debate about big versus small government seem irrelevant.

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Cramped: The urban (lack of) space race

Housing in a city already renowned for cheek-by-jowl living may become smaller still after Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a pilot project this week not for flats but “micro units”.


Responding to a challenge faced in metropolises all over the world, Bloomberg said the units were "critical to the city's continued growth, future competitiveness and long-term economic success" and would justify scrapping US standards requiring flats to offer 400sq ft of floor space.


The problem for planners is stark: the rise of solo living and smaller families has placed huge demand for small, affordable flats in cities that are running out of space.


The "small house movement" has a growing following in the US for compact homes that defy the super-sized approach to building outside the cities.

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Symbiotic urban farming and industrial reuse in Chicago

Symbiotic urban farming and industrial reuse in Chicago | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
The Plant is a closed-loop aquaponic food production system and a hub for artisanal food businesses - all with net-zero energy consumption.

 

John Edel is transforming a former industrial facility in Chicago’s historic Union Stockyard into a unique centre that is part vertical farm, part food-business incubator, part research and education space.

 

“Vertical food production makes a lot of sense,” says Edel, “as you’re moving the food production to the place where it’s consumed — in the city.”

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The Quiet Revolution in Social Impact

The Quiet Revolution in Social Impact | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

There are currently 30 million African migrants who have left their home countries to find work elsewhere. They support more than 300 million people in their home countries, remitting essential food and goods, and in aggregate represent more than $10b in annual economic activity. This is an economy without an infrastructure, however, relying on informal channels and bribes to function.

 

South African entrepreneur Suzana Moreira is working to change that. Her startup moWoza uses SMS to help African migrants order, pay for, and select a place for parcel pickup. Instead of having to actually ship a bag of maize, for example, they can simply order one near the person they’re buying it for.

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Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier - Edward L. Glaeser

Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier - Edward L. Glaeser | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

"The hallmark of declining cities is that they have too much housing and infrastructure relative to the strength of their economies. With all that supply of structure and so little demand, it makes no sense to use public money to build more supply. The folly of building-centric urban renewal reminds us that cities aren’t structures; cities are people."

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The city roars back

The city roars back | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

PEOPLE in Britain are living longer and having more babies—and more foreigners are joining them. That is the main finding from the 2011 census results released on July 16th. The population of England and Wales is growing faster than most demographers thought, at 7.1% for the decade, thanks mainly to immigration and a rise in fertility fuelled by the newcomers. But there is another, still less expected, change: big cities that were shedding people a decade ago are growing at a terrific rate.

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Pallet Rack Architecture Competition | Jaaga

Pallet Rack Architecture Competition | Jaaga | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

At the same time, urban India faces a housing shortage as hundreds of millions of people move from rural areas into the cities seeking a better future. The cities are ill-equipted to handle the new comers as the existing infrastructure is already over taxed by the current population.

 

The purpose of this competition is to create innovative architectual designs which use pallet racks to create housing / village clusters which can support 100 plus families. The structures should be as effecient as possible in water and energy usage. Designs should account for residential space as well as community space for the inhabitants. The overall design should fit on a 3 acre plot of land.

 

Designs will be evaluated based on:

- perceived 'livability'

- cost

- self sufficiency

- aesthetics

 

Designs should be submitted as projects on the Open Architecture Network (OAN).


Watch this TEDx talk by Archana Prasad to learn more. 

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Sampath Reddy's curator insight, May 22, 2014 4:38 AM

Im working on low cost community centres and the $300 house challenge www.300house.com , I believe freeman murray and jaaga initiative of pallet rack architecture has some potential solutions, Anybody interested in this project..

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Resilient Cities: Building Community Control

Resilient Cities: Building Community Control | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Critical Political Opportunity for Urban Centers
From a grassroots perspective, building community resilience and higher degrees of material self-sufficiency will be critical towards ensuring that communities of color weather coming ecological transitions. The basic needs of urban communities of color—such as access to potable water, healthy food, and mass transit—will otherwise be at stake in an era of heightened ecological stress.

 

“The key to truly addressing ecological crisis [is not] buying more hybrid cars but collective action towards systemic change,” says Claire Tran, the national organizer at Right To The City Alliance. “That’s what’s needed if we want to achieve community resilience in this period of ecological transition.”

 

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Book Forest: Berlin Turns Fallen Tree Trunks Into a Free Book Exchange!

Book Forest: Berlin Turns Fallen Tree Trunks Into a Free Book Exchange! | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
Forest Books by BauFachFrau is a book exchange kiosk in Berlin made from fallen trees.
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Eco-Graffiti: 10 Guerilla Garden-Inspired Artists That Respect Mother Nature

Eco-Graffiti: 10 Guerilla Garden-Inspired Artists That Respect Mother Nature | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
Make a statement about the environment and society without harming a hair on Mother Nature’s head. With eco-graffiti, you can express yourself without breaking the law!
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"EduKare"- A new paradigm for struggling urban schools...

"EduKare"- A new paradigm for struggling urban schools... | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Poverty, addiction, social problems, relationship problems, depression, family issues, learning disabilities, violence, gangs... all examples of powerful learning detractors. EduKare is a philosophy stating emphatically that unless kids are able to overcome the negative effects of these detractors, learning in a traditional sense is simply not going to happen.


Schools used to be places where people gathered; they were community hubs that hosted any number of events: church; community meetings; celebrations; elections; rallies; concerts or even just a family picnic at the park outside the school. The school was a non-threatening place where all were welcome and where people shared their thoughts, skills, resources and time. Somehow we've lost that spirit of community in our schools. EduKare aims to restore it.

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Growing Potential: Africa’s Urban Farmers | This Big City

Growing Potential: Africa’s Urban Farmers | This Big City | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
Urban agriculture is a common sight in virtually every African city, with 35 million urban farmers expected on the continent by 2020.


At the household level, an urban garden means improved food security and access to nutritious fresh produce which might otherwise be unaffordable.


Despite its vast popularity local authorities tend to either ignore or prohibit urban farming on a premise that it is unsightly, unhygienic and incompatible with progress and modernity.


Greater government involvement is needed for urban agriculture to emerge out of marginality and illegality and deliver greater environmental and social benefits.


Considering booming urban populations, stretched environmental resources and growing income disparities, well-managed local food production may soon be indispensable rather than desirable.


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Open Education for a Global Economy

Open Education for a Global Economy | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

David Bornstein from the NYTimes shares the good news about free online education offering "vast number of people around the world whose job prospects are constrained by their skill levels and who lack the resources to upgrade them through conventional training."


He writes of a "relatively unknown company based in Ireland" called ALISON (Advanced Learning Interactive Systems Online) that provides "free online interactive education to help people acquire basic workplace skills."


"It offers some 400 vocational courses at “certificate level” (1 to 2 hours of study) or “diploma level” (about 9 to 11 hours of study) and plans to add 600 more in the coming year.


Last year, 50,000 users earned certificates or diplomas, which indicate that they completed courses and scored 80 percent or above on ALISON’s online assessment."

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We Need Better Food. We Need Fairer Food Jobs. So Let’s Get Both. - COLORLINES

We Need Better Food. We Need Fairer Food Jobs. So Let’s Get Both. - COLORLINES | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

The movements for good food and labor rights do not typically work together towards food justice, and often don’t have an analysis that would allow them to do so.


The “good food” movement promotes healthy food, available to all, that is sustainably grown through small-scale, local, seasonal, organic production.


The dominant messages in “good food” consist of exhorting people to buy organic, leave behind fast food and cook at home.


In defining “good food” the movement often leaves out crucial factors such as wages, immigration status, and safe conditions.


Developing collaborative efforts between these movements is key to winning both good food and good jobs.

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