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The Real Revolution Is Openness, Clay Shirky Tells Tech Leadersl

The Real Revolution Is Openness, Clay Shirky Tells Tech Leadersl | biodiversity | Scoop.it

Mr. Shirky took that message to a group of higher-education-technology leaders who have been buffeted by a rapidly evolving ed-tech landscape. Mr. Shirky, in a keynote speech kicking off this year’s Educause conference, explored how technology was changing everything, from research to publishing to studying.


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lowering friction reduces costs, creates more opportunity. apply this to social good as a horizontal methodology, applied to the sharing economy. creates resilience, abundance of flexible resources in reserve for transitions and shocks.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, November 28, 2012 7:25 AM
Glad you liked the posting as well.
Dibyendu De's comment, December 7, 2012 12:39 AM
I feel that the real revolution lies in the openness to transform oneself. Dan, thanks, For you I am slowly getting a handle on Scoop it.
Jason Brunson's curator insight, December 22, 2012 4:37 PM

How we educate everyone, from kids to adults, is going to change.  I think Mr. Shirky nailed it that openess is the revolutionary part of that change.

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Helen Clark: Speech at High level event on Indigenous Peoples Proposals to Address Climate Change UN Climate Change Conference – COP20, Lima, Peru | UNDP

Helen Clark: Speech at High level event on Indigenous Peoples Proposals to Address Climate Change UN Climate Change Conference – COP20, Lima, Peru | UNDP | biodiversity | Scoop.it
09 Dec 2014

I am pleased to welcome you to this high-level event dedicated to the very important role played by indigenous peoples in addressing climate change.

Today’s event occurs just a few weeks after the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in New York. At both these major meetings, indigenous peoples’ leadership and contributions were highly visible and widely acknowledged. Now these major meetings on climate change in Lima provide another important opportunity to highlight the crucial role of indigenous peoples in addressing climate change.

I thank the representatives of the indigenous people’s organizations on the panel for joining us today: your presentations on how indigenous peoples have been tackling climate change are of high relevance to the discussions here at the COP.

I commend the Ministry of Environment of Peru for its commitment to the participation of indigenous peoples during this conference of parties.

I thank the Ministry of Climate and Environment of Norway for helping to fund the participation of indigenous peoples here in and the Indigenous Peoples Pavilion. UNDP has been pleased to help facilitate this participation.

Indigenous peoples are among those most affected by the impacts of climate change, because of their dependence upon and close relationship with the environment and its resources. Indigenous communities already face many challenges – these may include outright discrimination, political and economic marginalization, loss of land and resources, human rights violations, and high levels of unemployment. Climate change adds to these challenges.

Indigenous peoples have an historical and a cultural role in the sustainable management of ecosystems. In the face of climate change, those communities have been at the front lines of the response, often reacting to the impacts in creative ways, and by drawing on traditional knowledge and experiences.

The participation of indigenous peoples’ organizations at the September Climate Summit in New York in both the plenary and the Forests Pavilion was a highlight of the strengthened global partnership which is emerging to protect forests and enhance forest restoration.

Indigenous peoples’ leaders at those events clearly articulated the role which their peoples are playing in the sustainable management of more than four hundred million hectares of the world’s forests. They reminded us that indigenous peoples often put their lives on the line to protect the forests – and that the world benefits from that stewardship. They also clearly articulated the kind of support indigenous peoples need to keep playing a leading role in climate change mitigation.

It is important to acknowledge that many indigenous peoples have not yet experienced the full realization of their rights. It is also deeply tragic that indigenous peoples’ rights advocates are losing their lives as they campaign for their rights. I express my solidarity with the families of all those who have perished in the course of fighting to protect the forests and advance their rights.

I very much hope that the significant participation of indigenous peoples at the Climate Summit and at this COP puts us on a path towards a new era where there is respect for indigenous peoples’ rights.

Indigenous people will play a major role in ensuring the success of one of the most promising global climate change mitigation measures - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). The majority of the world’s remaining forests in developing countries are located where indigenous peoples live, and often lie within their ancestral and customary lands.

Through a range of initiatives, UNDP gives specific attention to the role of indigenous peoples and their traditional knowledge when addressing environmental degradation and climate change. Our work includes:

• the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), which provides financial and technical support to communities to conserve and restore their environments while also enhancing their well-being and livelihoods.

• the Equator Initiative, which highlights best practice examples of indigenous and local initiatives aimed at protecting their environment and reducing poverty.

• the UN-REDD Programme’s newly established Community-based REDD+ Initiative, which will provide grants to indigenous and local communities to empower them to engage in REDD+ processes.

UNDP is committed to ensuring that the voices of indigenous peoples are heard and their needs are respected. We are committed to the effective participation of indigenous people in decision-making around climate change, including by supporting their representation at COP21 in Paris next year.

To ensure that our programmes help protect and respect indigenous peoples’ rights and territories, UNDP has recently approved a set of Social and Environmental Standards (SES) for its own work. These standards place human rights at their core. They include a specific standard on how we work with indigenous peoples, and related standards on cultural heritage and resettlement and displacement. They are consistent with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and they ensure that UNDP will not support initiatives which violate the human rights of indigenous peoples. Any UNDP projects which could potentially have an impact on indigenous peoples groups must be designed in a spirit of partnership with those groups, with their full and effective participation, and with the objective of securing their free, prior, and informed consent.

Conclusion

In conclusion, let me emphasise that UNDP fully recognises the leading role of indigenous peoples in addressing climate change. We are committed to ensuring that this role is acknowledged here at Lima, in Paris, and beyond. We look forward to working with all partners present to that end.

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This Lush Floating Billboard Cleans the Water Below

This Lush Floating Billboard Cleans the Water Below | biodiversity | Scoop.it

Advertising that also serves the greater good? Now that’s something different. This floating billboard is covered in Vetiver; a perennial, non-invasive grass which has found popular used treating wastewater; even when it’s high in nitrates, phosphates and heavy metals. In this case it’s been used to spell CLEAN RIVER SOON, a hopeful message along the highly polluted Pasig River in the Philippines. It’s creators say systems like this have been shown to clean between 2 and 8 thousand gallons of water per day, and simultaniously, it creates a much more inviting place to stroll.


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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, June 6, 2014 12:08 PM

Vetiver...a great scent and more? Great story!

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Option topic: inland water . Management to improve water quality

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A visual compendium of glowing creatures

A visual compendium of glowing creatures | biodiversity | Scoop.it
There's a lot of strange things out there in the dark. These ones are nice enough to let you know when they're around.

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West-side San Joaquin Valley water calamity may be unfolding | How Drought is Changing the Valley | FresnoBee.com

West-side San Joaquin Valley water calamity may be unfolding | How Drought is Changing the Valley | FresnoBee.com | biodiversity | Scoop.it
After the water table below Stratford dropped an astounding 100 feet in the past two years, it set off a slow-motion collapse of the ground underfoot, crushing part of a town well.
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The unfolding California drought and its impact on the nation's largest agricultural economy is going to provide lessons for areas dealing with climate change. 

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Warrior Queens Battle For Africa's Food Future | Seed Freedom

Warrior Queens Battle For Africa's Food Future | Seed Freedom | biodiversity | Scoop.it
“ Beside the socio-economic picture, there is also the threat of climate change, already being felt clearly in many parts of Africa in the form of flooding, drought and desertification. Large-scale agribusiness with synthetic inputs ...”
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Norma R. Burnson's curator insight, June 12, 2014 4:22 AM

Sustainable Food for the Globe.

Modern Predators heading towards Africa.  ..."Three female food warriors taking centre stage in this battle are Kenya’s Professor Mary Abukutsa-Onyango, Tanzania’s Janet Maro and South Africa’s Mariam Mayet. Between them they are teaching the health benefits of Africa’s own indigenous plants, promoting the advantages of organic agriculture, and fighting the incursions of the multinationals into Africa."

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Scientists unlock the genetic secrets of bread wheat

Scientists unlock the genetic secrets of bread wheat | biodiversity | Scoop.it
The bread wheat genome was thought to be too complex to decode, until now.
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Land of Indigenous | Pacific Network on Globalisation

Land of Indigenous | Pacific Network on Globalisation | biodiversity | Scoop.it
As an organization that works closely with rural Indigenous Itaukei in providing for them a space to discuss issues that are very sensitive to them, Social Empowerment & Education Program [SEEP], believes that issues ...
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Green groups 'block indigenous progress' - Yahoo!7 News

Green groups 'block indigenous progress' - Yahoo!7 News | biodiversity | Scoop.it
“Green groups 'block indigenous progress' Yahoo!”
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Blackstock is Back in Ottawa Advocating for First Nations Children | Urban Native Magazine | Pop culture with an Indigenous twist

Blackstock is Back in Ottawa Advocating for First Nations Children | Urban Native Magazine | Pop culture with an Indigenous twist | biodiversity | Scoop.it
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Australia: Sydney Opera House hosts festival celebrating queer Indigenous culture - PinkNews.co.uk

Australia: Sydney Opera House hosts festival celebrating queer Indigenous culture - PinkNews.co.uk | biodiversity | Scoop.it
“Australia: Sydney Opera House hosts festival celebrating queer Indigenous culture PinkNews.co.uk On Sunday, the Opera House will screen an episode of 'Redfern Now', a television drama depicting the lives of Indigenous Australians in Sydney produced...”
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Shaped by Time

"Shaped by Time" is a time-lapse film that explore the power of nature trough the erosion of the different landscapes shown on the film. During thousands of years, the wind, the eruptions, the rain, the frost and the water of the rivers, have shaped this wonderful landscapes, going beyond the natural and becoming art work of monumental proportions.
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Noam Chomsky "Anarchism and Indigenous Societies"

“Full Interview -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mb-74eiLBEt March 28, 2014.”
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NEO presents at the WiPC:E Internationally for Indigenous Education - KOAM-TV

NEO presents at the WiPC:E Internationally for Indigenous Education - KOAM-TV | biodiversity | Scoop.it
“NEO presents at the WiPC:E Internationally for Indigenous Education KOAM-TV Miami, Oklahoma – Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – A representative from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) presented at the World Indigenous People Conference on Education...”
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Climate Change and Failed Seasons May Put African Small-Scale Farmers at Risk - Science World Report

Climate Change and Failed Seasons May Put African Small-Scale Farmers at Risk - Science World Report | biodiversity | Scoop.it
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Climate Change and Failed Seasons May Put African Small-Scale Farmers at Risk
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In this case, the researchers found that a growing risk of "failed seasons" will have major impacts on yield.
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Infographic: Forests, markets and demand - Global Landscapes Forum

Provided by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Courtesy of: WBCSD forest solutions
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Sacramento Judge Makes Precedent-Setting Ruling On Groundwater Regulation - capradio.org

Sacramento Judge Makes Precedent-Setting Ruling On Groundwater Regulation - capradio.org | biodiversity | Scoop.it
A Superior Court judge ordered Siskiyou county to regulate groundwater pumping to protect river.
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California is the only western state with no limits on ground water pumping. In a landmark ruling, a judge says pumping that effects rivers violates the public trust doctrine that says waterways are for the benefit of the people. A big loss to major agribusiness interests in this ongoing crisis. 

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Seeds | Open Source Seed Initiative

Seeds | Open Source Seed Initiative | biodiversity | Scoop.it

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Seed Freedom

Seed Freedom | biodiversity | Scoop.it
“ A GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO DEFEND SEED FREEDOM”
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IPS – Water Crisis Hitting Food, Energy – And Everything Else | Inter Press Service

IPS – Water Crisis Hitting Food, Energy – And Everything Else | Inter Press Service | biodiversity | Scoop.it
“ Water Crisis Hitting Food, Energy – And Everything Else - How much water does it take to turn on a light? It took 10,000 litres to make your jeans. Another three big bathtubs of water was needed for your two-eggs-toast-coffee breakfast this morning.”
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China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years

China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years | biodiversity | Scoop.it
“The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America”
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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, April 28, 2014 3:48 PM

Religion...

Albert Jordan's curator insight, April 29, 2014 2:27 PM

Another example of how one thing can begin in one region, go to another, then another, and then find a new identity as its previous one fades away. As part of what can be said to be a "devlopment" cycle, as a nation goes past manufacturing and into the services sector as well as its populace becoming more secular, the leaders of the church still need to bring in wealth for their coffers. What the missionarys started under colonialism is perhaps starting to pay off. Culture travels just as traded commodities does, by having peoples from different places inter-mingle and the largest motivator of that is global trade bringing people that ordinarily would not have met, together. Or in some cases, bible toting missionaries attempting to "civilize" a "primitive" people. If Jesus doesnt work, there is always opium.. again.

Linda Rutledge Hudson's curator insight, May 13, 2014 4:07 PM

It's interesting to think there are those who believe crime will diminish because there are more Christians.  I guess that's an infusion of Confucian morality and hope into their Christian ideals.  I hope that this will pave a way for the growth of human rights and more political freedom for China.

 

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9 Works by Indigenous Writers That Should Be Taught in Every High School

9 Works by Indigenous Writers That Should Be Taught in Every High School | biodiversity | Scoop.it
“These works aren't on most required reading lists, but they certainly should be.”
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Indigenous march for water rights in Ecuador reaches Quito - Free Speech Radio News

Indigenous march for water rights in Ecuador reaches Quito - Free Speech Radio News | biodiversity | Scoop.it
“Free Speech Radio News Indigenous march for water rights in Ecuador reaches Quito Free Speech Radio News In Ecuador, a coalition of indigenous and civil society organizations marched from the provinces to the capital to protest a new Water Law...”
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Tauto Sansbury apologises Indigenous bureaucrats - YouTube

Tauto Sansbury apologises Indigenous bureaucrats - YouTube | biodiversity | Scoop.it
Prominent South Australian Aboriginal leader, Tauto Sansbury, has apologised to the nation's top indigenous bureaucrat for fiery comments made at a rally in ...
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Bell’s theorem still reverberates

Bell’s theorem still reverberates | biodiversity | Scoop.it
In 1964, Northern Irish physicist John Bell proved mathematically that certain quantum correlations, unlike all other correlations in the Universe, cannot arise from any local cause1. This theorem has become central to both metaphysics and quantum information science. But 50 years on, the experimental verifications of these quantum correlations still have ‘loopholes’, and scientists and philosophers still dispute exactly what the theorem states.Bell’s theorem still reverberates Howard WisemanNature 510, 467–469 (26 June 2014) http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/510467a
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Tweet from @gross_pastels

Tweet from @gross_pastels | biodiversity | Scoop.it
“Brazilian police clash with indigenous groups protesting World Cup. http://t.co/TTmzDfiAKw”;
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