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Senate Blocks GOP Bid To Force Keystone XL Pipeline - International Business Times

Senate Blocks GOP Bid To Force Keystone XL Pipeline - International Business Times | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
A congressional Republican bid to fast track the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline failed in the Senate Thursday as Democrats voted the motion down.
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Gas Prices Force More People To Take Rural Transit : NPR

Gas Prices Force More People To Take Rural Transit : NPR | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Nice story this morning from NPR on rural bus services. As gas prices rise, more people who need to get around rural areas are boarding local transit buses and vans. Many of the low-income riders can't afford to drive. But the cost of transporting the riders is bursting town budgets.

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Wind power credit stalls in Senate, again

Wind power credit stalls in Senate, again | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Another attempt to extend a tax credit that helps keep wind turbines turning in Colorado and beyond failed in the Senate on Tuesday.
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Fenugreen FreshPaper keeps food fresh for longer, naturally!

Fenugreen FreshPaper keeps food fresh for longer, naturally! | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Fenugreen is a patented, all-natural, biodegradable, non-toxic, sustainable technology that prevents perishable food from spoiling.Scientific studies have shown that it effectively increases shelf-life of fruits and vegetables by 2-4 times.
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New startup company sets out to offer dogs dream vacations

New startup company sets out to offer dogs dream vacations | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
As humans, we have the ability to go on vacations and take trips to different destinations around the world. But why should humans have all the fun?
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NYC Open Data

NYC Open Data | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

A fascinating compendium of all the data that's fit to collect in the Big Apple. Holy Differential Sample Batman!

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With gas prices spiking, here’s how your Garmin can help you save at the pump

With gas prices spiking, here’s how your Garmin can help you save at the pump | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Gas prices are continuing to rise, so we thought we’d share some tips on how your Garmin navigation device can help you save at the pump.
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Playing Smart | NPLAN

Playing Smart | NPLAN | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

How can you make it easier for your community to access local school facilities like gyms, fields, basketball courts, and playgrounds? Download Playing Smart, a nuts-and-bolts guide designed to help school staff and other community leaders craft and implement joint use agreements.

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The Next Generation of Renewable Energy May Be Created Under Water - Environment - GOOD

The Next Generation of Renewable Energy May Be Created Under Water - Environment - GOOD | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
When reporters, politicians, and environmental advocates talk about renewable energy, they talk about wind and solar. This makes sense: Of the...
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How Do You Wean People Off Cars? By Rebranding Bikes And Buses

How Do You Wean People Off Cars? By Rebranding Bikes And Buses | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
More than half the global population now lives in urban environments, and that number will only grow: By 2050, an estimated 80% will live in cities.
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This is Your Child's Brain on Television - Online College CoursesOnline College Courses

This is Your Child's Brain on Television - Online College CoursesOnline College Courses | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
While TV can be a great educational tool, it can also adversely affect their health, behavior, and family life.
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Groovin' with the Governor

Groovin' with the Governor | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

We had a fine time trying to wear out Governor Snyder - showing him some of the sustainable development going on in our neck of the woods and welcoming him to our office. So... here's our Special Gubernatorial Edition!

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You're Never Too Young To Be A Leader: Here's How - Forbes

You're Never Too Young To Be A Leader: Here's How - Forbes | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Even us localvores need some new rules.  Here's a blog post from Jacquelyn Smith (FORBES) on why you're never too young to be a leader.

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Sonja Sohn: Changing Baltimore Long After 'The Wire' : NPR

Sonja Sohn: Changing Baltimore Long After 'The Wire' : NPR | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
For five seasons, actress Sonja Sohn played Detective Shakima "Kima" Greggs on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire, which chronicled life and death on Baltimore's toughest streets.
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Israel's Legal War: Can Reality TV Shows Be Copyrighted?

Israel's Legal War: Can Reality TV Shows Be Copyrighted? | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

OK, this has pretty much nothing to do with LOCAL. Well at least I hope not.  No wonder people don't care about $4.00/gal gas.  Reality television is as popular as ever throughout the world. So too are allegations of reality-show plagiarism.

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Fast Talk: Elle Luna's Holistic Vision Of Design | Fast Company

Fast Talk: Elle Luna's Holistic Vision Of Design | Fast Company | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Meet Elle Luna, who believes design plays a role at every stage of the process--even before teams start to think visually.

 

Dan Pink in his book A Whole New Mind has chapters on storytelling and design as essential 21st Century work skills.  Here is a demonstration of how the two are coming to life.

 

This article is an interview with a former IDEO designer Elle Luna who calls herself a "designer, storyteller, and startup advisor."

 

She chats about how humanizing brands is essential these days -- they are honest, emotional, and engaging (if done right, I add).

 

The link to storytelling? You can't understand or design effective customer experiences/products/services without listening to and gathering customer's stories.  And you can't engage your customers without sharing your stories in return

 

The only danger here? Not enough emphasis in the interview was placed on the ongoing dynamics of story listening and story sharing over time. But I am confident that will come!

 

Enjoy reading the rest of this article and continuing to understand that storytelling is an essential business core competence.


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Would You Invest in This Kid?

Would You Invest in This Kid? | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
In 2002, a 14-year-old Malawi boy named William Kamkwamba built a windmill using items he collected from a scrap yard to power the electrical appliances in his family home. He did it through sheer ingenuity, without any formal training.
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Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by Chainsaw | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by Chainsaw | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Other than the fact that it was constructed in Russia, we aren’t entirely sure who’s responsible for this mean-looking chainsaw bike.

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City Makes Sidewalk From Hundreds of Old Toilets

City Makes Sidewalk From Hundreds of Old Toilets | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Toilets are easily the most long-suffering fixtures of modern life, tucked away behind closed doors to endure decades of unspeakable uses -- so don't they deserve something better than a landfill?

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Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love.
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Can technology transform the lives of marginalized girls in rural communities? — Voices of Youth

Africa: An interesting video on the attempt to use technology to influence the lives of young marginalized women in rural Africa.  “@voicesofyouth: Can technology transform the lives of marginalized girls in rural communities?

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Battling The Bottle: Students And Industry Face Off Over Water : NPR

Battling The Bottle: Students And Industry Face Off Over Water : NPR | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Colleges are pulling bottled water off campuses as students argue the products hurt the environment and aren't well regulated. But the industry fired back this week with a YouTube video it hopes will sway students to keep buying bottles of water.
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HOW TO CREATE MOSS GRAFFITI.

HOW TO CREATE MOSS GRAFFITI. | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

“ HOW TO CREATE MOSS GRAFFITI.”  Yeah, you know, graffiti.  Tag you hood's walls with this organic and radical mixture.

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Sierra Club’s The Best Internship on Earth Accepting Applications | Wend Blog

Sierra Club’s The Best Internship on Earth Accepting Applications | Wend Blog | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Spring is coming up fast and summer will appear soon after which means making estival plans if you're student or a recent grad.
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Activists seek to shut down Scriba nuclear reactor | Innovation Trail

Activists seek to shut down Scriba nuclear reactor | Innovation Trail | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Today in your Trail Mix:..  

A coalition of green energy groups wants to shut down Scriba's reactor.

Norse Energy leads the way in applications to frack in New York.

SUNY Adirondack is en route to a new housing complex.
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