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.
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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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!
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.
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 gatheringcustomer'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.
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.
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?
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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