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Gardens Thrive on Top of City Busses

Gardens Thrive on Top of City Busses | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

The project aims to reclaim the forgotten space on the tops of city buses, while enhancing the quality of urban life by proliferating green spaces on these unused bus roofs. A prototype of the rolling gardens has been installed on the roof of the BioBus, a mobile science laboratory and the first bus with an extensive green roof system. It has been growing for five months while travelling around New York City and as far as Ohio.

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'Occupy' as a business model: The emerging open-source civilisation

'Occupy' as a business model: The emerging open-source civilisation | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

‎"Occupy and open-source models illuminate a new possible reality, in which the democratic civic sphere, productive commons and a vibrant market can co-exist for mutual benefit:

 

At the core of value creation are various commons, where innovations are open for all to share and to build upon; These commons are protected through non-profit civic associations, which empower that social production;


Around the commons emerges a vibrant commons-oriented economy comprised of ethical companies, whose legal structures tie them to the values and goals of the commons communities, not to creating private profit.


Where these three circles intersect, citizens decide on the optimal shape of their provisioning systems."

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Peer to peer food growing takes root

Peer to peer food growing takes root | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Neighborhood Vegetables is a grassroots network of 2,500 volunteers who help each other plant urban vegetable gardens in their yards. Laurence is a long-time Bay Area community and political activist known for his tenacity. He helped develop a barter exchange called the “Labor Gift Plan,” was involved in civil rights and anti-war organizing during the 60′s, and created food coops called “Food Conspiracies” in the 70′s. At the ripe age of 69, he never stops. Everywhere he goes his message is, “We need to organize neighborhood by neighborhood.”


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ETAP Yachts Rebranded as Armageddon Life Rafts

ETAP Yachts Rebranded as Armageddon Life Rafts | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
As yacht maker ETAP founders, it finds a novel way to market itself: as a way to survive the end of the world...
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Occupy Money? - The case for soft money

Occupy Money? - The case for soft money | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"In the hands of the bankers and over a period of time, money was transformed. What started out as a soft, rather commonly available means of exchange, became – without anyone paying much notice – a more and more scarce “resource”. Money itself became a commodity. It hardened. It transformed, in almost imperceptible steps, from yin to yang. Today, money is highly controlled, it is scarce, and it is firmly in the hands of the bankers. Its control passed from the hands of the ruler, into the hands of the banks. We didn’t really notice, because the central banks, which control the issue of money today, are a clever fig leaf. Politicians were fooled into a belief that the central banks are actually emanations of the governments."

 

We must find a way to put the yin back into money and the economy...

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Construction firm aims at space elevator in 2050

Construction firm aims at space elevator in 2050 | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Obayashi Corp., headquartered in Tokyo, on Monday unveiled a project to build a gigantic elevator that would transport passengers to a station 36,000 kilometers above the Earth. For the envisaged project, the company would utilize carbon nanotubes, which are 20 times stronger than steel, to produce cables for the space elevator. The idea of space elevators has been described in several science-fiction novels. Obayashi, however, believes it is possible to construct one in the real world thanks to carbon nanotubes, which were invented in the 1990s, the company said.

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The Critical Need for Self-Care When World Building

The Critical Need for Self-Care When World Building | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Venessa Miemis: "Be kind to yourself. Everything is happening. Everything is in motion. We are riding the edge of chaos, and co-creating new realities. We are bridging two worlds, and must stay centered and grounded in the physical, while our hearts leads us to the next place. Rest. Eat yummy food. Take care of your body – it’s your temple. Make art. Make love. Laugh at yourself. It’s an epic adventure, and we’re all in it together. Let’s make it joyful, and not forget to play."

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Going With the Flow

Going With the Flow | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Constructal flows in the optimum configuration. The cornerstone of design for Emergent Cities.


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The Triumph of the Commons: 55 Theses on the Future

The Triumph of the Commons: 55 Theses on the Future | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"Triumph of the Commons is a collaborative book from fifty-five artists. It resurrects a disparaged, yet newly valuable, cultural narrative. Presented as fifty-five theses, this narrative challenges notions of prosperity:
what it means and how to achieve it. Readers will find that each thesis offers practical implications for a range of concerns emerging
in the 21st century."


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Internet Freedom Fighters Build a Shadow Web

Internet Freedom Fighters Build a Shadow Web | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Governments and corporations have more control over the Internet than ever. Now digital activists want to build an alternative network that can never be blocked, filtered or shut down

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Building Man Festival

Building Man Festival | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Imagine… a festival like Burning Man but rather than creating a temporary city in the desert, building an ecovillage somewhere sensible and leaving it there... Spain, September 2012

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Bufalino Piaggio APE 50 one person camper

Bufalino Piaggio APE 50 one person camper | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"The project you’re about to set your eyes on is called the “Bufalino,” and it’s a one-person camper using the APE 50 as its platform. Made for absolute flexibility, the Bufalino contains all the elements needed for living. Only the engine, frame, chasis, and parts of the cab were kept perfectly APE.
The APE is a unique vehicle in that it is exempt from taxes in some countries because of its extremely economical working nature. It is also allowed in certain metropolitan areas that larger cars are not. It uses only a tiny amount of gas. It’s super cute.
Inside the Bufalino you’ll find a bed, two seatings, a cooking zone, basin, relatively lots of storage, a refrigerator, and more. Designer: Cornelius Comanns" (via Design Dautore) 

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Your Next Car Might be Built Locally

Your Next Car Might be Built Locally | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Resilience is about being able to produce most of the things you need to live well.  It isn't about deprivation, roughing it, or turning back the clock. This means that resilient local production can’t be limited merely to the essentials like food and energy. It should also include the “consumer” products, the things, we commonly use.

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Maker Movement, 3D Printing, and Fabrication

On October 27th, 2011, CCCKC gave a presentation to 169 Hallmark IT folks about what it means to be in a hackerspace, be part of the Maker Movement, and what the current state and future of personal fabrication has in store for us.


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This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree

This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

It's still in the "so crazy it just might work" stage, but these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. 

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Junto Days

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In 1727 Benjamin Franklin formed a “club for mutual improvement” in Philadelphia which he called a Junto. Twelve members met one night a week to discuss and debate important social, philosophical, and business matters. The group lasted for 40 years and eventually evolved into the American Philosophical Society. In a Junto Day, a small group gathers for intense conscious growth in 2 hours, every 2 weeks. The Junto group serves as a stabilizing, catalytic force on which members can rely through months and even years. Members firmly commit to self-development, meeting regularly to update, challenge, support and answer to one another. Consistency is key to a Junto group’s success!

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The Transparency Grenade

The Transparency Grenade | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"If you thought WikiLeaks was a disruptive idea, the transparency grenade is going to blow you away. This tiny bit of hardware hidden under the shell shaped like a classic Soviet F1 hand grenade allows you to leak information from anywhere just by pulling a pin. The device is essentially a small computer with a powerful wireless antenna and a microphone. Following 'detonation,' the grenade intercepts local network traffic and captures audio data, then makes the information immediately available online."

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Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year's End

Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year's End | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Google is currently making a pair of glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer's eyes in real time. According to several Google employees familiar with the project, the glasses will go on sale to the public by the end of the year.
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Vertical Forest in Milan

Vertical Forest in Milan | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Milan: Bosco Verticale is Italian for “Vertical Forest.” The project took inspiration from traditional Italian towers covered in ivy. Boeri has simply multiplied the amount of foliage to a dramatic degree, envisioning residential buildings that resemble tall boxy trees. Each apartment unit has a balcony attached, with a lush garden enveloping the structure. The two towers will provide roots for 900 trees, as well as plenty of shrubbery and other floral vegetation. Their footprint, when flattened, is equal to 10,000 square meters of forest. Bosco Verticale provides a plan to make reforestation possible within the confines of a developed city.

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What Would It Take? The Carbon Neutral City

What Would It Take? The Carbon Neutral City | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
What would it take to shape a planet on which people, other living things, and the systems that support us can sustainably coexist? For a special issue, Momentum magazine invited experts from around the world to share their thoughts on how we might craft solutions to some of earth’s toughest challenges. Jeremy Faludi spoke with optimist Alex Steffen about what it would take to make a city carbon neutral.

 


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Hyperlocavore - A yard sharing community

Hyperlocavore - A yard sharing community | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Need help in your vegetable patch? No dirt to dig in? On a long wait list for a community garden? Garden sharing works! It's free!

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Physicists Predict The Existence of Time Crystals

Physicists Predict The Existence of Time Crystals | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
If crystals exist in spatial dimensions, then they ought to exist in the dimension of time too, says Nobel prize-winning physicist
One of the most powerful ideas in modern physics is that the Universe is governed by symmetry.

 


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The emergence of a “global brain”

The emergence of a “global brain” | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Yuri Milner is one of the savviest technology thinkers in the world; he was a pioneering investor in Facebook, a bet that was wildly vindicated last week.

 

Milner has a presentation in which he describes the nine most important changes in the world today. Three of them are about what Arthur has dubbed the second economy: the rise of what Milner calls “the Internet of things,” or the machine-to-machine economy; the growing power of artificial intelligence; and the emergence of a “global brain,” which is the network of all of the people and the machines in the world and their connections to one another.

 

Rise of the machines - by Chystina Freeland

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Biology student discovers bacteria that deteriorates Styrofoam

Biology student discovers bacteria that deteriorates Styrofoam | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

When Concordia student Danny Luong entered a science fair in 2009, he never imagined his project would win the regional competition. But it did. In fact, it went on to win provincial, national, and even international prizes.

Along with former classmate Alexandre Allard, Luong discovered a method to decompose polystyrene in just three weeks. On its own in nature, this process takes up to 100 years.

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