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The Nomad's Ger

The nomadic people of Mongolia don't stay in one place for long. That's why they live in gers (which American's know by the Russian name, yurt), a home that is fast and easy to assemble and disassemble ...

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The Pirate Bay will now have 3D printable designs

The Pirate Bay will now have 3D printable designs | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"We're always trying to foresee the future a bit here at TPB. One of the things that we really know is that we as a society will always share. Digital communication has made that a lot easier and will continue to do so. And after the internets evolutionized data to go from analog to digital, it's time for the next step.

Today most data is born digitally. It's not about the transition from analog to digital anymore. We don't talk about how to rip anything without losing quality since we make perfect 1 to 1 digital copies of things. Music, movies, books, all come from the digital sphere. But we're physical people and we need objects to touch sometimes as well!

We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. It will be physical objects. Or as we decided to call them: Physibles. Data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare sparts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years."

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How to Start a Fire with Water

How to Start a Fire with Water | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Need to start a fire and have no lighter? All you need is a clear water bottle or jar, some water, and kindling—and for the weather to be very sunny during noon time.
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Cuban weed turned into miracle energy storage material

Cuban weed turned into miracle energy storage material | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Scots engineers find a way to turn a Cuban weed into one of the world's most sought-after substances.
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Intentcasting an Epic Vision: How to Bootstrap Creative Economy 3.0

Intentcasting an Epic Vision: How to Bootstrap Creative Economy 3.0 | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Q: How do the Amish raise a barn without money?
A: Community, and the social capital that weaves it together.
In my husband’s Latvian community, they have a concept similar to barnraising called “talka,” which describes collective volunteer work for the good of society and environment.

Several times a year we come together at our camp in the Catskill Mountains, and everybody chips in to maintain the property – clearing branches, building bridges, fixing roofs, painting, and whatever else needs to get done. No one gets paid for it (unless you count food, beer, and bonfires as payment), yet everyone helps....

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Friends and Strangers: A Meditation on Money

Friends and Strangers: A Meditation on Money | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"There is no doubt that the father was correct to point out to his son the obligation that he had, but in quantifying that obligation, he converted it into a debt, for that is the difference between an obligation and a debt: an obligation becomes a debt when you can put a number on it. “I owe you one” is an obligation; “I owe somebody $10″ is a debt. Obligations bind people together even after they have been “paid.” But debts bind us only for as long as the debt exists. The relationship dies on payment of the debt. We might say that obligations bind us together, while debts drive us apart. "

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Solar farm to power Dubai's first sustainable city - Construction - ArabianBusiness.com

Solar farm to power Dubai's first sustainable city - Construction - ArabianBusiness.com | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
RT @edubai: Solar Powered Horses ?? http://t.co/4F0EaJp2...
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Happy Futurism: A Lifeline for Optimists

Happy Futurism: A Lifeline for Optimists | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
The point isn't that you have to believe the positive and ignore the negative. The two sides are intimately linked and inescapable. But you can align yourself with the positive side. The vote is cast at the level of consciousness.
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Why sharing makes sense in an over-consuming world

Why sharing makes sense in an over-consuming world | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Collaborative consumption is now a growing movement and can play an important role in lessening our collective impact on the planet (Why sharing makes sense in an over-consuming world http://t.co/Q1eanqDM...)...
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Improv Theater and Complex Adaptive Systems

Improv Theater and Complex Adaptive Systems | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Michelle James: I am in an improvisational theater performing group. We improvise full-length plays with nothing planned in advance. No structure. No outline. No character or plot development.

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Engaging Discussions About Sustainability | Rethinking Complexity

Engaging Discussions About Sustainability | Rethinking Complexity | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Real change will come when we can talk with others who don’t think like us.


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From Plant Morphology to Ken Wilber/Korzybski

From Plant Morphology to Ken Wilber/Korzybski | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
From plant morphology to healing logic, wholeness, non-identity (Korzybski), integral philosophy (Ken Wilber, etc.), health, laughter, silence, mystery...

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Indoor treehouse

Indoor treehouse | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

When i first discovered this home i was amazed by how large it was (6,000sqft!) but after going through each image i was immediately taken back by this large and child-like treehouse in the middle of the home!

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Censor-Proof Satellite Internet Grid Being Developed

Censor-Proof Satellite Internet Grid Being Developed | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
They call it the Hackerspace Global Grid and organizers say it would be made up of a network of low-orbiting satellites, all relatively small in size, which would be used to allow internet access that could not be controlled or blocked by any...
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The Printrbot $830 k Success Story

The Printrbot $830 k Success Story | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

John Robb: Tweet Tweet This week, I'm going to be talking about Printrbot, a DIY personal fabrication company that has a pretty amazing story.  It's part of a new series I'm running called Maker Monday.

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Makerbot Introduces Larger, Two-Color 3-D Printer

Makerbot Introduces Larger, Two-Color 3-D Printer | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Makerbot, a Brooklyn-based start-up that builds 3-D printers announced its latest offering on Tuesday, the MakerBot Replicator. The new 3-D printer can make larger objects than the company's previous 3-D printers.
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Xaos: Montevideo

Xaos: Montevideo | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"And so I open eyes to a landing perspective, and once more my reflection is, that the amazing thing about the singularity, the Story of the singularity that is, is in the way it affects us.
And from this landing perspective the singularity indeed has already happened. We are now at the first stage of the post mind singularity era and the curve of accelerating change is indeed accelerating but the context of it happening, aside of technology, is us and the mind of us."

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3D Printing: What does the power to make ANYTHING mean to the world?

3D Printing: What does the power to make ANYTHING mean to the world? | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"The technology has been around for about a decade on an industrial level, but 3D printers are beginning to be marketed as home devices with prices getting lower, and lower. It’s predicted that in the next 3-5 years anyone will be able to afford to print/build anything in their own homes. 3D printers will likely be mass marketed to developed countries and developing nations will see quick adoption based on availability of necessary ‘ingredients.’ As simple as the device may be, its proliferation may send massive ripples through industries, legal systems, and obviously the D-I-Y movement."

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Forests and trees are the cornerstone of sustainable development | World Agroforestry Centre

Forests and trees are the cornerstone of sustainable development | World Agroforestry Centre | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)is an independent not-for-profit research organization. We believe agroforestry has significant potential in helping to address poverty, hunger and environmental problems in tropical regions of the world.
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A New Cycling Superhighway. Not in the U.S.A.

A New Cycling Superhighway. Not in the U.S.A. | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
London has them. And Amsterdam. And Copenhagen. Now Sweden plans a four-lane superhighway, just for bicycles. (A New Cycling Superhighway.
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6 Steps to Sustainable Teams: Start with Strengths

6 Steps to Sustainable Teams: Start with Strengths | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
A great leader does what they can to make themselves and people around them succeed and excel to their fullest potential. If you as a leader aren't doing this, then it's time to focus on becoming a...
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JOIN US. Anonymous 2012

We gonna take back our freedom and bring free knowledge to all. You know greedy, we gonna fight back. Simply 4lulz. We're the people. The internet. The 99%. ...
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Interior and Exterior

Interior and Exterior | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

The Evolution of Consciousness is nothing short of the evolution of everything we experience on the gross and subtle planes. Biological evolution is not separate from this. For it is the nucleus (governing center of consciousness) of any sentient holon that dictates the *use of resources* of that holon thus altering the structural landscape of its matter-energy composition irrevocably. Mind and matter are but the interior and exterior of a single unfolding. (Leo Marrs)


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Milky Way could contain billions of habitable planets

Milky Way could contain billions of habitable planets | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Scientists estimate as many as 10 billion stars in the Milky Way may host planets in the 'Goldilocks' zone, where the conditions for life are just right.
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