Fab Labs. I write about them a lot. As an artist, I love the idea of communal spaces where artists, designers, engineers and whoever else wants to get together in a shared space and hash out ideas and projects together.
I had never actually been to one though, and today I decided to change
enablingthefuture.org is the personal, privately-run website of Jennifer Owen. Jen is the wife of Ivan Owen, who co-created the first 3D printed hand for a child in South Africa and released the files open source so that anyone, anywhere in the world could take those files and print a hand for themselves or someone in need.
She has been a volunteer and participant in the field of open-source, 3D printed prosthetic hands for the past 4 years. Along the way, she has sought to highlight and document stories from the e-NABLE Community of volunteers on the topic of low-cost prosthetics from around the world, as well as to create an information resource for people interested in learning more about the history, design & fabrication of these devices.
Digital Health is the convergence of the digital and genetics revolutions within medicine and health. The goal of digital health is to ultimately improve the quality of our healthcare and our daily lives. By adopting new technologies such as wireless sensors and fitness trackers, healthcare can become more efficient, cheaper and more accessible. Digital Health is big business and investment in 2016 has started strong with a record $1.8B in funding. According to Startup Health 2016 has already seen 4 deals over $100M, as compared to 7 in all of 2015. This trend is set to continue as industry players take an active role in piloting, investing in, and mentoring young digital-health companies helping to bring the innovations to market needed to sustain long-term health outcomes.
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
An exhaustive list of the top 100 Digital Health influencers and brands driving the most engagement in 2016, including quotes from the experts
The online shoe retailer Zappos has always stood out for its unconventional human-resources philosophy. For nearly a decade the company has been making something it calls “The Offer” to new hires—an opportunity to take a $2,000 stipend instead of starting the job. The company prides itself on the attentiveness of its customer service and the devotion of its workers, and “The Offer” is an attempt to weed out those who aren’t thrilled about the work ahead.
But now, one of the company’s unusual approaches has led to what’s being called a Zappos exodus, as 18 percent of the company's staff have taken buyouts in the last 10 months. That takes Zappos’ turnover rate for 2015 to 30 percent, which is 10 percentage points above their typical annual attrition rate.
What makes highly creative people different from the rest of us? In the 1960s, psychologist and creativity researcher Frank X. Barron set about finding out. Barron conducted a series of experiments on some of his generation’s most renowned thinkers in an attempt to isolate the unique spark of creative genius. In a historic study, Barron...
Vertrouwen is een ruimte biedende activiteit Nederland zit in een transitie (overgang) en transformatie (omvorming) naar een nieuwe samenleving. Dit is niet zomaar een idealistisch vergezicht, maar een onontkoombare uitkomst van de kanteling die wij doormaken. Rode draad is dat alle maatschappelijke sectoren hun houdbaarheidsdatum naderen, omdat zij de mens niet langer centraal stellen. Mensen…
Om vooruit te komen moet je durven vallen Door Peter Paul J. Doodkorte Een verandering of ontwikkeling in gang zetten is per saldo niets anders dan gewoon doen. Eerst voelt het heel onnatuurlijk. Voelen wij ons weer bewust onbekwaam. Maar naarmate we meer oefenen en ervaring opdoen, wordt het onze tweede natuur. De uitdaging daarbij?…
Imagine the possibilities of a world in which we are able to make trusted connections between a near-infinite number of people. A world in which transaction costs, time and distance are reduced to almost nil. A world that is instantly available from a smartphone, anywhere, anytime.
This global revolution, enabled by databases, search engines and connectivity, has begun. It’s allowing mankind to break free from the limits of the past. We start doing what we do best: collaborating and sharing, at an unprecedented scale — a significant untapped potential for sharing is unlocked on a whole new level, creating value for all.
Thanks to platforms that connect peers and enable the creation of interpersonal online trust, individuals are suddenly empowered to share goods, knowledge, money, skills, network, content, etc. They regain their ability to contribute more directly to society and the economy, but on a global scale, redefining relationships between economic and social actors along the way.
We are at the dawn of a new era, the sharing age, which impacts all dimensions of our relationships with others....
When tech giants such as Google and Uber hide their wealth from taxation, they make it harder for us to use technology to improve services.
To understand why we see so few genuine alternatives to US technology giants, it’s instructive to compare the fate of a company like Uber – valued at more than $62.5bn (£44bn) – and that of Kutsuplus, an innovative Finnish startup forced to shut down late last year.
Kutsuplus’s aspiration was to be the Uber of public transport: it operated a network of minibuses that would pick up and drop passengers anywhere in Helsinki, with smartphones, algorithms and the cloud deployed to maximise efficiency, cut costs and provide a slick public service. Being a spinoff of a local university that operated on a shoestring budget, Kutsuplus did not have rich venture capitalists behind it. This, perhaps, is what contributed to its demise: the local transport authority found it too expensive, despite impressive year-on-year growth of 60%.
De Nederlandse werknemer heeft steeds meer behoefte aan meer zelfsturing en eigen regie. Waar de leidinggevende zichzelf een 8,2 geeft voor zijn leiderschapsstijl, geeft de medewerker zijn leidinggevende met een 5,6 nog maar net een voldoende.
Three years ago I released a highly popular white paper that listed the top 40 trends and technologies that would shape the future of medicine. I analyzed how promising those trends were; whether they would benefit patients or physicians; and if they would improve prevention, diagnostics, treatments or long-term consequences. Things have changed a lot …
De Zwitserse stad Lausanne gaat experimenteren met het basisinkomen. De gemeenteraadsleden hebben een motie goedgekeurd waarin een basisinkomen wordt voorgesteld voor een deel van de stadsinwoners. In juni zal het project van start gaan. "HET BASISINKOMEN STELT MENSEN VEILIG IN DE HUIDIGE KWETSBARE TIJDEN. DE VRIJHEID DIE VOORTVLOEIT UIT HET BASISINKOMEN ZAL MENSEN STIMULEREN OM MEER DINGEN TE DOEN DIE ZULLEN LEIDEN TOT INNOVATIE EN SOCIALE INCLUSIE BINNEN ONZE MAATSCHAPPIJ" De gemeenteraad van Lausanne heeft een niet-bindende motie ingediend voor de invoering van het basisinkomen. Concreet zal het proefproject lijken op een gelijkaardig experiment in Utrecht; daar worden inwoners ingedeeld in verschillende groepen naargelang hun sociale status. Op basis daarvan krijgen de deelnemende inwoners verschillende inkomens aangereikt.
We check our phones 221 times a day—an average of every 4.3 minutes—according to a UK study. This number actually may be too low, since people tend to underestimate their own mobile usage. In a 2015 Gallup survey, 61 percent of people said they checked their phones less frequently than others they knew. Our transformation into device people has happened with unprecedented suddenness.
Er was eens een plaats in de Amerikaanse staat Ohio: Youngstown. Het stond symbool voor de Amerikaanse droom. De hoge welvaart door de staalindustrie lokte mensen van over de hele wereld naar het stadje, maar toen was daar de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Amerikaans magazine The Atlantic beschrijft de val van een ooit zo welvarende stad.
Macon Arts Alliance Gallery. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Fritz.
This article is cross posted from Creative Exchange, the blog of Springboard for the Arts. It is part of a series of features on the members of the Leading Organizations pilot program, featuring organizations across the country working with artists in new and innovative ways.
Macon, Ga. is a city poised to transform. Sitting right in the middle of the state, Macon has been a transportation hub since before the Civil War. The town now boasts dozens of homes and neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places — the phrase “good bones” comes up frequently in writing about the city’s physical assets — but though it once was a prosperous center of the textile industry, it has suffered from urban decay for several decades.
In december publiceerde het wetenschappelijk tijdschrift Nature een studie over het effect van hiërarchie op samenwerking. Wat blijkt? Je werkt je baas liever tegen, dan in de hand. Samenwerking Samenwerking is vaak onderzocht. Tussen mensen, maar vooral bij dieren. Over menselijke samenwerking willen de onderzoekers dan ook meer te weten komen.
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