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In the shadow of the Euro Crisis, the people of the Greek city of Volos are taking their monetary future into their own hands.
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That’s the conclusion of a recent study by Forbes Insights in association with Cisco, “Collaborating in the Cloud.” While 64% of survey respondents overall said cloud-based collaboration tools accelerate business results, enabling companies to execute faster than would be possible otherwise, that figure rises to 82% among “leaders.” The survey defined leaders as executives with significantly more experience with cloud-based collaboration tools than others—they made up 14% of the total sample.
Revolutionary innovation is easy to spot: it can be disruptive, it can make us uncomfortable while at the same time open our minds to new possibilities, and it can change the way we think of a product category, a method, or an industry. Revolutionary innovation can create entirely new ecosystems of products and services to surround and support the new paradigm. On the other hand, evolutionary innovation is not so easy to identify, with most advances happening in such tiny and incremental steps as to go completely unnoticed by the masses. And yet the span of time can help us look back and provide perspective on what would otherwise be an equally dramatic impact on society through ecosystem creation and expansion.
We’ve been focusing more attention on bitcoin, so we thought it was about time to provide a piece explaining more details about the digital currency. If you are a regular reader you probably know that we are excited about the trading potential of this new currency as well as the cost effective payment solution it can avail companies.
The future Chris Anderson envisions is about much more than using 3-D printers to make your own trinkets. It’s about opening the doors of entrepreneurship to anyone with a little imagination and an internet connection.
You get a lot of people saying that their model is the best and that everyone else has got it wrong. Or they are unwilling to admit what exactly their business model is. Take Paul Carr – I disagree with much of the content of his work, but he’s just a brilliant writer: He never says that nsfwcorp is bankrolled by Tony Hsieh. He doesn’t go out and say, ‘my organization works because a millionaire thinks I’m great and other newspapers cannot necessarily replicate that.
WikiSpeed is a social enterprise applying cutting-edge collaboration techniques from the open-source software world, to solve problems for social good.
New York is cracking down on peer-to-peer business. What could that mean for the rest of the sharing economy? (The economic clash of this decade!
China’s biggest e-commerce firm Alibaba Group announced on April 29, 2013 that it would acquire an 18 percent stake in Sina Weibo for 586 million US dollars, a deal that could reshape the country’s Internet landscape. Sina Weibo is China’s most popular Twitter-like microblogging platform with over 500 million user accounts, but it has yet to find a profitable business model.
The world was introduced to conspicuous consumption in 1899 when Thorstein Veblen wrote the book The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study in the Evolution of Institutions.
A mechanical engineer (awesomely) named Anjan Contractor has won a NASA grant to prototype a 3D printer for food -- specifically pizza.
This is the fifth report from our upcoming People's Insights Annual Report titled “Now & Next: Future of Engagement”, to be published as an interactive iPad
Moneytruth.org is a campaign for basic economic literacy and rights. Believe it or not, if we can understand the simple, basic facts about money, then many of the world's most serious and long-standing injustices would evaporate and every person on Earth would enjoy the protection of economic rights. Understanding the true nature of money and, by consequence, capitalism, allows us to see clearly not only why the world is as it is, but also how it might be fixed.
I recently had the unique experience of seeing both ends of the innovation spectrum come together. On the one side, I was watching Team Canada-ISEF 2013 head to Phoenix, to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). ISEF is the world's largest high school science research competition and this year 18 Canadian high school students will compete against 1,500 peers in this annual competition. As I stated in aprevious blog, these bright young minds have both inspired and awed me as their ideas show a complex understanding of the world around us.
Our young people desperately want the chance to participate in and lead our nation's economic and cultural revival. They're up for the challenges that they're going to inherit. It only remains for us to present the path to address them.
The generosity of donors and guests at Stella by Starlight has a direct impact on hundreds of young artists including the New York City teenagers who are served by the Stella Adler Outreach Division. Outreach provides free training to over 500 low-income, inner-city students each year and depends on the support of benefactors to sustain a high level of programming.
Continuing our discussion on what are bitcoins, in today’s post we take a look at security, and bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto. In Part One we focused on the foundation behind the currency and its universal ledger, the ‘blockchain’.
The maker movement took center stage at this year's South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The coveted opening keynote was delivered by Bre Pettis, CEO of 3-D-printer manufacturer MakerBot Industries, who used the occasion to unveil the Digitizer, a desktop device capable of scanning objects up to 8 inches in height using lasers and a webcam, streamlining the printing infrastructure from end to end. "You can fill the world with garden gnomes if you want," Pettis joked.
Open data for business is suddenly the rage. The Economist calls it the new goldmine, the new open data policyreleased by the US government explicitly links open data with 'entrepreneurship and economic growth', a Capgemini report recently valued the impact of open data on the EU27 economy at 32 billion Euros in 2010, other estimates put the potential of open data in Europe at 180 billion a year, McKinsey valued health data alone at $350 billion annually - the numbers are eye-popping and 'no one has a clue what breakthroughs open data will allow'. The conversation around open data has definitely shifted beyond transparency, accountability, and civic engagement.
Participatory online platforms and visual tools are lowering the barriers to participation and empowering citizens to design their communities. These crowd planning systems facilitate an open dialogue between city agencies and the people they serve, establishing a structured process for collaboration and encouraging a higher level of participation at the civic level. By seeking input throughout the development process, these crowd-planned systems help ensure greater transparency and buy-in that ultimately results in an end solution that meets the actual needs of the population.
The past decade has seen the sudden, dramatic appearance of community spaces offering public, shared access to high-end manufacturing equipment. These spaces are interchangeably referred to as hackerspaces, makerspaces, TechShops, and FabLabs. This can lead the intended audience to become incredibly confused as to why there might be so many names for a single concept. I’d like to take some time to untangle the mess, explain the concepts behind each title, and talk about why I now make significant distinctions between all of these types of spaces.
One interesting element of Google I/O this year were the sensors laid out everywhere around Moscone tracking environmental data throughout the event. Those types of sensors are now all around us, including in our phones and in various smart home devices, and now a new Kickstarter project from ManyLabs wants to help kids get familiar with them very early on.
Freelance innkeepers across New York City shuddered this week as a judge found that a man renting out his East Village apartment on Airbnb was violating the state's occupancy code.
Governments and banking officials are watching Bitcoin in fear of losing their leading position to the virtual currency and the infrastructure building around it, Arwa Mahdawi, consultant, journalist and Bitcoin employee, told RT.
Prof Victoria Chick, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University College London, addressed the question: “Why Don’t Academics Understand Money?” at thePositive Money conference in January 2013. She said there has been a regression in the way economics has been taught. This 18 minute video gives some very interesting insights: