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ITC and UN Women want stronger United Nations focus on women’s economic empowerment

ITC and UN Women want stronger United Nations focus on women’s economic empowerment | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it

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"This, as well as greater cooperation with the private sector and civil society, will better enable us to create opportunities for women to become economic citizens, for women to become entrepreneurs, for women to create jobs for themselves and as such alleviate poverty."

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Womenabler's curator insight, May 1, 2014 4:50 PM

ITC + UN Women = greater economic empowerment for women everywhere!

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Water Balloon Room by Torafu Architects at Konica Minolta Plaza Gallery, Tokyo

Water Balloon Room by Torafu Architects at Konica Minolta Plaza Gallery, Tokyo | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it
The Water Balloon installation at the Konica Minolta Plaza Gallery in Tokyo was created by Torafu Architects for the Eco & Art Award 2014 exhibition.

Each light bulb is made by hand using glass recycled from fluorescent lamps. As a result, no two Water Balloons have the same shape. Moreover, the bubbles inside each unique shape help produce a distinctive ethereal light.

 

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Sky art: illustrations in the sky between buildings

Sky art: illustrations in the sky between buildings | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it

French illustrator Thomas Lamadieu recently made stops in locations around Germany, Canada, Belgium and France where he shot several aerial views from inside claustrophobic courtyards which he then turned into quirky illustrations.


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How openness in education can change the world

Varun Arora is the founder and CEO of OpenCurriculum, a California-based technology nonprofit aimed at bringing openness and innovation to K-12 education aro...

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Joseph McCaleb's curator insight, April 3, 2014 8:19 AM

Educate for happiness: Build bridges not theme parks

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Arab uprising boosts female social entrepreneurship, but scaling lags behind - Virgin.com

Arab uprising boosts female social entrepreneurship, but scaling lags behind - Virgin.com | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it
While social entrepreneurship is an ideal vehicle for re-shaping our region according to more egalitarian and socially responsive principles, myriad challenges still face women wanting to make significant strides in this arena.

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Womenabler's curator insight, February 23, 2014 4:34 PM

We love the sound of a Global Women's Entrepreneurship Endowment Fund. Way to go, Ashoka!

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Top 10 Spatial Installations

Top 10 Spatial Installations | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it

Often times, it’s hard to categorise new interiors under standard labels. Though the function of stores, hotels, restaurants, schools, museums and private residences remain clear, the spatial interventions that take place within their walls might not be. The excitement lies within trying to deceiver the very nature of a geometric display, architectural construction or referential statement.

 Frame went back and selected the top 10 spatial installations.


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Empowering women and girls in developing nations - Washington Post

Empowering women and girls in developing nations - Washington Post | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it
Washington Post Empowering women and girls in developing nations Washington Post Through the Women's Entrepreneurship in the Americas initiative, for example, Washington's office identified 24 projects in 24 countries to support broader economic...

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Womenabler's curator insight, February 26, 2014 5:35 PM

$50M USD in grants - a great investment!

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Overcoming Unconscious Biases Against Female Bosses

Overcoming Unconscious Biases Against Female Bosses | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it
Counterproductive gender biases keep gender equality stagnating: women lead only 4.2 percent of our largest pubic corporations, make up only 14 percent of top officers in corporate America and fill a measly 18 percent of board seats....

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"One thing is clear: in an evolving global landscape in which we are becoming more interconnected, technologically advanced and transparent, the requirements for effective leadership are changing. Skills that people said in our research are often perceived as more feminine -- like openness, collaboration and empathy are proving extremely valuable in driving innovation. Parlaying this modern leadership paradigm like Eriko did makes for better business, regardless of one's gender. Flexibility, diversity of thought and compassion are no longer a nice-to-have. It is an imperative for both men and women alike to embody the ideal modern leader in order to not fall behind."

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AnYes van Rhijn's curator insight, March 10, 2014 5:57 AM

Biases still there, but feminine traits badly needed in an increasingly interconnected business world...

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Repurposing Abandoned Paris Metro Stations

Repurposing Abandoned Paris Metro Stations | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it

This is such a fun idea. Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet is proposing, as part of her platform, to repurpose some of the 14 to 16 abandoned Metro stations in the city of light , converting them into cultural or recreational gathering spaces. The project aims to bring back life to these phantom stations by giving them a new function. She commissioned architectural firms OXO Architects+ Laisné Architecte Urbaniste to come up with a series of concepts, rendering the Arsenal subway stop as a restaurant, swimming pool, nightclub and theater.


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Allison Furfine's curator insight, December 6, 2014 6:02 PM

These are such cool ideas to put empty spaces into use and involve creativity and artwork at the same time. This would be something amazing to see if actually happened. When I'm traveling, I like to see things that other people haven't seen.

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Timeline Photos - She's a Boss - A Young Professionals Club for Women | Facebook

Timeline Photos - She's a Boss - A Young Professionals Club for Women | Facebook | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it
Today's plan = Be Amazing. #ShesaBoss #PumpItUp

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The Coolest Cubicles in the World

The Coolest Cubicles in the World | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it

Small is beautiful--and efficient. These freestanding pods, domes, and workstations are so artfully designed and ecologically sound that one might wonder: Is this the future of work?


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Leila Janah | Samasource

Leila Janah | Samasource | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it


Leila Janah, an award-winning social entrepreneur using technology and lean business methods to promote social justice. She is founder Founder and CEO of Samasource, a non-profit social business that connects people living in poverty to microwork - computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income, now part of the broader field of impact sourcing. Samasource has moved 3,800 workers and their families over the poverty line in under five years and spun out a domestic program. As a young entrepreneur, Leila is an inspiration for young aspiring women in the field of social entrepreneurship, and has proven the massive commercial opportunities and returns available through well-developed social justice programs.

 


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Sophie de Oliveira Barata : prosthetics artist creating gadget limbs for amputees

Sophie de Oliveira Barata :  prosthetics artist creating gadget limbs for amputees | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it

Fake limbs don't have to be a replacement: they can also be an upgrade. To this end,  prosthetics artist Sophie de Oliveira Barata founded The Alternative Limb Project in 2011, in which she turns them into artworks. Now, she's taking the idea further with a her "gadget limbs.

More info on http://www.thealternativelimbproject.com/ or Connect to Sophie here: https://www.facebook.com/thealternativelimbproject


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Interactive Light Display Transforms Moroccan Church into a Multicolored, Reactive Art Experience

Interactive Light Display Transforms Moroccan Church into a Multicolored, Reactive Art Experience | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it

Sacré Coeur in Casablanca, Morocco was designed by French architect Paul Tournon in 1930. The cathedral's underuse (religious functions ceased in 1956) combined with its vaulting Neo-Gothic breadth, makes it the perfect venue for cultural engagement. 

 

Cue the lights: From April 3 - 6, French transmedia installation designer Miguel Chevalier bedecked the halls with Magic Carpets 2014, a projected animation that turned the institution's massive floor into a multicolored, reactive art experience. 

 

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Social Entrepreneurship in India – Changing the Life of the Poor

Social Entrepreneurship in India – Changing the Life of the Poor | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it
India has the world's second largest labour force of 516.3 million people and although hourly wage rates in India have more than doubled over the past decade, the latest World Bank report states that approximately 350 million people in India currently live below the poverty line.
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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, April 3, 2014 4:09 AM

Great article... like it...:-))) teachers as guides... yessss...

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9 Of The World's Most Inventive Tiny Buildings

9 Of The World's Most Inventive Tiny Buildings | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it

In architecture, bigger isn't always better. See some of the world's coolest small buildings, from a hit on sleds to a walk-in fireplace...


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Annie Longeot's curator insight, March 28, 2014 10:19 AM

Des constructions qui s'adaptent en beauté à l'étroitesse de leur environnement. Inspirant.

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, April 2, 2014 2:40 AM

Me gusta mucho la de José Cardilhe.

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Make Architects Folds Prefabricated Origami Kiosks in London

Make Architects Folds Prefabricated Origami Kiosks in London | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it

Two prefabricated retail kiosk have been opened to the public at London canary wharf's ice sculpturing festival.

Designed by Make Architects, the unique structures are based on the folded concept of origami with hinged aluminium panels that allow the unit to expand and contract like a fan. When closed the geometric form of the kiosks is expressed as a compact, sculptural box that can be transformed and expanded during use. the lightweight design was tested and prefabricated off-site, before being easily transported to canary wharf via lorry.


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Painting With Lights: Ephemeral Street Art Created with a Digital Projector

Painting With Lights: Ephemeral Street Art Created with a Digital Projector | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it

Phillip Echaroux desired to give something back to his hometown of Marseille, and he found that the projector could provide a way for him to gift back his talent.

Throughout the beautiful coastal city, Echaroux projected portraits and designs on street walls, buildings, trees and hillsides. Some of the projections extended larger than 300 feet and could be seen from great distances.

 

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, March 23, 2014 11:07 PM

So glad to be introduced to the art of Phillip Echaroux 

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INSIGHT: Activating The Safety Net To Protect Threatened Changemakers

INSIGHT: Activating The Safety Net To Protect Threatened Changemakers | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it

By their nature, changemakers are disruptive. Yet shaking up the status quo comes at a price, and tragically in many places around the world, promoting innovative and positive social change bears physical risk ...

Though they often go unrecognized, security and stability are fundamental considerations for any social impact activity, and they form a crucial foundation for any prosperous society. 


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Womenabler's curator insight, February 28, 2014 9:50 AM

It's not only not easy to push for change, it's often life-threatening.

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Ashoka Fellow Valdenia Paulino recently spoke with Francisco Ciampolini of Amnesty International on the security challenges facing human rights defenders in Latin America. This mini-panel was led by Ashoka's own David Nahmias, who wrote an accompanying article on the broader picture of security for changemakers

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A Handmade Outdoor Sauna

A Handmade Outdoor Sauna | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it

Huginn&Muninn is an entirely handmade outdoor sauna in spruce wood which accommodates two people, and, according to the Scandinavian tradition, is powered by a wood stove.  Its wall portholes frame the sunsets on the Piacenza hills and a warm light floods in the small space.

Huginn and Muninn mean “thought” and “memory” ” according to Atelier Forte. “Those are the names of the two ravens of Odin. Every day he sends them flying over all the earth and they come back and tell him everything they have seen and heard. There is an analogy with the sauna as a moment of reflection and relaxation at the end of a long day.


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Bonnie Dean on Motivation

Motivation coach Bonnie Dean uses her extensive knowledge of value-based communication skills, team building through creativity and fun, her interactive teac...
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The Clothing Bank - Women Enterprise Development - South Africa

The Clothing Bank - Women Enterprise Development - South Africa | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it

The Clothing Bank mission is to "Empower Unemployed Mothers Through Enterprise Development so that they can become Financially and Socially Independent".  Founded in 2010 by Tracey Chambers (CEO) and Tracey Gilmore (COO), in response to the growing problem of unemployment amongst single mothers and the lack of support that they receive from the father of their children.We believe that if you help a mother you help a child. 

 

South Africa faces some major obstacles to address the injustices of the past and ensure that everyone participates in the economy.  At the centre of these challenges is the failing education system.  58% of children do not complete school meaning that formal employment is not an option for them as many corporates use Grade 12 as an entry level requirement for even the most basic job.  Unemployment rates are reported at between 25-30% and when you analyse this further you will find that unemployment amongst youth is reported at 56% with 2.8m youth being unemployed and unemployment amongst women is reported at 48%.  Of all mothers in South Africa, 40% are single and for single mothers unemployment rates are over 60%. Less than 50% of father’s contribute anything towards their child’s welfare, which leaves the single mother with no choice but to rely on the state for welfare.  Child grants are R280 per month per child and with an average of 2 children per household, families are surviving on welfare of R560pm.  1L of milk and 1 loaf of bread would cost R20 per day or R600 per month, so this means that if you are a child raised by a single mother, you are highly likely to live in poverty with little prospects for your future.

 


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Ewa Braf om Storytelling « Storytellers.se

Ewa Braf om Storytelling « Storytellers.se | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it
På Motivation.se skriver Ewa Braf från Ramböll Management Consulting om Storytelling. Ewa har varit på mina seminarier och vi har sedan diskuterat kring berättelsen och berättelsens mening. Här finns hennes tankar i ...
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Pippa Small - Anthropologist and Jewel Social Entrepreneur

Pippa Small - Anthropologist and Jewel Social Entrepreneur | Social innovation and design | Scoop.it
Anthropologist and entrepreneur Pippa Small runs an international, luxury jewellery business with a beating heart.

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