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An Energy-Saving, Ecological Glass Box Above the Landscape

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Amsterdam firm Paul de Ruiter Architects designed a home to provide a comfortable environment all year round while minimising its energy use and impact on a site in a protected ecological area.

In order to build on the site, which is a habitat for many plants and animals, the owners were required to return what had previously been farmland to its original pre-agricultural state. They planted 71,000 young trees that will eventually obscure the house from view and added a rectangular pond above the underground storey.

Energy-saving techniques employed in the building include a fabric screen built into the insulated glazed facade that can be rolled down to reflect the sun, and create a void between the glass and the screen through which ventilation flows. Wood from the private forest will be burned to heat water for the house once the trees have matured, while photovoltaic cells on the roof and a planned windmill will generate electricity.


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US Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Thanksgiving is among the most treasured of American holidays, and one of the most widely traveled.
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Top 10 Tips to Make Your Business Secure

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Gestcash's curator insight, November 29, 2013 6:46 AM

Este artigo alerta para a necessidade do empresário(s)  terem que saber sempre mais...como medida de proteger o seu sistema TI.

Roger Davies's curator insight, November 30, 2013 12:47 PM

Security is important to me, and should be to you as well. While we publish our company information all over the internet, we still need to be concerned with keeping some things to ourselves ..

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Is Trust the Answer to Employee Motivation?

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, November 28, 2013 9:57 PM

 

Most small businesses that employ staff, find that the level of motivation in individuals can vary remarkably, and even for individuals their motivation levels can rise or fall dramatically over time.

 

Sometimes it is hard for business owners to understand what motivates or demotivates their employees, and given the complex science behind motivational theory, it is not surprising that articles on the subject can be very weighty and at times incomprehensible.

 

This excellent article, suggests that trust is the key factor in determining staff motivation, and it provides a simple infographic that very neatly sums up the whole subject to allow a better understanding of the basics of employee motivation.

Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, November 30, 2013 3:01 AM

Trust is certainly part of it...what else?

Dr. Ir. Henk Jan Jansen's curator insight, December 11, 2013 6:37 PM

Guess trust is more important than ever.

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CMO 2014: A Return To The 3 Purposes Of Marketing

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For CMOs, 2014 represents a return to marketing purpose and fundamentals. A charter to fulfill three strategic principles beyond just tactical content marketing.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, December 4, 2013 11:09 PM

Peter Drucker is one of my all time favorites. I'm not sure a product that perfectly communicates to ideal customers can compel people to buy to the point of being self evident. That seems a stretch to me. 


I do understand that product design that includes the customer early on will meet their needs better than one that' just thrown out there and hopes to satisfy. However a vast majority of product managers and product designers don't use design principles like that. Think Facebook and Apple. They are market leaders and their products do sell themselves, but not because company leadership and management goes out of their way to find out what their customers want. 


Quite the contrary. When they release new products or upgrades, they essentially ram it down your throat and their customers accept is as good. Or, if they don't initially accept it as good, the features are generally not unuseful and they grow to like them or even love them, almost by brute force. Almost by manipulation. Cultural manipulation. Societal manipulation. 


Or is that the new definition of marketing and market leadership in the year 2014? 


What are your thoughts?


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Marty Koenig's curator insight, December 4, 2013 11:37 PM

Peter Drucker is one of my all time favorites. I'm not sure a product that perfectly communicates to ideal customers can compel people to buy to the point of being self evident. That seems a stretch to me. 


I do understand that product design that includes the customer early on will meet their needs better than one that' just thrown out there and hopes to satisfy. However a vast majority of product managers and product designers don't use design principles like that. Think Facebook and Apple. They are market leaders and their products do sell themselves, but not because company leadership and management goes out of their way to find out what their customers want. 


Quite the contrary. When they release new products or upgrades, they essentially ram it down your throat and their customers accept is as good. Or, if they don't initially accept it as good, the features are generally not unuseful and they grow to like them or even love them, almost by brute force. Almost by manipulation. Cultural manipulation. Societal manipulation. 


Or is that the new definition of marketing and market leadership in the year 2014? 


What are your thoughts?


This post was enhanced by the insight and thought leadership of Marty Koenig. See more at http://www.scoop.it/t/crowdfundingrocks

Sunil Malhotra's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:01 AM

Marty's comment spells out the furture of user research while placing the burden of trust on product designers. Great insight. 

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Top 10 Tips to Make Your Business Secure

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Gestcash's curator insight, November 29, 2013 6:46 AM

Este artigo alerta para a necessidade do empresário(s)  terem que saber sempre mais...como medida de proteger o seu sistema TI.

Roger Davies's curator insight, November 30, 2013 12:47 PM

Security is important to me, and should be to you as well. While we publish our company information all over the internet, we still need to be concerned with keeping some things to ourselves ..

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17 Small Business Owners Share Their Secret Weapons

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We surveyed American small business owners to find their "secret weapon" for success.

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John Bean's curator insight, November 27, 2013 4:20 PM

Good stuff

Jose Gonzalez's curator insight, November 30, 2013 7:48 PM

Amazing

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, December 2, 2013 12:32 PM

Great insights and ideas from small business owners. If you have the time it's worthwile reading. Click on the 1 page view...

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Homeless On the Street: To Give or Not to Give? « InStock Supply Blog | Wholesale Cleaning Supplies News and Information

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