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Balance of Power Shifts in Groceries | WSJ

Balance of Power Shifts in Groceries | WSJ | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Smaller companies focused on natural and organic foods are feasting on shifts in tastes among consumers distrustful of established food giants’ products and ingredients. And big retailers are egging them on.
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The Future Of Work | thinkfuture

The Future Of Work | thinkfuture | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
  Are you still working in a company where everyone comes into the same office, Monday to Friday, generally from 9-5? Does your CEO frown on telecommuting or outsourcing? Are you clinging to outmoded ways of working, since its what you’ve always done? Back in 2002, I read a book called “Free Agent Nation” by [...]
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The World's Most Innovative Companies | Forbes

The World's Most Innovative Companies | Forbes | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
The World's Most Innovative Companies is the definitive ranking of the 100 firms investors think are most likely to generate big, new growth ideas. Produced by Forbes in cooperation with Innovators DNA LLC.
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Clay Houses in Quake Country? Cob Building Gains Bay Area Following | San Jose Mercury News

Clay Houses in Quake Country? Cob Building Gains Bay Area Following | San Jose Mercury News | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Making homes out of clay, sand and straw — a material called “cob” — might raise eyebrows in earthquake country, but Bay Area devotees are hoping to gain acceptance for what they say is an inexpensive, environmentally friendly and safe way to build.
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Wireless electricity? It's here! | CNN Tech

Wireless electricity? It's here! | CNN Tech | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Katie Hall was shocked the second she saw it: a light-bulb glowing in the middle of a room with no wires attached.

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Why The Future Of Technology Is All Too Human | Forbes

Why The Future Of Technology Is All Too Human | Forbes | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it

While the past favored those who could retain and process information efficiently, the future belongs to those who can imagine a better world and work with others to make it happen.


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internetdoctor's curator insight, March 4, 2014 8:53 AM

While I understand some people wish everything was a computer.  The vast majority of humans need a physical and emotional connection...something "artificial intelligence" cannot give you.

Francisco Restivo's curator insight, March 7, 2014 7:07 AM

I believe that we have to recenter the human machine relationship, and this must be done from school, letting young kids learn that they control the machine, and not the other way round.

Computational thinking and critical thinking are for humans.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:50 AM

Why The Future Of Technology Is All Too Human

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10 High-Tech Gadgets for a Cutting-Edge Kitchen | Mashable

10 High-Tech Gadgets for a Cutting-Edge Kitchen | Mashable | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
We rounded up 10 kitchen gadgets that will become the norm in the decked-out -- that is, "teched-out" -- homes of the near future.

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WiFi Plug: Control Home Appliances Remotely | thenextweb

WiFi Plug: Control Home Appliances Remotely | thenextweb | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it

With Google's acquisition of Nest now complete, your home could be getting a whole lot smarter over the next five years.


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The Digital Disruption of Education Publishing

The Digital Disruption of Education Publishing | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
The shift to online learning has given U.S. publishers a once-in-a-decade opportunity to expand their share of the $1 trillion spent each year on education.
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Green Spaces Deliver Lasting Mental Health Benefits | ScienceDaily

Green Spaces Deliver Lasting Mental Health Benefits | ScienceDaily | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health, finds a new study.

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Sven Schelwach's curator insight, January 8, 2014 9:17 PM

Who would have thought that nature makes people feel well and healthy. Surprise, surprise. :-)

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Next Big Thing in Energy Sector: Photovoltaic Generated DC Electricity

Next Big Thing in Energy Sector: Photovoltaic Generated DC Electricity | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
A viable solution for sustainable energy transmission is the onsite generation of electricity using the photovoltaic method of converting solar energy directly into electrical energy.

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Sven Schelwach's curator insight, November 7, 2013 11:44 PM

Local sourcing of materials, and local production of goods makes sense, and so does local energy generation. 

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Peer-to-Peer Lenders Re-Defining the Customer Experience Online | Ve Interactive

Peer-to-Peer Lenders Re-Defining the Customer Experience Online | Ve Interactive | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Check out Ve’s @okeeffe_brian’s take on the new #Banking landscape, & 2 be learned from social lenders.

http://t.co/4vysm59fLw

#Finance”

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6 Technology Trends of Alliance between Customer Service & Higher Education | Parature

6 Technology Trends of Alliance between Customer Service & Higher Education | Parature | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
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Buckle Up - The Future of Personalized Vehicles [1-day conference]

Buckle Up - The Future of Personalized Vehicles [1-day conference] | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
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Smart, Eco-Friendly New Battery Made of Seeds and Pine Resin | ScienceDaily

Smart, Eco-Friendly New Battery Made of Seeds and Pine Resin | ScienceDaily | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Present-day lithium batteries are efficient but involve a range of resource and environmental problems. Using materials from alfalfa (lucerne seed) and pine resin and a clever recycling strategy, researchers have now come up with a highly interesting alternative.

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Sven Schelwach's curator insight, September 30, 2014 10:19 AM

very awesome, indeed!

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5 Ways to Make Your Brand Thrive in the Sharing Economy | Inc.

5 Ways to Make Your Brand Thrive in the Sharing Economy | Inc. | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Success in this climate requires listening to your customers, establishing their trust, and changing your relationship with them in fundamental ways.
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Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation | +Acumen

Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation | +Acumen | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation is a seven-week course thatwill introduce you to the concepts of human-centered design and help youuse the design process to create innovative effective and sustainablesolutions for social change. No prior design experience necessary. Acumenbelieves in the importance of incorporating the principles ofhuman-centered design when creating solutions to problems of poverty sothat low-income customers are provided with choice not just charity.

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Designing People-Friendly Organizations | the whiteboard

Designing People-Friendly Organizations | the whiteboard | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
How can we use the design process to build more people-centered organizations?

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Silk-Based Surgical Implants - a Better Way to Repair Broken Bones

Silk-Based Surgical Implants - a Better Way to Repair Broken Bones | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Using pure silk protein derived from silkworm cocoons, investigators have developed surgical plates and screws that offer improved remodeling following injury and can be absorbed by the body over time. When a person suffers a broken bone, current treatment calls for the surgeon to insert screws and plates to help bond the broken sections and enable the fracture to heal. These "fixation devices" are usually made of metal alloys. But metal devices may have disadvantages: Because they are stiff and unyielding, they can cause stress to underlying bone, among other problems.

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4 Habits Of The Most Resilient People | Fast Company

4 Habits Of The Most Resilient People | Fast Company | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
When the going gets tough, what makes some bounce back while others fizzle out? Firing the naysayers in your head, surrounding yourself with a board...

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 28, 2014 8:54 AM

the importance of resilience cannot be overemphasized!

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 5, 2014 6:03 AM

Excellent Scoop by Ricard Lloria here.  I agree with the full article and here is my favorite section, as I am finding this to be true.  The more I see the less I know...  


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3. THEY ARE COMFORTABLE NOT KNOWING


Kathleen Harren has progressed from director of nursing, to chief nurse executive, to regional director of the Nursing Institute at the Mary Medical Center in Torrance, Calif.


She believes in order to progress everyone needs “to [be able to] speak on any particular issue without being fully prepared. To be flexible and articulate and confident enough,” even when you don’t know everything, because “we can’t know everything.”


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Larry Glover's curator insight, March 5, 2014 4:32 PM

A good list in a short article on staying resilient amidst life's challanges.

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Feds to Require Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication to Prevent Crashes

Feds to Require Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication to Prevent Crashes | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
In a move that signals a technological leap forward for the auto industry, the federal government announced Monday that it will take steps to require all new cars and light trucks to communicate with each other, with the hopes of drastically reducing the more than 30,000 vehicle deaths each year.
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Appropedia: Open Platform for Knowledge-Sharing in Sustainability & Social Good

Appropedia: Open Platform for Knowledge-Sharing in Sustainability & Social Good | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Appropedia is the site for collaborative solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development through the use of sound principles and...

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Revolv, The Missing Link For Home Automation, Comes To Home Depot Stores | TechCrunch

Revolv, The Missing Link For Home Automation, Comes To Home Depot Stores | TechCrunch | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Revolv, the device that connects all your smart devices, will begin sales in selected Home Depot stores across the U.S. and on Home Depot's website. As a..

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How Sustainability Leadership Drives Innovation | GreenBiz

How Sustainability Leadership Drives Innovation | GreenBiz | Social Innovation & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Measuring the innovation benefits of sustainability leadership has been difficult. But a new report by Deloitte shows that it can be done.

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The Currency of Collaborative Consumption Economy Is Trust | TED.com [video]

There's been an explosion of collaborative consumption -- web-powered sharing of cars, apartments, skills.
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