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The Happiest Cities in the World [Infographic]

The Happiest Cities in the World [Infographic] | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

Happiness is a fleeting commodity in reality, it comes and goes, but the perception of happiness is the real bottom-line driver for cities and their branding.

 

What makes urban dwellers happy? According to a 10,000 respondent, 20 country research effort from GfK Custom Research, it is a location-based perception: does your city offer you places to go that make you happy? Apparently, the perception-reality gap is what is really interesting the city governments. Happiness is a fleeting commodity in reality, it comes and goes, but the perception of happiness is the real bottom-line driver for cities and their branding.

The winning locations end up being quite obvious candidates; entertainment and cultural heavyweights, beautiful urban areas and laid-back lifestyles lead the march...

See more statistics and data at the infographic and article link.


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bancoideas's curator insight, March 4, 2013 9:51 AM

Ciudades felices y ciudades inteligentes son #ideas que siempre deben ir de la mano #smartcities, no te pierdas esta #inforgrafía

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Renewable Energy Revolution: Declining Costs, Surging Capacity

Renewable Energy Revolution: Declining Costs, Surging Capacity | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

The renewable energy revolution is under way. Renewable power generation now accounts for around 50% of all new power generation capacity installed worldwide.


The combination of rapid deployment and high learning rates for technology “has produced a virtuous circle that is leading to significant cost declines and is helping fuel a renewable revolution,” according to a new global study of renewable power generation costs in 2012 produced by IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, which announced it isestablishing its global headquarters in the United Arab Emirates during last week’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

 

Additions to global wind power generation capacity totalled 41 gigawatts (GW) in 2011, according to IRENA’s “Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2012: An Overview.” That’s in addition to 30 GW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation capacity, 25 GW of hydro power, 6 GW of biomass, 0.5 GW of concentrated solar power (CSP), and 0.1 GW of new geothermal power capacity.


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ecOiko's curator insight, January 28, 2013 6:21 PM
Renewable energy revolution worldwide news, and in Cyprus our renewable energy production in 2012 increased by 24%. We have some fantastic renewable energy companies who can be found on www.ecoiko.eu
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We Need More Insights, Not More Data

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Marketers are all over big data - but are they looking to big data at the expense of true insights and missing the heartbeat of their customers?

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William J. Ryan's curator insight, March 4, 2013 8:35 AM

Same can be said for learning as well, we track a lot in LMS's but are we measuring what matters?  Have we defined, and agreed upon, the metrics that will help the business and the performance of the community we serve?

Irina Radchenko's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:32 AM

Today’s connected consumer has access to an insane amount of information, all at their fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphone access to the web.

 

From checking restaurant reviews and stock prices, to taking pictures of a new pair of jeans and asking the opinion of friends on Facebook, today’s consumer is no longer restricted to choosing a brand through a push marketing approach.

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Urban Redevelopment & SILO 468: interactive light art at a reused silo in Helsinki

Urban Redevelopment & SILO 468: interactive light art at a reused silo in Helsinki | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

The city of Helsinki tapped Madrid-based Lighting Design Collective (LDC) to convert a once-used oil silo into an interactive light installation to commemorate Helsinki being the World Design Capital of 2012.

 

Facing the sea, the area is quite windy, which was not only design inspiration for the project, but it also powers the exhibit. LDC designed software to take data from the surrounding wind speed, direction, temperature, and weather, and turn it into patterns for the never repeating light show that displays on the inside and outside of the silo.
The silo’s walls were perforated with 2,012 holes that display a mesmerizing light show, engaging visitors with the data in a new way.

At midnight, the silo’s exterior turns red for one hour to reference that the silo was once a container of energy...


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