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Les 7 tendances qui changent l'industrie du tourisme

Les 7 tendances qui changent l'industrie du tourisme | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Le touriste créatif aime aussi la dimension collaborative et lui aussi teste l’hébergement collaboratif et aime se faire accueillir par des Greeters, où qu’il aille. Car c’est autant le contact humain, l’expérience de ses propres talents, la redécouverte de savoir-faire artisanaux qui lui importent que la culture au sens traditionnel des musées ou des ateliers d’art.

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Rethinking "Land Art" | Fair Observer°

Rethinking "Land Art" | Fair Observer° | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
In Creative Intelligence Bruce Nussbaum argues that building a space away from normal activity where people trust each other and agree to behave by a...

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Our Self-Inflicted Complexity

Our Self-Inflicted Complexity | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
By seeking narrow solutions to small problems, we've bedeviled ourselves.
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Three Freshly Sprouted Startups on the NYC Local Food Scene | Sustainable Brands

Three Freshly Sprouted Startups on the NYC Local Food Scene | Sustainable Brands | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
While the most hospitable territory for food startups is certainly California, New York is host to its own burgeoning food movement.
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The City of 2050: An Interactive Graphic

The City of 2050: An Interactive Graphic | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered where you or your children may be living in 2050?
Experts predict that by then three-quarters of the world's population will live in cities. For part of its Tomorrow's Cities season the BBC takes a look through the crystal ball to imagine what city life might be like in 40 years' time.

Find more details at the interactive graphic at the link.


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, August 23, 2013 4:15 PM

Here's some ideas on how we might live in the future. What do you think?

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Analysis: careers – Sustainability specialists gaining ground | Ethical Corporation

Analysis: careers – Sustainability specialists gaining ground | Ethical Corporation | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

According to Forbes’ latest “10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago” listing, sustainability experts are up there with social media managers and app developers.

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VERGE Accelerate provides global stage for start-ups

VERGE Accelerate provides global stage for start-ups | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Up to 18 innovative start-ups at the convergence of energy, buildings, transportation and cities will vie for recognition by some of the world’s largest companies.
 
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The Modern Seaweed House Brings Old and New Together

The Modern Seaweed House Brings Old and New Together | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

This beautiful house located on Danish island Læsø is 100 square meters and is suitable for two families. Architecture studio Vandkunsten decided to bring back to life old method of using seaweed in housing, characteristic for the local architecture of island. The effective insulation – seaweed! – makes it possible to live in the house year-round.

In contrast to the historic houses, the Modern Seaweed House is more contemporary in its expression. The visible seaweed has been stuffed into bolsters made of net knitted in strong wool. The bolsters are attached to the roof in overlapping runs and, in smaller scale, mounted on the façades using the same method.


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Trista Etherton's curator insight, August 17, 2013 4:30 PM

Truly amazing

Bernard Wlodarczyk's comment, August 19, 2013 1:09 PM
La maison caméleon qui se fond dans la nature?
George T. Sipos's comment, August 19, 2013 1:41 PM
Seaweed might turn out to be a true savior of our future. Why not houses made of it? @Bernard Se fonder dans la nature apres la revolution industrielle quand on a essaye de la dominer de subjuguer...C'est ca la vraie voie de l'avenir, n'est ce pas? :)
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Video: international salmon industry body to focus on farming ... - Herald Scotland

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csr-reporting: The first G4 Sustainability Report in the World

csr-reporting: The first G4 Sustainability Report in the World | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

I'll use this example of a public agency report to reflect on the value of G4 reporting in the public sector. We have every right to hold governments and municipal leadership to the same high standards we expect of corporations when it comes to transparency, accountability and management of sustainability impacts.

 

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Environment management news: New BS 8900 now a certification standard | the environmentalist

Environment management news: New BS 8900 now a certification standard | the environmentalist | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The latest version of 8900 also differs by including in the guidance examples of sustainable development maturity matrices for different types of organisations.

 

The standard also requires, for example, that its users ensure sustainable development management is “firmly expressed and communicated in the organisation as a core part of business opportunity/business survival,” rather than requiring a procedure is in place to communicate sustainable development principles.

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Crowdsourcing 21st century urbanism

Crowdsourcing 21st century urbanism | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

New forms of cooperative urbanism are harnessing the internet to achive grand civic goals.

A generation of intrepid software developers is creating powerful tools for ordinary people to work together to achieve civic goals. SeeClickFix.com and FixMyStreet.com are US and UK websites where users can report problems in their area directly to the relevant local authority. Collapsed walls, broken signage and faulty streetlighting can be logged by anyone in the community. Reports are mapped online while statistics about how swiftly issues are dealt with are automatically published, encouraging authorities to act quickly. Rather than individual complainants acting in isolation, the sites allow strangers to cooperate in holding their elected officials to account while improving their public spaces.

Critics argue the sites foster apathy − encouraging the public to rely on local authorities for relatively minor maintenance jobs rather than taking responsibility as a neighbourhood, but nevertheless, the idea of using decentralised web-based input as a generator for development is gathering momentum.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 5, 2013 4:21 PM

A new form of town hall meetings

 

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Imagining A Future City Filled With Driverless Cars And Without Any Parking Spaces

Imagining A Future City Filled With Driverless Cars And Without Any Parking Spaces | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

As self-driving cars move from fantasy to reality, what kind of effect will they have on cities?

A research and urban prototyping project called Shuffle City investigates, and in the process, becomes a manifesto for a new kind of modern city--one that depends less on traditional public transportation like buses or light rail and more on creating a fleet of continuously moving automated vehicles to serve urban mobility needs.

Shuffle City looks at the new possibilities that could arise from cities transitioning to cars without drivers. If cars were put into some constant flow as a public good, and if people didn’t all have their own vehicles, there would be no need for the concrete wastelands and lifeless towers that serve as a parking infrastructure in the urban landscapes of car-centric cities like Phoenix and Los Angeles (Under the current ownership model, the average car spends 21 hours per day parked.)

The share of city space ruled by parking lots will shrink, making way for more green space, environmental buffers, workspace, housing, retail, and denser planning for more walkable cities...


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José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, August 7, 2013 8:41 AM

Um desenho da cidade de nossos sonhos. Carros sem motoristas, ruas sem espaço para estacionamento, e por aí vai.

Kim Spence-Jones's curator insight, August 8, 2013 2:53 AM

Interface between cars and homes is an interesting area of R&D. Everything from entertainment synchronising to battery management.

miguel sa's curator insight, September 4, 2013 4:17 PM

Jacque Fresco has been talking about this sort of thing for awhile now, looks like its coming closer to reality~ 

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Building a Regional Food System

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Rick Passo's curator insight, September 22, 2013 7:01 AM

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=597323383666416&set=a.317307978334626.77216.140279086037517&type=1&theater

 

The Democracy Collaborative produced this infographic detailing an experiment in Wisconsin to build a cooperative, community-wide structure that supports a sustainable local food system, with active involvement of large non-profit anchor institutions.

 

Advancing a new understanding of democracy for the 21st century and promoting new strategies and innovations in community development that enhance democratic life. Company OverviewPromoting new strategies and innovations in community development that enhance democratic life.

DescriptionThe Collaborative is a national leader in the field of community development through our Community Wealth Building Initiative. The Initiative sustains a wide range of projects involving research, training, policy development, and community-focused work designed to promote an asset-based paradigm and increase support for the field across-the-board. https://www.facebook.com/democracycollaborative/

 

 

@DemocracyCollab

The Democracy Collaborative focuses on the role community economic stability plays as an essential foundation of civic practice and democratic life.

D.C. & Cleveland

 

http://community-wealth.org/

Eric Smith, MBA Green Business Strategy's curator insight, September 23, 2013 3:12 PM

Local food, grown by local producers will continue to spur economic growth in the local community with lasting results. Regional development must first begin with local empowerment.

Eric Smith

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5 Crazy New Man-Made Materials That Will Shape the Future

5 Crazy New Man-Made Materials That Will Shape the Future | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Forget Mother Nature: when it comes to all matters matter, the sheer ingenuity of the human mind can give rise to some of the most insane--and useful--new materials you've ever encountered.

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Water footprinting: will it help companies manage a scarce resource?

Water footprinting: will it help companies manage a scarce resource? | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Companies are embracing water footprinting to understand and tackle water use. But can it really confront the complexities of the water challenge?

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Carbon Performance a Key Determinant for Suppliers | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Carbon Performance a Key Determinant for Suppliers | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
A full half of multinational companies plan to select suppliers based on carbon performance, according to a study by Carbon Trust Advisory. The research says
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Infographic: Green energy sector snapshot

Infographic: Green energy sector snapshot | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

 Some of the key stats and research figures concerning the green energy sector are displayed in the below infographic

 
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Roshan Telecom M-Paisa receives Sustainability Commercialized Award

Roshan Telecom M-Paisa receives Sustainability Commercialized  Award | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Since 2008, more than 1.2 million Afghans have started banking with M-Paisa as Roshan has introduced several convenient means to distribute and receive salary payments, pay bills, purchase items, and send money to family members in Afghanistan and abroad.

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Green Corridor

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The Green Corridor is an initiative for generating a green redevelopment of the international bridge corridor linking Canada to the United States. As a gateway to the City of Windsor, the corridor presents opportunities to involve local communities in transforming their environment. Traveling along its 2 km length, visitors will experience a new conception of the urban landscape – shifting from a concrete jungle to a ‘regenerative green zone’

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Naturally Grown: An alternative label to organic

Naturally Grown: An alternative label to organic | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

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Rick Passo's curator insight, August 18, 2013 8:24 PM

http://news.yahoo.com/naturally-grown-alternative-label-organic-160020483.html ;

 

Started by a group of organic farmers in New York's mid-Hudson Valley as a backlash against federal takeover of the organic program in 2002, Certified Naturally Grown has expanded over the past decade to include more than 700 farms in 47 states, executive director Alice Varon said.

"Certified Naturally Grown is tailored for direct-market farmers producing food without any synthetic chemicals specifically for their local communities," Varon said. "It's a particular niche of the agricultural world. It's not in direct competition with the national organic program."

Many small farmers previously certified organic by an independent organization have declined to participate in the federal program. They voice a variety of objections: extensive record-keeping requirements; fees that can amount to 6 percent of a small farm's gross sales; and philosophical objections to joining a monolithic government-run program that also certifies huge operations that ship produce across the country.

Cindy Austin's curator insight, August 20, 2013 9:57 AM

Very excited about NATURALLY GROWN - fewer or no chemicals = better health.

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Mushrooms Revolutionize Packaging and Encourage Sustainability | Ian Somerhalder Foundation

Mushrooms Revolutionize Packaging and Encourage Sustainability | Ian Somerhalder Foundation | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
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China Textile Industry Leaders Discuss Sustainability At Esquel ... - Forbes

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Urban Homesteaders Produce 6,000 Pounds of Food on 1/10 Acre

Urban Homesteaders Produce 6,000 Pounds of Food on 1/10 Acre | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
“In danger of being free.” That’s how Jules Dervaes sums up his journey from a small backyard garden to a super-productive microfarm. It’s a low input, highly efficient urban homestead right next to the metropolis of Los Angeles.

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Jared Broker's curator insight, August 9, 2013 7:50 PM

Urban food, local food, and directing your passions towards the betterment of your community is the way we free ourselves from any type of oppression completely.

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How LEDs Will Make Or Break The Skylines Of Global Cities

How LEDs Will Make Or Break The Skylines Of Global Cities | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

LED lighting is transforming skylines all over the world—and architects, city governments, and urban denizens should take note. These illuminated nightscapes promise a new worldwide arena where global cities will compete for recognition.


It's a gradual trend that has reached a fever pitch in recent months. Recent articles from the New York Times and NY1 discuss the LED-ification of two of New York City's landmark skyscrapers: the Empire State Building and the Helmsley Building. Why the intensifying deployment of these powerful lighting systems? Well, for starters, LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are energy-efficient, long-lasting, increasingly affordable, and easily controlled by computer programs. Architecturally, these little lights can significantly change a building's nighttime character, transforming shadowy forms into immaculate performances of infinite color and vivacity...


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ParadigmGallery's comment, August 2, 2013 4:44 PM
I grew up in the "lighting industry" so I was particularly interested in this story. The absolut best part of it is the comments/interaction...Duilio Passariello and Zachary Edelson the author...
Linus Ridge's comment, August 15, 2013 6:41 AM
A really interesting article.