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SocialFish | Why Generative?

SocialFish | Why Generative? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
That was a question posed during a Humanize webinar Maddie and I gave last week about the book.
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Climate Change Is Forcing Entire Countries to Migrate - Environment - GOOD

Climate Change Is Forcing Entire Countries to Migrate - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The island nation of Kiribati could buy land in Fiji to start transplanting its population off its disappearing islands.
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Climate-Smart Smallholders - Paul Kagame and Kanayo F. Nwanze - Project Syndicate

Climate-Smart Smallholders - Paul Kagame and Kanayo F. Nwanze - Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In order to build a global green economy, global leaders must recognize the linkages between climate change, the environment, and food security.
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The Deep Inner Thoughts of a Plastic Shopping Bag (Film)

The Deep Inner Thoughts of a Plastic Shopping Bag (Film) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It is certainly both odd as well as obvious to claim that plastic bags do not have deep inner thoughts.  They do not cherish, yearn, regret, or hope.  They have no mothers, friends, or soul mates, and they certainly do not have existential crises. ...
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The New Rules Of Innovation: Bottom-Up Solutions To Top-Down Problems

The New Rules Of Innovation: Bottom-Up Solutions To Top-Down Problems | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The world is currently standing “on the cusp of a post-industrial revolution.” So writes Vijay Vaitheeswaran in his new book, Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness and Tame the...
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Three Factors Driving Water Scarcity Throughout Much of the World | Water | AlterNet

Three Factors Driving Water Scarcity Throughout Much of the World | Water | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

"If we fail today to make water an instrument of peace, it might become tomorrow a major source of conflict," warns UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova in her foreword to the UN World Water Development Report released today at the opening of the World Water Forum in Marseilles. "Freshwater is a core issue for sustainable development - and it is slipping through the cracks."

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Scenes From Above: Atlanta's Massive Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Scenes From Above: Atlanta's Massive Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The sheer scale of America's busiest airport can hardly be appreciated in your average layover.
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Where the living is easier

Where the living is easier | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new index ranks the competitiveness of global citiesTHE Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company of The Economist, has devised a new index which ranks the competitiveness of the most prominent cities across the globe u...
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Fruit and vegetables 'give healthy glow' - Go Green - SustainLane

Fruit and vegetables 'give healthy glow' - Go Green - SustainLane | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Even a few weeks of eating fruit and vegetables could improve your skin colour, it is claimed.
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Goodbye-ways: The downfall of urban freeways

Goodbye-ways: The downfall of urban freeways | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report calls urban highways “a failed experiment,” and suggests that cities have much to gain from trading in blacktop for parks and new development.
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Food Webs Trace the Structure of an Ecosystem [Video]: Scientific American

Food Webs Trace the Structure of an Ecosystem [Video]: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Custom software helps delineate connections between organisms and predicts how a given ecosystem would respond to change...
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From Their Graves, Ancient Nomads Speak

From Their Graves, Ancient Nomads Speak | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Recent excavations have dispelled notions that nomadic societies on the arid Eurasian steppes were less developed than many sedentary ones.
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Size Matters: Scale in the Ecosystem of Work in the Future | Hinesight

Size Matters: Scale in the Ecosystem of Work in the Future | Hinesight | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Trust as the key to managing scale in the complex ecosystem of work in the future...
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What You Need to Find Out About Biomimicry « The Queen of Cougars

Biomimicry or biomimetics is the study of nature’s models, techniques, elements, and processes to be able to acquire ideas to solve real human issues. The word biomimicry comes from the Greek term bios which means life and mimesis meaning to imitate. Bionics, bio-inspiration, and biognosis are other terms that are frequently utilized in this field.

 

All through billions of years, nature has gone through a massive trial and error process in order to refine the living things, procedures and materials of the environments. Numerous technologies produced from biological engineering in all aspects right down to even the nanoscale have been influenced by the field of biomimicry. Since the start of mankind, humans have already been looking to nature to answer difficulties of both complex and simplistic character. To a lot of present engineering difficulties including wind resistance, absorbing solar energy, as well as power issues, nature has influenced remedies.

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New Health Exchange Rules Show Important Improvements

Health reform took a major step forward this week, as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final rules detailing the standards for the health insurance exchanges that the Affordable Care Act calls for.
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The only solution to high gas prices — with charts!

The only solution to high gas prices — with charts! | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sen. Jeff Bingaman shares the only way to reduce vulnerability to rising oil prices. Hint: It's not the Keystone XL.
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The B Corps that Make Social Impact a Priority Without Consumer Pressure - Business - GOOD

The B Corps that Make Social Impact a Priority Without Consumer Pressure - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
B Labs uses hard data to assess impact, rewarding results, not marketing. That's why so many B-2-B firms made the list.
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Building Better Businesses By Closing The Happiness Gap

Building Better Businesses By Closing The Happiness Gap | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If two magnets are separated by too much distance, they won’t have any impact on each other. But, if something helps move them a bit closer, they will gravitate towards each other and connect. Technology can be used in a similar way.
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A river runs through it

A river runs through it | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Water covers nearly three-fourths of Earth’s surface, but most of it is salty or permanently frozen. Around 70 percent of the world’s fresh water is locked in the ice of Antarctica. Around 53,000 cubic miles of water passes through the planet's lakes and rivers, which are under constant assault from human encroachment. By the year 2025, 52 countries — two-thirds of the world's population — will likely experience water shortages, according to U.S. government data.
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The Rising Cost of Global Food Prices

The Rising Cost of Global Food Prices | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Interactive graph to show the change in Global Food Prices using the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) Food Price Indexes. This tool has the ability to parse all data from the dataset provided by the FAO and display it in the interactive graph.
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Demand for Vegetable Oil Increases Rate of Deforestation

Demand for Vegetable Oil Increases Rate of Deforestation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report to guide companies on how to source sustainable vegetable oil without adding to deforestation.
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7 Indoor Plants That Purify the Air Around You Naturally

7 Indoor Plants That Purify the Air Around You Naturally | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
7 easy to keep indoor plants that purify the air in your home naturally.
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A 'Vertical Greenhouse' Could Make a Swedish City Self-Sufficient - Environment - GOOD

A 'Vertical Greenhouse' Could Make a Swedish City Self-Sufficient - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Growing these plants in the city will make food production less costly both for the environment and for consumers.
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