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Part Peace Corps, Part Venture Capital: Code for America's Plan for Public Innovation - Business - GOOD

Part Peace Corps, Part Venture Capital: Code for America's Plan for Public Innovation - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Can Code for America combine the Peace Corps with Y Combinator to save democracy?
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"Doing Development Better" by Dani Rodrik | Project Syndicate

"Doing Development Better" by Dani Rodrik | Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The recent selection of Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank exposed a deep fissure within the field of development policy, because Kim and his rivals represented two dramatically different approaches.
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Unsung Heroes: Corporate Sustainability Officers | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Unsung Heroes: Corporate Sustainability Officers | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For a growing number of companies, going green is now a core business strategy. What do these companies leading the way in environmental sustainability have in common?
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Cracking the Smart Energy Market

Cracking the Smart Energy Market | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While a research firm projects that 60 percent of American homes will have a smart energy feature by 2020, consumer adoption has been slower than hoped.
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New Tech Lets An Army Of Informal Recyclers Collect Brazilian Waste

New Tech Lets An Army Of Informal Recyclers Collect Brazilian Waste | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For decades, an informal recycling cooperative in Brazil has collected tons of recyclable material, which it sells back to heavy industry each day for reuse.
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The Midwest's Manufacturing Conundrum

The Midwest's Manufacturing Conundrum | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The region's reliance on manufacturing may have hindered its economic revitalization, according to a Chicago Fed study.
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Newcastle, Australia: World Capital of Tree Drama

Newcastle, Australia: World Capital of Tree Drama | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For the second time in less than a year, this seaside community is in an uproar over something to do with trees.
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Getting More Women On Bikes

Getting More Women On Bikes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This weekend, an event called Cyclo Femme aims to up the percentage of women on two wheels around the world.
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Going Global: The Future of Metro Economies

During an event in Los Angeles, Amy Liu delivered remarks describing how the region can build on its local assets to boost exports and better connect with global markets.
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@ Brookings Podcast: Challenges for Women in the African Economy

In many African countries, women still cannot own land or resources, a significant barrier to their ability to start businesses and take advantage of the continent’s economic potential.  Fellow Anne Kamau explores their plight.
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Shipping container "cities" bring creative, funky approach to green construction | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Shipping container "cities" bring creative, funky approach to green construction | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  This started out as an article on prefabricated modular housing, which can bring the construction price of new homes down considerably and lends itself well to use of green materials and straightforward replication.  There’s a multi-part series...
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Archaeologists Unearth Ancient Maya Calendar Writing

Archaeologists Unearth Ancient Maya Calendar Writing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Inscriptions on a wall of what appeared to be a studio for royal scribes in Guatemala may date to the early ninth century, several hundred years older than the examples previously known.
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Ancient Time: Earliest Mayan Astronomical Calendar Unearthed in Guatemala Ruins: Scientific American

Ancient Time: Earliest Mayan Astronomical Calendar Unearthed in Guatemala Ruins: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The ninth-century wall paintings predate existing Mayan astronomical records by hundreds of years...
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The 'Map of Life' Will Track Every Plant and Animal on the Entire Planet - Environment - GOOD

The 'Map of Life' Will Track Every Plant and Animal on the Entire Planet - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"Imagine you had the world's most amazing field guide."...
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Fermentation: to infinity and beyond!

Fermentation: to infinity and beyond! | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Katz's Wild Fermentation has had pride of place on my (ridiculously extensive, remember i wrote a book about food preservation) shelves of books on food preservation and storage. Not only does it sit there, but I pull it out ALL the TIME (which honestly cannot be said about most of my cookbooks) and after years of looking at it, still find new ideas. So to say I was excited to receive The Art of Fermentation, three times the size, hardcover and unbelievably comprehensive was an understatement.

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Rapid Growth of Social Enterprises in Australia

Rapid Growth of Social Enterprises in Australia | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Social entrepreneurship has emerged as one of the fastest growing economic sectors in Australia over the last five years.
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Oil, Water, And Food: How Our Largest Companies Are Managing Our Most Important Resources

Oil, Water, And Food: How Our Largest Companies Are Managing Our Most Important Resources | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s not all that often that executives of some of the world’s largest companies make themselves available to talk about their environmental record.
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Got a deck? Solar panels now a plug-in appliance

Got a deck? Solar panels now a plug-in appliance | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A do-it-yourself kit for installing a handful of solar panels lets people dip their toes into grid-tied solar power. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Cutting Edge.
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Why Do We Tax Car-Sharing Like It's Liquor or Cigarettes?

Why Do We Tax Car-Sharing Like It's Liquor or Cigarettes? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Taxes on quick car-share trips run as high as 60 percent.
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A Micro-Market for Vacant Housing

A Micro-Market for Vacant Housing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A London company matches flexible tenants with landlords who would otherwise be sitting on empty buildings.
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The Real Immigration Debate Isn't About the Law

Following the Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of Arizona’s controversial immigration legislation, Audrey Singer and Jill Wilson examine the country’s larger immigration debate and whether ethnic and cultural differences play a...
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Scaling Up Corporate Social Investments in Education: Five Strategies That Work

Justin van Fleet examines corporate social investment practices in developing countries, looking at what works and what is not working in corporate efforts to further education and making a long-term impact.
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Right in the Middle: The Midwest’s Growth Lessons for America | Newgeography.com

Right in the Middle: The Midwest’s Growth Lessons for America | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Midwest’s troubles are well-known. The decline of manufacturing has resulted in job losses and dying industrial towns. The best and brightest have fled the flatlands for more exciting, sunnier, mountainous, or coastal places where the real action is. Even Peyton Manning has left the heartland for the Rockies.

 

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Sleep Better: Create the Ideal Sleep Environment #30DaysofGOOD - GOOD Projects - GOOD

Sleep Better: Create the Ideal Sleep Environment #30DaysofGOOD - GOOD Projects - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Creating a good sleeping environment is critical for better rest.
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National Parks: Rational Access

National Parks: Rational Access | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Local merchants have protested that these moves damage business by closing off areas popular with fishermen, even though a depressed economy and high gas prices might well explain any recent visitor decline.
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