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Shareable: The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People [VIDEO]

Shareable: The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People [VIDEO] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In this time of divisive wedge issues, reality TV, and reflexive cynicism, empathy might seem in short supply. But as Shareable documents, it doesn’t have to be this way—we’re social animals wired for sharing, collaboration, and compassion, no matter what mass culture and deep-rooted capitalist individualism suggests. Catalyzing the necessary mental shift in people is a step-by-step process, one that can be nurtured by changing small habits and building trust networks. In his talk “The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People”, cultural historian Roman Krznaric advocates for a shift in mentality “from introspection to outrospection” to enrich our lives and catalyze social change. But he doesn’t only look at the big picture, instead detailing the regular behaviors that we can gradually change in our own lives to realize this personal and societal change.

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‘Evolved to Fit: Biomimicry in the Built World’ Lecture by Janine Benyus at MIT

‘Evolved to Fit: Biomimicry in the Built World’ Lecture by Janine Benyus at MIT | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Janine Benyus, president of the Biomimicry Institute in Apsen, will be giving a lecture at MIT on the theme of 'Evolved to Fit: Biomimicry in the Built...
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» What’s So Different about Partnership for Growth? » Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog

» What’s So Different about Partnership for Growth? » Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“Can you help us PFG this country?” is not yet a common query heard throughout the U.S. government, but CGD had the opportunity to discover why “PFG-ing” a country could be the next phase in the evolution of U.S.
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Unreasonables, Episode 1: InVenture Goes Big On Microfinance For Micro Businesses

Unreasonables, Episode 1: InVenture Goes Big On Microfinance For Micro Businesses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Shivani Siroya is the founder and CEO of InVenture, an organization that is trying to shake up the microfinance industry by giving loans to tiny businesses in the developing world.
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Infectious Selflessness: How an Ant Colony Becomes a Social Immune System: Scientific American

Infectious Selflessness: How an Ant Colony Becomes a Social Immune System: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ants work together to battle a deadly fungus by diluting the infection across the colony...
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Why a Pedestrian Avenue Makes So Much Sense for Midtown Manhattan

Why a Pedestrian Avenue Makes So Much Sense for Midtown Manhattan | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Despite initial skepticism, a 6 ½ Avenue would merely legitimize behavior that is already happening.
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The New HSR Plan: Smart Move | Streetsblog.net

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has released a new construction plan, proposing a “phased approach” to building HSR. Basically, this means building a high-speed railway in the Central Valley, and connecting it at the ends to existing conventional track in order to finish the trip to LA and SF. Done properly, this can mean a one-seat ride between LA and SF (with the high-speed trains running at reduced speeds along conventional track at each end). The best part of it is that the Authority has committed to building south from Bakersfield to Palmdale and the Valley before building north to San Jose. (See my earlier post for how a phased system might work, and why BFD-Palmdale matters.)

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Next American City » Buzz » The Closed Street as a Living Street

Next American City » Buzz » The Closed Street as a Living Street | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Dutch have a word, woonerven, for public spaces where pedestrians and bikes have the right of way over cars. While these aren’t as numerous in this country, security measures in some U.S.
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Let's Make Sustainable Food Less Elitist - Lifestyle - GOOD

Let's Make Sustainable Food Less Elitist - Lifestyle - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sustainable food initiatives don't serve everyday Americans. Here's how to change that.
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The Downside to the 'Buy Less Stuff' Philosophy - Environment - GOOD

The Downside to the 'Buy Less Stuff' Philosophy - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Greener purchasing choices could cause the average gross domestic product of low-income countries to drop by more than 4 percent.
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Why You Should Take A Holiday

Why You Should Take A Holiday | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Eleven percent of people in the UK have taken fewer holidays recently due to fears about their work and the economic situation. But not taking a break can take a toll on your health, pilining on stress and tension with little relief.
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Why Regional Innovation Clusters Should Not be Demonized

Why Regional Innovation Clusters Should Not be Demonized | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While there are many examples of RICs that have failed, LA has one example of a successful government backed incubator.
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Shaking Hands with a Sloth: Biomimicry and Design Education: Places: Design Observer

Shaking Hands with a Sloth: Biomimicry and Design Education: Places: Design Observer | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The standing joke in Gamboa is that this sleepy hamlet on the Panama Canal hosts more parrots than people. Spend just one night here, and you’ll find that Gamboans neither exaggerate nor jest. Each day at sunset, parrots stream from the dense jungle of neighboring Soberenía National Park. They straggle into town, two by two, to roost in great flocks in the spreading crowns of jacaranda, mayo and suicide trees. More than 700 — mostly Red-lored Amazons, a lime-green, foot-long parrot marked by a scarlet blaze on its forehead — have been counted in a single census. Their nightly return to town is as sudden and raucous as New Yorkers spilling out of Yankee Stadium after a World Series win. Come morning, the sun rousts the birds from their perches, triggering a reverse commute equally grand and unruly.

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Can America's Largest Green Business Development Spark a Movement? - Business - GOOD

Can America's Largest Green Business Development Spark a Movement? - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An attempt to build the country's largest sustainable shopping center morphed into an experiment in green business development.
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Mobile Reserves Follow Wildlife Where It Needs Protection

Mobile Reserves Follow Wildlife Where It Needs Protection | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Protecting wildlife on land is hard: Animals migrate across vast areas of wilderness that are difficult to patrol. At sea, where fences are impossible, even the areas moves.
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Confessions Of A Collaborator: What I Learned From Bon Iver, Ke$ha, And Yoko Ono

Confessions Of A Collaborator: What I Learned From Bon Iver, Ke$ha, And Yoko Ono | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I haven’t always been interested in collaborating. It’s a bit stressful sitting down with someone and hoping you each like what the other creates. These sorts of things can bring out the best in people or the worst.
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Facebook friends compete to lower energy use

Facebook friends compete to lower energy use | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Opower's social energy app on Facebook lets people track electricity use, compare to national averages, and compete with friends to improve home efficiency. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Cutting Edge.
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The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » Density, Vibrancy, and Opportunity Zones by Tory Gattis

[ Here's the second part of Tory Gattis' take on vibrancy and car based urbanism. - Aaron. ]

 

Last week I tried taking Jane Jacobs’ four tenants of vibrancy and applying them to the car-based city, describing the concept of the mobility/draw zone. It can be roughly summarized in this excerpt:

So the four tenets of vibrancy transformed for the car-based city get reduced to two:

Loose zoning/permitting constraints to enable both a wide diversity of businesses as well as population density where there is consumer demand (apartments, condos, townhomes)

Maximized mobility with a well-designed, high-capacity arterial and freeway network

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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Tomorrow is National Walking Day

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Tomorrow is National Walking Day | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Women Funding Women Opens the Door to Responsible Investing - Business - GOOD

Women Funding Women Opens the Door to Responsible Investing - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new impact investment fund targets women and lowers the financial burden of making responsible investments—a WIN-WIN.
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What Inspires You: The Wildlife Videographer - Environment - GOOD

What Inspires You: The Wildlife Videographer - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An acclaimed filmmaker and videographer, Bill Wallauer has spent 20 years documenting chimps in the wild. See what inspires his work.
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You're Invited To Take a Virtual Tour of the White House | The White House

You're Invited To Take a Virtual Tour of the White House | The White House | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Starting today, anyone who has access to a computer with an internet connection can take a 360 degree tour inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue...
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Raising a Young Conservationist, Part 1: Loving Nature | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Raising a Young Conservationist, Part 1: Loving Nature | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Pine cones for lunch? Conservancy scientist Jensen Montambault shares a sweet story from the front lines of parenting.
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