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$1,000 house a step closer for world's poor

$1,000 house a step closer for world's poor | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"MIT architects have produced the first prototype “Pinwheel House” in an effort to see if low-cost homes can be constructed for $1,000, total."

 

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Douglas Rushkoff, "Radical Abundance: How We Get Past "Free"

From Web 2.0 Expo NY 09

 

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At 'Empathy in Action,' a Movement Begins

At 'Empathy in Action,' a Movement Begins | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Think back to your third-grade report card. Remember the subjects? Math, Reading, Science, and Physical Education probably come to mind. But Empathy? Probably not.

 

You’re not alone. In fact, you’re in the company of billions – stretching across decades – who have mastered these basic skills by the time they turn twelve. The education system has valued them for centuries. And they are what our society believes essential for success.

 

Enter Ashoka – and its new “Every Child Must Master Empathy” initiative, a global effort beginning in North America to revise the roster of skills-to-master by adding one of the most fundamental for this new century (whether or not it ever shows up on that report card): empathy.


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Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

TED Talks Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch.

 

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Silicon Valley billionaire reveals plan to launch floating 'start up country' off coast of San Francisco

Silicon Valley billionaire reveals plan to launch floating 'start up country' off coast of San Francisco | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Peter Thiel has funnelled $1.25 million to the Seasteading Institute, a California-based organisation that plans to launch a floating colony into international waters, allowing its residents to live by libertarian ideals.
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About us - SENSORICA

About us - SENSORICA | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
SENSORICA: an open, decentralized, and self-organizing value network, designing, producing, and distributing new optical fiber-based sensing solutions.

 

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The Future of Poverty

The Future of Poverty | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"Now, would you like to talk about world peace? About unity? About all working together and sharing to make this a better world? I don't want to sound naive and optimistic but I think we finally have the tools and the technology and the culture to really make some changes here. To really step into a new age of international development and cooperation between people to improve our lives. And I don't mean this in some sense that leads to heavy cultural protests about government priorities. I don't mean an abstract solidarity funneled and channeled through organizations the size of nation states. I mean direct knowledge of what is happening on the other side of the world, more or less in real time, and learning to know the world not through dull, dry statistics, but in as much of its human vibrancy and reality as we can manage." -- Vinay Gupta @leashless

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Collaborate or Die

Collaborate or Die | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
We all know collaboration is a good idea. In politics, call it compromise. In business, call it a strategic alliance. Whatever you want to call it, teamwork produces results.

 

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The rich are different — and not in a good way, studies suggest

Psychologist and social scientist Dacher Keltner says his research shows the rich really are different: Their life experience makes them less empathetic, less altruistic, and generally more selfish.

 

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On Reverie

On Reverie | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Imagination, knowing and dreaming into the heart of the matter.

 

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CSR is dead, long live social enterprise

CSR is dead, long live social enterprise | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"The explosion in popularity of social enterprises recently is a direct consequence of the inability of existing companies to grasp the new reality that a company's core purpose must be to deliver positive social impact and not to simply minimise negative impacts while ultimately focusing on maximising profit in the short-term."

 

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Social Networks for Free and Resilient Communities

Online groups can now offer "anytime, anywhere" catalysts in economically challenged regions for a freer and more resilient future.

 

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Value Networks and the true nature of collaboration

Value Networks and the true nature of collaboration | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"Work life is completely changing as social networking and collaboration platforms allow a more human-centric way of organizing work. Yet work design tools, structures, processes, and systems are not evolving as rapidly, and in many cases are simply inadequate to support the new flexible and networked ways of working.

 

Value Networks and the true nature of collaboration meets this challenge head on with a systemic, human-network approach to managing business operations and ecosystems. Value network modeling and analytics provide better support for collaborative, emergent work and complex activities."

 

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Minority rules: Scientists discover tipping point for the spread of ideas

Minority rules: Scientists discover tipping point for the spread of ideas | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Scientists have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.

 

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Ph.D. Dissertation on Conscious Leadership in Action — Integral Thinkers

Ph.D. Dissertation on Conscious Leadership in Action — Integral Thinkers | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"I’ve spent the last two years researching this question, specifically exploring how change agents with complex worldviews design and lead complex change initiatives.
The bottom line is that these individuals represent less than 5% of the population, and in some cases, less than 1%. They are true outliers in how they see and understand not only the world around them, but also their own inner experience."

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The Greatest Speech Ever Made

"One of the most important speeches in recorded history was given by a comedian by the name of Charlie Chaplin. If you like what you see please share the video..."

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The Great Green Wall: African Farmers Beat Back Drought and Climate Change with Trees

The Great Green Wall: African Farmers Beat Back Drought and Climate Change with Trees | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

SAHEL SOLUTION: Allowing trees to grow and shade fields has helped boost yields for farmers across the Sahel--outlined in blue on this map--a possible adaptation to climate change.

 

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We are the ones we have been waiting for.

We are the ones we have been waiting for. | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

‎Banish the word 'struggle' from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we have been waiting for.  -- Hopi elders

 

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Shared Intent & Purpose for Action - Bridging the Gap between Micro & Macro

Shared Intent & Purpose for Action - Bridging the Gap between Micro & Macro | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"Definitely, there is something happening! What we, the crowds, are realizing now, is that just by interacting with our families, colleagues, friends and expanding our networks to other contacts made through affinity of interest, intent or purpose, we acquire new capabilities and capacities for interaction and influence, and we want more! We realize how empowered we are to express ourselves, share with others and ultimately act. We discover the value and richness of the many when we can exchange and unite: the value of agency in togetherness."

 

by Helene Finidori @HeleneFinidori

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Is Consumerism Killing Our Creativity?

Is Consumerism Killing Our Creativity? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Modern culture thrives on consumerism. But does our passion for consumption come at the expense of our creativity?

 

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Steven Spielberg to Discover Future Earth | /Film

Steven Spielberg to Discover Future Earth | /Film | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"Future Earth aims to be an epic mini-series examining what life on Earth will be like in 25, 50 and 100 years. The mini-series will draw from a vast number of sources, including the leading futurists, scholars and great minds of today, to dramatize and explore how various facets of our daily lives – health and medicine, technology, the environment, the military, the economy and media – will evolve over the next century."

 

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The Civic Potential of Video Games

The Civic Potential of Video Games | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
This report focuses solely on the civic dimensions of video game play among youth, providing a more detailed discussion of the relevant research on civics and gaming.
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Global Economic Downturn: A Crisis of Political Economy

Global Economic Downturn: A Crisis of Political Economy | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"The current economic crisis is best understood as a crisis of political economy. Moreover, it has to be understood as a global crisis enveloping the United States, Europe and China that has different details but one overriding theme: the relationship between the political order and economic life. On a global scale, or at least for most of the world’s major economies, there is a crisis of political economy. Let’s consider how it evolved."

 

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