"Innovators from all walks of life—engineers, managers, designers, architects, business leaders, and more--can use biomimicry as a tool to create more sustainable designs. The Biomimicry process of consulting life’s genius, described in the Design Spiral, can serve as a guide to help innovators use biomimicry to biologize a challenge, query the natural world for inspiration, then evaluate to ensure that the final design mimics nature at all levels—form, process, and ecosystem."
"Death and Taxes" is a large representational graph and poster of the federal budget. It contains over 500 programs and departments and almost every program that receives over 200 million dollars annually. The data is straight from the president's 2011 budget request and will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress to begin the fiscal year. All of the item circles are proportional in size to their funding levels for visual comparison and the percentage change from both 2010 and 2001 is included so you can spot trends.
Summary: "Instead of organizing people into "functions" we may take a cue from some of the greatest games, and organize around "quests". That may sound very designed, but what it means is ad hoc, problem centric organization in which people are allowed to organize themselves around what they perceive to be meaningful, important problems in need of solving."
"The IFF World Model is a framework for learning that allows us to engage with the true complexity of our global predicament. It focuses on the key factors in planetary stability and their inevitable interconnections in a living system (often referred to as the Gaian system).
The World Model is particularly powerful when combined with IFF’s Three Horizons framework, and is currently being developed into an interactive World Game."
This is a short demo of the development of Global City Symphony, a future creative learning and knowledge sharing platform in a network of seven cities will allow citizens to creatively express issues affecting their lifes and the future of the...
Global Dashboard explores global risks and international affairs, bringing together authors who work on foreign policy in think tanks, government, academia and the media. It was set up in 2007 and is edited from the UK by Alex Evans and David Steven.
"Ahead is a huge transformation of our economical system. The goal is a sustainable and resilient smart green economy. To support the huge transformation of our systems we have to re-design and re-educate on all levels: Attitude, values, methods, habits. In the end we might even be more happy than with destructive consumerist mindsets."
"Harlem Children's Zone, Inc. is a pioneering, non-profit, community-based organization that works to enhance the quality of life for children and families in some of New York City's most devastated neighborhoods."
"How do we bridge the action gap? What pieces are currently missing? Last week I posted a model for answering these questions on my personal blog. The visual depiction is below and you can click through for the detailed explanation." - @GregoryJRader
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