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Why disruptive sustainability is the new leadership framework

Why disruptive sustainability is the new leadership framework | Ecommitted and Optimistic projects | Scoop.it

"Porter goes so far as to say that the benefits of the capitalist system are not being seen by greater society. It’s not that profit is inconsistent with society’s needs, but rather it is seen as coming at the expense of society rather than to its benefit. If the 20th century model for capitalism was “What’s good for business is good for society,” Porter sees the 21st-century model as the converse: “What’s good for society is good for business.”


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Very interesting article on Porter's vision of new business model "what's good for society is good for business".

Michael Porter of Harvard Business School is the father of competitive strategy, sought by the biggest corporations and institutions for his insights into global competition !!

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 26, 2013 3:12 PM

Interesting article in GreenBiz on going beyond the usual sustainable business framework.

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OuiShare and La Fonderie launch conference about Collaborative Economy

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OuiShare Fest is the first event dedicated to the Collaborative Economy in Europe. It will take place on May 2 -4 2013 in Paris.
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Tough, light and strong: Lessons from nature could lead to the creation of new materials

Tough, light and strong: Lessons from nature could lead to the creation of new materials | Ecommitted and Optimistic projects | Scoop.it
In a sweeping review of the field of bio-inspired engineering and biomimicry, two engineers have identified three characteristics of biological materials that they believe engineers would do well to emulate in human-made materials: light weight,...
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Denmark Hits 200 Megawatt Solar Capacity Goal 8 Years Ahead of Schedule

Denmark Hits 200 Megawatt Solar Capacity Goal 8 Years Ahead of Schedule | Ecommitted and Optimistic projects | Scoop.it
Installing solar power in Denmark is going faster than planned, and the country has already reached its goal of 200 megawatts of solar capacity. (Very cool!

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Scientists Create Biodegradable Computer Chips from Spider Silk!

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Spiders are capable of some amazing things – not the least of which is weaving strong-as-steel webs from silk. Now, scientists at the Institut de Physique de Rennes in France have found a way to incorporate this amazing material into biodegradable computer chips. Some say that this unprecedented combination of natural materials and advanced technology could yield medical devices that can be implanted safely and then remain in the body indefinitely.


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56% des Français accordent une grande importance à la RSE

56% des Français accordent une grande importance à la RSE | Ecommitted and Optimistic projects | Scoop.it
Plus de la moitié des Français (56%) accordent une grande, voire une très grande importance à la responsabilité sociétale des entreprises (RSE) dans leur ...
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Projet MobyPost : la Poste passe à l’hydrogène

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Dans le cadre du congrès Mobilis, qui se tient en ce moment à Mulhouse, La Poste présente un projet de plateforme visant à recharger des véhicules de tournée alimentés par une pile à combustible.

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Agroalimentaire : la méthanisation des effluents prend de l'ampleur

Agroalimentaire : la méthanisation des effluents prend de l'ampleur | Ecommitted and Optimistic projects | Scoop.it

Les déchets apparaissent de plus en plus comme des ressources. Exemple dans le Bas-Rhin où une unité de méthanisation du jus de choucroute et une Step fonctionnent en synergie. Objectif : réduire l'empreinte environnementale et énergétique des industries agroalimentaires locales.

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A Man-Made, Net-Zero Energy Island Off the Coast of Istanbul

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A proposal imagines 300,000 housing units built into six hyper-energy efficient domes, inspired by Fuller's Synergetics and Design Science.


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Ride on! $20 cardboard bike may go into production soon

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"Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni has created a functioning cardboard bicycle that he hopes to put into mass production in the next three months, according to a Reuters report."

 

"Despite being made almost entirely of cardboard, Gafni says the bike is strong, durable, fireproof and waterproof. And because it is made of cardboard, it will also be cheap. Gafni's business partner Nimrod Elmish told Reuters that he expects the bike to sell at retail stores for $20."


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In Spain, financial crisis feeds expansion of a parallel, euro-free economy

In Spain, financial crisis feeds expansion of a parallel, euro-free economy | Ecommitted and Optimistic projects | Scoop.it
At a time when the future of the currency is in doubt and millions are unemployed or underemployed, an alternative, euro-free economy is springing up in Spain and elsewhere.

 

The Washington Post has this interesting article on how people in the Eurocrisis countries are finding ways to defeat the austerity attacks of their governments.


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Saudi oil well dries up

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If Citigroup is right, Saudi Arabia will cease to be an oil exporter by 2030, far sooner than previously thought.

 

Unexpected article in the Telegraph on how domestic consumption of oil in Saudi Arabia will hurt global energy supply-demand.


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Dye sensitized solar cells: third generation photovoltaics - Energy Harvesting Journal

Dye sensitized solar cells: third generation photovoltaics - Energy Harvesting Journal | Ecommitted and Optimistic projects | Scoop.it
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"Wireless sensors & wireless sensor network

 

The emerging market for wireless sensors and wireless sensor networks is of particular interest as well. Energy harvesting wireless switches and sensors can collect small amounts of energy from their environment. With the advent of ultra low power electronics many sensors can operate by harvesting very small amounts of light from their surroundings, enabling them to register, detect and transmit information wirelessly. These technical breakthroughs reduce the energy needed to transmit a signal. As a result, deployments of energy harvesting wireless sensors make applications feasible, while minimizing maintenance costs, enabling their operation in environments where other technologies (e.g. primary coin cells with their limited lifetime and need for frequent changing) are not suitable."


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Floating Light Park Skyscraper Uses Solar Power & Helium to Hover Above Beijing

Floating Light Park Skyscraper Uses Solar Power & Helium to Hover Above Beijing | Ecommitted and Optimistic projects | Scoop.it

Light Park is a skyscraper that hovers over the streets of Beijing like a giant airship. Architects Ting Xu and Yiming Chen have conceived the future of high-rises to be a conglomerate of mega-structures that make up for the shortage of urban open spaces on the ground by lifting them up in the air.


The Light Park skyscraper is lifted off the ground with a helium-filled balloon, and it uses solar energy for propulsion, enabling it to function as a non-polluting transportation deck as well as a floating urban park. The technology is based on existing helium balloon designs, using solar-powered propellers, airbags and atmospheric pressure for takeoff and cruise flight. Solar power is utilized to power the uses below, with translucent solar panels located on the top of the aircraft. In order to avoid additional weight and decrease wind resistance, the skyscraper uses a cable-suspended structure to attach the slabs to the mushroom-like cap. The planting slabs are irrigated with rainwater collected on the large cap surface and are distributed in a way which allows maximum exposure to sunlight on each level...



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Amber Qureshi's curator insight, April 8, 2013 1:19 PM

Daaamnnn :O 

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Ikr :D
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Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architecture, biology, innovation inspired by nature, industrial design - Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architectur...

AskNature is the world's first digital library of Nature's solutions, organized by function, that can serve as an educational and cross-pollinating tool as well as a collaboration forum among biologists, engineers, designers and other innovators.
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Biomimétisme : la vraie nature de l'économie collaborative ?

Biomimétisme : la vraie nature de l'économie collaborative ? | Ecommitted and Optimistic projects | Scoop.it

Et si l’économie collaborative était au fond inspirée de la Nature ? C’est en tout cas l’avis de Gaëtan Dartevelle, co-fondateur de Biomimicry Europa et directeur de Greenloop.

 

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Michèle Turbin's curator insight, February 8, 2013 6:20 AM

collaboration, symbiose, solidarité, partage, c'est dans la nature

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Water Bear Inspires Refrigeration-free Storage

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Biological samples are fragile: if they’re not kept at cold temperatures, they quickly degrade. And refrigeration in labs and on trucks, planes, and ships is costly and requires a huge amount of energy.

The company Biomatrica has developed a solution that allows these fragile materials to be stored at room temperature. The technology mimics the microscopic water bear’s survival strategy. The water bear, an arthropod also known as a tardigrade, lumbers across moist surfaces of mosses and lichens. But when those dry up, the water bear goes into a suspended state that could last anywhere from a few months to a century. Other organisms, such as brine shrimp and the resurrection fern, employ similar strategies to survive extreme conditions.
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La RSE mieux prise en compte dans les grandes entreprises, selon le baromètre Capitalcom | Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises

La RSE mieux prise en compte dans les grandes entreprises, selon le baromètre Capitalcom | Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises | Ecommitted and Optimistic projects | Scoop.it

Le 5ème Baromètre annuel sur la RSE dans les entreprises du CAC 40 publié par l'agence Capitalcom fait apparaître une montée en puissance de la #RSE dans la stratégie et la gouvernance des entreprises (La #RSE mieux prise en compte dans les grandes...


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Photovoltaic pigments aid biomineralization: Oriental hornet

Photovoltaic pigments aid biomineralization: Oriental hornet | Ecommitted and Optimistic projects | Scoop.it
The Oriental hornet is able to transform sunlight into a useful electrical potential (i.e., energy that can be used to fuel a biochemical process) using a cuticular pigment called xanthopterin. This compound is synthesized in microscopic granules within the layers of the cuticle and gives the hornets their characteristic yellow bands. Although only capable of transforming 0.335% of solar energy into electrical energy, this is still sufficient to generate an electrical potential across the cuticle. The movement of the electrons through the cuticle is thought to promote the biomineralization of calcium carbonate to strengthen the shell. This photovoltaic biochemistry is supplemented by the design of the cuticular surface. The ridges are spaced such that UV light (which can be transformed by xanthopterin) is absorbed while higher wavelengths are reflected.

Application Ideas: The cuticle of the oriental hornet is of biomimetic interest because of its antireflective (i.e., light-absorbing) nanostructure and its photovoltaic pigmentation.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Photovoltaics


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Le biomimétisme. Quand la science imite la nature

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Des champignons issus des ­déchets du café, des diamants de riz, des rasoirs en lames de soie… Ces inventions pourraient bien ­révolutionner l’industrie, sans polluer. Inspirées de la nature et réputées ­durables, ces nouvelles ressources sont simples, ingénieuses et pas chères. La biologiste ­Janine ­Benyus les a théorisées, tandis que l’entrepreneur Gunter Pauli sillonne la planète pour expliciter et faire appliquer ces formidables innovations. Certaines sont déjà en place, reste à les exploiter à grande échelle. Paris Match lève le voile sur ce nouveau « business ­model » précurseur et plein de promesses : l’économie bleue.

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Lufthansa sets sights on biofuel

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Lufthansa teams with Algae.Tec for new biofuel project Lufthansa, Europe's largest airline, has long held a keen interest in sustainability and what that concept could mean for the future of aviati (Lufthansa sets sights on biofuel - Hydrogen Fuel...

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Tailor food safety regulations to encourage local abattoirs. « Old ...

Tailor food safety regulations to encourage local abattoirs. « Old ... | Ecommitted and Optimistic projects | Scoop.it
If we really want to eat local, we also need to rebuild local food supply chains that are safe and nourishing. Support your local abattoir and tailor food safety regulations to encourage local abattoirs (before they are all gone).

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Du courant dans mes ordures

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PME indépendante du Lauragais crée en 2003 a débuté son activité par le compostage des végétaux et le recyclage du bois. Aujourd’hui spécialiste du compostage des déchets organiques les plus insolites (plumes, crèmes glacé ou rebus de la grande distribution) et de tous types de bois (souches, bois de platanes, bois traités), CLER VERTS a aussi développé une activité de service dans les départements limitrophes pour broyer et cribler tous types de matériaux. D’ici fin 2012, CLER-Verts produira du gaz méthane en traitant tous les déchets organique de Carrefour dans la région toulousaine.

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New book: Creating Sustainable Societies by John Boik

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"Creating Sustainable Societies: The Rebirth of Democracy and Local Economies first pinpoints the central problems within our financial, economic, and governance systems that have lead to high unemployment, massive debt, environmental degradation, mistrust of Congress and big business, and hyper-inequities of wealth and political power. The book then proposes a practical, bold blueprint for addressing these concerns and creating meaningful change."

 

Change from the bottom up, new local currency systems and direct democracy are the keywords in this new blueprint for a sustainable transition.


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Age Against the Machine

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"Today, however, older people are largely considered to be out of touch with the modern, technology-driven world, and incapable of paying their own way. But much evidence shows otherwise: if aging were framed as an economic opportunity, the growing number of older people worldwide could become modernity’s gift, rather than society’s burden."

 

Great article at Project Syndicate written by Simon Zadek going against the established narrative on ageing societies.


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