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"Sustainability's goal is to create Possibilities, Not to Limit Options"





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Understanding social and public labs

Social innovation & labs

  Understanding social and public labs

By Geoff Mulgan via nesta.org.uk


 This note summarises a view of the field of innovation labs - and what might lie ahead. It looks at the ways in which labs need to be both insiders and outsiders at the same time – and the practical challenges of the classic ‘radical’s dilemma’. If they stand too much inside the system they risk losing their radical edge; if they stand too far outside they risk having little impact. It follows that the most crucial skill they need to learn is how to navigate the inherently unstable role of being both insiders and outsiders; campaigners and deliverers; visionaries and pragmatists.

This  paper looking at the various social and public labs I’ve come across around the world.


It suggests a typology for understanding them and describes some of the challenges they face – in particular, the radical’s dilemma of having to work both inside and outside established systems.


Download  Full paper via  nesta.org.uk 
Download The radical’s dilemma: an overview of the practice and prospects of Social and Public Labs. - See more at: http://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/understanding-social-and-public-labs#sthash.qNAKl8A1.5bEyPu89.dpuf
Download The radical’s dilemma: an overview of the practice and prospects of Social and Public Labs. - See more at: http://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/understanding-social-and-public-labs#sthash.qNAKl8A1.5bEyPu89.dpuf

Download The radical’s dilemma: an overview of the practice and prospects of Social and Public Labs. - See more at: http://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/understanding-social-and-public-labs#sthash.qNAKl8A1.5bEyPu89.dpuf

SOURCE: Understanding social and public labs By Geoff Mulgan via nesta.org.uk (CC BY NC SA).

See more at:  nesta.org.uk/blog/understanding-social-and-public-labs
I’ve written a paper looking at the various social and public labs I’ve come across around the world.
It suggests a typology for understanding them and describes some of the challenges they face – in particular, the radical’s dilemma of having to work both inside and outside established systems. 
- See more at: http://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/understanding-social-and-public-labs#sthash.qNAKl8A1.dpuf
I’ve written a paper looking at the various social and public labs I’ve come across around the world.
It suggests a typology for understanding them and describes some of the challenges they face – in particular, the radical’s dilemma of having to work both inside and outside established systems. 
- See more at: http://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/understanding-social-and-public-labs#sthash.qNAKl8A1.dpuf

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"How Do You Design For Creativity?"


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"INSPIRE QUOTES" Jacob Schultz of @Kiva

INSPIRE QUOTES
Jacob Schultz, Vice President of People of @Kiva 

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"Make Every Day Water Day"



Open Sustainability, Creativity & Innovation


Millions of people around the world don't have safe water. 
World Water Day is March 22nd — a day when the world turns its attention towards the 750 million people who lack access to safe water. But every day of the year can be a Water Day. When Rajamma opens her tap, or Grace hears raindrops filling her catchment system, or when Poppy is able to offer her children a safe drink of water — each of these is a Water Day. 

 



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"Technology and Inequality" via MIT Tech Review


OPEN Sustainability & Technology


http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/531726/technology-and-inequality/
The disparity between the rich and everyone else is larger than ever in the United States and increasing in much of Europe. Why? 

The signs of the gap—really, a chasm—between the poor and the super-rich are hard to miss in Silicon Valley. On a bustling morning in downtown Palo Alto, the center of today’s technology boom, apparently homeless people and their meager belongings occupy almost every available public bench. Twenty minutes away in San Jose, the largest city in the Valley, a camp of homeless people known as the Jungle—reputed to be the largest in the country—has taken root along a creek within walking distance of Adobe’s headquarters and the gleaming, ultramodern city hall.  The gap between the wealthy and everyone else is largest in the United States. The richest 1 percent of the population has 34 percent of the accumulated wealth; the top 0.1 percent has some 15 percent.



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Health and Environment Impacts of Endocrine Disruptors

"Effects of human exposure to hormone-disrupting"
Chemicals examined in landmark UN-Report

 Many synthetic chemicals, untested for their disrupting effects on the hormone system, could have significant health implications according to the State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and WHO.


“We urgently need more research to obtain a fuller picture of the health and environment impacts of endocrine disruptors”
Dr Maria Neira, WHO’s Director for Public Health and Environmen

WHO | World Health OrganizationThe joint study calls for more research to understand fully the associations between endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)—found in many household and industrial products—and specific diseases and disorders. The report notes that with more comprehensive assessments and better testing methods, potential disease risks could be reduced, with substantial savings to public health. Via WHO

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Sintel "The Epic Adventure" AnimatedShort Film



Open Movie Project

Sintel " The Epic Adventure"  

#AnimatedShotFilm via sintel.org

 "Sintel" is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender.

 With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film. 


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"10 Technologies to help the world's poor"


OPEN Sustainability & Technology


 by via

While many of these products remain out of reach price-wise for the majority of individuals, most can be
 purchased by governments or non-profit organizations.

  

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"The Opportunity of Adversity" Aimee Mullins

Open the Mind, Inspire  and Disrupt!


"The Opportunity of Adversity"

by  Aimee Mullins via TED Med

"Adversity is just change that we haven't adapted ourselves to yet." Aimee Mullins


The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential. 


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What is Clean Technology?

Sustainable Development

What is Clean Technology?

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What does "clean" technology really mean? How can we make a shift toward a more ecological and low-carbon economy?

Investments in clean technology have grown considerably since coming into the spotlight around 2000. According to the United Nations Environment Program, wind, solar and biofuel companies received a record $148 billion in new funding in 2007 as rising oil prices and climate change policies encouraged investment in renewable energy. $50 billion of that funding went to wind power. Overall, investment in clean-energy and energy-efficiency industries rose 60 percent from 2006 to 2007. By 2018 it is forecast that the three main clean technology sectors, solar photovoltaics, wind power, and biofuels, will have revenues of $325.1bn.

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"Lollapalooza Chile 2015"

Sustainability, Music & Creativity!

"Lollapalooza Chile 2015" 

Follow Official Live Streaming via vtr

Lollapalooza Chile is a Santiago, Chile–based version of the popular music festival Lollapalooza. The annual festival launched in April 2011 in Santiago’s O'Higgins Park and features alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip-hop bands from both Chile and abroad.


Follow this Weekend  "Lollapalooza Chile 2015" 14 & 15 march  ONLINE via  lollapaloozacl.com

... see more

Follow the Official  Streaming via vtr

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ROCK Design










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'Power Rangers the Dark Short Film"

POWER/RANGERS By Joseph Kahn via AdiShankar

Adi Shankar Presents a Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Bootleg Film By Joseph Kahn; James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff star. This Short Film is unaffiliated with any official Power Rangers franchise. 

 

...Watch Short Film &  more

 

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"Can A Modern Bike Inspire More People To Ride?"


Sustainability & Design


Written by Oved Valadez via FastCoExist
Meet Solid, a bike design inspired by the streets of Portland that includes an app to help you navigate.

For the past eight months, we’ve been actively engaged in The Bike Design Project, a competition pairing five five bicycle craftsmen from five diverse cities (Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and our hometown, Portland). The directive given to each bike-building team at the onset of the competition was to create the ultimate urban utility bike. Given this charge, we took a step back. We knew we needed to create the right tool, provide inspiration for everyone, and remove all barriers for the everyday cyclist.

...See Full Article via FastCoExist

 

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" What Forms of Creativity Turn You On?"


It’s no secret: creativity is sexy. People all over the world rank creativity as a highly desirable quality in a partner, and people who are creative across a variety of fields report more sexual partners (similar results have been found in specific fields such as visual art, music, and humor). But are all forms of creativity equally attractive?

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