Archive for the Innovation Category
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Eat Packaging, Save Landfills
We’re a society addicted to plastic. Sure, more and more municipalities are outlawing plastic shopping bags, but we’re still consuming tons (literally) of it in other parts of our lives. Plastic is increasing as a portion of our overall waste and is expected to account for 12% of household waste in 2012. It’s no surprise if you consider what we’re loading into our reusable shopping bags. Granola bars, juice bottles, pre portioned treats, sleeves of crackers, cereal, cheese, hummus, tofu, bread…. they’re all wrapped in plastic. All that plastic isn’t going anywhere fast – it just sits in landfills and floats in oceans. Harvard Professor David Edwards thinks we can do better, and is proposing we displace all that packaging from landfills and into our bellies. Instead of packaging food in plastic, he’s developed WikiCells, an edible shell. The shell can be peeled off like a banana and then composted, or just... Continue Reading
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Tweenbots: What Technology Can Reveal About Empathy And Cooperation
Tweenbots are human-dependent cardboard robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, they rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal. The Tweenbot’s success is dependent people’s willingness to step outside of habitual actions and engage with a technological object in the city space. As emotive characters placed in the improbable setting of the city, Tweenbots create an unexpected interaction, disrupting the narratives of our everyday... Continue Reading
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Device that harvests water from thin air wins the James Dyson Award
Young Melbourne-based inventor Edward Linacre has won the 2011 James Dyson Award, making it the second year in a row where the prestigious prize has gone to an Aussie. Linacre stole this year’s competition with his Airdrop irrigation concept that collects water from thin air. The Swinburne University of Technology design graduate was driven to transform an ancient cooling technique into a new sub-surface irrigation system, following the enduring Australian drought that saw high levels of farmer suicide along Australia’s Murray- Darling Basin. The Airdrop irrigation concept is a low-tech design that uses the simple process of condensation to harvest... Continue Reading
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Tower of Nests Designed to House Displaced Urban Wildlife
As more people begin moving from rural areas and into swelling urban centers around the world, it usually means that local wildlife gets the boot. But now, thanks to a revolutionary new building called Tower of Nests proposed for construction in Shanghai, city squirrels, birds, and insects that might otherwise be displaced will have a high-rise to call their very own, living in peace with human residents. The designers behind the tower hope that it will usher in a new era of urban architecture — one that promotes sustainability and harmony with nature. The Tower of Nests, brainchild of Kjellgren... Continue Reading
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Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction
What’s the Big Idea? What are the ways our civilization might collapse, and how might the human race become extinct? According to sociobiologist Rebecca Costa, the answers are all staring us straight in the face. Just look at current events. Costa writes in her book The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction that human existence is threatened by “a global recession, powerful pandemic viruses, terrorism, rising crime, climate change, rapid depletion of the earth’s resources, nuclear proliferation, and failing education.” Fortunately, Costa argues we are remarkably equipped to counter these threats today, due to our current understanding of... Continue Reading
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Open Source Ecology
What if we took all that civilization has learned today and apply it to an experiment for making a better world? This is an brief overview of Open Source Ecology, the best sustainable project I’ve seen so far. Note: Most of the text in the this blog post is taken from the Open Source Ecology Wiki, blog and their Proposal 2012. It is really well described there, so no interpretations were needed by myself and I have just copied it. If I had to quote it almost everything would have to be in quotations and it would disturb reading, so... Continue Reading
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All Natural Graffiti Made from Moss
I just love a DIY urban beautification project! Whether we’re talking about Kintta’s yarn graffiti or using seedbombs to spread greenery to blighted spaces, I’m struck by how much a little color can impact the urban landscape. Moss graffiti definitely falls under this umbrella. Unlike spray paint, moss graffiti is all natural and healthy to work with. You can paint words or images, and the moss fills in like magic! It’s easy as pie to whip up a batch of moss paint. Here’s how: In your blender, combine: One can of cheap beer or 1 1/2 cups buttermilk A few... Continue Reading
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Civilisedmoney: A Crowd-Funded, Ethical Alternative to Mainstream Banks?
Whether it’s local investing in everybody eats restaurants, the microfinancing of entrepreneurs through Kiva, or citizen-funded clean energy through eco-bonds, we’ve featured plenty of ways to get passed the big banks and put your money to work. Peer2Peer Finance Goes Mainstream In the UK there are already a number of peer2peer lending sites, like ZOPA, that are offering rates of return far better than your traditional bank. A new venture called civilisedmoney is aiming to take this model even further, offering a fully transparent, crowd-funded alternative to every service offered by mainstream banks: Eventually civilisedmoney will offer all the services... Continue Reading
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Unthink, the ‘Anti-Facebook’: A Social Networking Revolution
Unthink says it is starting a social networking revolution. And it is serious. According to CNET, Unthink promises to “emancipate social media” and “unleash people’s extraordinary potential.” The Unthink homepage even features black and white photos from the Civil Rights Movement as its background. It will be the “anti-Facebook.” Unthink backs this proclamation by stating that, as an online social networking hub, it will be free of “privacy issues,” “endless redesigns,” and “commercial junkyards” for shameless promotional ploys. Individuals can sign up for an invitation code once an email address is submitted. Users will be able to own their data... Continue Reading
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