Visit kiva.org/free To Microlend $1 Million of Reid Hoffman’s Money | TechCrunch
Today you can help someone escape poverty by trying out microlending platform Kiva, and it won’t cost you a dime. Go to kiva.org/free where Reid Hoffman has put up $1 million of his money to let 40,000 people give $25 microloans to help those in need start farms and general stores that can support their families. The Kiva Free Trials program hopes to introduce people to the positive impact of microfinance philanthropy, and get them to lend their own money next time.

Visit kiva.org/free To Microlend $1 Million of Reid Hoffman’s Money | TechCrunch

Today you can help someone escape poverty by trying out microlending platform Kiva, and it won’t cost you a dime. Go to kiva.org/free where Reid Hoffman has put up $1 million of his money to let 40,000 people give $25 microloans to help those in need start farms and general stores that can support their families. The Kiva Free Trials program hopes to introduce people to the positive impact of microfinance philanthropy, and get them to lend their own money next time.

Tata, MIT Collaborate to Create Energy From Water, Bring Power to 3 Billion People 
Using a technique similar to photosynthesis the Tata Group has figured out how to create power from water. Daniel Nocera and his team believe they could build a “refrigerator sized mini power plant” that could provide power for up to three billion people in the developing world. The research is still in its early stages but Nocera believes his plan could successfully use water as a viable energy source.
Source: Fast Company

Tata, MIT Collaborate to Create Energy From Water, Bring Power to 3 Billion People

Using a technique similar to photosynthesis the Tata Group has figured out how to create power from water. Daniel Nocera and his team believe they could build a “refrigerator sized mini power plant” that could provide power for up to three billion people in the developing world. The research is still in its early stages but Nocera believes his plan could successfully use water as a viable energy source.

Source: Fast Company

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading.

Hans Rosling on washing machines. This man is a genius.

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The Cost of Building a Green Economy? Two Percent of the World’s GDP | Fast Company
A recent UN report boasts that with just a 2% investment of global GDP,  which equates to about $1.3 trillion a year, we could create a  sustainable green economy. The study states investment would be directed  in “agriculture, buildings, energy, fisheries, forests, manufacturing,  tourism, transport, water and waste management.”

The Cost of Building a Green Economy? Two Percent of the World’s GDP | Fast Company

A recent UN report boasts that with just a 2% investment of global GDP, which equates to about $1.3 trillion a year, we could create a sustainable green economy. The study states investment would be directed in “agriculture, buildings, energy, fisheries, forests, manufacturing, tourism, transport, water and waste management.”


“‘Wasteland’ isn’t just a movie about recycling. The film touches on the transformative power of looking at life a little differently. To change your perspective and learn more about the film, watch the trailer here.”
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“‘Wasteland’ isn’t just a movie about recycling. The film touches on the transformative power of looking at life a little differently. To change your perspective and learn more about the film, watch the trailer here.”

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(via thegreenurbanist)

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Hans Rosling - The good news of the decade?

Hans Rosling, the innovative statistician, re-frames 10 years of UN data with his spectacular visuals, lighting up an astonishing- mostly unreported- piece of front page worthy good news: We’re winning the war against child mortality.

(via betterworlds)

Ireland needs smarter cities to capture future FDI - Siliconrepublic.com
Ireland’s success in winning foreign direct investment (FDI) will over the coming decade depend heavily on key cities emerging as smart cities with the kind of transport and lifestyle infrastructure that would attract the type of talent companies need to locate there. 

Ireland needs smarter cities to capture future FDI - Siliconrepublic.com

Ireland’s success in winning foreign direct investment (FDI) will over the coming decade depend heavily on key cities emerging as smart cities with the kind of transport and lifestyle infrastructure that would attract the type of talent companies need to locate there. 

Hans Rosling on global population growth (via TEDtalksDirector)

The world’s population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years — and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes using colorful new data display technology (you’ll see).

Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, we have elected over 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries. With our global community, we develop models for collaboration and design infrastructure needed to advance the field of social entrepreneurship and the citizen sector. (via Ashoka.org)

Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, we have elected over 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries. With our global community, we develop models for collaboration and design infrastructure needed to advance the field of social entrepreneurship and the citizen sector. (via Ashoka.org)

How can we build the world we want, quickly, in a way which is as inclusive as possible, and which generates peace and prosperity? Changing the world is difficult work, even with many minds engaged in the problem. Technology and global culture have created unprecedented problems, but they also offer unprecedented remedies.  (via Mark Tovey - Collective Intelligence: Creating a
Prosperous World at Peace)

How can we build the world we want, quickly, in a way which is as inclusive as possible, and which generates peace and prosperity? Changing the world is difficult work, even with many minds engaged in the problem. Technology and global culture have created unprecedented problems, but they also offer unprecedented remedies.  (via Mark Tovey - Collective Intelligence: Creating a
Prosperous World at Peace
)