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Givers motivate themselves to avoid complacency by focusing on the benefits to others if they succeed and worrying about disappointing them if they fail.

The sharing economy: Grist’s theme for January | Grist
This thing we call “the sharing economy” — the messy, fascinating world of networked goods exchange, freecycling, carsharing, and beyond — is an unusual hybrid of normally warring sensibilities and belief systems.
It’s got enough touchy-feely-huggy utopianism to turn the stomach of any self-respecting contemporary skeptic. But it’s got enough market-economics pragmatism to raise the hackles of your typical leftie communitarian.
The sharing economy, in other words, cuts across our assumptions in intriguing ways. That’s one reason we’ve picked this subject as our January theme here at Grist. Another is that the sharing-economy vision offers one imaginable route around that big pileup on the road just ahead of us, where an out-of-control growth economy is slamming into the physics of climate.
Why is there so much buzz and innovation around sharing right now? Part of it is the limping economy, of course — the “real one,” the one that’s all what’s mine is mine. Part of it is a growing awareness that mindless consumption is a big ingredient in the recipe for our sweating climate. And then there’s technology.

The sharing economy: Grist’s theme for January | Grist

This thing we call “the sharing economy” — the messy, fascinating world of networked goods exchange, freecycling, carsharing, and beyond — is an unusual hybrid of normally warring sensibilities and belief systems.

It’s got enough touchy-feely-huggy utopianism to turn the stomach of any self-respecting contemporary skeptic. But it’s got enough market-economics pragmatism to raise the hackles of your typical leftie communitarian.

The sharing economy, in other words, cuts across our assumptions in intriguing ways. That’s one reason we’ve picked this subject as our January theme here at Grist. Another is that the sharing-economy vision offers one imaginable route around that big pileup on the road just ahead of us, where an out-of-control growth economy is slamming into the physics of climate.

Why is there so much buzz and innovation around sharing right now? Part of it is the limping economy, of course — the “real one,” the one that’s all what’s mine is mine. Part of it is a growing awareness that mindless consumption is a big ingredient in the recipe for our sweating climate. And then there’s technology.

TED, the conference dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” took a step forward in its educational mission today by launching a TEDEd video channel on YouTube. Shorter than the 18-minute TED talks that have racked up 500 million views, these videos feature a combination of talking heads from TED stages and animation (artwork by Fast Company Most Creative Person Sunni Brown, among others) tackling topics like neuroscience and evolution for a high-school-aged audience.
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TED, the conference dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” took a step forward in its educational mission today by launching a TEDEd video channel on YouTube. Shorter than the 18-minute TED talks that have racked up 500 million views, these videos feature a combination of talking heads from TED stages and animation (artwork by Fast Company Most Creative Person Sunni Brown, among others) tackling topics like neuroscience and evolution for a high-school-aged audience.

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IBM Connections - Android Market
IBM® Connections is social software for business. It enables you to build a network of colleagues and subject matter experts, and then leverage that network to further your business goals. With its integrated suite of tools, you can share and discuss ideas, work collaboratively on presentations or proposals, plan and track project tasks, and much more. IBM Connections is a web application that is deployed on a company intranet to promote collaboration within the company. The IBM Connections mobile application extends access to company data to employees who are on the go.

IBM Connections - Android Market

IBM® Connections is social software for business. It enables you to build a network of colleagues and subject matter experts, and then leverage that network to further your business goals. With its integrated suite of tools, you can share and discuss ideas, work collaboratively on presentations or proposals, plan and track project tasks, and much more. IBM Connections is a web application that is deployed on a company intranet to promote collaboration within the company. The IBM Connections mobile application extends access to company data to employees who are on the go.

 Paris to Launch the World’s First Municipal Electric Vehicle Hire Scheme | This Big City
Parisians will soon be zipping round Charles de Gaulle Etoile in  little blue bubble-like cars, as the world’s first municipal electric  vehicle (EV) hire scheme gets underway. Mayor Bernard Delanoë has  pioneered the €110 million Autolib initiative to complement the Vélib bicycles, introduced in 2007. The fleet of 3,000 lithium battery-powered cars is designed by Italian partner Pininfarina, best known for their work on desirable brands like Alfa Romeo and Ferrari. Manufactured by French company Bolloré, they will be available later this year from 1,000 self-service hire points throughout the city.
The four-seater ‘Bluecars’ will be able to travel about 250km on one  charge, with a full recharge taking around four hours. They’re designed  for efficiency rather than pace: a top speed of 130km/h won’t thrill  Jeremy Clarkson. But for people simply wanting a straightforward car to  hop across town in, they could be ideal. They come equipped with GPS and  an emergency call button in case of an accident.
Subscription to the scheme costs just €12 a month, with additional  charges of €5 for the first half an hour of use, €4 for the next, and €6  for each subsequent 30-minute slot. The charging rates are clearly  designed to favour single, short-ish trips, rather than compete with  mainstream car hire schemes. Bluecar needs to attract just 160,000  subscribers to cover its costs, an achievable feat in a city where 58%  of the population do not own a car, and 16% of those who do use it less  than once a month.

 Paris to Launch the World’s First Municipal Electric Vehicle Hire Scheme | This Big City

Parisians will soon be zipping round Charles de Gaulle Etoile in little blue bubble-like cars, as the world’s first municipal electric vehicle (EV) hire scheme gets underway. Mayor Bernard Delanoë has pioneered the €110 million Autolib initiative to complement the Vélib bicycles, introduced in 2007. The fleet of 3,000 lithium battery-powered cars is designed by Italian partner Pininfarina, best known for their work on desirable brands like Alfa Romeo and Ferrari. Manufactured by French company Bolloré, they will be available later this year from 1,000 self-service hire points throughout the city.

The four-seater ‘Bluecars’ will be able to travel about 250km on one charge, with a full recharge taking around four hours. They’re designed for efficiency rather than pace: a top speed of 130km/h won’t thrill Jeremy Clarkson. But for people simply wanting a straightforward car to hop across town in, they could be ideal. They come equipped with GPS and an emergency call button in case of an accident.

Subscription to the scheme costs just €12 a month, with additional charges of €5 for the first half an hour of use, €4 for the next, and €6 for each subsequent 30-minute slot. The charging rates are clearly designed to favour single, short-ish trips, rather than compete with mainstream car hire schemes. Bluecar needs to attract just 160,000 subscribers to cover its costs, an achievable feat in a city where 58% of the population do not own a car, and 16% of those who do use it less than once a month.

For Electric Car Owners, a Way to Share Juice
Source: NY Times
First there was music sharing and then car sharing. Now get ready for plug sharing.

Xatori, a Silicon Valley software start-up, aims to create a network of electric carenthusiasts who make their household power outlets and home chargers available for drivers who need to top off their battery or who find themselves out of range of the few public-charging stations currently available.
On Monday, Xatori released PlugShare, a free iPhone app that lets drivers and outlet owners locate and offer electricity.

For Electric Car Owners, a Way to Share Juice

Source: NY Times

First there was music sharing and then car sharing. Now get ready for plug sharing.

Xatori, a Silicon Valley software start-up, aims to create a network of electric carenthusiasts who make their household power outlets and home chargers available for drivers who need to top off their battery or who find themselves out of range of the few public-charging stations currently available.

On Monday, Xatori released PlugShare, a free iPhone app that lets drivers and outlet owners locate and offer electricity.

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 Videogame Engine Serves Up Free Brain Imagery for All | Magazine
Mark Ellisman wants neuroscientists to share. Typically, they don’t: Data on brain structures, painstakingly accumulated using neuroimaging technologies and dissections, usually belongs to individual researchers, labs, and journals. So Ellisman, a neuroscientist at UC San Diego, started working on the Whole Brain Catalog, an open source, open-access database of mouse brain imagery. Think of it as Google Earth for rodent neurology—if Google Earth were based on a videogame engine and could zoom from the scale of a continent to a ladybug. “That’s the range we traverse, but in 3-D,” Ellisman says. Download the software and you get visualizations and videos ranging from the structure of the entire brain to individual neurons. And many of the renders link to the data they’re built from, like the massive (and massively well-funded) Allen Brain Atlas or the Neuroscience Information Framework, run by the National Institutes of Health. A handful of labs have also donated their work—the Salk Institute’s Fred Gage contributed a 2-D simulation of nerve cell growth in adult mice, and Ellisman’s team adjusted the pacing to run in real time, eventually posting it to the catalog as a “4-D simulation.”

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 Videogame Engine Serves Up Free Brain Imagery for All | Magazine

Mark Ellisman wants neuroscientists to share. Typically, they don’t: Data on brain structures, painstakingly accumulated using neuroimaging technologies and dissections, usually belongs to individual researchers, labs, and journals. So Ellisman, a neuroscientist at UC San Diego, started working on the Whole Brain Catalog, an open source, open-access database of mouse brain imagery. Think of it as Google Earth for rodent neurology—if Google Earth were based on a videogame engine and could zoom from the scale of a continent to a ladybug. “That’s the range we traverse, but in 3-D,” Ellisman says. Download the software and you get visualizations and videos ranging from the structure of the entire brain to individual neurons. And many of the renders link to the data they’re built from, like the massive (and massively well-funded) Allen Brain Atlas or the Neuroscience Information Framework, run by the National Institutes of Health. A handful of labs have also donated their work—the Salk Institute’s Fred Gage contributed a 2-D simulation of nerve cell growth in adult mice, and Ellisman’s team adjusted the pacing to run in real time, eventually posting it to the catalog as a “4-D simulation.”

2009 Horizon Report » Four to Five Years: Semantic-Aware Applications

TripIt, a social semantic-aware application for travelers, organizes travel plans and makes useful connections; a TripIt user simply forwards a confirmation email from any travel provider — airlines, hotels, car rentals, event tickets — and TripIt automatically creates an itinerary by interpreting and organizing the information in the email according to its semantic context.

(N.B. TripIt is now integrated for Lotus Notes users and LinkedIn Members…trying to encourage its use across IBM’s GBS consulting unit)

2009 Horizon Report » Four to Five Years: Semantic-Aware Applications

IBM’s nine Smarter Work trends for 2009 include:
 Universal access to collaboration technology on any device will redefine what it means to be “at work” in an increasingly mobile and globally distributed workforce. Improved applications for mobile devices will offer enterprise office levels of security, flexibility and ease-of-use.
 Messaging will move beyond basic email and calendaring to become an integrated platform for communication, collaboration and sharing of resources.
 Organizations will begin managing their workforces primarily through the use of human networks. Employee skills and interests will be easily catalogued, helping employers find the perfect fit for projects and assignments. (via IBM Predicts 9 Smart Work Trends for ‘09 | Web 2.0, SMB and Lotus)

IBM’s nine Smarter Work trends for 2009 include:

  1. Universal access to collaboration technology on any device will redefine what it means to be “at work” in an increasingly mobile and globally distributed workforce. Improved applications for mobile devices will offer enterprise office levels of security, flexibility and ease-of-use.
  2. Messaging will move beyond basic email and calendaring to become an integrated platform for communication, collaboration and sharing of resources.
  3. Organizations will begin managing their workforces primarily through the use of human networks. Employee skills and interests will be easily catalogued, helping employers find the perfect fit for projects and assignments. (via IBM Predicts 9 Smart Work Trends for ‘09 | Web 2.0, SMB and Lotus)
Welcome to the Carpool Mashup Matchmaker! JackBe created this mashup to prove a simple point. We can live more responsibly. The Matchmaker helps you find carpools that fit your presonal preferences. We hope it inspires you to think and live green (via Car Pool)

Welcome to the Carpool Mashup Matchmaker! JackBe created this mashup to prove a simple point. We can live more responsibly. The Matchmaker helps you find carpools that fit your presonal preferences. We hope it inspires you to think and live green (via Car Pool)