Wednesday, May 12, 2010

From Your Olive Branch
Madagascar is a biological marvel but it faces grave threats

Rare is launching its first Pride campaign in Madagascar in partnership with Blue Ventures, an award-winning marine conservation organization dedicated to conservation, education, and sustainable development in tropical coastal communities.
(Rare Planet, yobo member)
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Frederick Balagadde: Bio-lab on a microchip

Drugs alone can’t stop disease in sub-Saharan Africa: We need diagnostic tools to match. TED Senior Fellow Frederick Balagadde shows how we can multiply the power and availability of an unwieldy, expensive diagnostic lab — by miniaturizing it to the size of a chip.
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Artists in Context

The purpose of the project is to support the research-based, multidisciplinary, embedded practices of contemporary artists and other creative thinkers who seek to invent alternative approaches to existing societal challenges.

Quote of the week:
"If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative."
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Children’s Museum Field Reveals a Deeper Shade of Green
Is there ever an excuse not to think locally? Can a city divert all of its solid waste from landfills? Children’s museums are working with communities to answer these questions, instilling civic pride and motivating children and families to make environmental stewardship a part of their everyday lives.
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A passion to clean up the Pacific Ocean’s great ‘garbage patch’
Avid sailor and educator Mary Crowley is recruiting help to clean up the North Pacific Trash Gyre, a ‘garbage patch’ of plastic and other trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
(Christian Science Monitor) Read more.

Jerusalem Old City Initiative Releases New Peace Plan
Initiative began seven years ago when former Canadian diplomats recruited Palestinian and Israeli negotiators as well as U.S. Middle East experts. The peace plan seeks to resolve the conflict within the Old City, an area sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews.
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Catalyzing a Community for Scale and Impact
Ashoka and The Lemelson Foundation convened the world’s leading social entrepreneurs in invention, technological innovation, and science education in Hyderabad, India.
(Ashoka, yobo member) Read more.

Making a Difference Makes You Happy
A series of studies find that activism brings pleasant emotions, greater life satisfaction, and more experiences of freedom, competence, and connection to others.
(Yes Magazine, yobo member)
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Urban farmer looks to take farming to the skies
Backers say the futuristic urban farm designed to intensively produce vegetables and fish could become an icon for Milwaukee, and a model for cities around the world to grow affordable, healthful food close to consumers.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
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One Flush Does Not Fit All
An educated consumer is more likely to make a smart choice, and the accumulation of smart choices can lead to substantial conservation.
(Daniel Roberts, yobo member)
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