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Let’s All Slow Down . . . Time to Prioritize People over Cars on our City Streets

Slow Streets
Policy Innovations
02/27/15

New research supports the need for North American cities to really shift towards "slower" modes like walking and cycling.

New Mobile App for Eco-conscious Consumers Funded by Google, Facebook, and Amazon

Justmeans.com 02/25/15

OpenLabel provides reliable information about the sustainability of 20 million products. The days of nontransparent labeling may soon be gone.

"I Like to Make Things that Do Not Have a Like or Download Button"

Irene Pedruelo
Policy Innovations
02/11/15

This Dutch designer is transforming the way cities and urban landscapes work and feel. Glowing trees and smart roads are just two of his revolutionary ideas.

"Soy is a Huge Cloud Over All Agriculture"

Irene Pedruelo
Policy Innovations
01/22/15

Kathryn Redford has a mission: revolutionize the meat industry. How? By using insects in animal feed, instead of soy or corn.

Could Open Labs Be the Key to Cracking the World’s Toughest Health Problems?

The Lancet Global Health 11/25/14

Despite the evident benefits inherent to open disease research and treatment development, investment in open labs has been scarce.

Berliners Await Landmark Decision on Sale of City's Power Grid

chinadialogue 11/14/14

Two young activists are trying to buy Berlin's electric grid in order to promote renewable energy.

Conservationists Use Social Media to Take on Peru's Booming Illegal Wildlife Trade

Mongabay.com 09/23/14

The illegal wildlife trade has long been ignored in Peru, but changes are afoot.

The Next Generation Greenhouse

Esther Dyson 08/27/14

Four Dutch engineers have started a revolution. They have developed plan production units the size of a city block and just a few stories high capable of producing the same volume of crops as a large farm.

Can Drones Save Namibia's Wildlife?

Jason Gregg, Joe Noci 07/18/14

In Namibia, Joe and Gisela Noci's Survoyeur drones, which they design and build from scratch, have proven to be effective anti-poaching tools.

Now They're Cooking: SolSource Harnesses the Himalayan Sun

John Haffner, Scot Frank, Catlin Powers 06/16/14

With a solar cooker designed through community consultation, two young innovators are delivering clean energy to remote mountain villages, as well as your backyard BBQ.

India's National Green Tribunal: An Environmental Justice Experiment

Aditi Sen 06/11/14

India's National Green Tribunal provides the country with a more accountable legal mechanism to protect the environment and those whose livelihoods depend on it.

Medellín: A Light Unto Cities

Joseph Stiglitz
Project Syndicate
05/16/14

Once notorious for its drug gangs, the tale of the Medellín's innovative transformation holds important lessons for urban areas everywhere.

A Solar-backed Currency for the Refugees of Western Sahara

Mel Chin
Creative Time
05/08/14

Artist Mel Chin is working with Sahrawi refugees in northwest Africa to develop a local currency backed by solar power generation.

Brazil's Statute of Virtual Liberty

Pedro Abramovay
Project Syndicate
05/06/14

Government surveillance and Heartbleed-type security scares have shaken faith in online freedom, yet Brazil pushes ahead with an Internet bill of rights protecting net neutrality.

Community Justice in Liberia Emerges from Design Thinking

Blair Glencorse
Stanford Social Innovation Review
05/01/14

An experiment in design thinking has jump-started a mediation program in a neighborhood of Monrovia that was underserved by the justice system.

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