Regional development as the third wave of eco-social innovation — by Daniel Wahl on New Story Hub com

This article reports on a recent meeting on the island of Langeland in Denmark aimed at promoting regional development education and learning from inspirational models for regional economic development. Among the participants were many long-term friends of the Findhorn Foundation Community. Bioregional regeneration, relocalisation of regional economies, and the third wave of eco-social innovation prototypes…

Science in Iran: ‘Headscarves and nanotech’ — By Patrick Illinger on Qantara de | “That’s the MIT of Iran,” – says the student from Sharif University in Tehran

In recent years Iran has been gripped by a pioneering spirit: under the pressure of sanctions, the nation transformed itself into a powerhouse of innovation. But the rift between religion and high-tech is ever present. Patrick Illinger reports from Tehran “That’s the MIT of Iran,” a student whispers reverently as a laboratory door opens on…

Mini-apartment for 100 euros a month | Berlin-based architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel has developed an innovative concept for low-cost urban housing — Deutschland de

Mini-apartment for 100 euros a month Good ideas from Germany: Berlin-based architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel has developed an innovative concept for low-cost urban housing. Image © Georg Moritz – Van Bo Le-Mentzel A bed, table, armchair, toilet and cooking area is all you need to make a 1-room apartment on six-and-a-half square metres and two…

Video: Ramesh Raskar: Innovating for the Kumbh Mela

INKtalks Published on 2 Dec 2014 http://inktalks.com MIT Media Lab’s Ramesh Raskar and collaborators have stirred up communities in his hometown, Nashik, to work together on tech-centric solutions for the upcoming Kumbh Mela. INK Fellow Sunil Khandbahale and other innovators from the initiative join Raskar on stage to share some of their ingenious tech solutions…

Bill Gates Drinks Water Made from Poop and Calls It ‘Delicious’ — by Casey Coates Danson on Global Possibilities Org

Environment:  Omniprocessors could provide clean water to millions of people in poorer countries. Always with an eye for invention, former Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is championing a new clean water innovation for those living in third-world countries. And where does all this clean water come from? From human waste, and Gates has called it “delicious”…

Search for top 100 mid-sized firms starts — Daily Nation Kenya

Mr Tom Mshindi. The 2014 top 100 mid-sized companies’ search in Kenya has started in earnest, with Thursday’s launch in Mombasa. PHOTO | NATION    In Summary Mr Robert Onyango, KPMG Top 100 project manager for East Africa, said KPMG and Nation Media Group support the search because it celebrates entrepreneurs who have proved that…

How Do We Measure the Biggest of Big Data? — Rahman Jamal’s article on IEN Europe

Tools and platforms that integrate well with each other   Rahman Jamal, Technical and Marketing Director for Europe, National Instruments Mention ‘Big Data’ and most people think immediately about retailers storing customer information, the rapid rise of social media and vast numbers of financial transactions taking place online. However, engineers and scientists in test and…

AKPBS Nominated for 2012 Zayed Energy Prize – AKDN News

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12 January 2012 – The Aga Khan Planning and Building Services’ (AKPBS) Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP) is one the finalists of the 2012 Zayed Future Energy Prize. The prize, which will be announced later this month, recognizes and rewards outstanding work in renewable energy and sustainability. A prize of US$ 1.5…

Dean Kamen, Nick Donofrio and Prof. Karim Lakhani Headline TopCoder Innovation Summit – News Blaze com New

GLASTONBURY, Conn., June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — TopCoder®, Inc., the leader in online programming competition, skills assessment and competitive software development, today announced the line up for the 2011 TopCoder Innovation Summit. “Innovation in the way the World Works” will feature Dean Kamen founder of FIRST and DEKA Research & Development Corp.; Nick Donofrio, former…

Aleem Walji of the World Bank Institute’s Innovation Team on the Future of International Development – By Rahim Kanani at Huffington Post

As part of an on-going series on social innovation, I recently interviewed Aleem Walji, Practice Manager for Innovation at the World Bank Institute. We discussed the intersection between innovation and development, the future of social enterprise, current initiatives and efforts underway in the Innovation Practice, challenges and opportunities moving forward within these sectors, and much…

Education in Libya: Stagnation Instead of Innovation

Source: Qantara.de ***** Libya has one of the lowest levels of illiteracy in North Africa, and thousands of students graduate from Libyan universities every year. For Libyan journalist Mustafa al-Fituri, however, the country puts too much emphasis on outdated curricula and learning by rote when it should be encouraging creativity in its education system and…