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Refugee camps are surprising hot spots of innovation

October 22nd, 2014  |  Source: PRI

Think of a refugee camp and you're probably thinking of messy temporary lodging and throngs of displaced people. But Ken Banks, founder of Kiwanja.net and FrontlineSMS, says that refugee camps are surprising hotbeds of innovation.


The Apple Watch's Achilles Heel is the iPhone

October 21st, 2014  |  Source: Forbes

Now that the dust has settled on the long-anticipated unveiling of the Apple Watch, a major obstacle to its success is coming into view: the iPhone.

The Apple Watch has been the subject of breathless anticipation for years because, as Tim Cook said at its introduction, it represents “the next chapter in Apple’s story.” Conceived three years ago, shortly after Steve Jobs’ passing, the Watch is the embodiment of multiple dramatic arcs and aspirations.

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Geopolitics cast shadow over New Silk Road

October 17th, 2014  |  Source: FT

When, with three bangs on a gong, Xi Jinping welcomed a freight train to the Rhine river port of Duisburg in March, he issued a call for Germany to join China in developing a “New Silk Road” between their two economies.


Joel Kurtzman’s Case for Economic Optimism

October 16th, 2014  |  Source: Strategy + Business

As markets appear to be plunging, the founding editor of strategy+business argues that the United States is about to launch an epic new wave of growth.

by Art Kleiner [Erstwhile editor of strategy+business]


Polar vortex will likely make a return this winter

October 15th, 2014  |  Source: Washington Post

If you’re wondering what this winter holds for the Mid-Atlantic, you need not look further than last winter, though not as prolonged, says Accuweather in their winter weather outlook.

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Why Private Donations Aren't Helping America's Poor

October 13th, 2014  |  Source: Business Week

Of late, the comparatively good news on the U.S. economy suggests the worst of the recession is behind us. Nonetheless, millions remain out of work; federal food and nutrition assistance outlays – one measure of the number of people struggling to get by—were at an all time high in 2013.


1955: Why the US Chose Nuclear Energy Over Solar

October 8th, 2014  |  Source: Sustainablebusiness.com

This amazing excerpt from the book, Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy, provides fascinating context to energy choices the US made in the 1950s. It was a pivotal moment for the advent of solar energy, but the US supported nuclear instead. 

 


LEGO And Ashoka Want To Help You Change The World Through Playful Learning

July 2nd, 2014  |  Source: Forbes

The LEGO Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers want “to transform the way the world learns.”




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