Monthly Archives: June 2011

Mobile toilets that convert waste to usable energy

San+Co.’s new technology of mobile toilets could be an answer to India’s lack of proper toilets as well as its lack of sufficient energy. Waste is stored in a cartridge, which is collected every few days, and sent to a … Continue reading

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Spectrum of Failures

As mentioned in a previous post (Our biggest failures and what they taught us), we’ve been putting a book together here at CKS. This has required a lot of introspection and revisiting of old work in order to determine what … Continue reading

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IT for Sustainability

Forrester undertakes research towards developing IT software for sustainability, focusing on six different models based on the needs and challenges presented by different sets of corporate customers. It’s been clear for some time that sustainability is moving from the periphery … Continue reading

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Gandhi: Social Innovator

Over at 3quarksdaily, Aditya Dev Sood gives a compelling account of Gandhi’s life, experiments, aesthetics, and social contributions. Gandhi described an ideal social community as one in which those involved in the composition and combination of foods would have the … Continue reading

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IBM Releases Software Solutions for Smarter Buildings

The latest product in a steady stream of innovative solutions towards greener buildings and cities released by IBM over the past two months. The software is designed to be an analytics and automation powerhouse that can help ramp up the … Continue reading

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“Cheap and best” housing

Six innovative designs that could help solve housing problems in developing countries. Shelter is one of humanity’s most basic needs. But a house is a luxury beyond the wildest dreams of most people in the developed world–leading to dangerous and … Continue reading

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Converting Heat to Electricity

Researchers at the University of Minnesota recently created a new alloy that can convert heat to electricity. One obvious use for this material would be in the exhaust pipes of vehicles. Several automakers are already working on heat transfer devices … Continue reading

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Performance Reviews and Employee Feedback in Real Time

Wired features Rypple, a web-based performance review/productivity/management system. Rypple has gained some notable investors and collaborators recently, including Facebook. After a nine-month pilot project inside Facebook, Rypple on Monday is releasing the product, called Loops, to the market. “Workplace productivity … Continue reading

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Microsoft Embraces Kinect Hackers

Via Fast Company, Microsoft has decided to encourage customers to “hack” the Kinect (motion-detecting hardware for the Xbox 360 video game system): People have been hacking the Kinect since the day it went live. Microsoft initially balked at the idea, … Continue reading

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The Innovator’s Dilemma

Techdirt has a pithy and interesting explanation of the “Innovator’s Dilemma” (aka, Why established companies have a hard time adapting to changing markets): The UPS sponsorship is a little heavy-handed, but it’s certainly worth two minutes. techdirt – Explaining The … Continue reading

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