Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Process of Innovation

Over at FastCompany, Helen Walters questions whether innovation can really be reduced to a process, or whether that very idea is contradictory to the notion of innovation. A codified, repeatable, reusable practice contradicts the nature of innovation, which requires difficult, … Continue reading

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Documentary on Urban Agriculture

Filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette are in the process of making a documentary film, Growing Cities on the rural-urban divide, brought about in large part by agriculture. As people become more aware of the need for sustainability and self-reliance, … Continue reading

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Google+, Social Networking, and the Mumbai Terror Attack

Aditya Dev Sood writes about Google+ and its intelligent design, as well as the informative and healing role that social networking sites can play after a terrorist attack, as seen in the aftermath of the attack in Mumbai last week. … Continue reading

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OpenIDEO Wins Core77’s Service Design Award

Introduction to OpenIDEO / OpenIDEO.com from IDEO on Vimeo. Design and innovation firm IDEO’s new community oriented open-source online platform for tackling social problems, OpenIDEO, was nominated the winner in Core77’s first ever design awards. OpenIDEO’s kickoff project, Jamie Oliver’s … Continue reading

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Innovation vs. Sustainability: Finding the Right Balance

FastCompany writes about how American firms, while among the most innovative in the world, are also the most unsustainable. Jens Martin Skibsted of the Danish design agency Skibsted Ideation offers solutions towards incorporating sustainability in innovation processes. Finding sustainable solutions … Continue reading

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Inspiring Software Design at the Imagine Cup

Wired features imaginative and inspiring software designs presented by student teams at the 2011 Imagine Cup. The projects range from combating malaria through an effective information management system, providing quadriplegic persons with the ability to use a computer, and allowing … Continue reading

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Mobile service for water delivery information

In an attempt to tackle the problem of unreliable water supply in large areas of the world, a group of recent graduates came together to develop a mobile service, NextDrop, to inform residents about water availability, saving valuable time and … Continue reading

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Solar panels get more advanced

Engineers at MIT have been experimenting with different kinds of advanced solar energy technology, including a silver ballpoint pen that can draw functional electronic circuits, cells that mimic viruses, and an artificial leaf that mimics photosynthesis. Their most recent innovation … Continue reading

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Decentralization Needed for Rural Electrification

Greenpeace, in collaboration with the Planning Commission and the Ministry of Power, recently organized a national consultation on Rural power needs in India. The overwhelming consensus derived from the consultation was that a central grid system would not be effective … Continue reading

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Six Innovations for Recycling Poop!

Inhabitat.com features six brilliant new green design projects, from an energy-generating toilet made from horse poop to an electric car powered by poop. Poop happens. The birds do it, the cows do it – we all do it. But nowadays, … Continue reading

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