Check out this very interesting video about the how information and information technology could potentially change our world. It makes a point that to be literate in the 21st century you need to know a lot more than you used to. I find the idea of the world working together to solve common problems, and create common knowledge both fascinating and inspiring.
An official update to the original “Shift Happens” video from Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod, this June 2007 update includes new and updated statistics, thought-provoking questions and a fresh design. For more information, or to join the conversation, click here.
Its Thursday, you know what that means. No, its time for the Renewable Energy Roundup!!!! (caps optional exclamation point mandatory) Time to wrangle all the eco-news that fell through the eco-cracks to get posted in a giant link frenzy. Hold on here we go.
Inspired by Keith’s comment on my post about living free, I found this little gem about freegans. I guess its more fun to call it freeganism than dumpster diving, but either way it is a good idea.
Could we be putting these things in our cell phones soon, charge them up by walking them around in our pockets? Check out these tiny generators that produce electricity from motion around them.
Germany wants to be 50% renewable by 2030. Meanwhile in America we are still bitching about increasing fuel economy just a little.
I agree with every single thing she says. Except I wish she would go into more detail on the biofuels. It would be political suicide to talk to Iowans about the problems with growing crops for fuel. There would be a revolt. It is well known however that growing food crops to feed our cars is a bad idea. Perhaps as the primaries loom closer we can get a bit more detailed plans out of the candidates.
For the first time ever, more than half of the worldâ€™s population now lives in cities. July 11 marks World Population Day and the focus is on South Asia, where the biggest cities in the world are growing quickly. Dhaka, Bangladesh, could be home to 20 million people in 10 years, according to the World Bank. This years theme is “men at work”, in which men are encouraged to help their wives and daughters gain a better life.
The global population has tripled in the last century. In 1988, the earthâ€™s population was five-billion, in 2000 it was 6.06 billion and since then, it has been increasing steadily at the rate of 78 million per year. It is predicted that 7.3 billion to 10.7 billion people will be crammed onto the planet by the year 2050. It is estimated that 90% of this growth will be in developing nations. Nations that already have a hard time feeding and providing services to their populations. By 2030, towns and cities will be home to five billion people. The urban population of Asia and Africa will double in a generation.
I admit it, I am in love with the TED talks website. The idea of getting some of the smartest and most interesting people in the world together in one place to talk to very influential and rich people (the ones who often have the money to make big things happen fast) really appeals to me. If I had the time and money I would love to attend one of these things one day. But as it is now I am overjoyed that they just give away these talks for free on the site. Here are two that I think go very well together. The idea of dangerous viral ideas, and the blight of the suburbs (in its own right a dangerous idea, that we should kill).
Dan Dennett talks about Memes, and how the spread.
James Howard Kunstler talks about creating spaces worth caring about (some foul language, but used appropriately).
I especially like the idea of memes as positive carriers of change. Come up with an idea that is so appealing that people will have no choice but to be enchanted by it. A world powered by renewable energy, a world with blue skies and clean water. A world in which people can be free, happy, and live rewarding lives. Craft that idea well enough, and watch it spread. What is your idea for a better future, how will you create a place worth caring about?