Friday, December 6, 2013

Viva Mandela! He lives forever in our hearts!

 When Jerry & I visited Madiba at his Soweto home soon after his release from prison. We were privileged to work with Oliver & Adelaide Tambo, Albertina Sisulu, Albie Sachs and other leaders of ANC Executive Committee while Mandela was in prison. Please write tributes to Mandela in comments below!

Mandela comp 91 Dunfey Hack Soweto

Viva Mandela! He lives forever in our hearts!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Future of Meat is Vegan, Says Bill Gates

The Future of Meat is Vegan, Says Bill Gates

Future of Food


Ever since retiring from Microsoft, Billionaire Bill Gates has been philanthropically involved with various humanitarian causes. Feeding the world is one of them. His heart is in the right place, although some of the directions taken are controversial.
Recently, Gates published a thoughtful multimedia essay on his website, entitled The Future of Food – How food scientists are reinventing meat – and how it can benefit everyone. The underlying thesis: world demand for meat is doubling every few decades…the earth cannot sustain this growth…we need a solution…the solution is tech to transform plant proteins into meat equivalents…the end result should be satisfactory to the most nuanced chefs.
Global Demand for Meat
Global Demand for Meat
A company highly touted in the piece is Beyond Meat, whose products are available for sale at Whole Foods Market.
Take, for example, their vegan “Grilled Chicken-Free Strips” product. The protein base is soy and peas. As you can see from the ingredients, a lot of work is required to recreate the mouth feel, texture, and taste of chicken.
Ingredients: Water, soy protein isolate*, pea protein isolate, amaranth, chicken flavor [vegan] (maltodextrin, yeast extract, natural flavoring), expeller-pressed canola oil*, soy fiber*, carrot fiber, contains 0.5% or less of: white vinegar, salt, molasses, garlic, hickory smoke powder, onion, lemon juice concentrate, black pepper, sugar, mustard powder, paprika, sodium alginate, dipotassium phosphate, titanium dioxide (color), calcium sulfate, red and green bell pepper powder, parsley, cayenne pepper.
*non-GMO identity preserved
Have you eaten these or similar products? Can you imagine yourself mostly eating this instead of real chicken?
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A few parting thoughts on the future of meat:
For entire populations that have never eaten meat, is it really that critical to create fake steaks? Why not improve the availability of the types plant based foods they are culturally eating today?
Will our grandchildren, or theirs, look back upon our generation and consider our meat eating as cruel and savage, much as we look upon cannibalism or slave ownership? Will the societal norms and ethics of the 22nd century dictate a human race that is vegan?

Get Fooducated

Meat consumption worldwide has doubled in the last 20 years, and it is expected to double again by 2050. This is happening in large part because economies are growing and people can afford more meat. That's all good news. But raising meat takes a great deal of land and water and has a substantial environmental impact. Put simply, there’s no way to produce enough meat for 9 billion people. Yet we can't ask everyone to become vegetarians. We need more options for producing meat without depleting our resources.
Over the past few years I've come across a few companies that are doing pioneering work on innovations that give a glimpse into possible solutions. To be sure, it's still very early, but the work these companies are doing makes me optimistic. I wanted to share with you a look at their work on creating alternatives to meat and eggs that are just as healthful, are produced more sustainably, and taste great.
Read on to learn how their work can benefit everyone.
 
 
 Companies like Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek Foods are experimenting with new ways to use heat and pressure to turn plants into foods that look and taste just like meat and eggs. I tasted Beyond Meat's chicken alternative and was impressed. I couldn't tell the difference between Beyond Meat and real chicken. Beyond Eggs, Hampton Creek Foods' egg substitute, doesn't contain the high cholesterol of real eggs. Even spices are getting re-made: a company called Nu-Tek Food Science has found a way to make potassium chloride taste just like salt, with only a fraction of the sodium

Monday, December 2, 2013

Can Silicon Valley Make Fake Meat and Eggs That Don't Suck? | Mother Jones

Can Silicon Valley Make Fake Meat and Eggs That Don't Suck? | Mother Jones

Is Bill Gates right ? IS THE FUTURE OF MEAT VEGAN?
It is much more sustainable and in the case of the Vegetarian Butcher from Holland the quality did fool the best CHEF in the world! Who thought he was easting finest Chicken not Soja meat! 

Can Silicon Valley Make Fake Meat and Eggs That Don't Suck?

These food hackers think their new faux animal products will win over even the most devoted carnivores.

| Mon Dec. 2, 2013 2:55 AM GMT
Illustration: Ross MacDonald
We stood in an airy San Francisco warehouse, staring at two plastic cups of gleaming mayonnaise. A golden retriever snored lightly in a patch of sunlight on the floor as Josh Tetrick, the 33-year-old founder of Hampton Creek Foods, waited for me to scoop up the fluffy, effulgent goop with a chunk of bread. Tetrick's team of food scientists had tried making mayonnaise without eggs no less than 1,432 times. This formula was the 1,433rd.
"The egg is this unbelievable miracle of nature that has really been perverted by an unsustainable system," Tetrick, a former West Virginia University linebacker and Fulbright Scholar, had explained to me earlier on our tour of the Hampton Creek Foods facility, a well-lit, cavernous space with rows of metal lab tables, bright red couches, and chalkboards.
The goal, Tetrick explains, is to replace all factory-farmed eggs in the US market.
Mod warehouse, hip startup, vegan eggs—it all struck me as a little too precious for the big time. But Tetrick is adamant that his product has a market beyond this rarefied universe. "We're not just about selling and preaching to the converted," he says. "This isn't just going to happen in San Francisco, in a world of vegans. This is going to happen in Birmingham, Alabama. This is going to happen in Missouri, in Philadelphia."
I let the eggless mayo dissolve in my mouth like a fine chocolate truffle. It tasted exactly like the real mayo that I've slathered on sandwiches countless times before. If I hadn't known that it was fake, I never would have guessed.
Over the next five years, Hampton Creek Foods, backed by $3 million from Sun Microsystems cofounder Vinod Khosla's venture capital firm, will first hawk its product to manufacturers of prepared foods like pasta, cookies, and dressings—the processed products that use about a third of all the eggs in the United States. Then it will aim directly for your omelet with an Egg Beaters-like packaged product. The goal, Tetrick explains, is to replace all factory-farmed eggs in the US market—more than 80 billion eggs, valued at $213.7 billion.
Beyond Eggs isn't the only fake-food startup in Silicon Valley. In the last couple of years, venture capitalists, including Bill Gates and the cofounders of Twitter, have been pouring serious cash into ersatz animal products. Their goal is to transform the food system the same way Apple changed how we use phones, or how Google changed the way we find information.
Josh Tetrick
Josh Tetrick Photo by Matthew Reamer
These new products are not the Boca Burgers of the '90s, thinly concealed soy loaves designed to make vegetarians feel less ostracized at a barbecue. Rather, these entrepreneurs are determined to realign plant proteins into tasting and feeling exactly like meat. The goal is not a slightly improved Tofurky—it's a product that could trick even the most discerning of steak eaters.
Sound a little grandiose? Well, yeah—but welcome to Silicon Valley, where you'd be laughed out of your pitch meeting if your startup didn't promise to change the world. And food industry experts think that Tetrick and his ilk might actually have a shot. According to the market research firm Mintel, some 28 percent of Americans are trying to consume fewer meat products. Patty Johnson, a Mintel analyst, believes that this group, many of them following doctors' orders to cut cholesterol, will be game to try meat substitutes that don't require them to change their recipes. "Products that can mimic chicken the best will do well with that group—the reluctant vegetarians," she says. "I think that they have a potential to carve out some share there in the mainstream consumer market."

If there's a ted Talk gene, Tetrick has it. A former sustainability associate for Citigroup, investment law adviser for Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and White House intern under President Clinton, he has bright eyes, tanned arms, and wiry hands that constantly pantomime his words. When Tetrick pitches Beyond Eggs, he begins with a story about how most of the United States' eggs are produced by birds pumped full of corn, soy, and antibiotics in giant rows of cages. "Female birds are packed body to body in tiny cages so small they can't flap their wings," he says, enunciating every syllable in a slight twang that hints at his Alabama childhood. "They never see the sunlight. They never touch the soil."
Tetrick is a vegan, but "as a company, we're not about starting a conversation about whether you shouldn't eat animals or you should eat animals," he explains. Regular people should be able to eat what they want without guilt, he says: "Does my mom, when she eats a muffin, really have to subconsciously contribute to that type of unsustainable system? Can my little brother have a cookie? My God, can my dad have a Twinkie?"
To that end, Tetrick's two engineers, six biochemists, and 11 food scientists are on a single-minded quest to hack the egg and its 22 functional properties—foaming, emulsifying, coagulating, and so on. Their workshop is more laboratory than kitchen; among its host of moisture and texture analyzers is a piston that measures the springiness of a muffin.
The team has looked at the molecular weight of nearly a thousand plant proteins.
It all begins, says Megan Clements, Tetrick's former director of "emulsion innovation," with powdered protein isolate, also commonly used in veggie burgers and energy bars. "Our processing isn't any more intensive than chickpea flour that you might buy from your local organic grocery store," Tetrick says.
That's not exactly true. Over the past two years, Tetrick estimates that his team has looked at the molecular weight of nearly a thousand plant proteins. His biochemists will buy pea protein isolate, for example, and run it through gel electrophoresis, a method also used in DNA analysis, to find out whether that protein can mimic the way an egg white foams up. The next step is processing—essentially putting the isolates through a mill with very particular specs for heat, speed, and pressure. He can't tell me too much past that without getting into patented secrets, but he says that the more gentle the processing, the better. "It's branched-chain amino acids, and if we mess with it too much, that protein will unfold," he says. If that happens, the whole experiment collapses, and the scientists can no longer make the substance behave like an egg.
Tetrick's product has already fooled some key testers. Eight months before my tour, at a high-profile Khosla Ventures investment conference, Beyond Eggs staged a blind tasting of its blueberry muffin and a real-egg version. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair reported that he couldn't tell the difference. Neither could Bill Gates—who was so impressed he became an investor in the company. This past March, Gates featured Beyond Eggs, along with a fake-meat company called Beyond Meat (no relation) and salt-substitute maker Nu-Tek Salt, in an online presentation called "The Future of Food." In it, he enthused: "We're just at the beginning of enormous innovation in this space. For a world full of people who would benefit from getting a nutritious, protein-rich diet, this makes me very optimistic."

Like Beyond Eggs, Beyond Meat is trying to fully replicate the experience of eating animal products: It currently makes impostor chicken strips and soon plans to move on to artificial ground beef and pork. Backed by Obvious Corp., the investing team launched by Twitter's cofounders, as well as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (one of the first venture capital firms to invest in Amazon and Google), Beyond Meat sees itself as part of the transition to a future in which "meat" can mean hyper-realistic plant substitutes. Beyond Meat's Chicken-Free Strips are sold at Whole Foods and are set to hit conventional supermarkets by early 2014.
"We call it 'transformative agriculture,'" explains Amol Deshpande, a general partner at Kleiner Perkins. Beyond Meat is the first food company Kleiner Perkins has funded, but Deshpande says the firm is expanding: "There are going to be 9 billion people on the planet to feed. We have to think more broadly." Indeed, Beyond Meat calculates that its process is 55 times more efficient than beef farming when it comes to land use, and 18 times more efficient than raising poultry.
If making impostor eggs for use in mayo and muffins is a challenge, creating fake meat that actually feels and tastes like muscle is a much harder one, as anyone who has eaten a seitan sandwich can attest. Herbert Stone, former president of the Institute of Food Technologists and a member of the first Apollo space mission's food science team, remembers encountering this dilemma around 1963, when the price of beef was skyrocketing and he began helping companies develop soy-based extenders. Since then, Stone says that he has consulted for three or four fake-meat companies and has seen 15 or 20 (he won't say which ones) whose products have failed over the years. Current clients looking to perfect fake meat include several Chinese manufacturers.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pope Slams Rampant Inequality, 'Economy That Kills'

Pope Slams Rampant Inequality, 'Economy That Kills' | Common Dreams

Pope Slams Rampant Inequality, 'Economy That Kills'

'The socioeconomic system is unjust at its root'

- Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Pope Francis has issued a new document in which he rails against growing inequality, trickle-down economics and the current socioeconomic system that "is unjust at its root."
"Today we also have to say 'thou shalt not' to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills," Pope Francis wrote in a new document. (Photo: © European Union 2013 - European Parliament)Issued on Tuesday, his 224-page document, called an apostolic exhortation, is titled The Joy of the Gospel, and follows previous remarks the pontiff has made against inequality.
From the document:
Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.
Further, the Pope writes, "the socioeconomic system is unjust at its root," and thus spawns violence.
"Until exclusion and inequality in society and between peoples is reversed, it will be impossible to eliminate violence," he wrote.
Security is impossible in a state with rampant inequality, and cannot be provided through the surveillance state or militarism, he continued:
When a society – whether local, national or global – is willing to leave a part of itself on the fringes, no political programmes or resources spent on law enforcement or surveillance systems can indefinitely guarantee tranquility. This is not the case simply because inequality provokes a violent reaction from those excluded from the system, but because the socioeconomic system is unjust at its root.
Inequality eventually engenders a violence which recourse to arms cannot and never will be able to resolve. This serves only to offer false hopes to those clamouring for heightened security, even though nowadays we know that weapons and violence, rather than providing solutions, create new and more serious conflicts.
As for adherents to so-called trickle-down economics and austerity policies, he says:
... some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.
While some have welcomed Pope Francis' comments against inequality and war, he has been the target of criticism as well, including accusations of ties to Argentina's rightwing junta during the country's military dictatorship.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Small. The new big. Follow your Heart!


Watch this video by Dutch Triodos Bank the most sustainable bank in the world!
If you search for Triodos in my One Person Can Make A Difference Blog you will find out that i have been posting about Triodos the most sustainable bank in the world before! WHY? Because they are the most inspring Bank in the world and i am proud to announce that ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE and Triodos Bank will create a Partnership to take Impact Investing to the next Level! Kudos to the awesome people at Triodos who are a role model for the financial world.. Banking should be about making A Difference! Not just about making money!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Outdoor.info Domain for sale!


 The Domain Name
From now on I will focus completely on Making A Difference!
I want to maximize investment flows into sustainable projects and new sustainable businesses. One Person Can Make A Difference and One Earth One Mission Together we build a brighter future ! That’s why  I will sell the Outdoor.info as soon as i find the right buyer! 
I will pay a 10% finders Fee to anyone who can give us the name of and lead us to the right buyer! 
If you are looking for the best possible domain name for your Outdoor Information look no further! Outdoor.info can be yours….in less than 24 hours! 

The most important KEYWORD In the Outdoor Industry in your DOMAIN NAME will help you get more traffic.

TITLE tag is one of the most important aspect of On-Page Optimization. Your website’s TITLE is the main entry point for all major search engines across the globe. The text or keywords which you use in your TITLE helps search engines to locate your webpage and to help your site achieve better search engine rankings!

I have bought the Outdoor.info in 2003 to inform the Outdoor Community about ECO Friendly products in the Outdoor Industry with Buyers Guides and other important information about how to become realy GREEN in the Outdoor industry! But when my friend Fred van Olphen sold BEVER the leading Outdoor Retailer in the Netherlands. the project was put on hold without the help of a big leading outdoor retailer or even better a few leading Outdoor Retailers  it has been impossible to create the best possible information page for the outdoor industry.

I am looking for a buyer who is ECO Minded and who cares about Outdoorconservation.  
If you continue the eco minded / Outdoor conservation minded character I will support you with all my Social Media Power! With 10.000 friends on Facebook and more than 115.000 fans on Facebook resulting in two top 100 positions in the Facebook Global Grader rankings you will not only get the domain but also the Facebook Page with more than 2000 fans.  And all my ECO Power for your Outdoor Conservation efforts and ECO efforts!  
What is the Value of he Domain Outdoor.info?
A domain name appraisal is an estimate about the potential sales price of a particular Internet domain name . A domain name appraisal is allways speculative. It is an estimate and an opinion, and can considerably vary depending upon the considered elements of the name and its extension


According to Adressio the Domain only has a value of 76.052 EURO
According to Adresso between 15.000 and 17.000 EURO
The value of the domain is rated between $ 5.500 and $ 98.000





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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sir Ken Robinson: How To Discover Your True Talents - Forbes

Sir Ken Robinson: How To Discover Your True Talents - Forbes


Sir Ken Robinson: How To Discover Your True Talents

Sir Ken Robinson
I spoke to Sir Ken Robinson about how professionals can discover their inner talents and passions. Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and in business. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been viewed more than 25 million times and seen by an estimated 250 million people in over 150 countries. He is the author of The Element, Out of Our Minds and his latest called Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life.
In this interview, he talks about how to identify your unique talents and passions, what to do if you’re passionate isn’t something you’re good at, why not everyone can make a living doing what they love and more.
How do people identify their unique talents and passions? Does it happen by chance?
Whether or not you discover your talents and passions is partly a matter of opportunity. If you’ve never been sailing, or picked up an instrument, or tried to teach or to write fiction, how would you know if you had a talent for these things? Human resources are like the earth’s natural resources: they’re often buried beneath the surface and you have to make an effort to discover them. Finding Your Element offers advice, guidance and practical exercises to help you do this deliberately and systematically.
What if your passion isn’t something you’re good at?
The Element is where natural talents meet personal passions. To be in your Element, it’s not enough to be doing something you’re good at. Many people are good at things they don’t enjoy. To be in your Element you have to love it: if you do, you’ll never “work” again. Passion is the driver of achievement in all fields. Some people love doing things they don’t feel they’re good at. That may be because they underestimate their talents or haven’t yet put the work in to develop them. Either way, a strong passion allied with even a moderate talent, will generally get you further than a strong talent with little enthusiasm.
Do you think it’s realistic that everyone can turn their passion into a job and get fulfillment in their life? Why or why not?
Some people can make a living from being in their Element. Some can’t and others don’t want to. Finding your Element is not only about how your make money: it’s about the sort of life you make and whether, overall, you find it fulfilling and purposeful. Whether or not you can, or want to, make your living from being in your Element, you owe it to yourself to ensure that there’s some part of your day or week when you’re doing what comes most naturally to you and make you feel at your most centered and authentic.
In this bad economy, how do you gain the confidence to pursue your dreams?
As I say, being in your Element may be an avocation rather than an occupation. That depends on you and your circumstances. We’re all unique and every life is different. No one else has your resume. Human beings have tremendous powers of imagination and creativity. You create your life and you can recreate it too. In times of economic downturn and uncertainty it’s more important than ever to look deep inside yourself to fathom the sort of life you really want to lead and the talents and passions that can make that possible.
What are your top three career advice tips?
First, life is not linear. What you’re doing now, or have done in the past, need not determine what you can do next and in the future. Finding Your Element is full of stories and examples of people who’ve made often dramatic and surprising changes in the direction of their lives in order to be in their Element.
Second, money is no guarantee of happiness. We all need enough to live and take care of those who depend on us. But research and experience all confirm that there is no direct relationship between wealth and well-being. Happiness, if that’s what you want, is a spiritual state, not a material one. It comes from being fulfilled, having a sense of purpose and feeling authentic.
Third, the greatest obstacles to finding your Element may lie inside you. You may fear other people’s opinions or that you will fail and look foolish. Finding your Element may take courage, but all worthwhile accomplishments do.
Dan Schawbel is the author of the upcoming book, Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success (St. Martin’s Press, Sept 3rd). 

Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com

Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com



This is very important! VERY IMPORTANT!
If you want to build a sustainable future! 


Saturday, November 9, 2013

David Suzuki's Fukushima Warning Is Dire And Scary (VIDEO)

David Suzuki's Fukushima Warning Is Dire And Scary (VIDEO)






david suzuki fukushima

David Suzuki has issued a scary warning about Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, saying that if it falls in a future earthquake, it's "bye bye Japan" and the entire west coast of North America should be evacuated.

The "Nature of Things" host made the comments in a talk posted to YouTube after he joined Dr. David Schindler for "Letting in the Light," a symposium on water ecology held at the University of Alberta on Oct. 30 and 31.

An excerpt of the talk shows Suzuki outlining a frightening scenario that would result from the destruction of the nuclear plant.

"Fukushima is the most terrifying situation I can imagine," he said.

"Three out of the four plants were destroyed in the earthquake and in the tsunami. The fourth one has been so badly damaged that the fear is, if there's another earthquake of a seven or above that, that building will go and then all hell breaks loose.

"And the probability of a seven or above earthquake in the next three years is over 95 per cent."

Suzuki said that an international team of experts needs to go into the Fukushima plant and help fix the problem, but said the Japanese government has "too much pride to admit that."

"I have seen a paper which says that if in fact the fourth plant goes under in an earthquake and those rods are exposed, it's bye bye Japan and everybody on the west coast of North America should evacuate," he said.

"If that isn't terrifying, I don't know what is."

Suzuki's warning came as radiation from the Fukushima plant has been detected in northern Alaska and along the west coast, CBC News reported.

Radiation in Alaskan waters could reach Cold War levels, said Douglas Dasher, a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, although John Kelley, a professor emeritus at the same university, doesn't seem as certain that it will reach dangerous levels for humans.

"The data they will need is not only past data but current data, and if no one is sampling anything then we won't really know it, will we," he told the network.

Friday, November 8, 2013

On the Road: Middle school football players execute life-changing play

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Life is about being more..not about having more.....

Life is about being more..not about having more.....

More and more people see that current system is SICK we don't have a environmental crisis, a world hunger crisis, a debt crisis a political crisis... we have a system Crisis... we must CHANGE the SYSTEM..only PEOPLE POWER can do that. Read our Agenda 2022 and you will find out that it would be a better world for EVERYONE.. thank you for making a Difference for a BETTER WORLD!
Together we will build a brighter future! http://onepersoncanmad.blogspot.co.at/2011/07/planetary-emergency.html


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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Twitter for Good Diaz-Ortiz 1118061934

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Great Food for thought....

Nobel-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman – author of the indispensable Thinking, Fast and Slow, one of the best psychology books of 2012 – who examines "the marvels and the flaws of intuitive thinking."    http://www.brainpickings.org/






Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Molina Center - sustainability education and internships for at-risk youth

What would happen if we had an army of young people with the courage, critical thinking, training and sheer inspiration to solve our most pressing global issues?

We would change the world!
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The Molina Center is building a place which equalizes opportunity for young people, breaking at-risk youth out of chronic poverty, homelessness and unemployment and tuning them into the reality that solving global challenges locally has a neat side-effect: employment, education and a brighter future for all.
We will engage at-risk youth with paid internships in sustainability - a long-term transitional residential program running every aspect of our social enterprise businesses. Working as a team in an entrepreneurial environment where everyone is encouraged and supported to consider their reach and capacity to make a lasting difference. Within a real eco-village community that gives full support for our interns to run every aspect of our business and community life.
Yes, real paid internships for at-risk youth.
With all the wholistic structure and support needed to ensure lasting success.
If you are an intern coming to live and work at The Molina Center:
  • we will meet you where you are - now, and move with you to the future you want
  • we will create mentoring partnerships with key experts in the local community
  • we will recognize that you are a complex being, and work with you to address the root causes of emotional distress and under-achievement
  • you are a valued member of our team, and have great insight and energy to give
  • we will ensure that you are secure financially, comfortably housed, eat good food and are part of a dynamic and inspirational community

What We Have Now:

  • the land: 42 beautiful acres in western Colorado held free and clear by our 501(c)(3) non-profit
  • the facility: two main buildings (one brand new!), plus a number of smaller ones, all the infrastructure in place
  • the people: a well-credentialed board hailing from around the USA, an Executive Director from Australia, a qualified chef to make that good food, community and industry partners and a diverse network of volunteers and supporters
  • the programs: two thoroughly researched and innovative programs - Food Foresters (Permaculture and Urban Gardening) and Natural Builders (sustainable building pre-vocational program)
  • the youth: we already have enough potential interns to book us out several times over

We Need Your Help With:

  • operational funding: startup money to pay our new staff, interns, insurance, materials (once we are established we should be self-sustaining)
  • credibility: we have already spoken to a number of grant-making foundations - the common thread has been "show us that you have broad, grassroots support and get back to us" - they are enthusiastic and keen to help, but no-one wants to be the first in to support a new approach
Hence this crowdfunding campaign. After several years of planning, hundreds of  thousands of dollars worth of private financial and in-kind donations and support, we are coming out of "stealth mode" and asking for your - the general public's - support.
As soon as we reach $30,000 on this campaign, we can start our programs.
However - we need to raise $300,000 to be sure that we can continue operations in the long term - we will be working intensely to push our campaign to this goal!  Raising up to or beyond $300,000 will ensure that we have enough to fund operations well into 2015 and convince grant-making foundations that we are a safe investment, so that we can continue to inspire many more at-risk youth into the future.
If you can't afford a donation, then share this with your friends. Even just talking about us - saying "check out The Molina Center, they are doing cool stuff" to everyone you know - will make a real difference to our collective future. Check out our Referral Prizes shown at the end of this page to see how we will thank you for your support.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Rural Community College Bhutan | Indiegogo

Rural Community College Bhutan | Indiegogo

Short Summary

Contributors fund ideas they can be passionate about and to people they trust. Here are some things to do in this section: I am Dr. Rieki Crins, anthropologist specialized on Bhutan. I have 23 years of experience with the country. The last 15 years I have been working with my Bhutanese partners in the tourist sector. This sector is a growth sector and it can create a lot of jobs for the many unemployed Bhutanese youth. That is why I started this project: and impact investment project: Setting up eco hotels and a rural business academy where we teach hospitality, tourism and social entrepreneurship. We will work closely with respected hotelschools from Switzerland and other experts. This part of the project will be implemented as a non-profit initiative for which the Learning Exchange Foundation has been established. The Foundation will set up the LEF School with limited funds and run the school. The idea is that when the Bhutique Hotel is profitable revenues of the Hotel will flow into the LEF School making it a self-sustaining concept in the future. The initial phases will need a development grant in order to pilot test the model and become sustainable after 5 years. The funding needed will cover all operational expenses of the first 3 years of developing the concept.

Background and rationale: Bhutan is one of the least developed economies in the world.  Its economic development and growth are challenged by factors of geography being located in the fragile and rugged eastern Himalayan range and sandwiched between two giant nations – China and India.

The result of the 2009 Bhutan Labor Force Survey confirmed that unemployment is rising and more than 80% of the unemployed are in the age group of 15 and 25. Besides, 60% of its population of 700,000 is younger than 25 years of age. This means 13,000 of the 325,700 economically active people in Bhutan are unemployed. Many blame this on the mismatch in demand and supply, as more Bhutanese citizens are becoming educated and unable to work as farmers or laborers anymore, while the highest economic demand in the country is for construction and manual labor. Also, large numbers of young people are migrating from rural to urban centers in search of employment and better opportunities. Statistics (Labour Force Survey 2011) show youth unemployment more than doubled between 1998 and 2005.  And with growing unemployment, delinquency, such as petty crime and prostitution, is on the rise. Bhutan’s population is young, 60 % is under 25 years. Bhutan has been very successful in education and school enrollment is almost 100 %. However, the educated young people don’t go back to the farms of their parents to plough the land and look for other opportunities elsewhere.  It is to be noted that Bhutan’s unemployment scenario is more of a mis-match of jobs and skills than the lack of jobs as such and business opportunities. According to the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources : given the current scenarios of unemployment in general and youth unemployment in particular, “around 140,000 new jobs must be created in the next five years and creating an environment in which the educated youth is able to find job or business opportunities to lead meaningful lives, is the main challenge for the Royal Government of Bhutan.”  The Ministry also states that  “the lack of proper system of ‘school to work transition’ is to be another major factor to be addressed. Our young jobseekers are not aware of the labour market dynamics and opportunities, be it direct employment or through skills development.” (MoLHR, 2012). As tourism is one of the main economic drivers for Bhutan, with an increase of 35% tourism arrivals in the last 5 years). The hospitality and service industry is still in very nascent stages and offers enormous scope and opportunities for the Bhutanese especially the younger generations. Central and eastern Bhutan in particular remains largely unexplored thus offering plenty of scope for businesses whilst the educated and young are rushing to towns in western Bhutan for employment (rural-migration being another major challenge for Bhutan) that is scarcely available. Therefore this project aims to focus on reorienting and supporting youth from these areas to realize the value and potential in their own communities and stimulate economic growth whilst becoming independent, self-sufficient and confident individuals.

Goal and Objectives of the Project

The goal of the project is to establish a full-fledged training center Paro and later in Phobjikha to build capacities of young men and women with the objectives to: 1.  Contribute to professionalization of the tourism and hospitality services in Bhutan and comply with high quality standards required for this sector. 2.  Facilitate and support younger generations from rural poor and marginalized communities to receive training in tourism development and hospitality, so they can generate their own income and lead meaningful lives. 3.  Exchange of students and professionals with other countries in the West and the East to improve experience and learning contributing to educate participants of the LEF Schools. 4.  Bhutique Hotel well known and profitable in 2017 and LEF Schools sustained from the benefits and charity received from customers. Efficient online marketing, crowd funding, and mouth to mouth promotion will generate an occupation rate of 60% annually.

Target group

The project aims to reach out to young men and women in the age group of 18 – 30 from Central and Eastern Bhutan, of class X – XII pass outs or drop outs. This is a vulnerable group and risks to fall in between the cracks, because of their geographical location (far away from the capital), the level of education and lack of guidance they have a limited future. At the same this group is well positioned to take up blue collar jobs and set up small scale and medium sized businesses to make a decent living and with them the families would benefit as well. There is a big need for young people in this target group for guidance and training as they often come from a rural background where parents are illiterate and/or from broken homes. They lack role models to look up to and often they move to towns to stay with friends or family, don’t find desirable work and “linger” all day in the streets. Therefore, the project is aiming at such groups interested in exploring business and job opportunities to help them guide and explore their potentials and take the future into their own hands; be it a professional job in the tourism/hospitality sector or setting up a profitable business related to tourism. Our aim is to stimulate the young people to stay in the places where they live and not move to Thimphu We need 100.000 US dollars to set up the school and to enroll the 50 first students who we will train. By training them, they can sustain their family.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Look Inside BMW's Ultra-Green i3 Factory

Look Inside BMW's Ultra-Green i3 Factory - Popular Mechanics

 

 BMW claims its i3 electric vehicle, which debuts at the end of the year, is the world's most sustainable car.

 BMW i is revolutionising automotive engineering with the first series-produced passenger cells made of carbon, components from BMW EfficientDynamics lightweight construction technology. Carbon is around 50 % lighter than steel and around 30 % lighter than aluminium, allowing BMW i to set new standards in lightweight construction while also completely offsetting the additional weight resulting from the high-voltage lithium-ion battery. At the same time, carbon is a high-tensile material with very versatile applications in construction that increases the safety of all passengers.


BMW i is a comprehensive and ground-breaking concept for sustainable mobility. It represents visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability. And it thrills with its innovative vehicles: the all-electric BMW i3, a locally emission-free car for city driving that is sustainably designed throughout,

Sustainability and BMW i.

Reinventing mobility with sustainability in mind takes more than just a vision. You need answers to a plethora of emerging questions, the first of which is: Where does sustainability begin? The answer: in the same place as it ends.

Sustainability characterises the thoughts and actions of the BMW Group. Which is why the BMW Group is the Dow Jones Sustainability Index leader for the eighth year in succession, making it the most sustainable company in the automotive industry yet again. With EfficientDynamics, BMW has set itself the goal of continually reducing emissions while increasing driving pleasure. BMW i uses a wealth of innovative BMW EfficientDynamics technologies and goes even further: From design to production, from the useful life of the vehicle to its disposal, every detail is based on sustainability. Because sustainability is an attitude that doesn't have a beginning or an end. 

The aim of developing the BMW i cars is not simply to build emission-free cars, but also to use the maximum possible amount of sustainably produced and recycled materials – especially inside. The interior of the BMW i3 sets a new standard here and makes sustainability tangible.

Another milestone is the completely innovative LifeDrive car architecture, with its carbon passenger cell and aluminium drive module that reduce its weight enormously and extend the car's range. 

Natural, renewable, and sustainable: the interiors of BMW i cars feature door trim panels and dashboards made from a renewable natural fibre, naturally-tanned leather and an open-pore eucalyptus wood from 100 % FSC®-certified forestry. Overall, 25 % renewable raw materials and recycled plastics were used in the interior of the BMW i3. The textile seat coverings are 100 % recycled polyester, produced using 34 % PET. A further 25 % recycled plastics are used in the exterior. 

The BMW Group has topped the Dow Jones Sustainability Index every year since 2005 as the world’s most sustainable automobile manufacturer. Rather than become complacent, we were motivated to create new standards: the energy-intensive carbon fibre manufacturing process was set up in Moses Lake, USA, because it can be operated there using clean energy from one of the world's largest hydroelectric power plants – the Grand Coulee Dam. The BMW i plant in Leipzig is also fully powered using electricity from 4 wind turbines installed specifically for that purpose on the plant premises. In addition, the energy consumption required to produce the cars in the Leipzig plant was reduced by 50 % and water consumption by as much as 70 %.*
*compared to the industry-leading BMW Standard. 
 
If this does not sound like THE CAR for a Sustainable FUTURE i don't know what would ?
 
THIS IS THE MOST SUSTAINABLE CAR your MONEY can BUY! 
 
Only my public transport is more ECO Friendly without any doubt!  But if i would drive a car...
This would be the only car i could imagine.....
 
Not just a little bit more fuel efficient like the Volkswagen Blue Motion Models...
NO as SUSTAINABLE as POSSIBLE!  Awesome!

Friday, October 11, 2013

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty ranks #1 on Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for the second year in a row.

Ginni Rometty - Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in business - FORTUNE

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty ranks #1 on Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for the second year in a row.
 

Ginni Rometty

ibm ceos ginni rometty
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  • Title: Chairman, President, and CEO
  • Company: IBM
  • Age: 56
  • Last year's rank: 1
In her second year as CEO, Rometty is sinking IBM's resources into commercializing Watson, the Jeopardy-playing supercomputer. Rometty believes that Watson, a machine that can not only crunch numbers but also learn things, represents new sales opportunities for Big Blue. She's also pushing into underserved markets—Africa, for example—and picking up new customers in marketing and finance, to keep the 102-year-old tech company ahead of the competition.

 

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