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Winnaar van eenideeperdag vindt gat in de markt van het tuinaanleggen. Deirdre N. McCloskey: Happyism. The creepy new economics of pleasure.

Deirdre N. McCloskey: Happyism

Before 2013 begins, catch up on the best of 2012. From now until the New Year, we will be re-posting some of The New Republic’s most thought-provoking pieces of the year. Enjoy. IN THE FIRST PANEL of a Peanuts strip—the preceding ones had been about Lucy scolding her little brother, Linus, for not being a good brother—Lucy asks what Linus is offering her: “What’s this?” “A dish of ice cream.” That about sums it up. But nowadays there is a new science of happiness, and some of the psychologists and almost all the economists involved want you to think that happiness is just pleasure. On a long view, understand, it is only recently that we have been guiltlessly obsessed with either pleasure or happiness. The un-happiness doctrine made it seem pointless to attempt to abolish poverty or slavery or wife-beating. Then, in the eighteenth century, our earthly happiness became important to us, in high intellectual fashion.

“Our only goal.” It’s not science. The Listserve. User-driven Open Innovation ecosystems go really local ... across borders. Smart citizens in smart cities and communities co-creating future Internet-enabled services This interactive conference is the premier European event of this Spring on Open Innovation for Future Internet in Smart Cities and Communities.

User-driven Open Innovation ecosystems go really local ... across borders

It offers you as public organisation, SME, corporation, academic, and creative citizen a unique chance to get involved in shaping Europe's user-driven open innovation ecosystems. 5 European projects and organisations bring you an exciting range of world-class keynotes, concrete results and demos, and many interactive sessions: This free 2-day event is organised in collaboration with the European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, and will be held next to Brussels, Belgium. Book soon as places are limited! Organising projects and networks: APOLLON – OPEN CITIES – FIREBALL – ENoLL - EUROCITIES. Class 8 Notes Essay. Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup - Class 8 Notes Essay Here is an essay version of my class notes from Class 8 of CS183: Startup.

Class 8 Notes Essay

Errors and omissions are mine. Bruce Gibney, partner at Founders Fund, gave the lecture these notes are based on. Credit for good stuff goes to him and Founders Fund. Class 8 Notes Essay—The Pitch I. One of the most important things to remember when thinking about pitching is that there are huge numbers of pitches in the world. Conceptually, pitching sounds easy. But it’s not that easy. Humans are massively cognitively biased in favor of near-term thinking. Before you pitch you should have a clear goal in mind. First, you need to raise the right amount of capital. Second, higher valuations aren’t always in your interest. Your subsidiary goal should be to keep control of your enterprise. II. It’s always important to understand your audience. One of the most important things to understand is that, like all people, VCs are different people at different times of day.

PLAY & RECORD. The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies 2012. Last Wednesday, the teams with the best ideas of the SOCIAL INNOVATION LAB Belgium 2013 trajectory pitched to a jury of professionals in Brussels.

The jury announced that it wasn’t easy to choose a winner. It was a neck-and-neck race… Don’t miss the Final Pitch in Brussels this Wednesday. All the projects from the MINILABS and HACK FOR GOOD will be pitched to a professional jury with some live music and drinks. Register now and join us at 18:00 in… Samen met BLUTS lanceert iDROPS een promofilm voor Sociaal InnovatieLAB 2013. De verschillende locaties per stad zijn te vinden onder het menu “waar?”. Ben jij ook een vat vol ideeën?

Update! Reclamebureau Canada uit Gent heeft het campagnebeeld voor SIL 2013 ontworpen. 2011 Annual Question. There's a lot of stuff in the world: trees, cars, galaxies, benzene, the Baths of Caracalla, your pancreas, Ottawa, ennui, Walter Mondale.

2011 Annual Question

How does it all fit together? In a word… Supervenience. (Pronounced soo-per-VEEN-yence. The verb form is to supervene.) Supervenience is a shorthand abstraction, native to Anglo-American philosophy, that provides a general framework for thinking about how everything relates to everything else. Supervenience is a relationship between two sets of properties. This definition, while admirably precise, makes it hard to see what supervenience is really about, which is the relationships among different levels of reality. The pixels and the image are, in a very real sense, the same thing. The concept of supervenience deserves wider currency because it allows us to think clearly about many things, not just about images and pixels. It would seem that humanists and scientists study different things. Perhaps the threat from physics was never all that serious.

Infographics and charts - interactive data visualization. ProxMate Unblocks Region Specific YouTube, Grooveshark, and Hulu Content. Stad.nl: Virtuele winkelstad. Small-business Q&A: Measure your performance. Q: My banker recently asked me about my key performance measures, and I didn't have a good response.

Small-business Q&A: Measure your performance

What should I be measuring? A: We have all heard the adage that "you can't change what you don't measure. " Many small-business people do not routinely define their key performance indicators, or KPIs, for use in managing their business. Simply stated, KPIs are measures that enable a business owner to determine the status of the business. For example, gross profit or net income before tax as percentages of sales can quickly indicate the relative health of your business. If your KPIs are lower than industry averages or your own history, you should investigate to find out why and determine if you need to take action. A telling ratio A useful ratio to measure your cash position is the quick asset ratio, which equals cash plus accounts receivable over accounts payable. Any business that carries inventory needs to know its inventory turnover.

Time to pay up Are you measuring website hits? Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species? 32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow - Interactive Feature. Electric Clothes Physicists at Wake Forest University have developed a fabric that doubles as a spare outlet.

32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow - Interactive Feature

When used to line your shirt — or even your pillowcase or office chair — it converts subtle differences in temperature across the span of the clothing (say, from your cuff to your armpit) into electricity. And because the different parts of your shirt can vary by about 10 degrees, you could power up your MP3 player just by sitting still. According to the fabric’s creator, David Carroll, a cellphone case lined with the material could boost the phone’s battery charge by 10 to 15 percent over eight hours, using the heat absorbed from your pants pocket. Richard Morgan Chris Nosenzo The New Coffee Soon, coffee isn’t going to taste like coffee — at least not the dark, ashy roasts we drink today. Analytical Undies Your spandex can now subtly nag you to work out. The Morning Multitasker Clean Hair, No Hands Tim WuAuthor of “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires” 3-D Copying Makes Michelangelos of the Masses.

When Cosmo Wenman went to the J.

3-D Copying Makes Michelangelos of the Masses

Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in late May, he did what many people do. He took photos of some of his favorite sculptures. But instead of a few snapshots, Wenman took hundreds of pictures, documenting busts and reliefs from every accessible angle. Then he did something currently unusual -- but likely to become common. Wenman turned the photos into three-dimensional digital maps, using a free program called Autodesk 123D Catch.

On Thingiverse, you can also find data maps for around three dozen sculptures from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Digital Scans The technology is still primitive and frustrating, and the scans it produces are far from perfect, but the future is clear. The question is how the elite palaces will react. The initial response, by the Met and the Getty, is encouraging. Pettis says he always assumed that digitizing sculptures would require a virtual “heist” involving an expensive scanner and a lot of subterfuge. Plaster Casts. In South Korea, in-hotel spa offers ‘anti-aging’ tourist packages. The Creative Class Meets New Urbanism.

By James A.

The Creative Class Meets New Urbanism

Bacon WEST PALM BEACH, FLA–Richard Florida, the author of the “Rise of the Creative Class,” has long remarked upon the creative class’ penchant for living in certain cities rather than others. He has devoted much of his energy over the past 10 years to illuminating the importance of a community’s tolerance for cultural diversity and its openness to newcomers as a trait valued by the creative class. But there has always been as sub-theme in his writing. Creatives also are drawn to cities with a vibrant urban fabric. In my own Virginia-centric writing about economic development in knowledge economy, I have drawn upon Florida’s insights about the creative class to argue that one of the challenges facing Virginia’s metro regions is creating an environment where creatives want to live. Thus, it was a source of great delight to hear Florida address the 2012 Congress for New Urbanism this afternoon here in West Palm Beach. Tech_spec.

Creativity Talk 14052012 Boot Camps. Danktipgenerator. The 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012. "Beijing was such a different city," says Ma Jun, China's preeminent environmental watchdog, remembering the capital as it was during his childhood.

The 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012

"There were so few cars, I could walk in the middle of the road. In the summer, the streetlamps attracted swirling bugs. I loved those bugs: crickets, praying mantis, all kinds of beetles. " The 44-year-old pauses. "I also have a vivid memory of dazzling sunlight coming out of the sky. An environmental researcher by trade, Ma spent years chronicling China's ecological catastrophes. Ma founded the not-for-profit Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) in 2006. "When I look at China's environmental problems, the real barrier is not lack of technology or money," he says. His methods have won over a number of name-brand global companies that rely on Chinese manufacturing.

Ma is a natural problem solver, dedicated and coolly rational. There is, of course, a point at which Ma's patience ends-and Apple had triggered it. Timeline. Validating Ourselves as Practitioners. “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” ―Confucius Recently, I was asked three separate questions by change practitioners (in three different settings) that I feel are linked. I’m sure many of you periodically address similar issues, so I thought it would be interesting to compare notes. As you’ll see, I didn’t go into lengthy responses, because none of the situations I was in called for that. Please consider adding to or offering alternatives on how I responded as a way of sharing your own experiences when answering questions of this nature. First Question: For over a year, I’ve been serving as the designated change expert on an implementation project for my company.

My Answer: Basically, your job as a professional change facilitator is to focus on identifying, planning, and supporting the shifts that need to take place, as well as to help identify and remove obstacles that could diminish their effectiveness or prevent them from happening. Managing Resistance to Change. Checkthis.

Global shipping network. Nicolas Rapp dives into the patterns and growth of worldwide shipping in a six-page spread for Fortune Magazine. Nearly 90% of all goods traded across borders travel, in part, by sea. Typically a ship will undertake six voyages a year. The fastest-growing routes are between ports in Asia, while goods moving out of that continent account for 43% of all maritime trade, according to IHS Global, an economic forecasting firm. Today the most heavily trafficked sea route is between China and the West Coast of the U.S. The total value of goods that travel from China to the U.S. is four times that of those on the return trip—a clear symbol of America's trade deficit. Despite a gap of a few centuries, the routes today still look a lot like the ones from the 18th century. The Limits of Density - Neighborhoods. Density is all the rage these days. Urban economists, some of whom could be heard extolling the praises of "sun, skills, and sprawl" just a few years ago, now see increasing density as the key to improving productivity and driving economic growth.

In his story for The Atlantic, "How Skyscrapers Can Save the City," Harvard University’s Edward Glaeser put it this way: "As America struggles to regain its economic footing, we would do well to remember that dense cities are also far more productive than suburbs, and offer better-paying jobs ... tall buildings enable the human interactions that are at the heart of economic innovation, and of progress itself. " Well-intentioned planners and preservationists drive up prices when they stand in the way of taller and taller buildings, he argues. Overly restrictive height limitations not only impede economic progress, but make cities less, not more, liveable. There can be no doubt that density has its advantages. Top image: Flickr/terratrekking. The U.S. Needs to Make More Jobs More Creative - Roger Martin. By Roger Martin | 10:26 AM February 27, 2012 In order to tackle its competitiveness challenges, America needs to harness the inherent creativity of its workforce.

It is making progress in the right direction but needs to push the pace. Michael Porter has done us all a service in identifying that the wealth of modern economies comes from the productivity, innovation and high wages found in their clustered industries — those industries that are found only in certain geographic areas and trade most of their output outside their home areas, both nationally and internationally. Wages in these clustered industries (like pharmaceuticals or business services) are dramatically higher than in dispersed industries (like primary medical care or consumer services). To deepen the picture of the economy created by Porter, Richard Florida and I decided to explore the patterns of wages by job content across clustered and dispersed industries. And their job security is just wretched in comparison. De sector van creatieve en culturele bedrijven in het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest. 48 Psychological Facts You Should Know About Yourself.

15 Years of Cutting-Edge Thinking on Understanding the Mind. By Maria Popova What mirror neurons have to do with Abu Ghraib, the science of religion, and how happiness flourishes. For the past 15 years, literary-agent-turned-crusader-of-human-progress John Brockman has been a remarkable curator of curiosity, long before either “curator” or “curiosity” was a frivolously tossed around buzzword. His Edge.org has become an epicenter of bleeding-edge insight across science, technology and beyond, hosting conversations with some of our era’s greatest thinkers (and, once a year, asking them some big questions.) Last month marked the release of The Mind, the first volume in The Best of Edge Series, presenting eighteen provocative, landmark pieces — essays, interviews, transcribed talks — from the Edge archive.

The anthology reads like a who’s who of Brain Pickings favorites across psychology, evolutionary biology, social science, technology and more. Here’s a small sampling of the treasure chest between The Mind’s covers: Iconic neuroscientist V. How The Happiest People In The World Spend Their Money. Just Little Things. The serious business of creating a happier world. Art Brussels’ 30th edition - The Word Magazine. Graphic Images of Empty Sports Courts. (ill)egal graffiti. The Modernist Nerd: Vintage Science Ads from the 1950s and 1960s.

The 2020 Project: Visions of the Connected Future. Flanders DC – Inspiratie blog. SXSW 2012 Q&A: Max Linsky. Why Berlin is poised to be Europe’s new tech hub. Meet the future of consulting. Five European Startups To Watch. Gamers will save. De perfecte match. Managing Your Innovation Portfolio. Brussels Design Market. The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in Healthcare 2012. Full List - 10 Ideas for the Next 10 Years. Analysis & Opinion. Social Architecture (a manifesto) The myth of the eight-hour sleep. Stéphanie Duval (stephanieduval) on Pinterest. WATERLIFE - NFB. BONJOUR. How to Curate Your Own Personal Job Feed - Lindsey Pollak. The Man of Numbers: How Fibonacci Changed the World. The Enduring Effect of Neighborhoods - Neighborhoods. Sonneville (Atenor): 'Torens zijn antwoord op bevolkingsgroei' Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses.

8 North American Cities Experiencing an Artistic Boom - Culture. 3 Steps To Pursuing Your Ideal Career. And Immaculate Infatuation's Guide to Austin, Texas: Travel Features. Flow for Consultants. Elliphant, Haim and Faws - The Word Magazine. Toronto casino a cash cow? Not for City Hall. Instant Classic: The Rise of Nostalgia Branding. The Co.Create Virtual Panel: Brand Content. 14 Great Ads By The Real Mad Men, And What Drove All That Cleverness.