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Start With Why podcast. Policy Solutions. Beekeeping firm that helps ex-prisoners back on their feet is a sweet success | US news. Reggie Davis was only nine years old when he started selling drugs, before living the next three decades in and out of prison. His story isn’t uncommon in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, where unemployment is almost triple the city’s average. More than one-third of households are below the poverty line, and more than half of the neighborhood’s adults have had some involvement with the criminal justice system. But Reggie’s story is also part of a rapidly growing group of North Lawndale residents who are turning their lives around. “I proved them wrong,” Davis, 41, said. “I proved everybody in my neighborhood wrong. Everybody thought I was going to come back to the streets. I proved everybody wrong.”

Davis works at Sweet Beginnings, an operation that employs residents returning home from prison as beekeepers. Workers make high-end, artisanal honey and honey-infused skincare products. “I thought I was never going to get a job,” Davis said. “I’m blessed. Tesla CEO Elon Musk: The future runs on batteries. Jump to navigation  Menu Corner Office from MarketplaceCorner Office from Marketplace Share It! Share on facebook186Share on twitter143Share on linkedin1383Share on printShare on email Tesla CEO Elon Musk: The future runs on batteries Tesla CEO Elon Musk: The future runs on batteries Play Pause Support Us Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, unveils the dual engine chassis of the new Tesla 'D' model at the Hawthorne Airport October 09, 2014 in Hawthorne, California.

Interview by Kai Ryssdal, Produced by Nancy Farghalli, Produced by Tommy Andres Monday, October 12, 2015 - 16:11 Story Take a tour of the Tesla factory with Kai Musk is CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, with an interest on the side in getting people to Mars. About the author Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, the most widely heard program on business and the economy in the country. Read More » 13 Comments Please log in to post comments. I agree to American Public Media's Terms and Conditions. View Complete List. Nature Is The Ultimate 3-D Printer: Can We Make Our New Manufacturing As Clean? Before the Gutenberg press, the mechanical loom, the steam engine, or the computer became ubiquitous, there was a pause.

The inventors had hatched the next big thing, and they wondered what would happen next. We’re living through a similar time—before 3-D printing goes mainstream and anyone can make anything, anywhere. The ability to print out an object layer by layer on a machine the size of a microwave is about to democratize the making of things. Already, designers, architects, and engineers are using 3-D printers to prototype everything from hearing aids to hybrid cars. Makers are printing their own jewelry, guitars, even guns at downtown tech hubs where printers can be rented by the hour. If this trend goes the way of the personal computer, you won’t need a professional printing service. Your very own "iMake" will be whirring in your den. The good news is 3-D printing creates far less waste because it forms objects to shape without molds or cutting. Homeless in Sacramento: A death on the streets. Photos courtesy of the Lucchesi and Boyer families October 24, 2015 By Cynthia Hubert | Photos and video by Manny Crisostomo | Stepping from his black pickup on a misty February morning, Danny Kelly glanced over at Genny, muffled inside her dirty blue sleeping bag in her usual spot near the sidewalk behind his orthotics shop in midtown Sacramento.The asphalt was damp from thunderstorms; the landscape patched with fog.

Genny must be chilled to the bone, Kelly thought. He figured her age at 70, maybe older. He didn’t know her last name. MANNY CRISOSTOMO He had seen Genny around midtown for years, her wheeled metal cart stacked with puzzle books, clothes, thick gloves and blankets. Genny never begged for food or money, but accepted his gifts of sodas and smokes with a crisp thank-you. He ducked inside the clinic’s back door and launched into his daily routine, snapping on the lights and checking his appointments for the day. The New York Times > Opinion > Image > World's First Solar Airport Generates More Power Than It Consumes. More than 46,000 solar panels have been laid out across 45 acres of land to fuel the operations of Cochin airport, India’s fourth largest in terms of international passenger traffic.

Officials at the airport in the south-western state of Kerala say it will now be “absolutely power neutral”—and will even produce an excess that will boost the state’s electricity grid. The project’s designers say between 50,000 and 60,000 units of electricity will be supplied each day by the 12 megawatt plant, commissioned by the German multinational engineering and electronics company Bosch at a cost of US$9.5 million. “When we realized the scale of our power bill, we looked at various possibilities,” says V.J.

Kurian, Cochin International’s managing director. Sustainable Model “We consume around 48,000 units of power a day. “Now this has become the world’s first airport that fully operates on solar power. Around the world, other airports are adopting solar power to run all or part of their ground operations. Umair Haque on the tech industry's "thin value problem" Umair Haque thinks that Silicon Valley is in a competency trap. “The things that made it successful yesterday are exactly the things that prevent it from becoming successful tomorrow”. Haque is the Director of the Havas Media Lab, blogs in the Harvard Business Review and just published a book called the “The New Capitalist Manifesto: Driving a Disruptively Better Business” (Harvard Business Press, 2011).

In the book, he sets out his ideas on how capitalism, and companies, need to change in order to create true prosperity in the 21st century. I talked to him about the book and how it applies to the tech industry. According to Haque, the tech industry has a “thin value problem”. He defines “thick value” as value which is authentic, in that it is not created at someone else’s expense but creates value for others, meaningful in that it matters in human terms and sustainable by not being bubble-driven or built on the destruction of resources. From VentureBeat. The Messengers - Pacific Standard.

An adolescent Laysan albatross is a ridiculous-looking creature. On most of its body, the dark fluffy down that it grew as a chick has been replaced by sleek white and gray flight feathers. But the fluff clings to its head, stubbornly and comically, giving it the look of an '80s rock star at a photo shoot with a wind machine. The birds’ parents have left to return to the wild sea, leaving the gangly juveniles alone on Midway, the remote atoll where most of the world’s Laysan albatrosses grow up. They have no choice but to follow—a first flight that will take them away from solid ground for three or more years. "Grief is the same as love.

Jordan is a photographer who once referred to himself, while joking with Stephen Colbert, as a paparazzo of garbage. But over time this work began to feel cold and conceptual, almost numbing. That’s when he heard about what happens to many Laysan albatrosses on the verge of flight. But not all of them. It’s painful to watch and traumatic to film. Address to the Woods Hole Symposium - William McDonough.

© William McDonough, July 2003 I remember being here a few years ago when George Woodwell and I first started talking about the Woods Hole Research Center. “Wouldn’t it be marvelous,” we said, “if this little Victorian summerhouse extended into the forest behind it and, like a leafed branch, started to act photosynthetically?” We imagined this little flower of creativity with roots in the last century aspiring for the 21st, a famously historic building with an anonymous structure in the background sequestering carbon, making “food” from sunlight.

We know, of course, that we have not reproduced a natural system, only learned a bit from nature’s intelligence, so there is great humility in this. It’s unfortunate that the word humility and the word architecture appear not to have been in the same paragraph for quite awhile—probably since The Fountainhead. But humility really is an important aspect of what’s going on here. Intentions are key. What does it mean when you’re not leaving? Is the World (Really) Getting Better? — Bad Words. The World is Getting Better. It’s a meme for the worldly. A conclusion that all good citizens are supposed to accept, congratulating one another for our perspicacity. After all, this is a golden age, where you can hail an Uber in five seconds flat with a smartphone to hook up with with your Tinder. Presto: The World Is Getting Better!! But. Is the world really getting better? In this short essay, I want to advance the tiny thesis that “The World is Getting Better” is an ideology, a dogma, a faith.

You don’t have to look very far to see how far the TWIGBYism has permeated pop culture. TWIGBY!! Let us, then, you and I, heretics of the human spirit in this golden age of the machine, begin to question them. Here are just some of the things the world is getting “better” at. The world is getting better at mass extinction (as The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert has so hauntingly documented). The world is getting better at climate change (as NASA’s James Hansen has so persuasively demonstrated). The powerful words of forgiveness delivered to Dylann Roof by victims’ relatives. Relatives of Charleston church shooting victims hold hands outside a bond hearing for Dylann Roof. (John Taggart/Reuters) Relatives of some of the nine parishioners killed at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston addressed the alleged shooter, Dylann Storm Roof, during a bond hearing Friday. Those who chose to speak delivered powerful words of forgiveness to Roof, who listened impassively via video feed from the Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston, S.C.

Here is what they said: “I forgive you. You took something very precious away from me. “I would just like him to know that, to say the same thing that was just said: I forgive him and my family forgives him. “We welcomed you Wednesday night in our Bible study with welcome arms. “Although my grandfather and the other victims died at the hands of hate, this is proof, everyone’s plea for your soul, is proof that they lived in love and their legacies will live in love. [Remembering the Charleston church shooting victims] NASA Aero Teams to Study if Wild Ideas are Possible. Watch Now Jennifer Pulley – HostDr. Edgar Waggoner - NASA HeadquartersDavis Hackenberg - NASA HeadquartersLaurie Grindle - NASA Armstrong Flight Research CenterDebra Randall - NASA Armstrong Flight Research CenterSam Kim - NASA Armstrong Flight Research CenterConfesor Santiago - NASA Ames Research CenterJay Shively - NASA Ames Research CenterJim Griner - NASA Glenn Research Center Pulley: Throughout history, fear of change and the unknown has often caused heightened anxiety to countless millions of us in the general public.

But if we look closely at history, this fear is often not borne out of outcomes. In fact, the past is littered with stories of change that were feared in the early stages eventually becoming accepted as a necessity, a comfort, or an option. A perfect example of this came early in the 19th century, when electricity would become an essential tool for modern life. [dramatic rock music] Pulley: Every day, millions of people board planes here in the U.S. [engine whirring] The story of the invention that could revolutionize batteries—and maybe American manufacturing as well. The world has been clamoring for a super-battery. Since about 2010, a critical mass of national leaders, policy professionals, scientists, entrepreneurs, thinkers and writers have all but demanded a transformation of the humble lithium-ion cell.

Only batteries that can store a lot more energy for a lower price, they have said, will allow for affordable electric cars, cheaper and more widely available electricity, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In the process, a lot of gazillionaires will be created. But they have been vexed. Not only has nobody created a super-battery; a large number of researchers have lost faith in their powers to do so—perhaps ever.

This is where Yet-Ming Chiang enters the picture. In 2010, having rounded up $12.5 million from Boston venture capital firms and federal funds, Chiang launched another company. But Chiang’s concept is also about something more than just cheaper, greener power. This is the story of how that came about. This is not a new idea. The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades. Yes, Robots Really Are Going To Take Your Job And End The American Dream. There's nothing new about fears of technological unemployment. The idea goes back to the Luddites in 18th century England and John Maynard Keynes in the 1930s.

Union bosses have long railed against factory automation, and governments have even resisted technology to maintain higher job levels. Yet predictions that machines would put humans out of work on a significant societal scale have never quite materialized. However, there's reason to be believe that, unlike those previous times, we really are entering an age when people will work less. As author Martin Ford puts it in his recent book Rise of the Robots, "this time is different. " New artificially intelligent machines, he says, are not so much tools to improve the efficiency of workers but really are tools to replace workers themselves. This is an important distinction. We really could be headed for an economy with many fewer jobs in it and a severely-eroded middle class, he argues.

Here are some things robots can already do: Failure is Underrated and Overburdened. Don’t fear it - use it! | Michael Skok. This is an expanded version of an article published in the Wall Street Journal. Introduction Most advice you're going to hear on failure will be trite. Statements like “fail fast” or “learn from it”. That's obvious and useless without a framework for learning. And if you fear failure, chances are it’s because of the unknown. So I’ll tackle both head on in this article and give you 7 ways to utilize it to your advantage. Let’s start by exposing failure for the masquerader it is. The top 4 reasons for startup failure are: TeamMarketValue PropositionBusiness Model And if you’re a tech startup, no I did not miss technology. Done. No When was the last time you heard of innovation without experimentation?

All these problems are actually HUGE opportunities for budding entrepreneurs, but we’ll never address them without taking risk and unburdening ourselves from the fear of failure. “The fastest way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” -- Thomas Watson, Sr. of IBM -- Henry Ford Yes Markets F. The McDonough Conversations: On joy and cereal boxes | GreenBiz. This is the first in a periodic series of one-on-one interviews with William McDonough, the renowned designer, architect and entrepreneur, looking into his rich, kaleidoscopic professional world.

McDonough has been at the forefront of many of sustainability’s most important trends: green buildings, closed-loop systems and Cradle to Cradle design, among others. View previous columns here. I’ll be checking in with McDonough periodically to hear what he’s working on and thinking about -- an opportunity to get a glimpse into one of sustainability’s most creative and fertile minds. Joel Makower: Bill, what is your professional world like these days? How do you divide up your time in terms of architecture, design, writing, speaking, entrepreneurism and everything else? William McDonough: I travel about a third of the time. Then, I work with entrepreneurs -- new companies that have technologies within our Cradle to Cradle framework. McDonough: I have a very crude sort. It's a whole system. The Moral Bucket List. Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein - A Short Film. C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws.

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