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This family produces 6,000 pounds of food per year on 4,000 square feet of land | Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building. Six thousand pounds of food from one tenth of an acre of land just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles; if you try to do the math, it just doesn’t seem to compute. But somehow the numbers work out because the Dervaes family is able to produce about 4,300 pounds of vegetables, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 pounds of honey, and further poundage of seasonal fruits on their 4,000 square-foot postage stamp of land just outside the southern California’s sprawling megalopolis. Beyond providing food for themselves, the family makes about $20,000 per year by selling their produce from their front porch. Every member of the family pitches on to make sure every square inch of their land produces as much as possible.

In addition, beyond simply producing their own organic food, the Dervaes family is living almost totally off the grid. Related: Harvesting Station uses urban farming to reactivate forgotten city spaces Via Valhalla Movement Image via Youtube screengrab. This Comic Will Forever Change the Way You Look at Privilege. This Comic Will Forever Change the Way You Look at Privilege Toby Morris describes himself as “an Auckland-based illustrator, art director, comic artist and recently the author of Don't Puke On Your Dad: A Year in the Life of a New Father.” His recent comic, The Pencilsword's “On a Plate” illustrates the concept of privilege, and delivers the truth with a punchline that literally hits you in the gut.

He places two individuals side by side, showing how financial security and benefits, or the lack of it, affects them even if they come from households that love and support them, leading to two completely different outcomes. Source: Thewireless Read the rest of the comic on The Wireless here. Let's hope this comic changed your mind about privilege, the way it did ours. This comic first appeared here, and is the property of Toby Morris and The Wireless. (H/T: The Wireless) First US public offering of solar bonds: can crowdfunding take clean energy to the next level? | Guardian Sustainable Business. The largest solar installer in the US announced Wednesday that it is offering up to $200m in bonds to retail investors, marking the first registered public sale of solar bonds in the country. SolarCity’s landmark move toward crowdfunding could democratize the way solar projects are bankrolled ­and grow overall investment for clean energy.

Large institutional investors (such as Google, Honda and US Bank, in the case of SolarCity projects) finance the bulk of solar projects today. While individual investors can already put money into solar projects via crowdfunding platforms such as Mosaic, SunFunder and Crowdsun.com, most of these opportunities are only available to accredited investors – wealthy individuals – or are limited to just one or a few states, said Tim Newell, SolarCity’s vice president of financial products. “This is the first time you’re seeing investment offered broadly to American investors through a public offering,” Newell said on a press conference call Tuesday.

Games In The Classroom: What the Research Says. Brad Flickinger Part 9 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning. The games-and-learning landscape is changing quickly. What’s happening in classrooms now will look very different in a decade, so what really matters right now is how we frame the conversation. The way we understand the expectations and promises of today’s game-based approaches will have a long-term impact on how we imagine and implement them in the future.

It’s critical that teachers, parents, and administrators understand not only the research, but also the way corporations, foundations, and research organizations are thinking about games and learning. There are big players involved in researching the benefits of game-based learning in schools. We have a sense of what research says about the general benefits of gaming, so now we’ll look at summarizing a bit of the scant research that’s specific to the classroom. So far, the research seems to be showing success. For some of us, these findings are hardly surprising. Related. Check Out These Amazing Towers In Ethiopia That Harvest Clean Water From Thin Air. Water: It’s one of the most precious resources on Earth, but its importance seems forgotten in the western world where its ease of access is often instantaneous. But for 768 million people worldwide, it’s a daily struggle to find safe water, and in result, 1,400 children under the age of five die from water-based diseases every day.

Inspired to offer solution to this issue in a creative way, designer Arturo Vittori invented stunning water towers that can harvest atmospheric water vapor from the air. The nearly 30-foot tall WarkaWater towers can collect over 25 gallons of portable water per day, and are comprised of two sections. The first is a semi-rigid exoskeleton built by tying stalks of juncus or bamboo together; the second, an internal plastic mesh similar to the bags oranges are packed in. The crisis of water shortage caught Vittori’s attention while traveling through Ethiopia. Credit: WarkaTower Hence, the creation of “WarkaWater”. How did such an invention come to exist? Operations Associate. Ashoka UK Operations Associate at Ashoka UK Time commitment: 12 months full time starting in August 2014 Location: Ashoka UK’s office at 15 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ Remuneration: £12,000-£18,000 per annum according to experience About Ashoka Ashoka is a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – men and women with systems changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems.

Since 1981, we have elected over 3,000 outstanding social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 70 countries. About the Role Ashoka UK is looking for an entrepreneurial, bright and creative individual with a passion for social entrepreneurship and innovation to join our team in August. We expect the candidate to enthusiastically join in our core organisational activities as well.

Role and Responsibilities Required Skills and Experience Persona How to apply. Pdf/v14n13.pdf. Community Investment Collaborative | CIC, Charlottesville VA: Empowering Small Businesses. Center for Nonprofit Excellence | strengthening nonprofits to realize the potential of our community. Melvin Gay - "That ESPN animated commercial is one of the most... Free reference manager and PDF organizer | Mendeley.

#1 DR CLAUD ADERSON 2013. The 40 Chances Fellows program will fund four 40 Chances Fellows. Learning To See 'At-Risk' Youth As 'At-Promise' Youth Requires Turning This Assumption On Its Head. Michael Cerdeiros - Cerious Productions | 25 Clever Websites that will make you look like a Genius. 1. Khan Academy Have you ever wanted to pick up a subject you’re not well-versed in, but you didn’t have the money to invest in a college course?

Khan Academy aims to provide education at the collegiate level for anyone who wants it. They provide resources for learning pretty much every subject out there, including math, science, history and more. As you learn, the platform will even assess your progress and help you gauge what you’ve learned. 2. Duolingo This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended this language-teaching website (and app), and it certainly won’t be the last. 3. Guitar is one of the few instruments out there that’s actually pretty easy to learn if you’re a little older, making it one of the most accessible instruments. 4.

Founded by Michael Chu, Cooking for Engineers goes further than just providing recipes. 5. Or Nick the Dating Specialist is a website that wants to help guys be better dates. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. ‘Don't let your child become a NEET!’ The strategic foundations of a Japanese youth scare - Japan Forum - Volume 23, Issue 3. Peru To Provide Free Solar Power To 2 Million Of Its Poorest Residents By 2016. Peru has initiated a program that will provide more than 2 million of its poorest residents with electricity -- for free. 'The National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program' began on July 8, when 1,601 solar panels were installed in the Contumaza province of the country, CleanTechnica.com reported.

Those panels, part of the program's first phase, will reportedly power 126 impoverished communities. Jorge Merino, Energy and Mining Minister, told the Latin American Herald that the entire program will allow 95 percent of Peru to have access to electricity by the end of 2016. That will be done by installing a planned 12,500 solar (photovoltaic) systems, reaching 500,000 households, according to PlanetSave.com. Currently, only about 66 percent of Peru's population has access to electricity. The entire program will cost about $200 million. H/T The9Billion.com Also on HuffPost:

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