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Listening to Paul Zak extol the virtues of oxytocin, the "love hormone", is like hearing a preacher sing the praises of the Promised Land. His idea of a harmonious oxytocin-fuelled society is so seductive you find yourself almost praying it were true. At the same time, you cannot help but wonder if it might be an illusion. Oxytocin is best known for its use in inducing labour. However, according to Zak, the director of the Centre for Neuroeconomics at Claremont Graduate University, California, it is also the "social glue" that binds families, communities, and societies, and fosters trust between strangers. To illustrate his point, at a recent appearance at TED Edinburgh, Zak spritzed the backstage staff with oxytocin, prompting a spontaneous outbreak of group hugging.
The Global Innovation Series is supported by BMW i , a new concept dedicated to providing mobility solutions for the urban environment. It delivers more than purpose-built electric vehicles — it delivers smart mobility services. Visit bmw-i.com or follow @BMWi on Twitter. Cities are beginning to benefit from crowdsourcing methods to gather input from residents and apply the information they receive to make tangible improvements to communities and neighborhoods.
While it will live on, the house is another story. It has been empty about seven years. The bricks are crumbling.
By CyberMummy co-founder Sian To 3 May 2011 The great playwright Henrik Ibsen once described community as "like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm". The equally great (if slightly easier to digest) wordsmith Neil Tennant of The Petshop Boys, agreed, saying, "I think the world should be one community". Though neither was referring to the internet, they're both right – community can affect your business for better or worse.
Seth Godin is an author and thought leader who has written 13 books that cover topics such as leadership, digital marketing and the spreading of ideas. His book, Tribes, garnered a lot of attention among the music community. Tribes explores how innovators can focus on groups of similarly minded individuals (a tribe) and get that tribe excited by releasing a new product, music, or message via the internet.
CrisisCommons seeks to advance and support the use of open data and volunteer technology communities to catalyze innovation in crisis management and global development. CrisisCommons is a global community of volunteers from technology, crisis response organizations, government agencies, and citizens that are working together to build and use technology tools to help respond to disasters and improve resiliency and response before a crisis. CrisisCamp CrisisCommons actively supports CrisisCamp, a barcamp event, which seeks to connect a global network of volunteers who use creative problem solving and open technologies to help people and communities in times and places of crisis.
Mar 18th, 2011 | By Chuck Frey | Category: Resources Linkedin.com is one of those networking tools that can be overwhelming. So I did a little research and discovered a treasure trove of tips for using it effectively, which I compiled into a mind map of over 100 of the best. There are so many nuances to building an effective profile, networking with others and finding opportunities on this fast-growing (90 million+ people) business networking site that it’s all more than a little overwhelming. Categorizing the best advice in a mind map is a great, focused way to go about methodically improving your Linkedin game.
MySpace is in trouble . And potentially, so are your Myspace profile and Myspace friendships. It’s time to move your Myspace friends to Facebook.
BCLI Issues and Advocates Speaker Series Working Together: Collaborative Strategies Supporting Economic Prosperity for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities in the Bay Area October 17, 2012 In 2010, the BCLI hosted one of our most popular Wednesday panels on innovative strategies for job creation, where we heard about new and exciting models that were building wealth and supporting economic development in low-income communities. Two years later, the Bay Area continues to see a lack of job growth and economic opportunity, coupled with dwindling public funds to support workforce and economic development. In light of the dismal economic climate and limited resources, a collaborative made up of public, private, labor, and non-profit organizations is working to draft a “Regional Prosperity Strategy” for the Bay Area to understand, strengthen, and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals.