50pc of Irish firms replace people with software and robots Almost half of businesses in Ireland (48pc) have automated business functions or are in the process of replacing people with software and machines, according to new research. According to data from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), this is slightly behind the global average of 55pc. A further 24pc of Irish businesses state that they may automate processes in the next 12 months. Go 100% Renewable Energy : Fukushima Prefecture - 100% RE by 2040 Aizuwakamatsu Castle, Photo credit: Σ64 / wikipedia.org The first stage of the Fukushima wind farm experiments involves construction of a floating electrical substation and a 4-column semisubmerged wind turbine. Stage two includes an advanced spar-buoy floating wind turbine and a 3-column semisubmerged turbine model. (Courtesy the Fukushima marine wind power consortium.) A diagram showing a few types of floating wind turbine platforms. Photo credit: NREL - National Renewable Energy Laboratory
100 Resilient Cities – Rockefeller Foundation Crisis is the new normal for cities in the 21st century. Because of the collision of globalization, urbanization, and climate change, not a week goes by that there’s not a disruption to a city somewhere in the world: a cyber attack, a natural disaster, or economic or social upheaval. Meanwhile, cities face acute stresses, such as poverty, endemic crime and violence, or failing infrastructure, that weaken a city over time. “Crisis is the new normal for cities in the 21st century.” While cities can’t predict which disruptions will come next, they can plan for them, learn from them, and generate additional benefits through the same investments, such as opportunities for economic growth or improved parks for city residents.
Are We Living In A "Post-Startup" World? - ReadWrite Guest author Carol Broadbent is the cofounder and principal of Crowded Ocean, a Silicon Valley marketing agency. She wrote this post with cofounder Tom Hogan. Industry pundits like to talk about how we’re now inhabiting the post-PC, post-desktop, post-software world. Recently, after launching our 36th startup, we sat back and looked at how much has changed in terms of the rules and ‘best practices’ governing the startup world.
Go 100% Renewable Energy : City of Aspen - 100% Renewable Power by 2015 The City of Aspen's Canary Initiative is a commitment to reducing city and communitywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Downtown Aspen Colorado on a typical fall afternoon. Photo credit: City of Aspen In 2009 and 2011, the city installed photovoltaic capacity at the water treatment plant. The Changing Face Of Today’s Consumer - ReadWrite Guest author Ori Karev is general manager of enterprise and the U.S. CEO of Gett, an on-demand purveyor of ground transportation. Back in the 80s and the 90s, companies worked hard on their interactions with consumers. Everything was about communicating correctly. Legions of experts taught employees how to speak with clients.
Third U.S. City Goes 100% Renewable Aspen is one of three U.S. cities to run on 100 percent renewable energy as of today, according to city officials. The Colorado mountain town is best known for its posh ski resorts, but this beautiful town also has established itself as a leader in environmental stewardship. The city had been using about 75 to 80 percent renewable energy until Thursday when it signed a contract with wholesale electric energy provider Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, in order “to achieve this final leg of our goal,” David Hornbacher, utilities and environmental initiatives director, told The Aspen Times.
Common Purpose UK Mind Map Communitarianism, the philosophy underpinning the NWO and its agenda, has been implemented by stealth in Britain over the past few years. For example, the smoking ban is a typical communitarian policy. Communitarianism is a type of supranational collectivism that uses social, economic, psychological and systems manipulation in preference to violence to achieve its objectives. Communitarianism is difficult to pin down. The new normal: five ways that retail is set to change under the influence of digital shopping A new round of digital disruption is set to change forever the way shoppers buy, a new report concludes. Retailers will respond by fully digitising the end-to-end customer experience, from the store onwards, predicts Forrester’s The Future of the Retail Experience. Report author Nigel Fenwick says that customers’ expectations of the ‘normal’ in-store experience will change as they become more used to digital experiences. That in turn, he argues, will mean all retailers must provide similar experiences, or risk losing customers. “Traditional retailers are in a race with online retailers to develop high-value shopping experiences,” he writes.
Feldheim: Germany′s renewable village Ask the residents of Feldheim to describe their community, and there's at least one consistent answer: quiet. The village, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of Berlin, Feldheim is home to 128 residents. On the surface, it's unremarkable. But beneath Feldheim's lone street runs a network of electrical cables and heating pipes powered entirely by renewable energy. Petra Richter, 51, is a life-long resident of Feldheim and acts as the village's mayor. She said the villagers are immensely proud of what they have accomplished.