Religion and Spirituality Between 2007 and 2008 ECI implemented a project on Religion and Sustainability that focused on outreach to religious groups and leaders to seek their institutions' engagement in using the Earth Charter. This project also involved research and the development of education materials designed specifically for religious audiences. In early 2009, as part of the ECI decentralization strategy, a Task Force on Religion, Spirituality and Ethics was formed. This Task Force aims to engage a broad range of individuals, institutions, and organizations concerned with religion, spirituality, ethics, to use the Earth Charter in their efforts toward creating a just, peaceful, and sustainable future for the Earth Community. In particular, the Task Force is reaching out to: 1) Leaders of religious institutions and communities
Against "Innovation" #CNIE2014 Here are the notes and the slides from my keynote today at the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education conference. When I first was asked a couple of months ago to let the conference organizers know the title for my keynote today, I quickly glanced at the theme of the event and crafted some lengthy, semi-provocative phrase that would, I hoped, allow me to make the argument here that I make fairly often: There’s a significant divide — a political and financial and cultural and surely a pedagogical divide — between the technology industry (Silicon Valley in particular) and the education sector when it comes to thinking about the future of teaching and learning and also when it comes to thinking about the meaning of “innovation.” As we move forward with our adoption of educational technologies, we must be more thoughtful, dare I say more vigilant about the implications of that divide. One culture values openness and collaboration and inquiry and exploration and experimentation.
Why Failure Drives Innovation This essay was written by Baba Shiv, Sanwa Bank, Ltd. Professor of Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Failure is a dreaded concept for most business people. But failure can actually be a huge engine of innovation for an individual or an organization. The trick lies in approaching it with the right attitude and harnessing it as a blessing, not a curse. Sustainable health care: patients, doctors and hospital execs see different futures There is broad consensus among doctors, patients and health administrators that the current U.S. health system is broken and unsustainable; preventive services is under-utilized and -valued, quality is highly variable from region to region and patient to patient, and costs continue to spiral upward without demonstrating value. While these 3 segments – physicians, people-patient-consumers, and hospital execs, agree on this topline assessment, what they see about the future of health delivery in America varies, according to a new survey from the new Optum Institute for Sustainable Health, Sustainable health communities: A manifesto for improvement. This is the kick-off of the Optum Institute, a member of the Optum health services business — the reincarnation of Ingenix, part of UnitedHealth Group. Looking to the future, nearly one-half of community health leaders see health as more sustainable today than five years ago, and expect the next five years to improve.
Business and personal loans without the bank hassle If you have a business idea and you can't seem to get any funds from a bank, there are more and more alternatives to try. I used to recommend that people check out traditional peer-to-peer (P2P) lending sites, but now some sites are morphing into something new called "crowdfunding." P2P lending basics Let's back up and start with the basics. P2P lending is a way to cut the banks out of the equation.
Design of the Learning Space: Learning and Design Principles © 2005 Chris Johnson and Cyprien Lomas EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 40, no. 4 (July/August 2005): 16–28. Chris Johnson is Senior Consultant, Learning Technologies, at the University of Arizona. Patents What is a patent? A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted. There are three types of patents. Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof. Here is the process for obtaining a utility patent.
Richard Smith: Time to get rid of health professionals? Can we imagine a world 20 years from now that no longer has health professionals? Instead of regulated health professionals anybody could offer healthcare—and perhaps much of it would be healthcare rather than sickness care. Patients with diabetes might offer care to other patients, and robots with superior technology might provide round the clock not episodic care. Drug companies might deal directly with patients.
Knowledge Velocity — the speed with which knowledge moves through an organization. Viscosity — the richness or thickness of the knowledge transferred. Davenport and Prusak (1998) describes how knowledge is affected by the speed it moves through the organization (velocity) and the richness of how much context it has (viscosity). Mountain Hazelnuts Group We are a dedicated team of agricultural, business, and development professionals determined to build a world-class, triple bottom-line venture and become a major player in the global hazelnut market. Over a five-year period, Mountain Hazelnut Venture (MHV) will plant 10 million hazelnut trees, which have been carefully selected from some of the world’s most productive, blight-resistant, and nutritious varieties. Our local partners in this endeavor are Bhutanese farmers, who will raise the trees and harvest the nuts according to international best practices. Upon collection of the hazelnuts, MHV will process them in its own, modern facilities. The venture will be 100% export oriented with a predominant focus on the Chinese and European markets. By the year 2020, we will export in excess of 40,000 metric tonnes of hazelnuts, which will be shipped to ports worldwide.
Patent Overview A patent is essentially a limited monopoly whereby the patent holder is granted the exclusive right to make, use, and sell the patented innovation for a limited period of time. The U.S. Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq., was enacted by Congress under its Constitutional grant of authority to secure for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their discoveries. See Article I, Section 8, Clause 8. Tecnologías para la Salud y el Bienestar - Presentación What is the TSB? Tecnologías para la Salud y el Bienestar (TSB) (Health and Wellbeing Technologies) is the R&D&i Area of the Instituto de Aplicaciones de las Tecnologías de la Información y de las Comunicaciones Avanzadas (ITACA) (Institute for the Application of Advanced Information and Communication Technologies), dedicated to the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to the fields of public health, quality of life and social services. TSB activities involve developing ICT applications with the aim of providing innovative techniques to improve the services offered to the general public by both public and private health organisations, as well as enhancing quality of life by providing new services or improving those already in existence.