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Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy

Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy

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Top 20 Greatest Inventions of All Time Technology is a core component of the human experience. We have been creating tools to help us tame the physical world since the early days of our species. Any attempt to count down the most important technological inventions is certainly debatable, but here are some major advancements that should probably be on any such list (in chronological order): 1. Indian man single-handedly plants a 1,360-acre forest A little more than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India's Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site so he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acres of jungle that Payeng planted — single-handedly. The Times of India recently caught up with Payeng in his remote forest lodge to learn more about how he came to leave such an indelible mark on the landscape.

Video: Watch Rachel Botsman's talk from Wired 2011 spaceplay / pause escstop ffullscreen shift + ←→slower / faster (latest Chrome and Safari) ←→seek How to Develop the 'Sherlock Holmes' Intuition: 12 Steps Edit Article Edited by Alex James, Rob S, Flickety, Dvortygirl and 42 others The quick wit and sharp observational skills of Sherlock Holmes used to analyze and solve the greatest mysteries is legendary. And even though Sherlock Holmes often expressed a need for the sleuthing to stick to the facts, his actions would often demonstrate that he was very reliant on his intuition as well, and clearly saw both logic and intuition as equal partners in solving the mysteries before him. While it isn't possible to intuit everything in life, there are times when listening to our intuition is both sensible and helpful in reaching conclusions about such things as relationships, connections with others, and the suitability or otherwise of certain life choices.

What Apple, Google, And Tesla Get Wrong Don Norman is a technological optimist. The author of The Design of Everyday Things and head of UC San Diego's Design Lab believes that artificial intelligence might only take the worst parts of our jobs, and when it gets smart enough, it will pity us rather than destroy humanity. On these points, the scientist in him admits that he might be wrong, but Norman would prefer to live his life hoping for the best. Because nobody wants to go to sleep at night expecting a Terminator in his bed in the morning. But that doesn’t mean Norman isn’t critical of the direction of Silicon Valley’s powerhouse companies often celebrated for merging technology and design.

A New Dawn 13th Jun 2013; 13:00 Listen to the audio (full recording including audience Q&A) Please right-click link and choose "Save Link As..." to download audio file onto your computer. How to Find the Inspiration in Meditation In an extract from her just-published book, Inspiration Meditation, (part of the Go Creative! series) Orna Ross, bestselling novelist and poet and Director of The Alliance of Independent Authors, introduces the connections between inspiration and meditation, which led to the creation of her own style of meditation. Like meditation and the love, happiness and peace with which it is so closely aligned, inspiration is mysterious, nebulous and hard to pin down. That doesn’t mean, though, that we can’t reach an understanding of it, learn what conditions make it ours and foster those conditions.

Shh! Don’t Tell Them There’s No Magic In Design Thinking When the term Design Thinking first emerged on the scene, I found it completely puzzling. People were treating it as if it was a revolutionary new methodology to produce better products and services. They were talking about how entire companies were adopting this new approach, and those companies were becoming more competitive in the marketplace and seeing huge increases in customer satisfaction. OverviewSentinel Mission The spacecraft and instrument use high-heritage flight proven deep space systems, originally developed by NASA, to minimize technical and programmatic risks. These heritage missions include large space-based telescopes (Spitzer, Kepler), a large format camera made up of many individual detectors (Kepler), and a cryogenically cooled instrument (Spitzer). By detective and tracking nearly all of the Near Earth Objects greater than 50 meters in diameter, the Sentinel Space Telescope will create a map of the solar system in Earth’s neighborhood enabling future robotic and manned exploration.

Solve Problems by Combining the Five Whys with the Drill Down Technique The Five Whys and the Drill Down Technique are two methods to identify and understand the root causes of problems that hold up a growing business. Both have the advantage of being simple and easy to use. Neither will require you to spend time drawing complex diagrams or remembering counter-intuitive strategies. (You won’t need a stack of folders or a willingness to follow David Allen, for example.) How to Sharpen Your Powers of Observation: 6 Steps Edit Article Edited by Devan Braden, Teresa, Dreamboy, BR and 9 others Observation is a whole brain skill. How to Be Proactive: 10 Steps (with Pictures Edit Article Edited by Dvortygirl, Phil Bilzon, Flickety, Krystle and 57 others Being proactive means thinking and acting ahead of anticipated events; this means using foresight. Not only is it a great method for avoiding more work down the road, but it can be extremely important for averting disasters. Planning well for the future and for instituting systems at work and in study, and planning at home can make life easier, not just for you, but for others too, and besides, it may make you more popular. Many of us look to proactive people as the instigators of action and creative ideas in society.

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