An experiment in community.... - The World Cafe Community An interesting experiment has been taking place in Melbourne, Australia around the creation of generative spaces for strengthening neighbourhoods and tackling challenging issues. The experiment was started, perhaps rather unexpectedly, by a church but most decidedly it was not an attempt to try draw people “into the institution.” Instead it asked how might we create more neighbourhood spaces for authentic engagement, person to person? Vac from the Sea Last update from Julian! Day 6Almost 500km yesterday!!!!! Second week of the tour started off in Nelson, top of the South Island. All suited up, Miss E Lux on my back and a quick hitch to Tahunanui school saw us present to the all 350 students. 2012 TED Prize Winner Announced! For the first time in history, the TED Prize winner is not an individual, but an idea that greatly impacts the future of planet Earth… and the winner is The City 2.0. The City 2.0 is the city of the future, a future in which more than ten billion people are dependent on. The idea is not a “sterile utopian dream” but rather a “real-world upgrade tapping into humanity’s collective wisdom.” More urban living space will be constructed over the next 90 years than all prior centuries combined, so it is time to get it right.
Open Campus, Open Network, Open Possibilities « The Whole Child Blog « Whole Child Education It's a bright, sunny Tuesday morning, and students are entering Roosevelt Elementary school with excitement and energy. No backpacks. No luggage on wheels. Transition Towns A transition town is a grassroot community project that seeks to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability. Local projects are usually based on the model's initial '12 ingredients' and later 'revised ingredients'. The first initiative to use the name was Transition Town Totnes, founded in 2006. The movement is an example of socioeconomic localisation. The term, "transition town", was coined by Louise Rooney and Catherine Dunne. The transition model can be applied to any place where people live.
ERS Charles Darwin and other early evolutionists were fascinated by religious phenomena and how they might be explained from an evolutionary perspective. Nevertheless, evolutionary theory became restricted to the biological sciences and excluded from the study of many human-related subjects for most of the 20th century. Only now is the theory being used to explain all aspects of humanity in addition to the rest of life. The new field of evolutionary religious studies is part of this larger trend. This website provides an introduction to the study of religion from an evolutionary perspective.
green license plates for Ontario, Canada The Canadian province of Ontario will now issue special license plates to sustainable cars such as plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. The new plate is part of the province’s plan to have one out of every 20 vehicles be electric by the year 2020. The final design was selected through an online poll with over fifteen thousand votes. The plate will begin to be issued in 2010 and will allow users to drive in car pool lanes until 2015 even if only one person is in the car and use priority parking spots at select locations.
Design Opportunities Posted by Architecture for Humanity on Apr 4, 2014 Related program: Volunteer Opportunities Location: San Francisco, California (Architecture for Humanity headquarters)Start Date: Immediate preferredType: Volunteer InternshipCommitment: 3 months minimum preferredPosition(s) available: 2Application Deadline: Accepting applications for immediate openings Designing Interaction in an Online Curriculum Much of the information available online about “creating interactivity” focuses on specific software applications such as PowerPoint, Acrobat, or Flash. What the designer of an online course needs, however, is not specifics about interactivity in individual programs, but rather a big picture idea of what interactivity is in the classroom and how to embed that interactivity in online learning in order to provide the richest possible learning experience for students. In a F2F environment it is easier to adjust the level of interactivity on the fly, in contrast to an online environment, in which more careful planning is required in advance to ensure that the intended interactivity of the course is well-supported. Image: digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Quinoa – The Ultimate Guide to an Ancient Super Food South American’s have been cooking quinoa for centuries. This ancient “superfood” has recently been rediscovered and has become increasingly popular with vegans, vegetarians, people trying to lose weight and anyone who interested in healthy eating. A great source of protein and slow releasing carbohydrates, it can be used in salad, soup, casseroles, breakfast dishes and even desserts! Quinoa Pronunciation Before we go any further, you may be wondering just what is the proper quinoa pronunciation.