Google for Entrepreneurs Partners with UP to Reach 1,000 Cities by 2016 Today, we are proud to announce that Google for Entrepreneurs, our longstanding partner in creating a more entrepreneurial world, has partnered to double the UP impact and expand into over 1,000 cities globally by 2016. This partnership will bring assistance to hundreds of thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs. The UP platform will continue to develop, offering connection for existing community leadership, resources, and a suite of high-impact experiential programs. “With this ambitious growth phase and the impact of localized programs, UP can educate and inspire over half a million aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide in the next three years,” says UP Global CEO Marc Nager. Google has played a key role in supporting the UP Global’s goals from the earliest days of the program.
A New Alignment of Movements? Part I: The General Challenge by Pat Conaty and David Bollier “In September 2014, the Commons Strategies Group convened a three-day workshop in Meissen, Germany, of 25 policy advocates and activists from a variety of different economic and social movements. The topic of the “deep dive”: Can leading alt-economic and social movements find ways to work more closely together? Can there be a greater convergence and collaboration in fighting the pathologies of neoliberalism?” This is the first of two parts.
Drones for Good: Crop Yields Boosted by Eyes in the Sky The term "drone" rightfully brings up negative images of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) doing terrible things—or, rather, allowing their human operators to do terrible things—like killing 50 civilians for every one "militant" in Pakistan. But UAVs or drones can also be put to good use. For example, Michigan State University just acquired a drone that will fly over agricultural fields and monitor the health of farmers' crops. This will allow farmers to better manage their fields, and to hopefully use less water, fertilizer and herbicides, said Bruno Basso, an ecosystem scientist at the university. So far, the system has been tested in Europe to prove that it works but has yet to be flown over crop fields in the states, Basso said. But previous tests have shown that it is capable of measuring the nitrogen content of plants—whether or not they may need fertilizer—and if they need water.
Miranor Canvas A lean canvas is one of the most basic tools of the Lean Startup methodology that was developed to increase success chances for startups. Typically it takes only a few minutes to fill out a lean canvas, so you should do it the moment a new and exciting idea pops in your mind. Filling out a lean canvas is the most efficient and productive way to: Document a startup idea, so it's not forgotten Analyze startups potential and viability Figure out how to go from idea to viable business with minimal resources Formulate the marketing message And more... There are several versions of the lean canvas, but the Miranor Canvas differs from all the others in the following ways:
Designing: service, customer services, customer experience. Life’s too short to build something nobody wants… Sourced through Scoop.it from: medium.com See on Scoop.it – Designing services Exploring the Future of Work: A New SMT Column I'm very excited to be starting a new series about Exploring the Future of Work for Social Media Today. This series will be based on a bi-weekly deeper dive into specific elements of the 'Future of Work Manifesto', originally published on Medium in 2013. The Manifesto arose out of conversations with many smart and varied thinkers, but it’s an evolving, ongoing thought piece and I’m looking forward to not just sharing it with SMT readers but asking each of you to help me think about the next iteration of the manifesto as we go along. Specifically, as you read it, I’d like to know which parts resonate the most with you; what might be missing (I can think of some things already, such as the power of community, that need to be added) and any feedback or input you have as we go along. Today, for this first post in the #FutureofWork series, I simply want to post the manifesto in its entirety.
Bumblebees take off with a special fungus weapon to save strawberries Squadrons of bumblebees are being deployed in a novel attempt to prevent grey mould turning the summer's strawberries into fluffy mush. The bees are routed via a one-way system in their hive through a tray of harmless fungus spores which, when delivered to flowers, ensure that the grey mould cannot take hold as the fruit grows. New flowers on a strawberry crop open every day, which means that spraying with pesticides only protects those that are open at the time. "But the bees visit the flowers at the perfect moment for that flower," said Harriet Roberts of Adas, an agricultural consultancy testing the use of bees as delivery systems in the UK.
Operations, Change Management SHARE mail Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on google_plusone_shareShare on linkedin Exercising for Excellence: Creating Value Through Smart and Simple Support Functions Add To Interests SAVE CONTENT PRINT PDF Increase font size How to Use the Exhibit Window [Re]Build: A Call for Contributors and Participants [Re]Build: A Call for Contributors and Participants Kevin Flanagan 24th April 2015 By edmundberger – Source Shock and austerity. Stock market instability. I have planned to explore in three simultaneous blogs, a trilogy of blogs, the three horizon model more extensively. It is a most valuable one to build into your thinking about strategy and innovation. This is the final blog of the trilogy on the Three Horizon Framework and offers my thinking on an emerging framing to help in navigating through this. The need is to define your different horizons. Firstly time is relative; relative to your industry, your situation, your changing circumstances, your customers.
Honey Bee Network How did it all begin? | Who are we? What are We Doing? I seem to be reading a lot about the concept of value creation recently. It seems to have the same ‘heady vaulted position’ as innovation in that we all talk far more about the ‘promise’ of it. So what is behind value creation? What drives it?