Frog Creates An Open-Source Guide To Design Thinking Brainstorming, whether you believe in it or shun it, is a fantastic neologism. But as Frog Principal Designer David Sherwin has found, it’s also a very American word--one that doesn’t exist in every language. “We were in Bangladesh, trying to translate the idea into Bengali,” says Sherwin, remembering a recent trip his team spent working with teenage girls on community issues. “One of the translators on our team wrote up on the board, brain + storm. Sustainable House Designs: Earthbag Building a Complete Open Source Village Posted by One Community on Thursday, March 28, 2013 · Leave a Comment Our sustainable house designs and village model focusing on open source project-launch blueprinting earthbag home construction for under $1,500 continue to evolve. We’ve had to rethink the layout due to the development and 20′ diameter growth of the Tropical Atrium as well as conversations with the county that have led to a much more eco-friendly vermiculture bathroom design and communal shower setup.
The Baltic Institute of Finland - eCitizen II The Baltic Institute of Finland led the Interreg IVC financed project - eCitizen II – Towards citizen-centered eGovernment in European cities and regions -which was launched in the beginning of January 2010 and ended in December 2013. The cooperation was designed to support European cities and regions in their joint efforts to accelerate eGovernment through exploiting established networks, gained experiences and good practices to improve interaction between citizens and public authorities, better involving citizens in local decision-making and contributing to change in operational culture and attitudes within public administrations. As a follow-up project, eCitizen II brought added-value to interregional eGovernment cooperation focusing on sharing the accumulated knowledge, experiences, best practices, and transferring them between the more advanced and less experienced cities and regions throughout Europe. The online manual is available on www.eparticipation.eu
Don’t believe the hype: Here’s what’s wrong with the ‘sharing economy’ Editor’s note: Milo Yiannopoulos is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Kernel and yesterday he gave a talk at LeWeb London entitled “Why the Sharing Economy is Bollocks.” It certainly proved a divisive argument and today he’s summed it up in this politically-charged post. Think he’s gone too far or missed the point? Maybe you agree with him? Leave a comment and let us know.
CSR Reports CSR Reports feature and link to recently published, non-financial Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability reports. The CSR Reports page also lists any press releases associated with the publication of a given report. Reports are associated with an issuing CSRwire member. 3 Big Insights From Today's Top Design Thinkers A few weeks ago, at the Fast Company offices, we convened an all-star panel of designers and design leaders to talk about the problems that they found most vexing in the past year, and what they were trying to do to solve them. The group included: Margaret G Stewart, director of product design at Facebook Karl Heiselman, CEO of Wolff Olins Melody Roberts, senior director, experience design innovation at McDonald’s Corporation Joe Gebbia, CPO and co-founder of Airbnb Erica Eden, founder, Femme Den Mauro Porcini, chief design officer at PepsiCo
Community Project Management Software: The One Community ACE Application The A.C.E. (Accountability – Celebration – Expansion) App is an open source and free-shared web-based application One Community has developed for time tracking and objective data collection. We use it daily to log and organize each of our team’s contribution through on-going records covering all aspects of the growth and evolution of our project as an open source project-launch blueprinting and research and development organization. As we build One Community as part of a global collaborative of self-sufficient and self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages and cities, we will also be using this application to objectively log, evaluate, share, and collaborate with other communities, villages, and cities interested in working together for The Highest Good of All too. The A.C.E. application is open source, intuitive, very minimalistic, extremely smooth and responsive, and easy for new members to learn regardless of their technological background.
Citizens’ Observatories: Empowering European Society - Open Conference On 4th December 2014, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research & Innovation and the European Union-funded Citizens’ Observatories projects invite you to the conference “Citizens’ Observatories: Empowering European Society”, to be held in Brussels at the Management Centre Europe facilities. This one day conference will look at the role and opportunities for active citizen participation in environmental monitoring and policy making. The event will provide opportunities to engage with experts and practitioners working across a range of European citizen science initiatives and policy making bodies, and to find out more about the work of the five Citizens’ Observatory EU-funded projects, with a poster exhibition and live demos of the applications and sensors they have developed.