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Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Designer Abeer Seikaly has developed a practical yet elegant solution to the need for lightweight, mobile, and structurally sound shelters for disaster zones.

The Canadian-Jordanian’s Weaving a Home project not only provides flexible, transportable shelter, but also incorporates water collection, solar power generation and solar water heating into the design.

Each tent has its own water collection system, utilizing the natural channels formed by the skin to direct water to the storage point. By using a fabric with strong thermal properties, the tents can alsoconvert solar radiation into power and heat collected water for showering.

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Sep 14

Robert Steele: UMD Does It Again – Graphene-Based Light Detector Can “See” Much That Has Been Hidden

Robert Steele

Robert Steele

The University of Maryland is a national treasure, one I consider the equal of MIT in part because it is much more focused on practical needs. Many possibilities in the way of innovative technology have been repressed these past decades by proprietary interests, while others have remained undiscovered due to biases and short-comings in research that has not been fully multidisciplinary. The times they are a’changing. Human-centric innovation and multidisciplinary innovation — including smart design informed by true cost economics (supply intelligence), holistic analytics (demand intelligence) and open source everything (engineering intelligence) — are going to accelerate positive developments in academia, the economy, governance, and society.

New graphene-based light detector can unearth everything hidden

This is going to be a new development. New graphene-based light detector can unearth everything hidden

Terahertz radiation can be brought to market with the help of a new detector. Terahertz radiation is a type of light with far longer wavelengths compared to infrared rays and may be helpful in examining almost everything very effectively.

Researchers have concluded that this latest graphene-based light detector may be able to calculate wavelengths of light that human eye may not see.

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Sep 9

Graphic: Embedded Intelligence — Adding Open Source Everything (Engineering Intelligence), True Cost Economics (Supply Intelligence) and Holistic Analytics (Demand Intelligence)

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Source: Robert David Steele

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Aug 15

Jean Lievens: The Sharing Economy Will Thrive Only If Government Doesn’t Strangle It

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

The Sharing Economy Will Thrive Only If Government Doesn’t Strangle It

R. J. Lehmann

Reason.com, 2 August 2014

We’re unlocking unthinkable amounts of capital and lawmakers stand in the way.

The so-called sharing economy is many things to many people. To Wall Street and Silicon Valley, firms like Uber and Airbnb offer tantalizing market capitalizations, the likes of which have not been seen since the go-go ’90s. At the same time, political operatives see the emerging debates over regulation of ride-sharing and space-sharing as a potential opening for the libertarian right to assert their world view in urban politics for the first time in a long time.

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See Also:

Five Principles for Regulating the Peer Production Economy

Regulation won’t kill the sharing economy — we just need new rules.

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Aug 6

Jean Lievens: YouTube (36:48) Ericsson Open Source Model – Importance of Community and Impact on Business Models

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

The emergence of industrial strength open source solutions now opens new possibilities as it allows increasing agility and ability to get required product features and improvements faster, facilitate customization for specific domains, reduce dependency towards commercial vendors, and reduce overall cost.

In this presentation, we will discuss Ericsson’s evolution over the last decade regarding usage of open source solutions, investments in the industrialization of open source technologies, involvement in the open source community, lessons learned, and plan for future development. We will also discuss the impact of open source on business models for both technology providers/suppliers and end-users.

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Aug 4

Graphic: Open Source Agency Focus

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PM: Both revised to change Strategic to Strategy

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Jul 2

Thomas Lynch: The Open Startup

Categories: Culture,Design
Thomas W. Lynch

Thomas W. Lynch

The open software movement is a reaction to the corporate dominance over participation and exclusion.

Corporations today are deciding who is allowed to participate in building the future and who is not. The process of choosing who is included and who is excluded is far from a perfect. Once a choice is made, though it was made in one context, it remains in force for the duration of employment in whatever context may arise.

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Jun 28

Jean Lievens: Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon: where do the big four go from here?

Categories: Architecture,Design

Jean LievensGoogle, Apple, Facebook and Amazon: where do the big four go from here?

Jamie Carter

TechRadar, 22 June 2014

Search engines, social media and text messages are history. The major ‘walled gardens’ of the the internet are developing fast, but all of the big four are betting on various visions of the future. Will the next big things be home automation, virtual reality social networking … or something else entirely?

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Jun 26

JZ Liskiewicz: Appropedia — Collaborative Sustainable Knowledge Sharing

Jason "JZ" Liszkiewicz

Jason “JZ” Liszkiewicz

Appropedia

Appropedia is for collaborative solutions
in sustainability, appropriate technology and poverty reduction.

Our vision and mission.

Contributors have made 274,988 edits and uploaded 21,269 files. Browse our categories or all 6,212 articles.

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Jun 24

Larry Chang: Values-Based Planetary Economy

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New Planetary Economy
A new, rational, self-regulating economic system is necessary to meet present and projected global realities. The current model creates artificial scarcity by strictly controlling the issue of currency, converting it into a tradable commodity itself. Money is further hoarded and manipulated in such a way as to create debt, inequity and poverty.
The silver lining to the current economic crisis is that people will be forced, perhaps for the first time, to examine their unconscious assumptions about this entrenched system and stretch their cognitive range to allow for a different approach.

Below the fold are the executive summary in full text, and a 22 page PDF with graphics.

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Jun 21