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Smart Approaches to Sustainability


A Snapshot of Earth's Past, Present and Future

Who needs a flux capacitor when you've got satellite technology?! Take a step back in time with NASA's Climate Time Machine, a visual representation of how global warming has affected our planet over the last few decades as well as a forecast of the impact certain aspects, like sea level rises, could have on the earth. Read on

A Uniquely Artistic Take On Lisbon's Trash

How does that saying go again? "One man's trash is another man's... mural?" A talented young street artist from Lisbon has created a serious of mammoth-sized sculptures on the streets of his hometown: collecting local garbage and ingeniously constructing it into eye-popping 3D works of art. Read on

The Rise of Civil Mapping Communities

Google Maps are always useful to find our way and paper maps (or 'civil' maps) are moving further and further in to the technological realm, focusing on function while simultaneously maintaining printed versions for artistic and community purposes. Read on

A Peek Outside the Window of Global Highrises

Urban landscapes are a uniform sight dotted with highrises and skyscrapers. The web documentary 'Out My Window' explores the impact of modern cities on our identity and the ways and means of building a sense of community when you reside in one of these towers. Read on

Clean, Green and Safe Food Carts Will Appear in NYC

There are about 5,000 permitted food carts in New York City. Although people claim they are the backbone of the city, and as much of an urban icon as convenient stores in Asian cities, they are contributing to city pollution. Next year, 500 solar-powered food carts will fill the streets of the concrete jungle. Read on

TIMES Pieces: Chatting with the OuiShare Team about OuiShare Fest and Being Lost in Transition

Entrepreneurs, social innovators, non-profit organisations and grassroots activists will gather in Paris this week for the third edition of OuiShare Fest. The three-day festival about the collaborative economy is taking place from 20 – 22 May. Theme: Lost in Transition? The meaning behind this is something we chatted to OuiShare team members Francesca Pick and David Weingartner about. Read on

RESET Meets German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks

Last year’s #ziek campaign from the German Ministry for the Environment – complete with sex and zombies - caused a stir in the German media. But what did it achieve exactly? And what will climate protection campaigns look like in the future? Berlin hosted Europe’s biggest conference on internet and society last week, the re:publica 2015, and RESET was in attendance. Read on

Join the Digital Fight Against Disease With HealthMap

Devastating natural disasters are often followed by equally destructive outbreaks of illness and disease. HealthMap, a website and interactive app, draws information from online sources to create a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of emerging public health threats, helping to limit and control them before they are able to spread. Read on

Fighting Poverty through 'Microwork'

Good project management requires a good team. Samasource is network that looks to assist un- and underemployed people living on the poverty line by helping them build digital literacy skills which they can then parlay into employment opportunities. Read on