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Smart Approaches to Sustainability


Share for More: Challenge “Ain’t No Need”

Do you have new models of social entrepreneurship and innovative solutions that could be especially useful to communities in Colombia? If they fall in the categories of collaborative Education, Health, Finance, Consumption and Production, why not submit your ideas and take up the ‘Ain’t No Need Challenge’? Read on

Waste Not, Want Not: the Story of Germany’s Food-saving Revolution

What happens to bruised bananas, bread baked yesterday, and yogurts in imperfect packaging? More often than not, even slightly damaged food, though still edible, is deemed unsellable by retailers and thrown away. But in Germany, a grassroots movement is in full swing, and it looks to offer a unique and genuinely effective solution to the growing problem of food waste. Read on

Missing Maps: Putting the World’s Vulnerable People on the Map

In developed countries, we often take for granted that Google Maps has plotted out every street and every corner of our surroundings, thanks to satellite photography and GPS. Surprisingly, many of the world’s largest cities in developing countries remain uncharted. The Missing Maps project is filling these gaps in the unmapped corners of this world. Read on

Crisis Mapping Meet Up in New York

The International Conference of Crisis Mappers gets underway tomorrow in New York City, offering those active in the field the opportunity to explore some of the local crisis mapping initiatives including some of the responses built following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Read on

What Can a Desert Beetle Tell Us About Water Harvesting?

The trend that sees technologies mimic systems or elements found in nature for the purpose of solving our real-life complex problems will not (and should not) cease. Nature is simply mind-boggling and biomimicry can provide design inspirations and techniques to optimise many daily products, like a self-filling water bottle – with help from the Namib Desert beetle. Read on