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Book Review: 'The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator', pt 4

Book Review: 'The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator', pt 4

March 27th, 2015

. By Maureen Littlejohn

Sector: Health,Inventions

The fourth and final article in this series looks at the work of Medic Mobile, which has dramatically cut down the time required for patients and doctors to communicate in rural areas.... (more)

Tags: Africa,HIV/AIDS,Malawi,Mobile phone,Rise of the Reluctant Innovator,Sms

Amphibious Houses – Proactively Approaching Climate Change

Amphibious Houses – Proactively Approaching Climate Change

March 25th, 2015

. By Rachel Pott

Sector: Emergency Relief,Environment,Livelihoods

Over 634 million people live less than 30 feet above sea level, and coastal cities and even entire islands risk being swallowed by the oceans by the end of the century. "We can try to build walls to keep the water out, but… it's better not to fight nature, but to work with nature, and amphibious architecture is one answer."... (more)

Tags: amphibious houses,Baca Architects,climate change,Dura Vermeer,England,flood defenses,flooding,Netherlands,sea level,Site-Specific Co. Ltd,Thailand

The Case for Going Beyond GDP

The Case for Going Beyond GDP

March 24th, 2015

. By Guest Post

Sector: Governance,Human Rights,Livelihoods

An upcoming symposium in Toronto seeks to look for ways to measure human development that aren't reflected in standard economic metrics. Can Bhutan's model of measuring Gross National Happiness apply globally, and if so, how do we best pursue it? Find out more and sign up to attend!... (more)

Tags: Bhutan,conference,Economic Development,GDP,Gross National Happiness,Humber

Turning Sewage into a Sustainable Water Source

Turning Sewage into a Sustainable Water Source

March 22nd, 2015

. By Courtney Mollenhauer

Sector: Health,Water & Sanitation

In celebration of World Water Day, learn how Janicki Bioenergy and the Gates Foundation have teamed up to turn human waste into clean, drinkable water with the OmniProcessor, a machine capable of supporting 100,000 people with up to 86,000 litres of potable water every day.... (more)

Tags: Gates Foundation,sanitation,sewage treatment,waste management,Water

Book Review: 'The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator', pt 3

Book Review: 'The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator', pt 3

March 20th, 2015

. By Elizabeth DiCesare

Sector: Inventions

This weeks review looks at the work of Joel Selanikio. In 2002 Selanikio partnered with his friend and colleague Rose Donna and began to develop a new program called EpiSurveyor -- now called Magpi -- with a goal of becoming the “first do-it-yourself system for mobile electronic data collection that didn’t require any technical expertise at all.”... (more)

Tags: data,mobile app,Mobile phone,Rise of the Reluctant Innovator

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