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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Anna Fransson, Oct. 13, 2013

Our teacher brought us students in the class for a visit to the Eco Centre in Gothenburg. At The Eco Centre we saw many clever innovations in sustainability. They had built the house in by the most sustainable manner as possible inside. Among other things, they used only low-energy electronic. But something I reacted to was a part of how they used their toilets. They saved all the rainwater during the year that landed on their roof, which is very much in Gothenburg, and flushed the toilets with. Very clever!
How much does it cost to clean water? Do we Swedes really need clean water to flush our toilets with? I think not. If the Swedish households could use the rain water we could save, money, water and the enviroment even better than we do now.

http://www.ekocentrum.se/en/
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Discussions Discussion Off the table?
Anna Fransson, Oct. 13, 2013

Our teacher brought us students in the class for a visit to the Eco Centre in Gothenburg. At The Eco Centre we saw many clever innovations in sustainability. They had built the house in by the most sustainable manner as possible inside. Among other things, they used only low-energy electronic. But something I reacted to was a part of how they used their toilets. They saved all the rainwater during the year that landed on their roof, which is very much in Gothenburg, and flushed the toilets with. Very clever!
How much does it cost to clean water? Do we Swedes really need clean water to flush our toilets with? I think not. If the Swedish households could use the rain water we could save, money, water and the enviroment even better than we do now.

http://www.ekocentrum.se/en/#&panel1-1
Anna Fransson
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  • Alan A USA Alan A USA Oct. 14, 2013
    The use of fresh water to flush toilets is a great idea that could save the environment in enormous ways. But how can places that are in the middle of the desert take part in these innovations. In the U.S.A many places like Arizona survive on the cleaning and transportation of water to thousand of people living in places like Tucson and Phoenix. Because they don't even have any rain or salt water around them at all to be able to use fresh rain water for toilets like in Sweden.

    Its sad that places in Arizona have to use to so much carbon to survive with bringing fresh water,using air conditioners, and all the other way to carbon is emitted in cities. It would be impossible for them to gives up these essential ways because it is so key to their survival and prosperity of their cities. Unless ways to lower our carbon footprint are adapted to all types of cities and ecosystem their are still going to be people who won't give up their air conditioners,heating systems and transportation ways. The idea of using rain water to flush toilets is a move in the right direction and its good to know that people in the world are trying to find ways to be able to get rid of our habits of having high carbon footprint

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Discussions Discussion Blogs, Wikis, New Media for Learning
Marcel Inhauser, Nov. 3, 2012

Hello!

The link for the online course related to this discussion is broken and returns 404 code.

Was this course terminated?

Regards, thank you.

Marcel

Marcel Inhauser
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  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Nov. 4, 2012
    It has been fixed. Thanks for letting us know!

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Discussions Discussion Digital Africa
Jenny Knuthsen, Feb. 24, 2012

While many know about Thomas Edison’s work on the light bulb, few know that without African-American inventor Granville T. Woods, often referred to as the “Black Edison,” that bulb might never have lighted.

What Color is My World? The Lost History of African American Inventors,” tells the untold stories of countless black inventors. Fun book for kids and adults!

http://wcfcourier.com/news/opinion/blogs/on_the_shelf/children-s-book-highlights-black-inventors/article_fb92f893-fba3-5d4f-9762-f589e1293458.html
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Discussions Discussion Business & Leadership
Tom Gary, Dec. 1, 2011

While some elements of Google’s success as innovator would be very hard to emulate, others can be profitably adopted by almost any business. I hope you enjoy this Harvard Business Reivew interview with Tom Davenport, Professor of Information Technology & Management

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOioQxtJ4gI
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Discussions Discussion Building The “Perfect” Business Model
Anthony Williams, Oct. 29, 2011

Designing Business Models for the Poor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqh8r3Z1e8I
Anthony Williams
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  • Mercedes Domingues Mercedes Domingues Oct. 29, 2011
    This is a great lesson in listening to what people really want before providing business opportunities to people who live in poverty. I fully agree that the micro-financing model is too one dimensional. The majority of people don't want to or don't know how to be entrepreneurs. This is true even in non poverty societies. That's why there are more employees than there are entrepreneurs.

    Micro-franchising is a very creative alternative. Identify what consumers want. Then systematize, replicate and scale a franchised business according to those needs. Replicating and giving that franchise to many alleviates the burden of entrepreneurialism. It's clear that most people would be more successful as business owners instead of as entrepreneurs. Less risk.
  • Anthony Williams Anthony Williams Oct. 29, 2011
    My purpose for this project is to have as many alternative views and ideas as possible (and even what may even seem impossible) ! Thanks for the support
  • Jessie Rhodes Jessie Rhodes Nov. 2, 2011
    Fascinating example of how to establish a cultural/community based business model in someone elses country:

    Over the years, Italy learned the difficult lesson that it could no longer compete with China on price. So Italy decided to compete on quality. But then, China came to Italy to produce “Made In Italy” fashion!

    Tens of thousands of Chinese began settling in Prato in the late 1980s, transforming the textile hub into a low-end garment manufacturing capital. They have successfully blurred the line between “Made in China” and “Made in Italy,” undermining Italy’s cachet and ability to market its fashion goods exclusively as high end. They have created a thriving, if largely underground, new sector while many Prato businesses have gone under.

    According to the Bank of Italy, Chinese individuals in Prato channel an estimated $1.5 million a day to China, mainly earnings from the garment and textile trade – a new “fast fashion” economy. Profits of that magnitude are not showing up in tax records.

    Along with a profitable business model, negative issues regarding immigration, xenophobia, organized crime, etc. are also referred to.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/13/world/europe/13prato.html?pagewanted=all

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Discussions Discussion Proof of Concept - Bathroom Display
Ben Gallaty, Oct. 27, 2011

Interesting control interface for the display.

http://youtu.be/Pz17lbjOFn8
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Discussions Discussion Welcome to Einztein
Henry Watson, Oct. 27, 2011

I am an Application Consultant/Architect/Developer with a focus on emerging technologies and innovation in learning. I am particularly interested in business and practical use of virtual worlds, augmented reality, serious games, and social learning. I live in Vancouver Canada and currently am working on a very exciting project for IBM that involves many of these elements.

Here is an example of one of my previous projects for IBM that was awarded a Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning award for Best Use of Virtual Worlds for Learning:

http://youtu.be/Y2p0vSGzZKM

I am open to discuss and assist in any innovative learning projects that involve emerging technologies for the benefit of improving the learning experience.

Henry Watson
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  • Jamie Billingham Jamie Billingham Oct. 27, 2011
    Amazing project! I'm an MA student - interdisciplinary - leadership, learning and technology - Needless to say I hope you share more of what you are doing.
  • Henry Watson Henry Watson Oct. 27, 2011
    Thanks Jamie! My current project involves a 3D serious game / business simulation supported by a website containing various social tools that enable participants to connect, share, and learn from one another. This project is part of IBM's Smart Play Framework which is described in this short video: http://youtu.be/C1YaQRVLaIA
    If/when footage of this project is published I'll be sure to post it here. Cheers, Henry
  • srini n srini n Nov. 23, 2011
    Henry, I am glad to stumble upon your post. I am not a techie nor I have the patience to try out myself what I am stating below!

    I wonder if SL can be used in imparting training. Like can we use SL to impart soft skill training to individuals wgo are scattered at different places and cannot get together for a net meeting or web video conference.

    If that is possible how can it be done? Is there already some such resources available?
    If it is possible I am seeing an additional social benefit in reducing travel and thus leaving less carbon footprint.

    At the moment I am just curious about the possibilities of SL in this area of application but may later want to make commercial use of this concept. So pl advise me if you think it fit.

    Thanks in anticipation :)

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Discussions Discussion Good Ideas: A Celebration of Human Ingenuity
Megan McCausland, Oct. 3, 2011

In this rough economy when it’s hard to find work, this labor exchange is a great idea! http://www.hourexchangeportland.org/howitworks.php

http://www.flickr.com/photos/62635486@N05/6228699544/
Megan McCausland
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  • srini n srini n Dec. 19, 2011
    This is service barter, Barter 2.0, if you like!

    I am not trying to be cynical or negative but this will work when people are softened up and are a bit desperate. Once members get their urgent things got done they will start evaluating what they give in an hour vs what they get in an hour. This is inevitable as Maslow's needs hierarchy starts kicking in.

    Money came in to sort out these valuation issues. It is said that money had 4 basic functions:

    (i) Medium of exchange

    (ii) Measurement of value;

    (iii) Standard of deferred payments

    (iv) Store of value

    But now money, or its value, itself is the problem!

    We need far sighted men to work on this and the rest of us to accpet what they come up with. When the Keynesian adage 'all men are dead in the long run' is applied indiscriminately, like it was in the sub prime mortgage scandals that lead to the present global financial crisis in 2008, we will find Kenes was too optimistic as all men may die in the short run as well :(

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