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national cohousing conference

February 17, 2012

It’s not too early to start investigating news in anticipation of this June’s National Cohousing Conference.


#Change11 #CCK12 Creatagogy – Creativity and Creative Learning

February 17, 2012

What is creative learning? How could it be applied in school, community and networks? Does creativity stifle or nurture?

Creativity and creative learning, how is it valued in community, and schools?

“Teachers say they want creativity, but that is not the behavior that is rewarded. In this study (as well as in many others), they found that there is a discrepancy between what teachers, and schools in general, say they value and desire, and what behaviors they actually reward and encourage. “

From Learner Weblog on Connectivism

today @ you autocorrects

February 5, 2012

Since light travels faster than sound

One feature that has been around for a while is Auto Correct. It’s a predictive text feature that tries to figure out what you’re trying to type without you having typed it yet. In its attempt to make everyone’s lives easier and more convenient, Auto Correct can in fact do the exact opposite and create funny texts! It can change words without you even realizing and before you know it, you’ve already sent the message!

what’s up with pinterest?

February 5, 2012

What is it that have web savvy women ‘pimpin’ the online pinboard Pinterest? Think contextualized bookmarking, collective creative brainstorming, and a highly visual tool to boost traffic and promote business interests.

Why Should You Use Pinterest?

everybody needs a community hang-out …

February 5, 2012

… but from Old World markets to Western business districts and parks, zoning codes are assaulting the traditions of ‘the commons’ giving rise to the question “How does one find community nowadays?”

Jay Walljasper reports from On the Commons:

One trend helping improve our cities is that local shopping districts are springing back to life. What were once soda fountains and haberdasheries, and later vacant storefronts or makeshift apartments, are now restaurants and shops once again. Entrepreneurs, many of them recent immigrants or young people, are leading this charge to revitalize commercial streets in inner cities and inner suburbs coast-to-coast. But these entrepreneurs depend on the help of local citizens, as customers and as advocates. Often it’s necessary for the neighbors to turn up at zoning hearings or for neighborhood leaders to lobby the city council to overturn regulations that stand in the way of community revitalization.

“Women Deliver 50” – Nominate a girl or a woman

February 5, 2012

Who – or what – inspires you most when it comes to addressing the lives and health of girls and women? What are they doing to helps to improve life for women and girls around the world? Nominations are now open for “Women Deliver 50″, produced by Women Deliver, an international health advocacy organization working to find solutions for inequalities faced by females of all ages.

planet’s lawyer heading to rio+20 …

February 4, 2012

with the wind at her back ..

Environmental lawyer, author and British Barrister Polly Higgins is already on the Road to Rio+20, June’s 2012 UN Earth Summit , where she and her team of eco lawyers intend to win the case against corporate polluters. Higgins, who has long advocated legal status for the rights of the planet and its people, shares a powerful and convincing Eradicating Ecocide strategy with communities around the world

Watch the Mock Trial

Read the Bolivian proposal, drafted in Cochabamba in 2011: Proposal Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth

human action = climate change = 100%

February 4, 2012

How much is most? New reports show that in the final analysis, if man had not begun burning fossil fuels, the earth’s orbit would naturally have propelled the planet into an ice age. How’s that for shocking stats?

tedx talking innovation in Berkeley

February 4, 2012

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass talks innovation @ #tedxberkeley livestream

The Next Transitions in Technology

February 4, 2012

Future City: Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly writes:

What kinds of developmental thresholds would any planet of sentient beings pass through? The creation of writing would be a huge one. The unleashing of cheap non-biological energy is another. The invention of the scientific method is a giant leap. And the fine control of energy (as in electricity) for long-distant communications is significant as well, enabling all kinds of other achievements. Our civilization has passed through all these stages; what are some future transitions we can expect — no matter the fashions and fads of the day? What are the emergent thresholds of information and energy organization that our civilization can look forward to? Most of these thresholds are gradual, so we can’t assign dates, but each of these structures seem to be a natural transition that any civilization must reach sooner or later.