I haven’t had to chop wood in a long time, but I’m delighted to know that this exists.
This video shows CitiBike rides in NYC over 2 days. It’s fascinating to watch patterns related to time, place, membership, public transit delays, weather, and pairing.
Innovation can come from anywhere and any age. This braille printer is pretty fantastic, and its inventor is even more fantastic.
This is what’s called leveraging the power a media platform to speak up thoughtfully and clearly about issues that matter.
Check out this FluNearYou video, which is the result of a phenomenal collaboration by a hospital, a public health association, and a funder. The government should be monitoring and taking action to prevent this national threat, but they’re not doing much of anything right now (or ever?), so it’s lucky that this project is stepping in.
Lucy Berholz shared thoughts on this collaboration on her blog, Philanthropy 2173:
This is essentially crowdsourcing information on behalf of public health. We’re also seeing citizen crowdfund for city services that aren’t available through tax revenue – see this story on security in Oakland. What we need to ensure is that these types of actions work with government and each extends the other. If we get to the point where we are relying on crowds to fund core public services, our democracy will be in even more trouble than it is now. But if we can use the crowd platforms to engage people, to partner with the public sector, to expand and complement civic responsibility than we’ll be that much the better for it.Understanding these forms of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing as political acts – and designing them for maximum public benefit – is a big opportunity.
Interview with Charles R. Bronfman of The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. We’re doing a project with him through GrantCrant where we’re helping his foundation to achieve transparency about their decision to spend down their endowment by the year 2016. Read more about the series and the first blog post written by Charles.
This 97-year-old uses MS Paint to make incredible art despite his impaired vision. I’m constantly reminded of ways that technology can enhance the quality of life for people; it’s truly amazing.