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The USA now has a Social Innovation Office

It’s now official: Sonal Shah, former head of global development at Google.org, the search-engine company’s philanthropic arm, is head of the new White House Office of Social Innovation.

The Office of Social Innovation is under the  Domestic Policy Council.

It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of here in the coming years…

September 4, 2009 Posted by | Business Development, Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Life, Social Enterprise, Sustainable Community Development | , , | 2 Comments

Embeding TED talks into WordPress

You can embed TEDTalks following these instructions

Visit TED and locate the talk you would like to embed in your blog.

Click on the red “Share” button at the bottom of the player window.

Copy the “Link to this talk” URL or the video’s ID number from the overlay window. Use that in one of the following shortcodes:

ted post

Publish the post or page.

Vist the support site if needed.

Happy Blogging, Son of Five Rivers

September 4, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Information Technology (I.T.) | 2 Comments

20/20 vision for 1 billion by the year 2020

Atomic physicist Joshua Silver invented liquid-filled optical lenses to produce low-cost, adjustable glasses, giving sight to millions without access to an optometrist.

This is an amazing vision for someone to have….

Let me introduce you to the man himself.  His name is Josh Silver and he’s going to delivers his brilliantly simple solution for correcting vision at the lowest cost possible — adjustable, liquid-filled lenses.

More than 30,000 of his lenses have been distributed in 15 countries, and a new model will scale that number up to millions.

http://www.vdw.ox.ac.uk/

September 4, 2009 Posted by | Community Economic Development (CED), Life, Philanthropy, Videos | , , , | Leave a comment

Commuting and Life Satisfaction

happiness and commuting time to work

Commuting time and average reported satisfaction with life, Germany 1985–1998

I thought this graph would just speak for itself. This was research done fromt he eighties and ninties…

September 4, 2009 Posted by | 1 | , , , | Leave a comment

Rare Tiger Dismembered at Zoo

This is shocking to me…. but I know it shouldn’t… its a sign of the times we live in…

It reminds me of a great quote:

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.

Mahatma Gandhi

rare-sumatran-tiger-killed photo

Photo via My Opera

Well, it might be, but this is pretty despicable, too: just over 5 years ago, the Zoological Society of London had used this particular tiger to help train Indonesian veterinarians and zoologists. And one of those very veterinarians may be responsible for killing it, skinning it, dismembering it, and putting it up for sale on the black market.

According to Bloomberg:

The female Sumatran tiger, which ZSL used in 2003 to train Indonesians in veterinary care, was drugged and skinned at a zoo in Sumatra … The body parts were likely sold on the black market as there is “high demand for their use in Chinese medicine,” the London zoo said.

And while police are currently investigating a veterinarian and 5 workers at the zoo where the tiger was killed, the entire tragic episode points to the fact that the illegal trade in “wildlife parts” should see tougher enforcement, according to the Zoological Society of London. From Bloomberg:

September 4, 2009 Posted by | Earth, Economics, Education, Life, Quotes | , , , | Leave a comment