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Rebecca (far right), who won second place in the 2014 Adobe Youth Voices Awards for her short documentary film "International Boulevard," now inspires social change on an even bigger stage: the Oakland Youth Council.

Creativity, Education and the Changemakers of Tomorrow

An estimated 85 percent of teens and 20-somethings will ultimately work in careers that don’t exist today. That’s a pretty staggering statistic, and it begs the question: How are we preparing young people to become the problem-solvers and change-makers of tomorrow?

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Best Buy: E-Waste Take-Back is Excellent Customer Service

Best Buy’s electronics take-back and recycling program is self-subsidizing but “barely profitable.” So, why does the electronics retail giant stay in the business of collecting and recycling e-waste?

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How to Bridge the Gap Between Your Business and Engineering Teams

Engineers are always supposed to be right. Historically, that has made sense, but software is different. It fails. We don’t know all of the infinite possibilities of getting things wrong. However, people still look at it as being a traditional engineering discipline, where failure is unacceptable. This is driving business and tech culture apart.

After losing her first two children hours after birth, Manjula gave birth to a baby girl weighing only 1.9 pounds. After being placed in the Embrace warmer for five days, the girl survived and grew to 2.4 pounds, on her way to recovery.

Reverse Innovation Can Help Millions of Mothers Save Their Newborns

Around 15 million babies face the threat of hypothermia every year, and 3 million die during the first month of life, said Rahul Panicker, co-founder and president of Embrace Innovations. Panicker and his partner, Jane Chen, devised a solution that gives all the benefits of an incubator at a fraction of the price, and it’s helping women around the world save their newborns.


Waste Heat (Not Sweaty Bodies) Powering U.S. Sports Stadiums

Sporting facilities are finding innovative approaches to harness deeper savings beyond traditional energy efficiency initiatives. The University of Colorado Buffaloes and the Minnesota Twins have implemented methods to capture waste-heat that can be used as a valuable resource to power other components of their heating and cooling systems.


GE Introduces the ‘Smart’ Digital Wind Farm

GE’s new Digital Wind technology looks at the commercial wind farm from a whole new angle. But will its new brainstorm be able to sizably boost output? GE is betting on it.

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More Than Just Talk: The Future of Vehicle Integration

Today, “vehicle connectivity” is more than a buzzword. Propelled forward by advancements in the amount of software a vehicle can process, the potential for connectivity has begun to capture the imagination of the largest automakers. In addition to making life more convenient, the connected car is also poised to make a larger positive impact. By communicating with the grid, interfacing with our homes and sending data to the cloud, our cars can help enable efficient energy use and address major mobility challenges.


Putting Solar on the Map: A Brief Overview of Solar Mapping

Solar maps may depict solar energy potential as well as existing and planned installations. Some maps contain historic information, allowing one to see solar advances over time. Sophisticated map tools allow users to test various solar configurations at a hypothetical installation site, determine cost savings/payback time periods, and even contact installers to “make it so.”


EPA Helps Companies Make the Business Case for Green Power

The EPA’s Green Power Partnership includes more than 1,300 partner organizations using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power each year. Beyond reducing carbon impact, joining the partnership makes financial sense. We talked to the EPA and Tamara “TJ” DiCaprio, director of environmental sustainability at Microsoft, a partner company that uses more than 2.4 billion kWh of green power a year, to find out more.


HP Releases Living Progress Report Today

HP’s Living Progress report drops today with a video to explain the latest updates in the company’s progress toward human, environmental and economic improvement. The Living Progress framework helps HP measure and manage people, planet and profit simultaneously, something we know a thing or two about around here.

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The Disconnectivity Paradox in the Modern Digital Age

Rather than technology manifesting social connectedness, it is common that technology ends up shaping our behaviors and habits toward greater isolation. The ubiquity of mobile and online connectivity and the subsequent diminishing of human connection have become truths of our time. In this excerpt from her new book, “Everyday Ambassador: Make a Difference by Connecting in a Disconnected World,” author Kate Otto explains in depth.