This quest to redefine urbanization, and to build and redesign ‘smart cities,’ may already be over. It is clear megacities — 40 or so giant urban centers — will run the world within a decade. But can they be sustained?
With a horizon of snow-capped peaks, old-growth forest and a city of glass, creative leaders see Vancouver as a living lab for developing new pathways to affordable, low-carbon housing using alternative currency mechanisms.
Approximately 17 percent of Americans live in a non-metropolitan, or rural, areas. Compared to their urban counterparts, residents of rural areas are older and sicker. Rural residents who live past middle age are more likely to suffer from heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, stroke, and diabetes than their urban counterparts. But new service offerings are working to close the gap.
Love those remote, out-of-the-way places but loathe the load of water you have to carry on your bike? A new startup has an answer that generates water from air in a bottle. Now, if someone could just design an apparatus to furnish drinking water to the 663 million people who don’t have it…
“For a long time, we assumed that the poor could not be trusted to make decisions for themselves,” said Michael Faye, co-founder of GiveDirecty, an NGO guaranteeing a basic income to poor Kenyans through direct-cash transfers. “And we sent them goats, and we sent them cows and food stamps and so on. And as it turns out, the poor are quite good at making decisions for themselves.”
At a recent event hosted by the Environmental Media Association, TriplePundit connected with an inspiring group of genuine and authentic celebrities who are truly passionate about the environment and creating a better world.
Unilever likes to paint itself as the model corporate citizen. But when the media spotlight is off, the company reverts to using its power to skirt responsibility for its actions. That’s how it avoided cleaning up the toxic remnants of a former thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, South India, for 15 years.
Our national and state roads, dams, bridges, and airports are in such disrepair that they’ve even garnered the attention of this year’s presidential candidates. Yet none seem to have a comprehensive answer as to how to come up with the $3 trillion that engineers say it will take to upgrade our national infrastructure. The problem, says author Parag Khanna, isn’t that it can’t be done, but that we aren’t thinking big enough.
In 2015, the share of incoming female CEOs fell to 2.8 percent, the lowest since 2011. In North America, the news is even worse news — where only one of 87 CEO slots to vacate last year was filled by a woman.
CodeStart equips young people of color, between the ages of 18 to 24 without a college degree, with coding and critical-thinking skills, a desire for lifelong learning, and pathways to personal and professional development.
Many publicly-traded corporations are like dinosaurs, says author Gerald Davis. They cannot keep up with changes in hiring, sourcing and technology. They are becoming obsolete, he argues, and it’s time to think about what’s next.
For humanitarian aid groups, tech innovation is just the start. To make a real impact, organizations need to teach communities how items like clean cookstoves and off-grid lighting can make their lives easier.
SPECIAL SERIES: Fostering Diversity and Purpose at Work
Accessibility is no longer defined by the concrete ramp that leads up to your office door. It’s defined by how your business represents and reflects the society outside its doors. A growing number of businesses are embracing that recognition, including PwC. The tax and consulting firm is leading the charge to ensure that accessibility and inclusiveness aren’t just workplace policies, but the very platform on which its growth is built.
As nonprofits and governments go back and forth on how best to rebuild affected communities, the need emerges for the private sector step in and fill the gaps. REI Adventures provides a case study on public-private partnership in the wake of disaster.