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New Resource: Autodesk Sustainability Workshop

The Autodesk Sustainability Workshop offers resources to show you how to design more sustainably. (Graphic: Business Wire) Worldchangers Dawn Danby and Jer Faludi have just helped Autodesk launch an exciting online portal of educational content for engineering students and teachers called the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop. The online workshop consists of short informative videos that introduce essential concepts of sustainable design, such as "Whole Systems Design" and "Lightweighting,"...

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The Marial Bai Secondary School in Southern Sudan: A CGI Commitment Progress Report from Valentino Achak Deng

This week I'm blogging from the Clinton Global Initiative 2010 Annual Meeting. Here is a post about the new Marial Bai Secondary School in Southern Sudan. For links to all my CGI coverage click here. Yesterday Valentino Achak Deng took the stage during the Plenary on Harnessing Human Potential to give a progress report on his foundation's 2007 CGI commitment, in partnership with the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation and Jolie-Pitt Foundation, to construct and administer an 18-building community...

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Family Planning, Sustainable Research, and Dongtan

Looking back one, two and five years ago today (give or take!) on Worldchanging: 2009 Defusing The Population Bomb Adam Stein reflects on a study that suggests family planning is one of the lowest-cost ways to reduce CO2... 2008 Reader Report: The Carbon Footprint of Research at Caltech Asa S. Hopkins, a graduate student studying physics at Caltech, shares his ideas about how to make this major research institution more sustainable... 2005 Green City China Jamais Cascio reports on Arup's...

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Lego Power, a Zero-Waste Park, and a Worldchanging Interview

Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 Wanderlusting No. 3: Lego Power Chris Turner writes a postcard from Legoland and commends the Danes for their inspiring tableau on energy infrastructure... 2008 Eric Lombardi's Zero Waste Park Julia Levitt reports on the Zero-Waste Park conceived by Eric Lombardi, the waste-management guru behind Boulder, Colo-base recycler Eco-Cycle... 2005 Retro: Ethan Zuckerman -- the WorldChanging Interview Alex Steffen shares an...

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Games for Change: An Interview with MiniMonos and a Look Back

(MiniMonos.com screenshot) Jeff Ramos of GameCulturalist.com recently interviewed Kaila Colbin from MiniMonos.com, which is a virtual world that encourages children and parents to practice sustainability, generosity and community. The game was developed by a group of New Zealanders who were trained by Al Gore to be Climate Ambassadors after The Inconvenient Truth came out (see "Al Gore's Slideshow Going Viral" and "Field Report: Al Gore's Climate Project" for more from Worldchanging on the...

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Worldreader: Bringing Kindles to Ghana to Boost Literacy

One nonprofit hopes bypassing paper books in favor of the mobile version will boost literacy. by Katie Leavitt (via Worldreader) In countries where it can take six months for a donated book to travel from point A to point B, providing children with e-readers seems like the most efficient way to battle low literacy levels. That's what Worldreader, a nonprofit co-founded by former Amazon.com vice president, David Risher, is determined to try. “There’s a huge difference between being...

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TED Global 2010: Sugata Mitra, Beyond Hole in the Wall

(photo credit) Sugata Mitra tells us that there are places on Earth, in every country where, for various reasons, good schools cannot be built and good teachers cannot or do not want to go. And those places, as it turns out, is often where trouble comes from. In 1999, Mitra embedded a computer in a wall in a slum in New Dehli, connected it to high speed internet and left it there – the Hole in the Wall Experiment. He repeated this experiment in other parts of India and discovered that...

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Design for Digital Inclusion, a Geekalicious Greenhouse Gas Graphic, and the Fallen Fruit Project

Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 Beth Kolko and Design for Digital Inclusion Ethan Zuckerman reports on Beth Kolko and her research group Design for Digital Inclusion at the University of Washington. The group includes undergrads, grads and faculty across fields who focus on a wide variety of topics: technology in Central Asia, non-instrumental uses of technology, technology and autism, games for development, and others... 2008 Greenhouse Gases: Where Do...

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Concrete Cartoon, Geoengineering, and Leapfrog Lighting

Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 Graphic Series: Earthly Ideas, Pervious Concrete Andy Lubershane shares a cartoon describing pervious concrete -- one type of material that's helping to ease the impact of the built environment on natural ecosystems and watersheds. 2008 How Do We Intelligently Discuss Politicized Geoengineering? Alex Steffen reflects on the growing politicization of the geoengineering debate and the need for more nuanced and open...

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Khan Academy: Useful and Fun Online Learning

Nominated by Hassan Masum Feast on the Khan Academy educational smorgasbord of 10-minute videos. Insightful and to the point, the vast collection at Khan Academy illustrates what one persistent individual can accomplish - and how to design online learning to be both useful and fun. Hassan Masum is a Senior Research Analyst at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health and a regular Worldchanging Correspondent. Editor's Note: This piece is part of Worldchanging's Attention...

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