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MindMixer Helps Communities Get Involved

Are you trying to engage your community in the true sense of the term, but all you get are the same perspectives from a certain section?

Successful community campaigns do just that – involve the community. Good ideas are out there, but so many of those ideas don’t make it to the surface or are drowned out by the volume of usual voices. If it has been impossible to hear from everyone in your community, MindMixer can offer a fresh perspective.

April 10th

Have An Innovative Solution for a Future City? Register by Jan 18 for StreetFest

As resources deplete and city populations rise, we need to re-think how our cities are designed and inhabited for future citizens to thrive. Rather than focusing on deficits, IDEAS CITY 2013, a festival created to examine this topic and effect change, will encourage an exploration of the resources  or “untapped capital”, that may be under-recognized or underutilized.  The 2013 […]

January 16th

Won’t You Be My Neighborland Neighbor?

For those of us who remember Mr. Rogers, we will always associate him with a comfy blue cardigan sweater and a theme song called “Won’t you be my neighbor?” Well, in our modern Web 2.0 world, there are plenty of opportunities to be an online neighbor.

What Neighborland has done is combine the ability to connect online with community activism offline. It’s a way to make your physical, real-world, non-virtual neighborhood better by sharing ideas, supporting insights, and connecting with others who share your passions for neighborhood initiatives and improvements.

January 15th

City Harvest: Diverting Excess Food to the Hungry

Getting around NYC can be tough for anyone, let alone surplus food. Watch as a Tomato navigates the New York City subway in an effort to reach New York’s hungry. Now serving New York City for 30 years, City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children.

January 2nd

DESERTEC Foundation Begins Work on Asian Super Grid for Renewable Energy

The DESERTEC Concept is a development by a network of scientists, politicians, and economists from around the Mediterranean. The sole goal is to provide climate protection, energy security and development by generating sustainable power from the sites where renewable energy sources are most abundant. Energy is available in abundance and we have the technology to use it

January 2nd

Learning Tool For Social Entrepreneurs: A World Map of Innovative Business Projects

The Global Transition to a New Economy is a world map of innovative projects which challenge business as usual and make a contribution to the systemic change to the world economy which is urgently required. Together, the projects work to create a world which prioritizes human wellbeing with sustainability and within healthy environmental limits. This mapping tool is great for social and eco-entrepreneurs to see and learn from all the great new economy projects happening all over the world.

November 21st

Paris Car Share Autolib' Enjoys Success After First Year

Many cities around the world are familiar with car sharing programs, by which citizens without a means of transportation may “rent” cars on a pay-as-you-go basis in order to save money. In most cases, these programs help to cut traffic congestion because they encourage patrons to give up personal automobiles in favor of public transportation with occasional car usage. As a result, they may also significantly decrease carbon emissions in an urban environment. This is especially true of modern ride share programs that are choosing to use hybrid or electric vehicles.

October 25th

iPhone App JouleBug Encourages Sustainable Behavior And Saves You Money

JouleBug is a new free iPhone app that helps you cut out energy waste and save more than $200 a year. JouleBug was designed to encourage sustainable living through gaming and social interaction making it fun and simple! It combines the best parts of mobile gaming, social media, and educational tools and “rolls them all into a giant burrito of wonderment and awesome that’s free to download from the App Store.”

October 9th

SXSW Eco Austin: Our Pick of Programming and Discount on Registration

SXSW Eco 2012 is in two weeks and Ecopreneurist is a proud media partner. SXSW Eco is a unique three day conference, Oct 3- Oct 5, 2012, that is bringing together innovators and decision makers from the public and private sector as well as academia to network and strategize about solutions to challenges facing the economy, the environment and society.

September 20th

Urban Prototyping San Francisco: Design For Public Space Contest. Apply now!

Calling designers, architects, artists, makers, coders, activists — lift your city UP! Do you see the public realm as a canvas? Do you have a design or technology project that could transform the way people experience the city? Bring your projects to life at San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping (UP) Festival – you’ll get a materials stipend, a downtown street exhibition, and a chance to change cities forever through your work.

August 13th

Crowdfunding Platform: Bitponics Simplifies Hydroponic Gardening for Urban Areas

“Too many people are afraid to grow their own food.”, says Amit Kumar, founder, Bitponics and, “Even more folks cannot due to limited land and space resources.” Bitponics was founded by Amit Kumar and Michael Doherty to help with just that.
The two Californians who grew up growing their food and working home gardens, missed plants and growing vegetables when they moved to urban New York City. Amit dabbled in hydroponics for two years and met future partner Michael (who was probably doing the same things during that time!) at a drop-in class at NYU. They had similar interests and ideas-that hydroponics (growing plants without soil, using a nutrient-rich medium) and software is a win-win combination.

May 31st

Hawaii Becomes First State in U.S. to Ban Plastic Bags

Following the City Council’s 7-1 vote in favor, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle signed SB2511, a bill banning plastic bags in retail stores yesterday across Honolulu County, which comprises the island of Oahu and Hawaii’s capitol city of Honolulu. What makes the bill’s passage extra significant is that Hawaii’s other counties had previously banned plastic bags, meaning that Hawaii has just officially enacted the first full statewide ban on plastic bags in the nation.

May 16th