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I thought if I ran faster I would leave a smaller footprint in the sand, but the faster I ran, the less I thought about footprints and who was behind me, and the more I thought about where I was going. 

I thought if I ran faster I would leave a smaller footprint in the sand, but the faster I ran, the less I thought about footprints and who was behind me, and the more I thought about where I was going. 

(via In Australia, fractional ownership meets crowdfunding | Springwise)
Want to buy a car and split it with your friends? You should take a look at OwnMutually. The upcoming Australian based startup will let users list the item they want to purchase to their social networks, and then enlist friends to split the cost. The fractional ownership model is a win/win for everyone involved and unlike similar sites, OwnMutually taps the power of your social networks to get the purchase rolling quickly. Be on the lookout for an April launch!

(via In Australia, fractional ownership meets crowdfunding | Springwise)

Want to buy a car and split it with your friends? You should take a look at OwnMutually. The upcoming Australian based startup will let users list the item they want to purchase to their social networks, and then enlist friends to split the cost. The fractional ownership model is a win/win for everyone involved and unlike similar sites, OwnMutually taps the power of your social networks to get the purchase rolling quickly. Be on the lookout for an April launch!

(via World’s first low-water, low-energy vertical farm opens in Singapore | Springwise)
Producing food in urban centers is becoming ever more important as we try to decrease carbon emissions and improve food security. The new Sky Greens vertical farm in Singapore is the worlds first low-water, low-energy urban food production space. The urban farm will produce 500 kg of vegetables per day as the project breathes new hope into the global urban food revolution. 

(via World’s first low-water, low-energy vertical farm opens in Singapore | Springwise)

Producing food in urban centers is becoming ever more important as we try to decrease carbon emissions and improve food security. The new Sky Greens vertical farm in Singapore is the worlds first low-water, low-energy urban food production space. The urban farm will produce 500 kg of vegetables per day as the project breathes new hope into the global urban food revolution. 

How do you solve for noise pollution, poor air quality, high city temperatures and general city beauty all in one? In Mexico City you build five vertical gardens. Verdmx and Nissan Mexicana teamed up to do just that and the results are beautiful as you can see in the video above. Hopefully ideas like this can continue to evolve and expand to other cities. 

-David Beiner

 A new civic engagement app called Solvish, enables individuals to identify problems in their communities and track them until they are solved. The inspiration for the site was the notion that people walking around their neighborhoods often say to themselves, “someone should really fix that.” Solvish encourages those people to take a picture, post it, and therefore encourage someone or a group of people in the community to solve it. Solvish rewards problem solvers with kudos, their version of points. In the long-term, Solvish hopes that in addition to individual users, larger organizations, mainly non-profits and NGO’s will create profiles on the site and use it to excel their individual missions.  Beyond helping communities individually, the Hamburg based company hopes their service  will  enable communities to learn from each other as people can view how similar problems were solved in other communities. While many civic engagement apps have come out, most seem to focus on helping a specific community like the MeuRio app or they solve a specific problem. Solvish seems to be the first to take a global perspective to civic engagment and a hope that by sharing our problems and how we solve them , we can accelerate civic problem solving around the world. I hope it works. 
-David Beiner

 A new civic engagement app called Solvish, enables individuals to identify problems in their communities and track them until they are solved. The inspiration for the site was the notion that people walking around their neighborhoods often say to themselves, “someone should really fix that.” Solvish encourages those people to take a picture, post it, and therefore encourage someone or a group of people in the community to solve it. Solvish rewards problem solvers with kudos, their version of points. In the long-term, Solvish hopes that in addition to individual users, larger organizations, mainly non-profits and NGO’s will create profiles on the site and use it to excel their individual missions.  Beyond helping communities individually, the Hamburg based company hopes their service  will  enable communities to learn from each other as people can view how similar problems were solved in other communities. While many civic engagement apps have come out, most seem to focus on helping a specific community like the MeuRio app or they solve a specific problem. Solvish seems to be the first to take a global perspective to civic engagment and a hope that by sharing our problems and how we solve them , we can accelerate civic problem solving around the world. I hope it works. 

-David Beiner

What do you when you want to build a contemporary art museum but realize it will take three years to build? You build a mobile library that doubles as a space for lectures, seminars and workshops. That’s exactly what non-profit Alumnos47 and architecture firm PRODUCTORA did when they came up with The Book Truck, Mexico City’s mobile art library. The Book Truck is a converted M2 20K truck which holds up to 1500 books on visual art and culture. Its slick design allows for the space to change from a standard library to a place where cultural events and workshops take place as the books are stacked on overhead space. So far the truck has been a major success and if the success continues maybe a Book Truck will be coming to a city near you. 
-David Beiner

What do you when you want to build a contemporary art museum but realize it will take three years to build? You build a mobile library that doubles as a space for lectures, seminars and workshops. That’s exactly what non-profit Alumnos47 and architecture firm PRODUCTORA did when they came up with The Book Truck, Mexico City’s mobile art library. The Book Truck is a converted M2 20K truck which holds up to 1500 books on visual art and culture. Its slick design allows for the space to change from a standard library to a place where cultural events and workshops take place as the books are stacked on overhead space. So far the truck has been a major success and if the success continues maybe a Book Truck will be coming to a city near you. 

-David Beiner

The latest civic engagment app to make a splash is from the Columbian not-for-profit Fundacion Telefonica. Fundacion Telefonica hopes the app will reduce child labor by enabling citizens to quickly take a photo of under age workers and geo-tag their location. The information is sent to a database so Fundacion Telefonica can act on the results. Pretty impressive, if we as citizens can demonstrate that we will actually use such apps, the potential to solve social issues, or at least begin reporting them more precisely is limitless. 

-David Beiner

At Philadelphias 8th street station a smart grid dream concept is becoming reality. There, as trains approach the station and break, the kinetic energy will be transported to the power grid and used as local electricity. This is the first time a technology of this kind will be used in a major urban center and could pave the way for similar technologies such as capturing the kinetic energy of citizens as they walk in busy city centers like time square. So next time you’re waiting for the train and it begins to break, just think, it could very well be powering your home. Awesome job Philadelphia! Let’s hope it’s a success. 
-David Beiner

At Philadelphias 8th street station a smart grid dream concept is becoming reality. There, as trains approach the station and break, the kinetic energy will be transported to the power grid and used as local electricity. This is the first time a technology of this kind will be used in a major urban center and could pave the way for similar technologies such as capturing the kinetic energy of citizens as they walk in busy city centers like time square. So next time you’re waiting for the train and it begins to break, just think, it could very well be powering your home. Awesome job Philadelphia! Let’s hope it’s a success. 

-David Beiner

Paris based Design Urbain is intent on re-imagining the bus station by using clever design to increase public transportation. In an era in which we have managed to make train stations and airports pleasant hubs of transportation, it is time for the bus station to evolve. The experimental Station Diderot takes into account all the activities and wishes of the modern urbanite. People can charge their phones, purchase a coffee, listen to music, or borrow a book, and even rent a bike should that bus be running late. From a monetary standpoint this may seem like a heavy investment for a bus station, but perhaps that investment could be outweighed by corporate sponsorships like the Barclays bike share sponsorship in London. To take it a step further, maybe bus stations could attract those sponsorships by partnering with city bike shares, forming a new type of busstation/bikeshare hybrid. At the very least, Station Diderot makes taking the bus in the morning much more appealing. 
-David Beiner

Paris based Design Urbain is intent on re-imagining the bus station by using clever design to increase public transportation. In an era in which we have managed to make train stations and airports pleasant hubs of transportation, it is time for the bus station to evolve. The experimental Station Diderot takes into account all the activities and wishes of the modern urbanite. People can charge their phones, purchase a coffee, listen to music, or borrow a book, and even rent a bike should that bus be running late. From a monetary standpoint this may seem like a heavy investment for a bus station, but perhaps that investment could be outweighed by corporate sponsorships like the Barclays bike share sponsorship in London. To take it a step further, maybe bus stations could attract those sponsorships by partnering with city bike shares, forming a new type of busstation/bikeshare hybrid. At the very least, Station Diderot makes taking the bus in the morning much more appealing. 

-David Beiner

 In Colombia, the “Mini Library” is taking root. Initiated by non-profit Fundalectura in a test to fight illiteracy, 150 mini libraries decorate parks around the country. 51 in the capital Bogota alone. Each one is open to the public and school children are encouraged to visit after school for help with homework. For up to 12 hours a week volunteer librarians tend to the mini spaces which hold about 350 books each. As e-books become more popular and the state of the library changes this could be a novel approach in keeping libraries relevant. Imagine walking through New York, Barcelona or Paris and stopping for a couple minutes at a local Mini-Library. Besides combatting illiteracy these new libraries can help add beautiful design and the chance to read a book and learn something new to any park or city. Let’s hope Fundalectura and others can make that vision come true.  
-David Beiner

 In Colombia, the “Mini Library” is taking root. Initiated by non-profit Fundalectura in a test to fight illiteracy, 150 mini libraries decorate parks around the country. 51 in the capital Bogota alone. Each one is open to the public and school children are encouraged to visit after school for help with homework. For up to 12 hours a week volunteer librarians tend to the mini spaces which hold about 350 books each. As e-books become more popular and the state of the library changes this could be a novel approach in keeping libraries relevant. Imagine walking through New York, Barcelona or Paris and stopping for a couple minutes at a local Mini-Library. Besides combatting illiteracy these new libraries can help add beautiful design and the chance to read a book and learn something new to any park or city. Let’s hope Fundalectura and others can make that vision come true.  

-David Beiner

Frustrated by the French governments slow pace in installing EV charging stations, automaker Renault is taking matters into its own hands. Renault will install 1,000 EV chargers at high volume centers like supermarkets and high density parking lots. Renault believes their investment will pay off in the long-run as they essentially kickstart the electric vehicle market and begin providing the necessary infrastructure for its future cars. It’s a risky gamble, but Reanult is left with little choice if they want their customers to buy an electric vehicle that can actually be used. 

Frustrated by the French governments slow pace in installing EV charging stations, automaker Renault is taking matters into its own hands. Renault will install 1,000 EV chargers at high volume centers like supermarkets and high density parking lots. Renault believes their investment will pay off in the long-run as they essentially kickstart the electric vehicle market and begin providing the necessary infrastructure for its future cars. It’s a risky gamble, but Reanult is left with little choice if they want their customers to buy an electric vehicle that can actually be used. 

(via Great Brands Are About Fusing Product And Service. How Do You Do It? | Co.Design: business innovation design)
Here’s a snippet of a great article in Fast Company. Click above to read more. 
“Companies need to start thinking about the holistic experience between their brands, products, and services. Crafting an experience requires design that considers these three elements of brand, product, and service in order to generate successful results. Any company can be analyzed through these lenses to evaluate the experience it creates for its customers.” (Reuben Steiger)
-David Beiner

(via Great Brands Are About Fusing Product And Service. How Do You Do It? | Co.Design: business innovation design)

Here’s a snippet of a great article in Fast Company. Click above to read more. 

Companies need to start thinking about the holistic experience between their brands, products, and services. Crafting an experience requires design that considers these three elements of brand, product, and service in order to generate successful results. Any company can be analyzed through these lenses to evaluate the experience it creates for its customers.” (Reuben Steiger)

-David Beiner

With smarthphones, the internet and the advent of streaming, the alarm clock is continually being re-invented and rethought. UNIQLO is the lastest company to re-think how we should be woken up with an impressive alarm clock that changes its tunes based on the weather. If the day is cloudy the user receives cloudy day music and if the day is sunny the user receives sunny day music in hope of getting the user ready for the day ahead. Another start-up Songza.com has received much attention lately for their concierge app that allows users to choose a mood and receive playlists based on their mood. As the way we engage with music continues to evolve, it seems like matching music with our moods, as oppose to choosing what we want to listen to, is slowly becoming the norm. At least for now. 

-David Beiner

(via Huge Soccer Stadium Going Solar - CleanTechnica)
One of the largest soccer stadiums in the world, the Estadio Maracana, in Rio de Janeiro, is going solar. Over 1500 photovoltaic panels will be installed on it’s roof by Yingli Solar and as Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup, they have affectively made a statement to the world. Solar is here, it is affordable, it is sensible, and it is efficient. Most importantly, we believe in it so much that we are putting the dollars down to install it in the building that will host the finals of the 2014 World Cup. Solar energy is no longer an economic question or environmentalist pipe-dream. It is a sensible business maneuver that is slowly powering the world. 
-David Beiner

(via Huge Soccer Stadium Going Solar - CleanTechnica)

One of the largest soccer stadiums in the world, the Estadio Maracana, in Rio de Janeiro, is going solar. Over 1500 photovoltaic panels will be installed on it’s roof by Yingli Solar and as Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup, they have affectively made a statement to the world. Solar is here, it is affordable, it is sensible, and it is efficient. Most importantly, we believe in it so much that we are putting the dollars down to install it in the building that will host the finals of the 2014 World Cup. Solar energy is no longer an economic question or environmentalist pipe-dream. It is a sensible business maneuver that is slowly powering the world. 

-David Beiner

(via LOYAL3)
Ideas around crowdfunding and customer participation continue to evolve and LOYAL3 is forging the next step in that evolution. First, customers can buy stock in a company with three clicks without leaving Facebook. They can also invest as little as $10. LOYAL3 believes investment through Facebook means more “investors”, which in this case will become more loyal customers who are incentivized to talk about the brand through their social networks due to their ownership stake. Consumption continues to become increasingly inclusive and participatory. The success or failure of LOYAL3 will be a good barometer as to whether this is in fact part of our new economy, as oppose to a passing fad. My gut say’s it is. 
-David Beiner

(via LOYAL3)

Ideas around crowdfunding and customer participation continue to evolve and LOYAL3 is forging the next step in that evolution. First, customers can buy stock in a company with three clicks without leaving Facebook. They can also invest as little as $10. LOYAL3 believes investment through Facebook means more “investors”, which in this case will become more loyal customers who are incentivized to talk about the brand through their social networks due to their ownership stake. Consumption continues to become increasingly inclusive and participatory. The success or failure of LOYAL3 will be a good barometer as to whether this is in fact part of our new economy, as oppose to a passing fad. My gut say’s it is. 

-David Beiner