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Durham Entrepreneur Uses Social Media to Get Kids Active
Coleman Greene, a Durham entrepreneur and creator of Sqord, has collaborated with Premera Blue Cross to keep kids active by using social media. The Sqord is a funny word that children made up,...more



A Broader National Support System for Community Information
Using strategic planning to delve into years of local partner experiences and changes in technology and policy approaches, the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership reviews arrangements of...more

Google Extends Giving Through Glass Initiative for Nonprofits
Google has announced that it will be extending its Giving Through Glass initiative that the company has launched last October. The initiative aims to place its wearable computing technology,...more

Evolution of the Digital Civil Society
Tom Watson, Forbes contributor, reflects on civil society that has gone digital. Watson unearthed a series of white papers that document how the civil society sector should plan for its own...more

Using KickStarter to Launch Social Enterprise Project
Spencer Toyama, a Web & Tech Solutions Provider and Huffington Post contributor, was recently invited to be a keynote speaker for the monthly Envision Hawaii Social Enterprise meeting. Toyama's...more

Cyborg Baby Spinach as a Chemical Weapon-Sniffing Plant?
A team of MIT researchers are turning the average baby spinach into a sophisticated chemical-weapon sniffer. The MIT paper published in the Nature Materials journal shows what happened when the...more

Made in the Future: How Technology Could Transform Our Lives in a Decade
In a project called Made In The Future, innovation and design consultancy Ideo examined the ways how technology will change in the next decade. The interesting concepts, based on research by Ideo...more

WVGES Now Accepting Grant Applications to Promote Economic Development
The West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES) is now accepting applications for up to a total of $745,000 in Broadband Technical Assistance Grant funds. The funds will support statewide...more

CAMPO Fosters Vibrant Communities By Eco-Counter Pedestrian and Bicycle Counting Technology
Raleigh-based Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is using Eco-Counter Technology to gather local residents together to cultivate dynamic communities. CAMPO, with the use of...more

MIT President: Sequestration Can Derail Breakthrough Innovations
MIT President Rafael Reif speaks how federal budget cuts caused by sequestration threaten to derail major innovative breakthroughs, such as AIDS vaccine, 3D printing and digital learning. Reif...more





Nobel Peace Prize winner, founder of Grameen Bank and chairman, Muhammad Yunus, writes about happiness: That happinessĀ comes from many sources, not as the current economic framework assumes, just from making money.




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