Since the tents also had to work in several situations, they come with optional add-ons: A temporary hospital, for example, might choose to add the kit’s solar panels and a hard floor that’s easier to keep clean. The prototypes were tested in three climates—hot and dry Uganda near the border with Sudan, the humid Philippines, and cold Afghanistan. This year, as old tents wear out, the new ones will take their places. The first prototypes were donated locally and are already in use. “Now we are getting the feedback from the real users of the tents,” says Sorensen. “And so far, it has all been positive.” … [Read more...] about How UNICEF redesigned its tents to be ready for a changing world
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The winners of our awards are seen by millions of people, and our hope is we can support the growth of positive social innovation by showcasing the best examples—whether it’s at a major corporation or a small nonprofit—to the business community and that our finalists receive more exposure and a chance to scale even further. We’ll be accepting entries until December 13, 2019 (Update: Deadline extended to December 20). Enter today. … [Read more...] about Enter Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards: Deadline extended to December 20
Elsewhere in the video, he looks into why we repeat characters in texts (e.g., “hiiii”), why we use question marks not to ask questions but to express uncertainty, and why we deliberately avoid question marks to denote rhetorical questions. All in all, it’s a convincing case that there’s a lot more nuance in how and why we infuse tone into digital communication than most people mocking millennials might have ever considered. … [Read more...] about Hiiiiii! THIS is how texting has changed grammar & the way we communicate
But sequestering carbon is complicated. Living forests are already excellent carbon sinks. Half of a tree’s weight is just sequestered carbon, according to the Forestry Service. Some scientists argue that leaving forests alone is a better way to store carbon than farming them to replace steel and concrete. “Keeping the trees in the forest is far more valuable for carbon storage alone–than any value derived from logging,” says Mike Garrity, the Montana-based executive director of Alliance for the Wild Rockies, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the natural ecology of the region. Garrity argues that the timber industry is pushing assumptions about the sustainability of timber that haven’t been proven by science. … [Read more...] about Can Timber Skyscrapers Really Help Save The Planet?
Usually, their annual announcement is a serious-but-chatty affair, followed by photos of aging eggheads adjusting a clock. This year the Bulletin released a 5000-word statement, a press release with bolded capital letters (“IT IS NOW 100 SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT“) and held an hourlong press conference with The Elders, a group of influential global leaders including Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary General (“my frightening sense of what is happening in this world without any governance structures of global disarmament of nuclear weapons”) and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and past president of Ireland Mary Robinson (“we ask world leaders to pull humanity back from the brink”). Former and emeritus members include Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu. … [Read more...] about Doomsday Clock scientists are so freaked out, they adjusted the countdown to seconds rather than minutes