The first step for a community is to have the political will to actually end homelessness. “Rockford had a very progressive mayor who saw the value of using data to iterate and drive decisions and applying that to the challenge of ending homelessness,” Sandor says. “And now with the new mayor, he has also kept that going.” Cities that choose to work with the Built for Zero program get support from an “improvement advisor” at Community Solutions, along with coaching from the nonprofit’s data team and access to software from the Tableau Foundation, which designed dashboards with data visualization and analytics to help cities track progress. Cities move through a process of working with other cities at a similar stage—first collecting quality data, then reducing homelessness in one population, and eventually, like Rockford, aiming to end homelessness for all. … [Read more...] about This city has a plan to stop homelessness by the end of the year
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Challenges: With the first hotel’s grand opening still nearly three years away, the gym brand must maintain its momentum to avoid playing catch-up with other wellness-themed brands, including Barry Sternlicht’s growing 1 Hotels, which feature SoulCycle studios. … [Read more...] about Updates From Our Most Innovative Companies
The Teen Idols Take Their Leave “With social media, everything is fickle. People come and go, stars burn out quickly,” says Jack Gilinsky, who became famous three years ago for his Vine sketches with childhood friend Jack Johnson. “Even though we had 4 million [Vine] followers, there are people who had that many whose name you wouldn’t know now.” That realization inspired the pair to grow their audience elsewhere while developing music careers that could outlive Vine. The gambit paid off: Today, they’ve shifted from filming six-second comedy skits to touring for their new album—and have a fan base that transcends any single social media account. … [Read more...] about The Social Mediators: 7 Young Social Stars Share Their Rules For Engagement
Woodman sees GoPro as a sort of mini Apple, a hardware company that is evolving into a software platform with social networking features. Its business model will even include monthly subscription fees alongside steady hardware upgrades. He evinces no worry about naysayers who compare GoPro to the Flip, the superhot handheld digital video recorder that launched in 2007, quickly dominated the camcorder market, was bought by Cisco in 2009, and shut down in 2011, when video-capable smartphones quickly made it obsolete. Today’s smartphones are becoming ever more durable—both Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 are water-resistant—while lens quality is rapidly approaching GoPro’s most advanced offering. (The iPhone 7 offers a 12-megapixel sensor, the same as GoPro’s new Hero5, and a true zoom lens, which GoPro’s Hero5 lacks.) “My kids are 16,” says Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush. “And I don’t recall ever going to a … [Read more...] about Can GoPro Rise Again?
In their study, Churkina and her team looked at four scenarios of mass timber construction over the next 30 years: “business as usual,” in which the majority of new buildings are made with concrete and steel and just 0.5% are made with wood; a 10% timber building scenario; a 50% timber building scenario; and a scenario in which 90% of new construction is made with wood, which would require countries that currently have lower levels of industrialization to also make the switch. All these options would sink carbon, but the more mass timber buildings, the more carbon sequestered: The lowest scenario could result in 10 million tons of carbon stored per year, the researchers say, and in the highest, nearly 700 million tons. … [Read more...] about Building with timber instead of steel could help pull millions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere