The world’s largest private initiative regarding the ocean: REV Ocean

The world’s largest private initiative regarding the ocean: REV Ocean

REV Ocean is focussed on reversing negative environmental conditions in the ocean by increasing knowledge and developing concrete sustainable solutions.

https://www.revocean.org/

From understanding to sustainable solutions with four unprecedented ocean initiatives:

1) Exploring our blue planet with the world’s largest and most advanced research and expedition vessel.
https://www.revocean.org/vessel/

2) Connecting data, people & technology to drive sustainable ocean governance and blue economy. Constructing an intelligent, all-encompassing and open-access Ocean Data Platform.
https://www.oceandata.earth/

https://www.revocean.org/platform/oceandata/

Video: https://vimeo.com/367752466

3) Gathering decision-makers, NGOs, scientific communities and other key stakeholders at the World Ocean Headquarters at Fornebu, Oslo.
https://www.revocean.org/headquarters/woh/

4) The Plastic REVolution Foundation has been established to find the best opportunities to support Ghana and pilot solutions that can be scaled-up globally.
https://www.revocean.org/plast_ghana/

Basic income and why it is a good idea.

Basic income and why it is a good idea.

“Ideas can and do change the world,” says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea’s 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked — and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all.


This information comes from the TED Talk by Rutger Bregman.


For more information about Rutger Bregman visit his website.


Alice – electric aircraft

Alice – electric aircraft

Eviation Alice is an electric aircraft designed to take 9 passengers up to 1,000 km at more than 240 knots.

Our solution is electric from conception. Starting from scratch we take a holistic approach to aircraft design, allowing us to fully optimize the benefits of electric aviation. Our state-of-the-art aircraft is powered by four key capabilities:

Electric by design
Radical and holistic re-thinking of the airframe, propeller and motor maximizes energy management and flight efficiency.

Ultra-light design
Our battery takes up 65% of the aircraft’s weight, and it takes a state-of-the-art all composite body to makeup for that.

High energy density battery
Combining Lithium-ion for high power needs and a proprietary Aluminum-Air system for range, hitting the 400Wh/kg mark and more

Autonomous 
flight
Built from day one as an Optionally Piloted Vehicle,
for increased flexibility and expansion of services today, and full autonomy when regulations permit.


This information comes from the website of Eviation.


 

Volvo Group unveils construction’s first ever electric excavator

Volvo Group unveils construction’s first ever electric excavator

The construction industry may become a little more pleasant to be around thanks to Volvo Group, which demonstrated a prototype of the world’s first electric excavator at its “Innovation Summit” in London on Tuesday.

Volvo Construction Equipment says the EX2 model – which is still a research project – has zero emissions, is 10 times more efficient and 10 times quieter than a conventional unit, and also has lower lifecycle costs.

The EX2 is powered by two lithium ion batteries with an energy output of 38KWh, enough to carry out a demanding task such as digging compact ground for eight hours. The hydraulic system has also been replaced with electromechanical linear actuators that Volvo says helps to optimise the transmission chain.


Read the whole article by GCR Staff in Global Construction Review.


The School of the New Spirituality

The School of the New Spirituality

The School of the New Spirituality is a non-profit educational organization founded by the author of Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch.

Our intention is (1) to share the messages of CwG with like-minded people, (2) create a global community through which parents can derive support and share experiences, (3) increase our children’s understandings of the CwG Core Messages.

We also seek to create a safe space in which older children (“tweens” and teens) may come together to share ideas, ask each other questions, and form a community — all without fear of bullying, mistreatment or discrimination, or any inappropriate interactions.
 
We are an international organization, with members of our Board of Directors being natives of nations around the world, and with our website being visited and its tools and resources being used by people across the globe.


This information comes from the website of The School of the New Spirituality.


Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza focuses on environmental sustainability

Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza focuses on environmental sustainability

Zaha Hadid Architects recently broke ground on the Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza, a modern mixed-use campus that combines intelligent technologies with environmental sustainability. Designed with the sweeping curvaceous lines and futuristic appearance that the architecture firm is so well known for, the project is one of the final works architect Zaha Hadid worked on before her death early this year. The eight-story complex features a layout inspired by the symbol for infinity “∞” and integrates many green building systems, including rainwater collection and smart energy monitors.

Located in Baiyun New Town of Guangzhou, the 167,000-square-meter Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza will serve as the new headquarters of Infinitus (China) Company Ltd. The campus will comprise a collection of modern facilities that include a new global R&D center, a Chinese herbal medicine research and safety assessment center, as well as a corporate exhibition center and gallery. The buildings are arranged in a series of “infinite rings” wrapping around the central atria and courtyards to emphasize open communication, connection, and collaboration…


Read the rest of the article by Lucy Wang in Inhabitat.


BIEN – Basic Income Earth Network

BIEN – Basic Income Earth Network

A basic income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement.

That is, a basic income has the five following characteristics:

  1. Periodic: it is paid at regular intervals (for example every month), not as a one-off grant.
  2. Cash payment: it is paid in an appropriate medium of exchange, allowing those who receive it to decide what they spend it on. It is not, therefore, paid either in kind (such as food or services) or in vouchers dedicated to a specific use.
  3. Individual: it is paid on an individual basis—and not, for instance, to households.
  4. Universal: it is paid to all, without means test.
  5. Unconditional: it is paid without a requirement to work or to demonstrate willingness-to-work.
    A wide variety of Basic Income proposals are circulating today. They differ along many other dimensions, including in the amounts of the Basic Income, the source of funding, the nature and size of reductions in other transfers that might accompany it, and so on.

Although BIEN has not endorsed any particular proposal, and it is open to people who favor very different proposals, BIEN’s 2016 General Assembly endorsed a very broad description of a proposal in the following resolution:

A majority of members attending BIEN’s General Assembly meeting in Seoul on July 9, 2016, agreed to support Basic Income that is stable in size and frequency and high enough to be, in combination with other social services, part of a policy strategy to eliminate material poverty and enable the social and cultural participation of every individual. We oppose the replacement of social services or entitlements, if that replacement worsens the situation of relatively disadvantaged, vulnerable, or lower-income people…


Frequently Asked Questions about basic income.


This information comes from the website of BIEN.


 

A New Education Model for Humanity

A New Education Model for Humanity

All human beings are born creators. If you don’t believe me, I urge you to recall when you were a child. Didn’t you love to paint and dance and sing? Didn’t you love to indulge in imaginary worlds you conjured up in your head? Children are naturally creative. It’s one of the things that makes us human. The problem is we’ve been cultured out of our creativity as we’ve grown older. The problem is we have been educated.

The education system is due for a major paradigm shift. For too long, it has been stuck in the dark ages. Teachers still stand at the front of the classroom and deliver information, much of it meaningless in the whole scheme of things. Schools encourage competition, conformity, obedience and standardization, while also engaging in the suppression of our natural, creative impulses and critical thinking faculties. Children are moulded and conditioned via the factory model of education to be unquestioning worker bees in a system that does not care for human progress. As a result, our species is stagnating. In order to reach the next stage of our evolution, the education system must undergo a revolution of its own…


Read the rest of the article by Will Stanton in Shift.


From the website of The Six Dimensions:

The Six Dimensions of a New Education Paradigm…

Self-Discovery
The first of these six dimensions focuses on helping children connect with who they are, and aims to nurture each child’s passions and talents so that they may reach their highest potential as creators.

Inquiry
This dimension is about teaching children how to think instead of what to think, how to discern information critically, and how to conduct their own investigations to find the answers they’re looking for.

Sustainability
The Sustainability dimension is about reconnecting with the earth, immersing our children in nature, teaching them real life skills, and showing them how to look after their health and well-being.

Innovation
This fourth dimension is about encouraging students to think outside the box to come up with creative ideas and solutions, defying conventionality, and fostering collaboration instead of competition in the classroom.

Communication
This dimension looks at children’s overall social development, and aims to teach them how to cultivate healthy relationships, and how to manage their emotions in order to minimize conflict both internally and externally.

Empathy
The sixth dimension aims to show children the value of real human connection in their lives, by uniting students through a sense of community, encouraging acts of kindness, and adopting a holistic, planetary philosophy.