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"This is the future. Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years," says creator Roel Vertegaal, the director of Queen's University Human Media Lab. "This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen."
Charles BestThis year DonorsChoose.Org made our list of The Most Innovative Companies. We speak to CEO Charles Best on how he applies a "best of breed e-commerce" approach to transforming public education. Anya Kamenetz: It's been quite a year for DonorsChoose.org! Tell us about it.
Welcome to the official tourism site of the Islands of the Bahamas where you will find all the information you will need to book a vacation to any of these islands. We are your travel guide offering great deals on all inclusive resorts, hotels and other vacation packages and activities.
Near and above treeline, MODERATE avalanche danger exists on all aspects with pockets of CONSIDERABLE danger on NW-N-NE-E-SE aspects on slopes steeper than 35 degrees. Below treeline, MODERATE danger exists on NW-N-NE-E-SE aspects with pockets of MODERATE danger on S-SW-W aspects on slopes steeper than 35 degrees.
Welcome to Ski Lake Tahoe. Not a lake, the lake with 7 world-class ski resorts. Not majestic mountains, mountains with jaw-dropping cliffs, serene glades and spectacular views of the lake. Not snow, 400 inches of snow a year that pile up into epic powder, tight corduroy groomers, raucous terrain parks and endless moguls.
Magic Dragon Multimedia was founded in 1995 as a subsidiary of Emerald City Publishing, a diverse high-tech publishing parent company dating to 1979 in Seattle and affiliated with the science/engineering consulting company Computer Futures, Inc..
Three of the officers of Magic Dragon Multimedia were on the Board of Directors of a major Hollywood CD-ROM publisher in 1994 and 1995, but saw that the World Wide Web would be a more important multimedia channel than CD-ROMs -- so Magic Dragon Multimedia began 1 January 1995 under the leadership of Jonathan Vos Post and Dr.Christine Carmichael.
They went on-line at the end of February 1996 with a domain that grew to include over 600 web pages, for small businesses, non-profit organizations, and extensive content in certain selected areas popular with netizens. The internet is really a way of connecting people -- so Magic Dragon Multimedia has information about, and/or links to, over 11,000 people worldwide who have something important or entertaining to tell you.
Yes, we can go over these things. As soon as we get some other foundational stuff in place, we can build out more explanation materials. In the meantime, the idea was that these buttons are somewhat Self explanatory, if you click them. If they were not there, those features would be harder to reach. BTW, we're working with a group in the UK now.
Information on Intentional Communities including ecovillages, communes, and cohousing. Communities Directory, Communities Magazine, classified ads, event claendar, wiki, blogs, video and more.
Fellowship for Intentional Community
Promoting Community Living and Cooperative Lifestyles Across North America
The Fellowship for Intentional Community nurtures connections and cooperation among communitarians and their friends. We provide publications, referrals, support services, and sharing opportunities for a wide range of intentional communities, cohousing groups, ecovillages, community networks, support organizations, and people seeking a home in community.
Intentional Communities have for many centuries been places where idealists have come together to create a better world. Although there are thousands of intentional communities in existence today, and many others in the formative stages, most people are unaware of them or the roots from which they spring. The Fellowship is increasing public awareness of existing and newly forming communities. We offer information and referrals for those who are actively seeking, or simply curious about, alternate lifestyles for themselves and their families.
Communities come in all shapes and sizes, and share many similar challenges -- such as defining membership, succeeding financially, distributing resources, making decisions, raising children, dividing work equitably, and choosing a standard of living. Many wrestle with questions about right livelihood, spiritual expression, land use, and the role of service in our lives. At the same time, there is limited awareness of what others are doing to meet these challenges -- and much to gain through sharing information and experiences with others exploring similar paths. The Fellowship documents the visions and experiences of life in community, and actively promotes dialogue and cooperation among communities.
Intentional communities are often aware of themselves as different from mainstream culture, and many choose to highlight these differences. Yet, virtually all communities share a common root value of cooperation. The Fellowship facilitates the extension of cooperation beyond membership boundaries and common values, understanding that differences can be a cause for celebration, and an occasion for enrichment and growth. The Fellowship is helping draw the circles of cooperation ever larger, and assisting with the personal stretching that this requires In that spirit, FIC membership is open to everyone.
mandala magnetFor centuries, mandalas have graced the world as a spiritual art form--a type of language without words--like art. Meaning "circle" in Sanskrit, mandalas are designed in sand, clay or on rocks and scrolls as requests for well-being and support. Mandalas have intricate meanings to many ancient spiritual cultures of the Asian East.
MandalaMagnets merge original, hand-drawn line-art from veteran designer and artist, Wil Stegenga, with the power of magnets and color to energize the intention of the art, to empower the viewer, and add dimension for the greatest benefits.
Built in the 16th century and reconstructed at the end of the 17th century, the Château de Saulon, near the vineyards in Burgundy to the south of Dijon, has had the art and talent of receiving guests for a long time. Today, it is a harmonious site that combines work and leisure, holidays and relaxation. Based on the authentic art of living and noble traditions of Burgundy, the Château de Saulon offers an enchanting setting and a standard of comfort in keeping with the times …
• A 3-star hotel, member of Relais & Châteaux and Hôtels de France
• A 17th century Château with 30 rooms, 8 of them in the pavilion
• Gastronomic restaurant inspired by the culinary tradition of Burgundy
• Meals on the terrace in warm weather
• Private garden and park (27 hectares), private fishing pond
• Outdoor heated pool and tennis
• Rental of mountain bikes on the spot
• 18-hole golf course 15 kms away
• Internet access
• Private parking
• Pets allowed
Santa Cruz Waves specializes in surf specific training and coaching, photography, and videography. Our team of photographers will capture your surfing experience at a variety of different locations from beginner breaks to advanced. Our training and coaching is specifically designed to take your surfing to the next level and our video page allows you to show off your surfing or film making skills. Take a look around and enjoy!
No one can read the future in tea leaves, but at Revolution, we know that you can see where markets are headed by paying attention to which companies are fulfilling unmet consumer demand. Market sectors, after all, are made up of individuals expressing their desires through their purchases.
The most successful companies are those that understand what is missing from the market and then deliver a consistently excellent product. Revolution believes in the visionaries who launch and lead these companies – and we give them tools to enhance and accelerate their success.
For example, Revolution recently launched Revolution Health Group, a leading consumer-centric health company founded to transform how people improve their health by putting consumers at the center of the health system, with better choices, more convenience and more control. The cornerstone of Revolution Health is RevolutionHealth.com, a free, comprehensive health and medical information site, specifically designed with the Family's Chief Medical Officer - women and other caregivers - in mind.
For 12 years Motion Pacific has been committed to dance education and performance. Motion Pacific seeks to strengthen community across dance genres, bringing traditional, street, folk and contemporary dance to the theatre and streets. Encouraging the growth and artistic expression of dancers and choreographers, Motion Pacific, provides a strong center of discipline and community for dancers of all ages and levels.
Funded in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz and our generous sponsors, The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz and Motion Pacific Studio and Company.
Founded in 2008, Santa Cruz Dance/Santa Cruz Dance.com, is a community-based organization. With a focus on arts advocacy Santa Cruz Dance.com assists and supports the Santa Cruz dance community by striving to create resources, peer support and a forum for conversation. Working to advocate for dance in Santa Cruz and beyond, we assist in the creation and production of original dance.
Santa Cruz Dance/Santa Cruz Dance.com:
* Operates as a networking tool for artists in the Santa Cruz area; Bringing, resources to artists; such as marketing & advertising
* Promotes cultural and artistic diversity and innovation
* Strives to bring a variety of artists and organizations together that create engaging partnerships and civic collaborations, ensuring that we continue to identify and leverage resources for our members and our community
* Our presenting and co-presenting programs increase visibility for dance artists that engage a diverse community in an effort to bring new audiences to dance
* Seeks to support diversity by crossing into new areas of cultural expression through leading-edge collaborative performance.
At the cornerstone of Santa Cruz Dance.com, National Dance Week Santa Cruz is a pillar for outreach in encouraging the growth and development of Dance by raising the public consciousness to the values, importance and contributions of Dance to our daily lives and culture.
National Dance Week Santa Cruz is well on its way to becoming an annual centerpiece of the local dance repertoire, showcasing all forms of dance throughout the county and encouraging participation in and appreciation of dance, through accessible performances, public exhibitions and free classes. Partnering with several dance studios and instructors, plus the literal hundreds of performers, National Dance Week Santa Cruz is a one of a kind community experience.
This signature event is instrumental in furthering the vision of promoting and enhancing the dance community while creating specific opportunities for dance companies and instructors to expand their individual audiences.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.
Here's how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class.
Then, you can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, we deliver the materials to the school.
You'll get photos of your project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If you give over $100, you'll also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.
At DonorsChoose.org, you can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions. We call it citizen philanthropy.
The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well being and the health of our planet's ecosystems. We aim to deeply influence the ascendance of a new generation of design-science pioneers who are leading the creation of an abundant and restorative world economy that benefits all humanity.
Our programs combine unique insight into global trends and local needs with a comprehensive approach to design. We encourage participants to conceive and apply transformative strategies based on a crucial synthesis of whole systems thinking, Nature's fundamental principles, and an ethically driven worldview.
By facilitating convergence across the disciplines of art, science, design and technology, our work extends the profoundly relevant legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller. In this way, we strive to catalyze the collective intelligence required to fully address the unprecedented challenges before us.
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year's TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.
The annual conferences in Long Beach and Oxford bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).
On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 500 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks feature closed captions in English, and many feature subtitles in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.
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Our mission: Spreading ideas.
We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. This site, launched April 2007, is an ever-evolving work in progress, and you're an important part of it. Have an idea? We want to hear from you.
The TED Conference, held annually in Long Beach, is still the heart of TED. More than a thousand people now attend -- indeed, the event sells out a year in advance -- and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy. There are no breakout groups. Everyone shares the same experience. It shouldn't work, but it does. It works because all of knowledge is connected. Every so often it makes sense to emerge from the trenches we dig for a living, and ascend to a 30,000-foot view, where we see, to our astonishment, an intricately interconnected whole.
TEDGlobal is TED's twin conference. It was held in Oxford, UK, in 2005, and then in Arusha, Tanzania, in 2007. TEDGlobal is now held annually in Oxford, starting July 2009. The themes of the global conference are slightly more international in nature, but the full TED format is maintained.
TEDActive features a live simulcast of the Long Beach conference, in fabulous Palm Springs, with an emphasis on connection, conversation and creation.
TEDIndia was held in November 2009 in Mysore, India, celebrating and exploring the beckoning future of South Asia.
The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED Community's exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of "One Wish to Change the World." After several months of preparation, they unveil their wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.
TEDTalks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at TED with the world. Under the moniker "ideas worth spreading," talks were released online. They rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions. Indeed, the reaction was so enthusiastic that the entire TED website has been reengineered around TEDTalks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world's most inspiring voices.
The TED Open Translation Project brings TEDTalks beyond the English-speaking world by offering subtitles, interactive transcripts and the ability for any talk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. We launched the project with more than 250 translations, 50 languages and 100 volunteer translators. It's an ambitious project (generously supported by our sponsor Nokia) that radically enhances the accessibility of the talks -- for the hearing-impaired, for whose who speak English as a second language, for search engines (which can now index the full transcript of a talk), and of course for the vast audience of non-English speakers worldwide.
Today, TED is therefore best thought of as a global community. It's a community welcoming people from every discipline and culture who have just two things in common: they seek a deeper understanding of the world, and they hope to turn that understanding into a better future for us all.
Kosansh is a Social Network that gives power in hands of patients, doctors and hospitals/clinics to get/offer best international options for various medical conditions
Hospitals, Doctors sign up as members in Kosansh. They then have access to all the tools to publish their services, rates as well as announce news, events, etc to attract foreign patients. Patients can search on rates, accreditation, equipment purchase date, doctor ratings, hospital ratings, etc. which helps them in decision making for their overseas travel for medical needs.
Kosansh earns profits from membership revenue, advertisements as well as providing dedicated staffing to hospitals. It does not charge its patients any membership fees unless patients want to digitally store medical records under the patient vault. Kosansh concept is unique.
Patients can register on Kosansh for free. They create their own personal profile and can choose to remain anonymous on the site while discussing their medical condition in forums or with doctors. Patients can also ask questions in an open forum/communities under "Health Queries" where various doctors across the world, hospital doctors and other patients will provide answers to their queries. Community votes and rates the answers and doctors gain points both on participation as well as from ratings by patients. A very comprehensive algorithm is used to rate doctors and hospitals.
In a nutshell, Kosansh provides a platform for everyone seeking affordable international healthcare. This may or may not involve surgery. Patients can also have a dedicated remote doctor booked with whom they can discuss their family medical situation for second opinions.
Google Street View logs WiFi networks, Mac addresses
Google's roving Street View spycam may blur your face, but it's got your number. The Street View service is under fire in Germany for scanning private WLAN networks, and recording users' unique Mac (Media Access Control) addresses, as the car trundles along.
Germany's Federal Commissioner for Data Protection Peter Schaar says he's "horrified" by the discovery.
"I am appalled… I call upon Google to delete previously unlawfully collected personal data on the wireless network immediately and stop the rides for Street View," according to German broadcaster ARD.
David Byrne (born May 14, 1952) is a Scottish-born musician and artist best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, which was active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his own solo projects on record, and worked in a variety of media, including film, photography, opera, and Internet-based projects. He has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards for his achievements. As a member of Talking Heads, Byrne is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Although a resident of the United States since childhood, Byrne is a British citizen.
Peter Mel, born November 24, 1969 in Santa Cruz, California, is a professional surf boarder. Mel began his surfing life in Capitola, California before moving on to Santa Cruz. His father, John, who started the family business, Freeline Surf Design, the same year Pete was born, John made his boards over the years and gradually brought his son under his shaping wing. In the shadow of Steamer Lane locals Vince Collier, Kevin Reed and especially Richard Schmidt, Mel rose quickly through the line-up ranks with an unprecedented crop of young surfers. He idolized Schmidt for his casual demeanor on land and his bravery in larger surf. Like Schmidt, he would spend many winters in Hawaii, enjoying the less-restrictive conditions and developing his signature style, not to mention a taste for the big stuff.
Throughout the ’90s, Mel found moderate success on the domestic and ASP World Tour Qualifying Series, before finally finding his niche during California’s El Nino winter of 1997-98. At the age of 29, when most pros are hanging up their jerseys and looking hard for careers in the surfing industry, Mel was really just coming into his own.
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Known in Santa Cruz as the “Condor” for his extreme wingspan (A nickname Mel was less than fond of) , Pete was a shoo-in to claim the $50,000 Billabong XXL Big-Wave Challenge, for paddling into the winter’s biggest wave, but this was not to be and pete ended up just short of the honor that year. Mel finished eighth in the 1998 Surfer Magazine Reader’s Poll Awards and established himself as California’s premier big-wave rider. Today, Mel continues to shape and help run Freeline Surf Shop, the family business in Santa Cruz. As a shaper, he sees new materials as being the wave of the future. “With shaping,” he admits, “there’s not much more you can do, but the materials are going to get far lighter and stronger.” He has also acknowledges the limitations of paddle-in surfing and jumped directly to the forefront of the tow-in frenzy during the end of the 90's. On October 28, 1999, at Mavericks, he was towed into the biggest wave ever ridden on the West Coast. He still chases surf around the world, but chooses to spend most of his time focusing on his family and riding Mavericks, just an hour up the road. Mel lives on the East Side of Santa Cruz in the Pleasure Point area and is currently married with two children.
When The Little Stevies released their debut EP ‘Grow Up’ in 2006, it wasn’t without a sense of irony. Their first national release marked their 22nd year as an artistic unit – even if the first three of these were spent in diapers.
Founding members, sisters Sibylla and Bethany and their life-long friend Robin, did indeed grow up together, the offspring of two musical families whose members once formed part of an ARIA-winning pop band in the 1970s. It’s their long history of collaboration coupled with their relatively young age that makes their sound unique: exquisite three-part harmonies that soar above terrific pop melodies and catchy guitar hooks. Since 2008, their sound’s been expanded and matured by the band’s newest member, multi-instrumentalist Josh Barber on drums and percussion.
Over the last four years The Little Stevies have built up a reputation across Australia as an exceptional live act and attracted an army of loyal fans won over by their honest charm, witty banter and, not least of all, unique song-writing. Their lyrics are a mixture of the personal and the profound, each song a story that audiences are always keen to hear retold.
In 2009 The Little Stevies released their debut album Love Your Band. On the back of this widely praised work, the band have gone from strength to strength, wowing festival audiences, selling out major venues and, more recently, being invited to showcase at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee in February 2010. The music video for 'Sunshower', the first single from Love Your Band, has been nominated for an Inside Film Award, and the band recently released a short film to accompany their latest single 'Dink You', featuring the band circumnavigating the globe by bike.