Better communication

https://www.inc.com/andrew-thomas/one-conversation-killer-thats-easy-to-fix.html One of the biggest realizations I’ve had in my career is also one of the purest: the simple fact that people are drawn to likable people. It’s human nature. People want to do business with people they like. Yet when you look around, you’ll notice that many people don’t make it a priority to learn the habits of likable people. They …

Tesla tiny house/studio tows behind one of their cars

Electricity from sunlight makes economic sense in Australia, in part because the cost of electricity in that sun-splashed country is sky high. Tesla’s overall plan is to include displays for its rooftop solar products in its stores. The problem is, at the present time, it has an official sales presence only in Sydney and Melbourne. How to get the message …

Costa Rica enacts a single-use plastics ban that is a model for others

By Carolyn Fortuna on Clean Technica, 17 Aug 2017 Soon plastic waste will no longer clog up Costa Rica’s landfills, as that country has announced it will embark on a single-use plastics ban by 2021. Costa Rica wants to become the world’s first country to achieve a comprehensive national strategy to eliminate single-use plastics. A global environmental leader, Costa Rica has already …

Data analytics and AI progress in China, plans to dominate the market by 2030

Bloomberg, 14 Aug 2017 Xu Li’s software scans more faces than maybe any on earth. He has the Chinese police to thank. Xu runs SenseTime Group Ltd., which makes artificial intelligence software that recognizes objects and faces, and counts China’s biggest smartphone brands as customers. In July, SenseTime raised $410 million, a sum it said was the largest single round for …

New strategies for transportation: Data as a Service, Mobility/Transportation as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service

New digital technology offers new opportunities for smart and emission-free mobility that saves energy, emissions, space, time and money. Creating more efficient flow of people and goods emission-free in city and what business models and policy tools we need for large-scale deployment of intelligent mobility? The DOT must position itself as a platform for mobility innovation that supports greater mode options …

HOV lanes can make a big difference in many places (DC, NY, NJ, Hawaii) and less in others, depending on incomes and education, gas prices, etc.

Roxana J. Javid (corresponding author) Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA, roxana.javid@ttu.edu The Environmental Impacts of Carpooling in the United States Policies to reduce GHG emissions from road transportation encompass a wide range of strategies (1–3). Common examples of the policies include high efficiency vehicles (4), travel demand management (flexible hours, teleworking) (3), …

Highlights from The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, by Kevin Kelly

References below to The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly are from the Kindle edition At the center of every significant change in our lives today is a technology of some sort. Technology is humanity’s accelerant. Because of technology everything we make is always in the process of becoming.110 Constant flux means more than …

What is Distributism (Distributionism or Distributivism)?

Distributism (also known as distributionism[1] or distributivism[2]) is an economic ideology that developed in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century based upon the principles of Catholic social teaching, especially the teachings of Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Rerum Novarum and Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno.[3] According to distributists, property ownership is a fundamental right[4] and the means of production should be spread as widely as possible rather than being centralized under the control of the …

Steps toward healing colonialism

In his book, In the Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the notable Pawnee attorney, Walter Echo-Hawk, explains how all Americans—Natives and non-Natives—are injured by our history of injustice and its legacy. For healing to free us from these wounds, we all need to participate …