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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.
A dozen years after the breakthrough debut of Jagged Little Pill, an album which earned four Grammys, sold 30 million records and spawned a dedicated worldwide fan base, Alanis Morissette remains not only an enduringly popular artist, but one whose success stems from a fierce commitment to authenticity and, to an equal extent, vulnerability. Both of these traits enable her to climb to new ground on her new Maverick/Reprise album, Flavors of Entanglement.
Her current collaborator is British electronica producer Guy Sigsworth (Bjork, Imogen Heap), who co-wrote the music with Morissette and produced the album. Nearly two dozen songs were born from writing sessions in London and Los Angeles and eleven were selected for the final cut of Flavors of Entanglement. While hewing to a familiar process creating songs as snapshots of her life Morissette found cathartic support during a big transition in her life. "I often write in retrospect, but this time all was written in real time," she says. "These songs served as an outlet and marking of this massively growthful time."
Her penchant for eclecticism, whether musical, spiritual or otherwise, brought new sounds and styles into this latest effort, her first original studio album in four years. Eastern percussion and strings blend with electronic hues in the opening track, "Citizen of the Planet," a poetic narrative of her life story and transnational perspective. Morissette's yin/yang view of the microcosmic self being evidenced in the macrocosmic world extends to lead single "Underneath," which reflects the quote: "don't try to carpet the world just wear slippers."
While deconstructing human behavior in the jarring "Versions of Violence," Morissette offers a more personal take on being on the receiving end of crazy-making behavior with songs such as the hard-driving "Straitjacket," the hauntingly beautiful lost-love lament of "Torch," the clear declaration of "Moratorium," the hypnotic ebb and flow of "Tapes," and grateful in the aspirational "In Praise of the Vulnerable Man." Morissette explores the often cyclical nature of learning in tracks such as the pensive, rock bottom-capturing "Not As We," and the ecstatic freedom of "Giggling Again for No Reason," before wrapping with the Phoenix-rising closure of "Incomplete."
"There's not another artistmale or femalewho can take you on the kind of emotional journey that Alanis can," says Sigsworth. "She has this ginormous, super-massive, planet-eating emotional range. She goes all the way-10 on the Richter Scale-and we're at the epicenter with her as she sings whole worlds into existence. She can be raging and hostile, distraught and desolately heartbroken, glowingly nostalgic, sensual, breezy and self-deprecating-all in one album."
Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, and Germany, Alanis Morissette began playing piano at the age of six, started to write songs at the age of nine and discovered a love of words and dance at an early age. At 11 she joined the cast of "You Can't Do That On Television," a popular children's television program. She used some of the money she made on that show to start a record company with a friend and fund an independent single called "Fate Stay With Me." At fourteen, Morissette signed a publishing contract and eventually a record deal with MCA Canada, releasing the album Alanis in 1991, which went platinum and for which she won Canada's Juno Award for Most Promising Female Artist. Her follow-up album, Now Is The Time, was released the following year.
It was 1994, when Morissette came to the U.S. and began working with producer Glen Ballard, that she found her own voice as a singer-songwriter. "I was 19 when I first felt that writing was a channeled experience. That has a lot to do with where I was at then, having met Glen, moving from Canada and moving away from any preconceived notions of how songs 'should' be written. It was the beginning of a new way to approach songwriting altogether," she explains, "I was old enough to be able to write autobiographically and stand by the philosophical subject matter in my songs."
The result of their collaboration was Jagged Little Pill (Maverick Records), an emotionally raw collection of songs that introduced Morissette to the world and broke countless records worldwide. With heavy-rotation singles like "You Oughta Know," "Head Over Feet," "Hand in My Pocket" and "Ironic," it became the best-selling debut album by a female artist in the U.S., and the highest-selling debut album worldwide. Jagged Little Pill won four Grammys in all, including Album of the Year and Best Rock Album, and Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "You Oughta Know." A fifth Grammy for Best Music Video Long-Form was bestowed upon Morissette for her music documentary: Jagged Little Pill Live. Morissette hauled in two more Grammys for Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the string-laden rock ballad "Uninvited", written for the Wim Wenders remake of City of Angels which hit #1 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart.
Her next album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with record-setting first-week sales of nearly 470,000 copies. The Grammy-nominated single "Thank U" also reached #1 on the Adult Top 40 chart and #2 on Top 40 Mainstream. The MTV acoustic forum "Unplugged" yielded Alanis Unplugged in 1999.
Throughout the first half of the new decade, Alanis Morissette continued evidencing that she was an artist with something to say, and she would say it in her own distinct way. In 2002 Under Rug Swept debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, its single "Hands Clean" reaching #3 on the Adult Top 40 chart. Two years later came So-Called Chaos, whose single "Everything" became an Adult Top 40 mainstay and "Eight Easy Steps" became a club hit as a dance mix. Morissette celebrated the ten-year anniversary of her breakthrough album with 2005's Jagged Little Pill Acoustic. In November of that year, The Collection amassed a best-of anthology with 17 tracks that delivered favorites from previous albums as well as a well-received cover of Seal's "Crazy" (an interesting foreshadowing, as it was originally co-written and produced by her future Flavors of Entanglement collaborator Guy Sigsworth).
Achieving success as a recording and performing artist, Morissette has lent her talents to other albums and forums. She's been a guest vocalist on Ringo Starr's cover of "Drift Away" on his album Vertical Man, "Don't Drink the Water" and "Spoon" on the Dave Matthews Band album Before These Crowded Streets and other CDs. She wrote "Still" for the soundtrack of the controversial film Dogma and, after steadfast offerings by director Kevin Smith, agreed to play the role of God.
More recently Morissette appeared in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely and performed the classic "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)," also contributing the song "Wunderkind" to the soundtrack of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song). As well as the aforementioned song entitled "Uninvited", written for City of Angels, she contributed songs for the movies Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II, The Break-Up and The Devil Wears Prada; on screen her other acting work includes roles on HBO's "Sex and the City" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" along with a three-episode arc on FX's "Nip/Tuck." On stage, Morissette starred in The Vagina Monologues and in the off-Broadway play, (in both New York and London) The Exonerated as death row inmate Sunny Jacobs. She recently completed her first lead film role as "Sylvia" in the film adaptation of Philip K Dick's novel Radio Free Albemuth.
She delivered one of the most memorable performances of her career last year with a riotous parody of the Black Eyed Peas' hit "My Humps." Entertainment Weekly lauded the YouTube sensation, which has been viewed more than 13.5 million times to date, as one of the top downloads of '07 and praised Alanis for "revisiting the age-old question, 'What you gonna do with all that ass, all that ass inside them jeans?'"
Among a breadth of charity work, Morissette especially finds time to support environmental causes and organizations, such as Reverb, a non-profit that helps musicians and music fans to achieve environmental sustainability through carbon-neutral initiatives. Morissette was one of the first artists to have her "Feast on Scraps" CD and DVD materials on recycled paper. Initially she paid for this out of her own pocket, but now it's becoming an industry standard. Her passions also include women's issues and artists' rights on behalf of which she has written several articles as well as spoken to congress.
A dozen years after the world was first turned on to Alanis Morissette, a more mature artist remains committed to her creative path and a strong desire to help others on theirs. "I live to HEAL ruptures and bridge the human and the divine aspects of life, and I hope that by sharing my own experiences through speaking, writing and art, I can support people in their personal journeys, wherever they may be at," she explains. "The initial writing is for me, and the sharing of it is my offering to others to make these songs and writings their own. For people to derive comfort, inspiration, validation or self-definition in accordance to what I write or how I live...this is my service."
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.