Blog: Beth Buczynski
In late October 2012, a worker training center opened its doors in the Rockaway Park area of Queens, New York. It was called YANA, or "You are never alone." The center, a collaborative effort of several community-centered organizations, wanted to bring jobs, education and environmentally-sustainable practices to a region already hurting from economic marginalization. Then, things got complicated.
A community of female "geeks" in Kenya are using the power of community and collaboration to jump start their country's tech industry. Africa might be the last place most people think of when imagining future technological innovation, but as these women demonstrate, a collective of creative minds sharing knowledge can exist anywhere and be a powerful force for change.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso
While not as essential as food and shelter, art fulfills an important purpose in our lives. Art, especially the visual kind, is a manifestation of emotion, beauty, and the creative dreams that linger inside each of us, just waiting to be let out.
Since its birth almost eight years ago, the coworking movement has reinvented a completely new style of work focused around community, collaboration, and most of all, personal joy.
When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, we knew it was going to be bad. Few anticipated the full extent of the damage that Sandy's fury would create for almost a dozen mid-Atlantic states.
More than 12,000 flights were canceled due to the hurricane and the three main airports which serve New York City were shut down for two days. Subway tunnels flooded and public transportation also ground to a halt. Homes, apartments, businesses, and vehicles were destroyed, either by the 13-foot storm surges or tree limbs and other debris torn loose by the violent winds.
Hurricane Sandy arrived right on schedule last week, flooding entire cities, destroying homes, and leaving millions without power. Natural disasters, even the ones we know are coming, often leave communities feeling isolated, and sometimes abandoned.
A new study out of the University of Michigan found that allowing people inside your bubble can actually help you be more productive and creative--a paradox that those participating in the sharing economy have embraced for years.
The enormous popularity of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo is a visible example of how a democratic investment industry can fast-track innovation.
Today is World Food Day, part of a global movement to create awareness around hunger and malnutrition.
According to a report [PDF] recently released by the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of U.S. food goes uneaten, the equivalent of $165 billion wasted each year. The report estimates that if food waste was reduced by 15% it would be enough to feed 15 million Americans yearly.
Over and over we've seen Millenials demonstrate that they're not obsessed with acquiring things like previous generations. Instead of rushing to "keep up with the Jones'" Generation Y use their smart phones to access services and connect with communities that cost less (or are free!), and overdeliver on satisfaction.