The Real Good Chair Experiment

Blu Dot Studio put 25 of their chairs on the streets of Manhanttan, and then followed the chairs through a combination of GPS and video surveillance as people picked them up and took them home--which, by the way, the public could follow in real time on Twitter. Then the filmmakers interviewed the chair-collectors.

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Girl on Bike

When people think about pretty girls riding bikes in dresses and heels, young families taking their babies to get groceries by bike, or arriving at the opera on a bike… they do not think of the citizens of Edmonton, Alberta (that would be in Canada, for those who don't know).

It would be accurate to assume that most trips are taken by car in this city, where the precedent up until recently has been to pave more roads, widen and increase lanes, and concentrate on infrastructure that encourages the continued use of motor vehicles.

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What Things Need to be More Shareable?

"One of top things you can do to make your life a bit greener is cut down on stuff," writes Matthew McDermott at Treehugger. "Making it more difficult is that some of the things that are really useful only get used every so often... You can now easily rent cars by the hour, and more cities are establishing bike share programs, but programs to rent smaller items aren't as prominent, nor as convenient."

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Shipping Containers Morph into an Office Building

Jay Cox-Chapman at Stack Design Build in Pawtucket, Rhode Island sent me this awesome time lapse video of 32 shipping containers being upcycled into 12 incubator office/studio spaces in a neighborhood that (he says) needs it. The building will be finished in late spring/early summer 2010.

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How to Share Your Job Search

The most common job search advice you’ll hear these days is to network. I found that a challenge at first, because nearly everyone I knew professionally was in media, and the minute I took the buyout from the newspaper where I’d worked as an editor, feature writer, and book critic, the financial markets blew up and the media and publishing industries went into panic mode, further downsizing already bare-bones staffs.

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Portrait of a Shareable Street in Progress

Market Street is San Francisco's main thoroughfare. In some ways, it's evolved as a classic example of a non-shareable street, one dominated by motorists, which fractures community and hurts our health.

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Sharing Lowers Health Care Costs

"The United States spends more on medical care per person than any country, yet life expectancy is shorter than in most other developed nations and many developing ones. Lack of health insurance is a factor in life span and contributes to an estimated 45,000 deaths a year," writes Michelle Andrews at National Geographic. "Why the high cost? The U.S. has a fee-for-service system—paying medical providers piecemeal for appointments, surgery, and the like.

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The Shareable Job Search

It was a posting like so many others I’d seen on my screen during this past, long year of unemployment. I checked out the job description and nodded at each bullet point. Yes, I had done that. Yeah, I could do that. But there was something about the nature of the job that fit somebody else slightly better: my former colleague and fellow jobseeker, Alice. Suddenly I started to sweat.

The question was: Do I share?

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How to Make Employees Feel Secure During Tough Times

Q: Is it possible to make my employees feel secure within the company—even during hard economic times?

Hypertherm designs and manufactures the world's most advanced plasma cutting systems for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair.

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