I have come to value re:Work with Google as a solid source for new ways of thinking about “the future of work, people analytics, and how we can all make work better.” Check out this speaker’s video, The power of gender parity, (James Manyika, McKinsey & Company), from re:Work’s latest annual event.
If, as many believe, business is all about money, then the additional trillions of dollars projected for an improvement in the McKinsey Gender Parity Index data should cinch the business case for change.
I nearly missed this. You know how it is. In today’s stimulus-saturated world, I set limits for my daily news scans and then unplug each weekend for 24 hours. So as I approached the unplug deadline after an early morning hour of visual overload (and depressing news), another video didn’t really appeal. But it was from a trusted source in my Google+ circles (thank you, Johnathan Chung) so with my left hand on the ‘power down’ button, my right hand clicked play. Wow!
A Big Idea
“The idea does sound crazy, even for Google—so much so that the company has dubbed it Project Loon. But if all works according to the company’s grand vision, hundreds, even thousands, of high-pressure balloons circling the earth could provide Internet to a significant chunk of the world’s 5 billion unconnected souls, enriching their lives with vital news, precious educational materials, lifesaving health information, and images of grumpy cats.”
In an exclusive, Wired magazine goes on to add fascinating details, animations and clips as it tells the story of the initial tests in New Zealand. Just as I was beginning to focus too much on the prevalence of grumpy cats, a breathtaking reminder arrives of the global promise of Internet access.
Next Up: Digital Literacy?
While Google, and hopefully others, work on bringing balloon Internet access to remote areas, digital literacy is looming as a pressing, parallel need. From a local story on Middle-schoolers share technology with seniors, to the national news on the state of broadband access in the U.S., come recent reminders of how many people have been left out.
In case you missed it, the Google Project Loon announcement video on YouTube is embedded below.
Love the look of these new bikesharing stations in Copenhagen’s biker paradise. Couldn’t agree more with Transport magazine’s assessment: “This system design is just plain cool: each bike will be equipped with Wi-Fi and GPS, made interactive with a monitor betwixt the handlebars, providing seamless navigation.”
Love this example from the Green Lane Project of Safe City Biking from Sustainablog. Next will be convincing the powers that be in Burlington, Vermont that we need this….
I’m just a sucker for a big, bold idea — especially when it combines two priorities, cycling and reducing carbon emissions. So Sam Martin, if London doesn’t jump on this fast enough to suit you, please know there are folks in the USA eager to help you turn this concept into reality.
Aha! Just what every biker dreams of — a way to put every tiny bit of the energy you’re producing into good use. Given the predictions that in future years we’re due for widespread power outages from the combined effects of an aging infrastructure and climate change, a daily bike ride may become the best way to recharge our gizmos.