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A new way to think about solving the world’s biggest problems

July 12th, 2018 at 8:47 am » Comments Off

How to build global cooperation. It’s SIMPOL! A while back I received a book in the mail titled “The SIMPOL Solution: A New Way to Think About Solving the World’s Biggest Problems” by John Bunzl and Nick Duffell, who were unknown to me. I get sent a lot of books with grandiose titles and don’t […]



The web had failed to serve humanity: Tim Berners-Lee was crushed when Russia used Facebook to meddle in U.S. elections

July 6th, 2018 at 8:54 am » Comments Off

World wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he was “devastated” by recent abuses of the web, in an interview with Vanity Fair. He is working on a new platform, named Solid, to re-decentralise the internet and take power away from monopolies like Google and Facebook. He still has hope that the internet can become […]



Toronto pay-what-you-can store aims to tackle landfills and hunger

June 30th, 2018 at 9:13 am » Comments Off

Initiative aims to reduce dumping of ‘waste’ and sell it at prices set by buyers. In a bright, airy Toronto market, the shelves are laden with everything from organic produce to pre-made meals and pet food. What shoppers won’t find, however, is price tags. In what is believed to be a North American first, everything […]



Amazon is recruiting people to start delivery businesses. Here’s why I think some people could get rich

June 29th, 2018 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

There’s risk in any business. But if you asked me to invest in a business with these built-in advantages, I’d certainly listen. I know a lot of people who have made a ton of money on Amazon. Now, Amazon says it wants to recruit entrepreneurs to build a national network of small, independent delivery companies–driving […]



How data scientists are using AI for suicide prevention

June 14th, 2018 at 8:51 am » Comments Off

The Crisis Text Line uses machine learning to figure out who’s at risk and when to intervene. When horrible news — like the deaths by suicide of chef, author, and TV star Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade, or the 2015 Paris attacks — breaks, crisis counseling services often get deluged with calls from […]



How the world’s first loneliness minister will tackle the sad reality of modern life

April 30th, 2018 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

A woman holds the report of the Jo Cox Commission on December 15, 2017 in Batley, England. The report has highlighted that the UK should appoint a “minister for loneliness.” Tracey Crouch knows what it’s like to feel frighteningly alone. After giving birth to her first child, Freddie, in 2016, the British lawmaker says that […]



Life… UNLIMITED: Beating ageing is set to become the biggest business in the world, say tycoons

March 28th, 2018 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

Silicon Valley billionaires are investing in slowing the ageing process They include PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos Investor Jim Mellon is leading the anti-ageing race on this side of the Atlantic



XPRIZE Founder Peter Diamandis: ‘We’re Living at a Time When Individual Entrepreneurs Are More Powerful Than Governments’

March 14th, 2018 at 10:26 am » Comments Off

Peter Diamandis is the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which designs and operates large-scale incentive competitions to, in essence, change the world. In the words of its own criteria, an Xprize must be bold, audacious, and achievable. It must target market failure, drive investment, and give birth to a new industry. And, […]



These cheap paper water filters remove lead, arsenic, and bacteria

March 7th, 2018 at 11:53 am » Comments Off

Just pour water through the Mesopaper and it does the rest. On a visit to Bangladesh in 2011–where an estimated 20 million people are exposed to arsenic in local drinking water–scientist Liangjie Dong worked with a team to teach residents how to use a filtration system he designed that could make the water safe. The […]



8 incredible innovations helping homeless people around the world

February 18th, 2018 at 8:22 am » Comments Off

Homelessness is widespread and hard to solve, affecting more than 560,000 people in the U.S. and hundreds of millions around the world.



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