Monthly Archives: April 2011

Green neighbourhoods: The Grand Large District

The Grand Large District in Dunkirk is a a sustainable model of urban development which central goal is to assimilate the city back into the seaside docks, creating a variety of buildings and public spaces. The development was designed by Agence Nicolas Michelin & Associés (A/NM/A) headed by Nicholas Michelin and attempts to refocus attention to the town’s docks.

Easter around the world

Easter is the central feast in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus, which Christians believe happened three days after he was buried, having been crucified by Roman authorities just outside of Jerusalem.

Easter takes place at the same time as Jewish Passover and, as such, is not a fixed date on the calendar but instead moves around. Traditionally the Easter Season lasted for the forty days from Easter Day until Ascension Day. The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week or the Octave of Easter. The week from Palm Sunday to Easter is known as Holy Week. Easter also marks the end of Lent, a season of fasting, prayer, and penance.

Computer literacy: One laptop per child

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is a project organised by the One Laptop per Child Association, a U.S. non-profit organization funded by member organizations such as eBay, Google and Red Hat. Its original mission was to develop a low-cost laptop that could change completely the way we understand children’s education.

What is mine is yours: collaborative consumption

Although collaborative consumption as practice is far from being a new concept, it was only in 2007 when Ray Algar used that term to define this common practice among both eastern and western societies, each with their different ways of implementation. After Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers published their book “What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption” the movement has gained an international audience.

Collaborative Consumption movement describes the rapid explosion in traditional sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping reinvented through network technologies on a scale and in ways that have never been possible before. If you think about libraries, laundries or car-rental services you will easily realise that we are not talking about something created from scratch, since these sort of practices have always existed since the man is man. However, this type of interaction has experienced exponential growth thanks to new technologies such us the Internet and especially Social Media. Watch this explicative video to understand how it works.

Isn’t the YCI programme a truly “Wake Up” initiative?

Youth Career Initiative (YCI) combines the efforts of international bodies such as Unicef and the World Tourism Organisation with the work of major hotel chains such as Hyatt, Marriot, Starwood, Intercontinental, Four Seasons and NH Hoteles, and various NGOs and charities that work to alleviate inequalities, reduce poverty and generate work.