Sustainability

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.

Hammarby Sjöstad, a sustainable model of urban development

Hammarby Sjöstad is a new district where environmental regulations have been imposed on buildings, technical installations and the traffic environment, among other areas. This might be one of the reasons why in 2010 Stockholm became the very first city to be designated European Green Capital by the EU Commission.
Three important bodies (Stockholm Water Company, Fortum, and Stockholm Waste Management Administration) have designed a new recycling model that integrates various technical supply systems to support one of the greenest neighbourhoods worldwide.