Bankrolled by Hsieh, The Downtown Project plans to invest $350 million in up to 200 small businesses, dozens of tech start-ups, and a diverse mix of other public resources and amenities. The ultimate goal: To create the sort of dense, walkable, mixed-used Shangri-La championed by the urban theorist Jane Jacobs in her 1961 classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities.Â
Put another way, Hsieh would like to make downtown Las Vegas a more compelling social network, a feature-rich platform that encourages frequent chance encounters, fruitful knowledge exchange, and over the long term, greater innovation and productivity. Where abandoned liquor stores now fester, yoga studios shall one day bloom. : Continue reading :
What would you recommend giving as rewards?
There are two kinds of campaigns. The first is one that is aiming to produce something that may be useful to potential contributors â€“ such as Charlie Jones’ Permaculture Ukulele Musical Project.
These kinds of campaigns are aiming to raise funds from the actual consumers of their products, and I would highly recommend that they give that product as a reward, at or below the retail value. It is these types of campaigns that sometimes achieve hundreds of contributions, and potentially go way over their stated goal!
The second kind of campaign is one that provides or benefits the community, or the person posting the campaign, such as raising money for tuition. The primary motivation for people giving to these campaigns is not to for a reward, but to help make the campaign successful.Â For these, it makes more sense to give something of symbolic value, as a way of thanking a person for their contribution. (Source)
Skeptics who aren’t convinced about the accelerators coming out of Africa, should read about the interest from angels, incubation and the increasingly amount of women who are working in math and science on the continent.
What these guys are doing is amazing, check out Open Source Ecology for your building needs…
A couple hours drive on a dusty road outside of the southern town of Masaka, Uganda, youâ€™ll find Musubiro Village. Miles from the closest electricity grid, there is little hope of government power coming this way anytime soon.
In Musubiro, like so many other villages across Africa, the main source of light is kerosene- which is not only expensive, but has a myriad of negative health side affects, and the risk that always comes when you mix open flames and straw thatched roof dwellings. Typically, the dayâ€™s chores are done, childrenâ€™s studying is over, and small shops are closed when the sun goes down at 7:30 p.m.
Barefoot Power, a for-profit social enterprise operating across East Africa, has built a network of â€œSolar Entrepreneursâ€ who are responsible for bringing solar lighting to towns and villages like Musubiro all across Uganda. Their products, ranging from the extremely popular â€œFirefly Mobileâ€, a small 1.5 watt panel with 12 small LED lights and a phone charger, or their full â€œVillage Kitsâ€ that can provide lighting to an entire house, are making solar power affordable and accessible to those at the base of the economic pyramid. The small solar panels are portable and once charged, act like a battery.
Barefoot Power currently has 160 Solar Entrepreneurs operating all over Uganda, and an extensive distribution network which makes its products available to customers across Kenya, Tanzania, India, and several other parts of the world. (Source)
Check out the behind scenes video, by Denver, Colorado based artist, DJ CAVEM and his related music video:
Apart from youth outreach and his music, he teaches “Blue & Yellow Logic & Environmental Sustainability”:
The goal of Blue & YellowÂ Logic is to teach urban communities how to support themselves and the environment with this sustainability project. No back yard plots here.Â The gardens cover city blocks and provide enough food to feedÂ several families throughout the year.Â Here Cavem supervises a soil delivery to agarden managed by the Eastside Growerâ€™sÂ collective.Â The project is gaining local and national attention.Â Recently, Blue & Yellow Logic has made arrangements to develop gardens at the home ofÂ Colorado Senatorâ€™s Michael Johnston andÂ The Seanse-Elyri Â Aquaphonic Grown HouseÂ Project Â in order to provide free organic food to the community.