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Bottle Lights

This brilliant idea is spreading quickly around the world. Simply fill a plastic bottle with water (add some bleach to prevent clouding), and cut a hole in the roof. And behold: an almost free 50-watt bulb. Obviously, it shines only during the day. This is especially great for the millions of houses that are too […]

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Occupy George

The Occupy movement has spawned an effective, no-cost vehicle to “circulate” an understanding of how wealth is spread. A simple online printer template, a color printer and a few dollar bills, and Occupy sympathizers have effective guerrilla marketing infographic brochures.

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Favela Painting Project

A couple of Dutch artists have been working since 2006 to bring “outrageous works of art to unexpected places.” Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn recently completed their third Brazilian favela project, hiring and training locals as painters in Rio de Janeiro. Find out more at favela painting.  

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A Lottery to Save the Earth

I’ve never bought a lottery ticket, but I might now. But here’s a lottery that could help us save the planet: Read Helene Gallis’ piece for Worldwatch about a successful Bangalore, India, project where each kilometer passengers travel on the city bus ups their chances of winning a prize. It’s a great incentive for decreasing […]

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Tear Down the Hospital Walls

How does a hospital system vastly extend its reach into underserved communities? Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare (MLH) in Memphis says it’s through trained volunteers. In an innovative program, developed by my long-time friend Gary Gunderson, MLH partnered with almost 400 local congregations that identify key volunteers who (after intensive training) help the patients through their stay […]

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