That’s what you thought Kiva did already? Not quite. But the new Kiva Zip lets you lend directly to a real person, with a higher chance it won’t get paid back. It’s a vast experiment in online trust and it could change the face of microfinance.
In England, new statistics show that its citizens have been using less and less of nearly every material good--even before the recession started. Are we starting to see a world where growth and consumption aren’t always inexorably linked?
It’s a big city on a small island. It’s growing fast despite having limited resources, providing a model for other cities to follow once limited resources become the norm around the world.
Our agriculture system requires a lot of pesticides. The problem is, it also requires a lot of bees. And new information finds that--big surprise!--all those pesticides are at least partially to blame for the fact that bees are dying.
Ancient doctors (and, disturbingly, modern ones) used maggots to clean infected wounds. Now scientists want to use the maggots’ anti-bacterial abilities to make all sorts of cleaning products.
Is it unfair to say that women bring different skills to business than men? Jean Brittingham says it’s not, and that women’s way of approaching problems and collaboration are what we need to re-orient business for the future.
These robot orbs are being readied to roll out by the hundreds to take measurements about the life and environment of hard to reach ocean depths.