Stories about Ideas from July, 2013
Abre Latam, an Open Conference for an Open Region
Reviews and photos from Abre Latam, an event about open data and transparency in Latin American governments which took place in Montevideo, Uruguay.
A Sustainable Ecovillage in Sidi Amor, Tunisia
Nolwein Weiler and Sophie Chapelle reports on the remarkable development of an ecovillage in Sidi Amor, Tunisia [fr]. The project aims to protect the environment while providing a site for economic and social growth for local workers as explained in this video [fr].
INTERVIEW: How TEDx Talks Are Putting São Tomé On the Map
"Connected to the World" was the motto of the first TEDx event in the African island where a local revolution is taking place with the arrival of 3G Internet.
Brazil: ‘Real Men Don't Beat Women’
If you deepen into the figures of domestic violence against women in Brazil, you will find that one in five women are victims.
Delestron, the Supervillain that Embodies Blackouts in Côte d'Ivoire
Ivorian citizens have created a cartoon character named Délestron (délestage means blackouts in french). Delestron has also its own facebook page which has gather more than 5,000 fans since its creation in March of 2013. Ivorian twitter user Lord225 posted a picture from his account: Hier… delestron a frapper fort....
African Fabric Kimono Belt Supports Mothers in Earthquake Disaster Area
A group of Japanese mothers in Sendai city is producing special kimono belts with fairly-traded African fabrics. Yumi Nakano, who organizes the fundraising [ja] by requesting a donation in exchange for the belts, hopes to encourage more people to enjoy the traditional Japanese kimono and help support the mothers of the...
App Tracks Argentina's Congress Voting Records
An app called “Década votada” (A decade in votes) [es] aims to help citizens understand “Argentina’s National Congress elections and the degree of each candidate’s allegiance to their party at the moment of voting,” as Knight International fellow Mariano Blejman writes in Source. Mariano, who specializes in data-driven journalism, interviewed...
Blockbuster Film ‘Tiny Times’ Reflects China's Generational Conflict
China's older generation critics are blasting the 'materialistic' Tiny Times, a luxury brand-heavy drama about four young women who pursue love and success.
Foreign Words Invade Traditional Japanese
A 71-year-old man is suing Japan's public broadcaster because he is literally lost in translation, in his very own country.
Peru: From Prison, With All Our Heart
Every year, the Foundation Against Cancer of Peru [es] carries out a fundraising campaign called “Ponle corazón” [Put your heart in it] for children with cancer. Affected because in the last three years the collection has been unable to reach its planned goal, the inmates of Miguel Castro Castro penitentiary...
Taking ‘Long Walk of Hope’ Across Sri Lanka for Cancer Patients
A retired army major trekked more than 750 km to raise funds for cancer patients.
Punish the Unmarried in China?
Starting from July 1, 2013 China put into effect a new filial piety law, requiring grown children to visit their parents “frequently”. In reaction to the law, an elderly suggested to punish the unmarried one: My kids shouldn't be treated as a violator of any law if they don’t visit...
Caribbean: Encouraging Innovators?
How innovative is the Caribbean? Using the criteria of The Global Innovation Index, ICT Pulse takes a look.
Peru: The Mysterious Bag
Peruvian blogger Cyrano from Columna 17 [es] shares a curious incident he experienced some days ago, when a salesman knocked on his door and offered him [es] a set of five different-sized tupperware for 10 soles (about four dollars) and a bag of any size from a well-known local supermarket:
Korean Culture to Blame in Asiana Crash?
As more details are coming out about the Asiana Airlines plane crash which claimed two lives and injured 181 passengers, Malcolm Gladwell's bestseller ‘Outliers’ has been widely quoted in articles and online venues. The book points Korea's hierarchical culture as the main contributing factor of the 1997 Korean Airlines Plane Crash at Guam airport. The Marmots Hole...
Crowdsourcing Student Ideas via Facebook
Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Indian State of Gujarat is crowdsourcing opinions from students. He posted on his Facebook page an appeal to students and youngsters from across the Country to share their opinion on what they think went wrong in the Nation that a “Trust Deficit” has been...
Club-Goers Rebel Against Japan's Dance Regulation
Club goers across Japan are rebelling against an antiquated law that requires public venues to acquire a license for dancing or face raids, arrests and closures.
What Should International Development Look Like After 2015?
The United Nations Millennium Development Goals are eight development objectives to be achieved by United Nations member states by 2015. But what happens after 2015?