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Farming Cuba — A new model for cities and countries facing threats to food security brought on by the end of cheap oil

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Cuba found itself solely responsible for feeding a nation that had grown dependent on imports and trade subsidies. Citizens began growing their own organic produce anywhere they could find space, on rooftops, balconies, vacant lots, and even school playgrounds. By 1998 there were more than 8,000 urban farms in Havana producing nearly half of the country’s vegetables. What began as a grassroots initiative had, in less than a decade, grown into the largest sustainable agriculture initiative ever undertaken, making Cuba the world leader in urban farming. Learn more in Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up, by Carey Clouse, available now from PAPress.

Farming Cuba: sustainable agriculture for future generations

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halftheskymovement:

Today is Malala Day, a chance to celebrate and advocate for girls’ education. Malala Fund is working to provide access to education for girls in Nigeria, Pakistan, Kenya and Jordan. Show your support by telling everybody what you are #StrongerThan, and learn more at http://www.malala.org/ 

Today is Malala Day, a chance to celebrate and advocate for girls’ education.

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springwise:

Park benches charge phones and offer local area information

Park benches are typically pedestrian affairs, but they can be redesigned to offer greater practicality. We’ve already seen ideas such as the Water Bench, which enables outdoor seating to double as a water reservoir in drought-affected areas. Now Boston-based Soofa is turning urban furniture into solar-powered information centers and charge points for cities’ public spaces. READ MORE…

Park benches offer information and charge phones

breakingnews:

South African author Nadine Gordimer dies

Reuters: Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer of South Africa has died at age 90, at her home in Johannesburg, her family said Monday.

Gordimer won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991. She was known as “one of the literary world’s most powerful voices against apartheid.”

Photo: Nadine Gordimer in February 2005. (via Reuters)

Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer — Rest in Power!

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Hacking for Good! Travel & expenses cover… Read more

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stories-yet-to-be-written:

Steve McCurry: India

Source: http://stevemccurry.com/galleries/india

Stories Untold

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hyperallergic:

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From 2010 to 2012, Mexican artists and brothers Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene set out to ride those nearly 9,000 kilometers of rails in a retro-future exploratory vehicle called the SEFT-1.

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C4 Atlanta’s ED, Jessyca Holland speaking before the commissioners. It gives us great honor to support this initiative and serve on C4’s Board of Directors. #savethearts #Arts #funding #fultoncty #c4atlanta

Today we stand in solidarity with several Arts organizations before the Fulton County Board of Commissioners to advocate for continued arts funding. The budget risked being slashed by HALF!! That’s from $1.5M to $750k…. That’s a major cut we can’t afford for the hundreds of arts orgs and artists who friend on this funding. If you don’t know, we encourage you to get involved and contact your commissioner. Arts can transform, inspire and change a community for Good!! #savethearts #C4Atlanta #FultonCty #commissioners #CityofAtlanta #funding #budgetcuts (at Fulton County Government)

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Inmates are making a surprising array of products for small businesses. You can even find some in your local Whole Foods.

Some years back, a small Colorado goat-cheese maker called Haystack Mountain faced its version of a classic growth challenge: National demand was growing for its chèvres and other cheeses, and the company was struggling to find enough local goat farmers to produce milk. The solution came from a surprising source: Colorado Corrections Industries (CCI). Today six inmates milk 1,000 goats twice a day on a prison-run farm. After non-inmate employees cultivate the cheese at a company facility, it’s sold in Whole Foods WFM -0.36% outlets, among other stores.

Prison labor has gone artisanal. Sure, plenty of inmates still churn out government office furniture and the like, and incarcerated workers have occasionally been used by large companies since the late 1970s. Nationwide 63,032 inmates produce more than $2 billion worth of products a year, most of them sold to government entities.

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Prison labor’s new frontier: Artisanal foods (x)

Sold at your local Whole Foods on the backs of forced labor

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Nationwide 63,032 inmates produce more than $2 billion worth of products a year, most of them sold to government entities.”

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sixpenceee:

An Hourglass Graphic of every human that has ever lived vs. humans that are alive on earth at this moment.

Random factoid but good to know #humans

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" There’s no doubt, the inequality within the country has created a situation where many Americans are being left behind. The question for all of us is, should we accept that, or should we try and do something about it? "

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Starbucks CEO Howard D. Schultz

Starbucks is offering all 135,000 of its U.S. employees a free online college education

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Quote of the day… #starbucks

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"Yeah I was angry. And by the time I entered adolescents I was furious. God knew I needed Points of Light…" -Tyler Perry receiving the Daily Point of Light Award at @NCVS (@PointsofLight) | #pol14ticker #ServiceUnites #SURREF #socialchange #changeagents #sustainability #socialjustice @TylerPerry #philanthrophy #youth

#NCVS opening plenary session included @ChelseaClinton moderating Social Change 2.0 conversation with Mayor Dayne Walling, Kweku Mandela (Partner & CEO, Out of Africa Entertainment) and Bethany Wright of Georgia Teaching Fellows. | #NCVS #socialchangeagents #socialchange #leadership #millennials #service #volunteering #pointsoflight #surref #sustainability

Triple iconic moment at the Points of Light ‘SERVICE UNITES’ Conference on Volunteering and Service.

Shoutout to team SURREF for being our modern day freedom fighters! #POL14