Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
December 13th, 2014

I ran across this site while doing some other research into technology and was impressed by the very clear and solid goal this group has stated.  Take a look at this particular organization’s website by clicking the logo below.  Let it drive you to recognizing and actualizing a plan to make an impact in whatever area of the world calls to you most…it could be your neighborhood, your campus, your state – or a much larger geographical area.  How will you lead the charge to provide for ‘all’??

Energy for all

Energy poverty is one of the most pressing issues of this century. It’s a problem of technology, of infrastructure, of economics, of culture, and of politics – and it impacts over a billion people in the Asia-Pacific region alone.

Our goal is clear: We aim to provide energy access to 100 million people in Asia and the Pacific Region by 2015.



For 12/13

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Philips has just announced their 2014 Innovation Fellows winner. VoiceItt, developer of the voice recognition software TalkItt, is the grand prize winner of the second annual Philips Innovation Fellows competition.

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TalkItt empowers people with motor, speech or language disorders to easily communicate. By recognizing the user’s vocal patterns, the app will translate unintelligible pronunciation from any language into understandable speech via a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Just think of the possibilities – this new program will give a voice to those, who typically, can’t communicate. This is a truly revolutionary product.

Do you have the skills to make this world a better place for those in need of communication tools?

Also, please keep an eye out for the 2015 Philips Innovation Fellows competition as this is an annual event. Do you have an idea for the next big thing in health and well-being? Do you want to help change the world? If so, please share your idea with Philips.

You never know, you may be the 2015 winner!

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December 11th, 2014

One of the biggest challenges facing any entrepreneur is getting funding to turn their vision into actuality.  “Sugar daddies” and/or anonymous deep-pocketed benefactors don’t exactly grow on trees.  So it’s up to the visionary to get motivated and take their heads out of the clouds of big dreaming and think of the mundane, down-to-earth reality that they’re gonna need $$$ to get their project going.

Of course, Social Media has created new ways to reach out to would-be investors.  Names you may already be familiar with are Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  There’s a new site out there which might be the one for you!



aims to help agriculture projects

get off the ground through crowdsourcing


Read the article in Modern Farmer for an interview with one of the principals, founder Eileen Gordon:  Barnraiser Aims to Be ‘Kickstarter’ for Sustainable Food

Maybe putting all your eggs in one basket could catapult you to be the next inventor helping us all achieve a Smarter Planet!

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November 29th, 2014

Cell phones are everywhere.  And pay phones have gone out of fashion.  You’re probably old enough to remember them, but children in grade school today will gaze wide-eyed at you if you mention them.  “Oh, that’s what those weird things are?”, is a likely reply.

Here’s a story about reuse/repurpose that is, to borrow a descriptive verbal phrase from the Brits, simply “brilliant”!  This is taking the old and giving it new life…London’s red phone boxes go green, converted into solar-powered phone chargers…


Charge me up in a solarbox


Solarbox And make sure you spend some time on their website – www.solarbox – these inventors are worth taking notice of!

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November 26th, 2014

While reading through some of the articles on LinkedIn, I came across some of the newest thinking about how to present yourself through a resume.

In a job market where creative confidence, collaboration, and storytelling are valued across sectors, it would make sense for your first impression to be a showcase for those qualities. Rather than standard, it should be exceptional.

Below are some of the winning resumes that caught the CEO at IDEO‘s attention, and subsequently, led to hiring. Granted, IDEO is a global design consultancy company.

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I especially liked the simple video resume that was submitted:  clever video

How creative are you when building your resume so that stands it out from the thousands received?

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