With the hazards of Ebola and anti-government protests and genocide being front and center in the news, we sometimes overlook the many organizations quietly operating in the background to bring assistance to those in strife or peril. I ran across this entity quite by accident as part of my work for university programming. Maybe your studies will bring you to become part of their efforts? Click on the logo below to learn more…
TIDES stands for Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support. This research project is coordinated at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) at the National Defense University (NDU), which is part of the Department of Defense.
STAR-TIDES (Sharing To Accelerate Research-Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support) is a research effort that promotes sustainable support to stressed populations – post-war, post-disaster, or impoverished, in foreign or domestic contexts, for short-term or long-term (multi-year) operations. The project provides reach-back “knowledge on demand” to decision-makers and those working in the field. It uses public-private partnerships and “whole-of-government” approaches to encourage unity of action among diverse organizations where there is no unity of command, and facilitates both inter-agency and international engagement.
TIDES has three strategies that frame everything they do:
- Leverage Global Talent
- Promote Integrated Approaches
- Sustain through the Private Sector
There are internships available through the National Defense University – check it out!
While aesthetics are often a main concern in home furnishings, and haute design is slick, these gadgets may completely revolutionize decor! If you live in a house built in the 1800′s (as I do), you might have some reservations about putting these pieces next to a vintage dining table or hand-turned stair banister – but, mixing things up might make you a forerunner in stylish magazine photos, right???
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL—Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) scientists are creating futuristic furniture that can move around and autonomously change its shape.
After all, the Swiss are known for the cuckoo clock and that’s become a collectible around the world – proving a little silliness can be a very positive thing!