David Leeds on the Smart Grid

December 5, 2009

“I believe in smart grid, because it’s about infrastructure change.”

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Making Data Useful

October 17, 2009

What makes Superfund365 smart is the clear and engaging way that it presents information that is already available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Carbon Neutral Media

October 6, 2009

What are the carbon footprints of different media types and how many billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions are associated with them?

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Saving $ and Energy

September 29, 2009

Google’s PowerMeter will help users answer questions like: How much does it cost to leave your TV on all day? What about turning your air conditioning 1 degree cooler?

Simplicity or Technology?

June 19, 2009

When is it appropriate to use information technology to get a handle on a complex situation? And, when might we actually solve the problem by forgetting technology, and simply making things more simple?

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Knowledge Management for Civic Engagement

May 18, 2009

Interrupted by luminous speakers, interactive surveys, and directed discussions at the Free Press Changing Media Summit, I managed to have a conversation with the woman sitting next to me, and that was the best part of the conference for me.

Process vs. Product

April 23, 2009

I think that a lot of documentary media makers (something I do when I’m not researching) make media that we hope will change things – to bring a problem to light, to help people see an issue in a different way.

an impromptu social network model

Social Snacking: When ICT has MSG?

March 31, 2009

In human terms, the opposite of being connected is not being unconnected, it’s being lonely. This weekend I read Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection by John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick.


Visualizing Pollution

January 18, 2009

Soo-in Yang’s Living Light project won’t directly reduce pollution, but it could help put the issue more strongly on the radar of city dwellers, vistors, and law-makers.


Making Statistics Real

January 10, 2009

Photographer Chris Jordan’s supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics – like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.