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Iconic Houses: Special speaker Oscar Tusquets

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'I love to visit houses, especially when they are still used as dwellings' he says. 'Among my favourite houses are Casa Ugalde by José Antonio Coderch in Caldas d'Estrac, Casa Malaparte in Capri, the Soane Museum in London and the atelier of symbolist painter Fernand Khnopff in Brussels. Villa Khnopff was unfortunately demolished in the 1930s to make way for a nondescript apartment building. The Ugalde House is saved for history, but I am very concerned about the conservation of the Malaparte house.' We look forward to his conference present... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Ethical underwear maker named Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Becky was named the winner of a public vote from a shortlist of five finalists, who came from a broad range of entrepreneurial backgrounds – from a specialist online job board run by disabled people for disabled people to an enterprise delivering sport and health programmes within schools and community learning groups. All five are about to graduate from the 2013/14 cohort of the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme, which is run in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs with support from the Big Lottery... Read More »

Iconic Houses: Five questions for … Jordi Tresserras

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At the Iconic Houses Conference in Barcelona on 25 November, Jordi Tresseras will talk about UNESCO’s conventions and 20th-century domestic architecture, focusing on conservation, management and sustainable development. Tell us about your work with significant houses My fascination with visiting significant houses originated with my grandfather, who loved Barcelona’s unique buildings. One of my first jobs when I finished my studies in the 1990s was to participate in an inventory of industrial and contemporary heritage in the metropolitan ... Read More »

Kinnevik and H&M joining forces for social change in Ethiopia

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Through their respective foundations the companies are investing 8.8 million SEK over three years to set up a support program to help local social entrepreneurs in the country grow and become financially sustainable. “Having two Swedish companies of this size join forces to invest in social entrepreneurship to benefit women and youth through their respective foundations is unique. We are joined by common traditions of entrepreneurship and innovation. Now we shall jointly use these strengths to contribute to a positive development in Ethiopia... Read More »

Author Donna LeBlanc offers children a creative role model in Commander Josh

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NEW HARTFORD, Conn. - Children need an opportunity to explore using their own creativity away from their electronic devices. Celebrating that level of inquisitiveness is the goal of author Donna LeBlanc's new book, Explorations of Commander Josh. While so many children spend time attached to electronics, LeBlanc took her inspiration from a young nephew who always was - and is - full of life, transforming him into her central character. LeBlanc said, "It occurred to me that it would be entertaining to create a role model that could help child... Read More »

Accenture teams with girls who code to support technology careers for young women

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Accenture is contributing $500,000 to Girls Who Code this year, and Accenture volunteers are committing time and skills to the organization’s programs. This effort is part of Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which will equip more than 700,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. “Women represent half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25 percent of the jobs in technical or computing fields, which means we have a tremendous opportunity to benefit from the untapped ... Read More »

GfK: 76 percent of Brits would like a smarter home – they just don’t want to pay for it

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Which capabilities of the smart home appeal most? GfK’s research shows: At 84 percent, the most appealing function is energy meters connected to the grid to help control costs. 28 percent are willing to pay for this 67 percent were attracted to a remote controlled home. Like something from science fiction, this smart home unlocks the door as you arrive and has everything ready for you – the lighting is on, the radio is playing, the oven is heating ready to cook your dinner, the bath is run etc. At 51 percent more people are prepared to pa... Read More »

A micro-preemie launches crowd funding campaign at 11 years old

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New York, NY - Brianna's story is a story of overcoming adversity. She was born 3 months early a micro-preemie at 25 weeks gestation weighing approximately 1 pound. At birth the Doctors said she only had a 25 % chance of survival. The Doctors told her parents that if she did survive there was a good chance she could have physical or mental issues. Her parents never thought she would go on to be as creative and intelligent as she is today. Her parents spent 99 excruciating days in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) with Brianna willing her ... Read More »

Alstom’s Laurent Schmitt named one of the most 40 influential people in the European Smart Grid

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Laurent Schmitt has been with Alstom since 1998, where he started in the power generation area, moving on to applications for electrical protection, transmission and distribution substations, dispatching centres, and energy trading platforms. Since June 2010, as Vice-President for Smart Grid, Laurent Schmitt is widely recognised internationally for his leadership in the following areas: Technological innovation and R&D Standardisations and norms Smart Grid projects development and implementation Establishing key partnerships. Fi... Read More »

Children of domestic violence are starting to get the attention they deserve

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Domestic violence has been getting a lot of attention in the media, partially thanks to the designation of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month - but primarily because domestic violence is a social epidemic that we must put a stop to. There are many reasons people stay in abusive or violent relationships, but for children, the reason is often that they have no choice. Organizations, including Children of Domestic Violence - http://www.cdv.org and A Community for Peace, are calling attention to the impacts that domestic violence has on c... Read More »

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