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springwise:

Doughnut shop closes its doors each day as soon as it sells out

There’s nothing like a little planned scarcity to increase a product’s appeal, and we’ve seen several strategic uses of it over the years. Now joining that list is The Doughnut Vault, a Chicago venue that closes up shop each day as soon as its doughnuts sell out. READ MORE…
May 2, 2012 / 16 notes

springwise:

Doughnut shop closes its doors each day as soon as it sells out

There’s nothing like a little planned scarcity to increase a product’s appeal, and we’ve seen several strategic uses of it over the years. Now joining that list is The Doughnut Vault, a Chicago venue that closes up shop each day as soon as its doughnuts sell out. READ MORE…


springwise:

In Spain, trains offer first chapter of novels through QR codes
The Netherlands has already introduced an initiative to get commuters reading through the VertragingsApp, which offers up short stories based on travel time. Now the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government Railways) has placed QR codes with links to the first chapters of popular novels on its trains as part of the National Reading Plan, with the aim to encourage citizens of Spain to get into a good book. READ MORE…



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Offering the first chapter of a book for free to encourage commuters to read — now that is an idea.
Apr 17, 2012 / 17 notes

springwise:

In Spain, trains offer first chapter of novels through QR codes

The Netherlands has already introduced an initiative to get commuters reading through the VertragingsApp, which offers up short stories based on travel time. Now the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government Railways) has placed QR codes with links to the first chapters of popular novels on its trains as part of the National Reading Plan, with the aim to encourage citizens of Spain to get into a good book. READ MORE…


Offering the first chapter of a book for free to encourage commuters to read — now that is an idea.

Apr 10, 2012 / 3 notes

"Play me, I’m yours" - LA Chamber Orchestra turns pianos into spontaneous street art

Continuing the Street Pianos public art tour, which started in 2008, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will place 30 upright pianos throughout LA county to celebrate conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane.  The pianos are decorated by local artists and community organizations and will be available to the public for 3 weeks. 

LA piano locations and updates here

springwise:

‘Film farming’ uses no soil and just one-tenth the water
We’ve seen numerous innovations over the years that aim to enable farming in small spaces — urban areas, in particular — but recently we came across a concept that focuses on a limitation of a different kind: Fresh water — or the lack of it in so many parts of the world. With water efficiency in mind, Dubai-based Agricel recently launched a farming system that uses a film-like material instead of soil and allows farmers to use 90 percent less water. READ MORE…
Apr 10, 2012 / 36 notes

springwise:

‘Film farming’ uses no soil and just one-tenth the water

We’ve seen numerous innovations over the years that aim to enable farming in small spaces — urban areas, in particular — but recently we came across a concept that focuses on a limitation of a different kind: Fresh water — or the lack of it in so many parts of the world. With water efficiency in mind, Dubai-based Agricel recently launched a farming system that uses a film-like material instead of soil and allows farmers to use 90 percent less water. READ MORE…

For Ladies with ‘nothing to wear,’ 99dresses.com is a clothing, shoe, and accessory swapping website that aspires to be an infinite closet for its users.  
How:  Acquire quality unwanted clothes and accessories using “button currency,” which can be purchased for $1 per button or obtained by uploading an unwanted item.  

Currently, items range from the Forever21 variety — (cheap, in my eyes).  It’s a good idea but looks like they need more inventory.  I’ve successfully done something similar with books and DVDs on Paperbackswap.com and Swapadvd.com.  
With 99dresses.com, maybe you can get a better use out of your unwanted items before hauling them over to the Good Will donation bin.  Sign ups are open and free. 
Mar 26, 2012

For Ladies with ‘nothing to wear,’ 99dresses.com is a clothing, shoe, and accessory swapping website that aspires to be an infinite closet for its users.  

How:  Acquire quality unwanted clothes and accessories using “button currency,” which can be purchased for $1 per button or obtained by uploading an unwanted item.  

Currently, items range from the Forever21 variety — (cheap, in my eyes).  It’s a good idea but looks like they need more inventory.  I’ve successfully done something similar with books and DVDs on Paperbackswap.com and Swapadvd.com.  

With 99dresses.com, maybe you can get a better use out of your unwanted items before hauling them over to the Good Will donation bin.  Sign ups are open and free. 

Mar 26, 2012

NPO Tsukuba Agri-Challenge uses salesforce.com to empower the social good

Non profit organization Tsukuba Agri-Challenge solves two problems—the lack employment opportunities for the physically and mentally challenged and, secondly, the void of a next generation of local farmers. 

Salesforce.com was chosen immediately to streamline and modernize the sales and distribution of produce via a cloud-based information network, accessible from any device, anywhere. Simple, easy and social, Salesforce.com and Chatter allow distributors to offer fresh products in a timely manner to a wide array of consumers.

Today, local farmer and consumers are connected real time and distributors are even able to collaborate with participating restaurants who can offer the best and freshest ingredients on their menus nationwide.

I really enjoyed this video.  I love seeing the combination of:  useful technology + profitable business practices + multiple social benefits, especially when it’s related to local agriculture. 

Fun fact:  I stayed in Tsukuba for a science competition once, so this brings back several good memories.  It’s nice to see a familiar city in your newsfeed, isn’t it?  
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 10, 2012

Link: Mentor Mob, webpage playlists for online learning

MENTOR MOB

Summary: You want to learn something new.  Instead of Googling it, you access a user-created playlist from Mentor Mob, which provides you with a step-by-step selection of webpages and videos aimed to help you learn (see Mentor Mob playlist for How to root your Android Phone).  

Key point here is that you’re not reading a how-to guide written in the form of an article (see WikiHow).  Instead, you’re presented with a set of bookmarks that have been edited by the Mentor Mob community in the open editing style of Wikipedia.  

Good, bad, ugly: The playlist interface and use of frames is simple and clean. The playlist tool is on the left and also features Mentor Mob ratings and comments for each page.  On the right, you have your content, which changes as you progress through a playlist.  

A quick scan of the Mentor Mob website shows playlists in topics like cooking, games, crafts — some of it fluff, depending on your interests.  I also saw some poorly made playlists, including one solely featuring images of business outfits without webpages, videos, or articles (are we missing the point here?).  I’m currently reading through a 34-step playlist on How to Home Brew Beer - so far so good. 

Final notes: I think the site’s still fairly light on content, giving many the opportunity to join, create, or even edit existing playlists.  Anyway, if the site can stick to its vision of legitimate, well-made, and resourceful playlists, Mentor Mob might actually prove to be a useful site.  For now, it’s worth exploring.