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Open-source currencies on the rise in Greece

In the shadow of the Euro Crisis, the people of the Greek city of Volos are taking their monetary future into their own hands. More »

Taking the law online: Judge.me’s plan to build the future of legal systems.

All around the world, people struggle with expensive legal fees and backlogged courts. Judges are sometimes biased or corrupt. Political agendas tilt the scales of justice. In many places in the developing world, courts are used almost exclusively by elites. But if 26-year old Peter-Jan Celis has his way, this is all bound to change. More »
Richard Feynman

Physicist Richard Feynman’s science lesson for entrepreneurs: Challenge authority.

“If it disagrees with experiment, it is wrong!” roars Richard Feynman in a video recently dusted off by NPR. The clip, on the foundations of science, is only 63 seconds — but its power is clear. More »

Hacking the immigration system with RSE: Seafaring start-up incubator Blueseed taking to the high seas.

Hundreds of entrepreneurs are already lined up to hit the high seas aboard floating tech incubator Blueseed. More »
Generation Flux

FastCo: Meet Generation Flux — our institutions were not built for today’s chaotic world.

The next decade or two will be defined more by fluidity than by any new, settled paradigm; if there is a pattern to all this, it is that there is no pattern. The most valuable insight is that we are, in a critical sense, in a time of chaos. More »
Medical Clinic Design

A start-up incubator to end humanity’s need for blood drives.

What if a doctor with a great idea could walk across the street and turn it into a start-up? In Aurora, Colorado, they can. More »
desktop industrial revolution

The next Industrial Revolution begins on your desktop.

We are poised for a Third Industrial Revolution, but it’s going to look a lot different than those of the past. More »
The Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David

Social Entrepreneurship Isn’t Enough: Why we must think radically.

John Elkington at McKinsey and Company asks: Can social entrepreneurs create the necessary large-scale change to solve the problems of our world? He answers simply, “No.” More »
Mouchot invention

Is the patent system plundering our Golden Age of invention?

Well, yes and no. Our age of invention must be defended. More »

Endowment Zones: Building resilient safety nets, environmental trusts, and public services.

In any community, some people will fall on hard times for reasons beyond their control. While propping up failing businesses prevents new and better ideas from taking hold, no one wants their neighbors to fall through the cracks. How do we build communities for growth and dynamism, but with resilient safety nets? More »