Neighborhoods for Happiness

October 15, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by Jay Walljasper, How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness    Biology is destiny, declared Sigmund Freud. But if Freud were around today, he might say “design is destiny”—especially after taking a stroll through most modern cities. The way we design our communities plays a huge role in how we experience our lives. Neighborhoods built without sidewalks, for instance, mean that people walk less and therefore enjoy fewer spontaneous encounters, which is what instills a spirit of community to a place. A neighborly sense of the commons is missing.

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Findhorn LIVE

September 6, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

  Findhorn is alive in so many ways.   Hello everyone I have just come in from watching the film Song for Marion in the Universal Hall and am feeling deeply both the fragility and strength of the human heart. How easily we can close down to life and how much courage we are also capable of in the face of adversity. I cannot help but think of T S Eliot’s “notion of some infinitely gentle, infinitely suffering thing” and the soft cradling and opening of the heart which is so much a part of the Findhorn experience. I look at the world news and my heart could break with the seemingly endless examples of humanity’s inhumanity. I choose to live and work here because it offers a space for my heart and all hearts to open and I know that Findhorn lives through all of you wherever you are, supporting us in that intention. A world with an open-hearted economic system, open-hearted politics and open-hearted businesses would be a very different place!

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Smart City

May 4, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

  20 Smart City Technologies for 2013 and Beyond   Santiago Chile announced they’re going to become a “smart city” in 2013. Santiago is just one example of a growing number of areas around the globe preparing and modernizing for the future, in fact demographers have long predicted the mass urbanization of metropolitan areas across the world. According to the United Nations, by the year 2050, 80% of the world will be living in urban areas. The equivalent of seven Manhattan size cities will be built each year until 2050. For these cities to thrive they must use smart technology to its fullest. Let’s take a look at what’s available now and what’s coming down the pipe.

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Hydroponic rooftop gardens

April 11, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

Flying Blue Club Africa    Hydroponic rooftop gardens turn Cairo green   Urban poor transcend poverty with home grown vegetables   If it is up to the Egyptian brothers Sherif and Tarek Hosny, more and more roofs in Cairo will turn green. With hydroponic rooftop gardens poor families can produce home grown vegetables, escaping poverty. The plants, in turn, purify the polluted air by absorbing carbon dioxide.

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