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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Going Nuclear-Free

October 24, 2012  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

 Going Nuclear-Free: Germany smashes solar power world record Germany’s solar power plants produced a record 22 gigawatts of energy The equivalent to the output of 20 nuclear plants.  Germany is already a world-leader in solar power and hopes to be free of nuclear energy by 2022. The director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry (IWR) in Muenster, northeast Germany, said the solar power delivered to the national grid on Saturday met 50 per cent of the nation’s energy quota.

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From Relic to Revolutionary: Streetcars Revitalize City Transit

October 14, 2012  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

By Christina Hernandez Sherwood  A clean alternative to cars The revitalization of Portland, Ore.’s Pearl District, where empty warehouses were replaced with art galleries and abandoned rail yards gave way to multi-family housing, truly began for some when a streetcar line opened there in 2001. As the streetcar shuttled passengers around the once-decrepit neighborhood, it also swept billions of dollars of investments into the revived community.

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water capture

Water Out of Thick Air

August 15, 2012  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

MIT graduate student is working to make water available for the world’s poor by refining the tools and techniques of Fog Harvesting. In the arid Namib Desert on the west coast of Africa, one type of beetle has found a distinctive way of surviving. When the morning fog rolls in, the Stenocara gracilipes species, also known as the Namib Beetle, collects water droplets on its bumpy back, then lets the moisture roll down into its mouth, allowing it to drink in an area devoid of flowing water.

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Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclear

August 13, 2012  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

by Karl Burkart A surprising aerodynamic innovation in wind turbine design called the ‘wind lens’ could triple the output of a typical wind turbine, making it less costly than nuclear power. NOTE: Some major wind projects like the proposed TWE Carbon Valley project in Wyoming are already pricing in significantly lower than coal power — $80 per MWh for wind versus $90 per MWh for coal — and that is without government subsidies using today’s wind turbine technology. 

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Flathead Electric Receives Coveted Award

August 6, 2012  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

Flathead Electric Co-op received Bonneville Power Administration top honors for:  Excellence in Energy Efficiency! Ross Holter, Energy Services Supervisor at FEC, says the distinction is especially gratifying, considering the quality of nominations: “We shared this recognition with the Snohomish Public Utility District out of Washington State, which is approximately seven times our size in terms of members and staff. I think the BPA was particularly impressed with what our Co-op has been able to accomplish with limited resources.”

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