The Opportunity of the Innovation Age

According to Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, the world is living in a new era shaped by two human-made forces: artificial intelligence and global warming.

Vander Ark explains that this new age of innovation is being powered by "code that learns, and is fed by data from billions of mobile devices, sensors and cameras."

He also shares five promising signs that people are living in a new age: a new economy and a new ecology


  1. AI for good
  2. Recognizing global warming
  3. From quarterly profits to stakeholder value
  4. Half connected
  5. Autonomous delivery.

The five turning points are representative of this new era, where it's time to include new mental models and new ways to share the planet, according to Vander Ark. Read the Entire Article

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Patagonia Accelerates Environmental Activism Platform

Patagonia, an outdoor company, is matching donations to grassroots environmental organizations through its Action Works platform to fight climate change. The donations will match up to $10,000 per...more

The Criical Need to Adopt Innovative Agriculture Tech

In a workshop, called 'Sustainable Agriculture,' organized by the CropLife Pakistan Association in collaboration with the Agriculture Journalists Association (AJA), speakers stressed the need for...more

We Can Move Towards a Zero-Carbon Future, But Need to Go Faster

According to Nigel Topping of We Mean Business and Elizabeth McKeon of the IKEA Foundation, companies can play a vital role in keeping global warming below 1.5C, but only if the entire business...more

Organization Fights Climate Change By Empowering Women

Devin Thorpe, author, educator and speaker, features Monique Ntumngia, 29, founder of the Green Girls Organisation working in Sub-Saharan Africa, for his podcast "Using AI As A Guide This...more

Oil Industry Money Fuels Opponents of California's Auto Emissions Standards

In a story produced by MapLight and published in partnership with Fast Company, it tackles oil and gas companies where their money fuels opponents of California's auto emissions standards....more

Focusing on the Underserved, Serving the Bottom Line

In a blog post by the Center for Financial Inclusion, it sets a Q & A session featuring Monica Brand Engel, Quona Capital Co-founder and Partner. Engel shares her earlier experiences co-founding...more

The Struggle for the Land in America's Black Belt

In an NPR (Nonprofit Quarterly) essay based on a talk delivered to the 2018 fellowship class of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) at Penn Center in St. Helena Island, South...more

Augmented Reality and the Future of Cities
Foundation: Knight Foundation

Niantic Inc. shared the outcomes of the first ever symposium, "Augmenting Cities: A Playful Path to Community," hosted in partnership with the Knight Foundation to leverage the latest Augmented...more

Cultivating Innovation to Combat Climate Change

The Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corp. launched a $20 million climate change investment initiative to fund startups in Atlantic City, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and...more

Innovative Business Models Will Help Propel the Green Revolution
Foundation: Solar Impulse Foundation

In a World Economic Forum report, Alzbeta Klein, Director and Global Head, Climate Business, International Finance Corporation (IFC), shares how businesses are using efficiency and innovation to...more







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