In 2007, the Lithuanian government repeated history by failing to complete efforts to restart a stadium project that was first abandoned 20 years before. The estimated cost at the time: $120 million (U.S.). But after spending only $40 million of the budget, the government said it had run out of money. Everything suddenly went silent in and around the stadium in Vilnius; overgrown grass, trees and bushes quickly overtook the place.
Arūnas Survila describes the unfortunate but all too common experience that makes disabled Lithuanians’ already challenging lives more difficult. It is ultimately what spurred him to become the initiator of a project called Social Taxi.
Lenovo is on its way to achieving its goal of becoming the No. 1 company in smart-connected devices: Today it reaches about 45 percent of the world’s population with its cellphones and sells more smartphones and tablets than PCs.
Following the Arab Spring, observers in Egypt have noticed that more and more young people are interested in entrepreneurship and self-employment. Tech entrepreneurship especially is gaining increasing institutional support. Some even see it as a means of mitigating the country’s record-setting unemployment that has largely afflicted Egypt’s youth (80 percent of those unemployed are under 30). “Egyptians have been facing drastic sociopolitical and economic changes,” says Dalia Mohamad Abd-Allah, a young entrepreneur from Cairo. “Since young people have played a role in that change, they are getting a sense of ownership of their own destiny.
Data is all around us. We can access it with greater ease; hence, the recent boom in “data-driven journalism.” Data is used to structure the story inside and out, as a tool for verification and presentation, and everything in between. Many news organizations around the world are starting to publish stories and cover beats that can be better told through data. The same goes for our #urbanmobilityCH newsroom, where we will be publishing two stories driven by data. We invited Sylke Gruhnwald, head of the data team at NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), one of Switzerland’s oldest and most widely circulated newspapers, to a Google hangout with us and asked her how her team works with data and how we can use data in our stories.
Journalist McKenzie Funk is an adventurer, as much in his intellectual pursuits as in his taste for sport. He would rather climb a 26,000-foot mountain than hang with the press corps. So it is with his new book, “Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming,” which recounts myriad efforts to cash in on climate change. An absurd display of Canadian militarism first piqued Funk’s interest in the topic. In 2006, he found himself aboard the Canadian frigate HMCS Montréal as it surged toward the Northwest Passage.
“Die an Bodenschätzen arme Schweiz kann es sich nicht leisten, talentierten Menschen den Hochschulzugang zu verunmöglichen, nur weil sie von einer Behinderung oder chronischen Krankheit betroffen sind,” sagt Eva Aeschimann, Sprecherin der Behinderten-Selbsthilfegruppe Schweiz (AGILE). Rund 22’000 Studierende in der Schweiz haben eine Behinderung. Seit zehn Jahren ist die Gleichstellung von Menschen mit Behinderung in der Schweiz Bundesgesetz. Auch Hochschulen sind verpflichtet, Studierenden mit Behinderung grösstmögliche Mobilität zu bieten. Doch wie mobil sind Studierende mit einer Behinderung an Schweizer Hochschulen tatsächlich?
“How do you flesh out an editorial pipeline about the topic of urban mobility in one of the richest and democratic countries, like Switzerland?” we asked ourselves during a February weekend session at Impact Hub Zürich, a social startup co-working space.
It’s a new era in mobility. “Sharing instead of owning” has become a guiding principle for many. Join us as we report on the World Collaborative Mobility Congress, or wocomoco, in Bern, Switzerland, 7-8th of May, 2014.
Steven Tyler, Aerosmith’s infamous vocalist, once noted in a flash of rock wisdom, “We believed that anything worth doing was worth overdoing.” Indeed, the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle, with its enthralling appeal, embodies elements of excess and waste.