With the Googlers at the #2030now social good summit :) google business group represent! #squaready #igdaily #google #gbg #gbgph @rappler #instagood #iphonesia (at Stephen Fuller Hall)
We are the vatican of disasters. -Gov. Salceda #2030Now
Image courtesy of Lauren Manning
What does not belong to everyone belongs to everyone. Leslie Koch´s message to civil society
As long as one can reasonably assume no one has any clear-cut answers to sustainable development challenges around the world, the most viable way (by elimination of what failed in the past) to tackle these challenges rests on local offline action coupled with global online connectivity — letting locals share, or ´glocalism´. Start with a thought experiment: Take an abandoned or disused tract of land and supply it with basic infrastructure such as electricity and running water, leaving the remaining built environment emerge organically. While you may have preconceived expectations of what would emerge, let go of them for the time being and observe critically.
In New York City, the aforementioned ´thought experiment´ is taking place in real life on Governor´s Island, a former military base turned a living experiment in emergent urbanism. This August, Leslie Koch, head of The Trust for Governor´s Island (affectionately known as the ´queen´ of Governor´s Island) took the Creative Mornings New York tribe on a visit to the island, accessible by ferry only. Using three props as symbolism, she expounded upon core principles of resilience and antifragility in the built environment.
- A box of spaghetti: Throw cooked spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks. While simplified, this exercise illustrates the diversity and ´messiness´ that makes cities (and, by extension, entire economies and communities) thrive.
- A Veg-O-Matic food processor: ´Feed´ your audience plain language, no superfluity or preaching-to-the-choir in order. Be direct and transparent; write like you talk.
- A movable bench: Take a hands-off approach and let the user command agency. In order to build what the user really wants, question your received ideas and preconceived assumptions.
Her talk and tour were enabling and impelling to the extent that abridged summaries would do no justice; here are the proceedings of that Friday morning in raw detail:
Do you have any ´living experiments´ in your city or region? As you peruse the proceedings, think about how the strategies and tactics employed on Governor´s Island can be adapted and scaled to amplify their impact on sustainability planning in practice.
I’m delighted to announce that we’ve reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr!
We promise not to screw it up. Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going. We will operate Tumblr independently. David Karp will remain CEO. The product roadmap, their team, their wit and irreverence will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve. Yahoo! will help Tumblr get even better, faster.
Tumblr has built an amazing place to follow the world’s creators. From art to architecture, fashion to food, Tumblr hosts 105 million different blogs. With more than 300 million monthly unique visitors and 120,000 signups every day, Tumblr is one of thefastest-growing media networks in the world. Tumblr sees 900 posts per second (!) and 24 billion minutes spent onsite each month. On mobile, more than half of Tumblr’s users are using the mobile app, and those users do an average of 7 sessions per day. Tumblr’s tremendous popularity and engagement among creators, curators and audiences of all ages brings a significant new community of users to the Yahoo! network. The combination of Tumblr+Yahoo! could grow Yahoo!’s audience by 50% to more than a billion monthly visitors, and could grow traffic by approximately 20%.
In terms of working together, Tumblr can deploy Yahoo!’s personalization technology and search infrastructure to help its users discover creators, bloggers, and content they’ll love. In turn, Tumblr brings 50 billion blog posts (and 75 million more arriving each day) to Yahoo!’s media network and search experiences. The two companies will also work together to create advertising opportunities that are seamless and enhance user experience.
As I’ve said before, companies are all about people. Getting to know the Tumblr team has been really amazing. I’ve long held the view that in all things art and design, you can feel the spirit and demeanor of those who create them. That’s why it was no surprise to me that David Karp is one of the nicest, most empathetic people I’ve ever met. He’s also one of the most perceptive, capable entrepreneurs I’ve worked with. His respect for Tumblr’s community of creators is awesome, and I’m absolutely delighted to have him and his entire team join Yahoo!.
Both Tumblr and Yahoo! share a vision to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas by focusing on users, design — and building experiences that delight and inspire the world every day.
"Everyone in this room is a ‘social media entrepreneur’" (Marissa Feinberg, founder of Green Spaces, to fellow changemakers during Social Media Week NYC)
Guest post by Rick Leach, President & CEO, World Food Program USA
The world as we know it has entered an information age that’s powering up incredible new solutions to tackle global challenges, from solving hunger to ending extreme poverty. In working on these issues, I have seen the many ways…