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The everyone economy: community ideas for growth
In Ireland, a new initiative called the Ideas Campaign is drawing upon public and collective innovation in order to solicit ideas for economic recovery. 19 key areas including manufacturing, technology, construction, retail and education are being addressed. The campaign is an independent and non-political effort and coordinators will use the ideas to deliver an action plan to government. In just the first five days more than 1,200 proposals were submitted.
Why it matters
Collaboration and consumer input have long been harnessed by brands to make their customers feel significant. This biggest brand of all, the Government, have rarely taken this need and acted on it. With consumers acting on their desire to have their say – and have it heard, could an open government become more of a reality?
EnableTalk is a glove that converts sign language into voice speech. The concept won Microsoft's Innovation Competition Cup award as its software converts signals to text and pronounces words out loud. The system is connected to an application via Bluetooth.
Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, recently launched a new social networking site, Jumo. Jumo leverages the power of social media to boost volunteerism on a global scale. It connects individuals and organizations to humanitarian projects they care about to “change the world.”