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Governance

A tax on sugary drinks to improve health
New modelling in a study published in the latest Nutrients journal shows a 30 per cent reduction in kilojoules in all sugar-sweete
15th October 2017 by lynnwood 1 Comments
(15 vote(s), average 4.9 out of 5)
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Startup

A bin than cleans the sea
Seabin is an Australian invention. It's a floating debris interception device designed to be installed in the water of marinas, yacht clubs, ports and any water body with a calm environment and services available. It's installed in a specific debris problem area in the marina on a floating dock and the wind and the currents bring the debris directly to the Seabin. The catch bag can hold up to 12Kgs of debris. Trials of these Seabins are being conducted around the world, most recently in the UK at Portsmouth Harbour. https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/11/seabin-portsmouth-harbour/
22nd October 2017 by idea-2 2 Comments
(15 vote(s), average 4.7 out of 5)
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Startup

A community that helps you find survey participants and do better research
SurveyCircle is a research platform that enables students, researchers, founders, and startups to find respondents for academic studies and market research. What makes SurveyCircle special is that the platform is based on mutual support. That is, the more often you take part in other people?s surveys, the more people will take part in your survey. The incentive system SmartRank ensures that the principle of mutual support works in a fair and reliable way. The platform is open to everyone! On SurveyCircle, everyone can experience and support exciting research projects. https://www.surveycircle.com
6th September 2018 by jonas 2 Comments
(15 vote(s), average 4.8 out of 5)
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Wellbeing

A business plan on yourself
I attended a business planning seminar in the 1980's taught by a Harvard professor when I was working with American Express. I asked him for career advice and he asked if I'd done a business plan on myself. If I was learning to do it for companies why not on myself? I thought this was a great idea so wrote a 5 year plan on myself (in handwriting before computers) and it was a great guide to my life and career. The plan included this chart on my planned income, expenses, savings and investments. There are now FinTech platforms for aspects of this plan.
26th August 2017 by idealist 0 Comments
(15 vote(s), average 4.5 out of 5)
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Wellbeing

Home stays for over 50's
The Freebird Club is a new travel & home-stay club exclusively for the over 50's. Members who opt to become 'hosts' can make their spare rooms available to fellow member 'guests' to come and stay, based on a set nightly rate. Members who wish to travel can search for suitable member hosts in destinations around the world, knowing that they'll receive a warm welcome from a fellow member. www.freebirdclub.com
19th July 2019 by IdeaSpies 0 Comments
(15 vote(s), average 4 out of 5)
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Governance

Citizens' Senate
People often ask how current political representation might be improved, to avoid the cheap point scoring and sloganeering of elected/campaigning politicians. One option might be to trial an Upper House selected by lot - a Citizens' Senate - with an advisory role, to start with. Senators (say 99) would be recruited at random - like a jury - from the Australian population, with a third rotated out every 2 to 3 years. Consider it paid National Service. If nothing else, there'd be 50% women, and it would provide an insight into the thinking of everyday Australians, away from the parti-political machinations of elected representatives. www.newdemocracy.com.au
26th August 2017 by bill-joiner 0 Comments
(14 vote(s), average 4.1 out of 5)