A VR exhibit that helps you see what it’s like to be a refugee.

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Forced From Home is a free, interactive, outdoor educational exhibition presented by Doctors Without Borders in the US to raise public awareness about the experience of the world’s more than 65 million refugees and internally displaced people. With an experienced aid worker as your guide, you can learn about the many challenges people on the move encounter and the work Doctors Without Borders does to address their basic medical needs. Using a combination of 360-degree video and virtual reality Forced from Home involves you in the journey of a refugee, from their life in their home country, through the route they travel and obstacles they face along it. http://www.forcedfromhome.com/

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A postie to check on you

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Call & Check is a new service that has been developed by Jersey Post. It offers a regular visit if you would benefit from extra help and support. The service is currently being run as a pilot with no charge. It provides a regular visit as agreed. Postal staff will have brief conversation with you to ascertain how you are and if you need anything. Working with your designated contacts, they are then able to relay important messages or requests back to the relevant authority for action. Australia Post is also trialling this service. http://www.jerseypost.com/community/callandcheck/

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A 3rd thumb to extend your abilities

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The Third Thumb is a 3D printed device that wraps around your hand and attaches to a wristband, providing an actual third thumb on the opposite side of your hand from your natural thumb. Its movement is controlled by your feet. Two pressure sensors are placed into your shoes and connected to the thumb through a Bluetooth connection. With an extra thumb, you can extend your musical instrument-playing abilities, more easily grasp objects, or just improve your dexterity overall. https://3dprint.com/180162/third-thumb-project-3d-printing/

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Government incentives for electric vehicles

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Norway offers bus-lane access for electric vehicles, many recharging stations, privileged parking, and toll-free travel. The initiative began in the 1990s as an effort to cut pollution, congestion, and noise in urban centres; now its primary rationale is combating climate change. Today, Norway has the highest per capita number of all-electric [battery only] cars in the world. Last year, electric vehicles constituted nearly 40% of the nation’s newly registered passenger cars. Earlier this year, Norway opened the world’s largest fast-charging station, which can charge up to 28 vehicles in about half an hour. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/07/power-to-the-ev-norway-spearheads-europes-electric-vehicle-surge

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A Rejectionathon to help gain confidence persuading and selling

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Quitting coal presented an an opportunity to transform society for the better

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Imagine, for a moment, that climate change was not synonymous with doomsday scenarios, but rather presented an opportunity to radically transform society for the better. Dr Jonathan Patz will be speaking at the 29th Annual Scientific Conference of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, Sydney, Australia, from 24-28 September 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/25/quitting-coal-a-health-benefit-equivalent-to-quitting-tobacco-alcohol-and-fast-food

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Red line voting

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Red Line Voting is a new approach to engagement and voting with regard to UK stock market-listed companies. Its purpose is to enable far greater direction from institutional investors in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG). It’s led by the Association of the Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT). http://redlinevoting.org/what-is-red-line-voting/

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Hippo Water Roller Project

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The “Hippo Water Roller Project” was established in 1994 in response to the unique needs and constraints in terms of access to water of rural women and children across Africa. Now simply referred to as “Hippo Roller”, the broad social impact of this social enterprise has been felt in more than 20 countries, with a total distribution of 50,000 Hippo Water Rollers, and a reach of close to half a million people. Hippo Roller makes it extremely easy to collect water in tough rural conditions – up to 5x more water than a single bucket, by simply rolling it along the ground. Around 750 million people do not have easy access to clean water. Millions of women and children walk several hours each day to collect water with heavy 20l / 5gal buckets, balanced on their heads. www.hipporoller.org

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Really Well Designed Water Refill Station

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OK, most of us have seen something like this before – but what made me really wag my tail about this one is that it is multi-functional, serving as a bubbler, bottle refill station and dog bowl at the base; has a simple, robust construction; and it is *wheelchair accessible* http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/yourcouncil/mediareleases/counciltotrialwaterrefillstations

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A check of your reliability

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Our world has changed, and so has the way we compile, access and verify information. The problem used to be a lack of information – now there is too much. But the age-old question still remains: who can you rely on? CVCheck has conducted more than 1,000 checks for private and government organisations, employers and individuals across 190 countries, all available on demand. www.cvcheck.com

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