Wellness real estate has blossomed into a $134 billion industry worldwide- and it’s growing fast

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From personalized wellness programs to fitness-focused apps, luxury homes are focusing on making residents feel better

It’s the non-stop pace of our digital lives. An increasingly isolated and aging population. Rising chronic illness. Climate change. Given the pressures of the modern world, a gym membership and taking the occasional “mental health day” often just aren’t enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

One way to achieve optimum wellness, experts and developers say, is by choosing a home that is designed for it.

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Study finds Millennial generation might not be so special after all

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Today’s young Americans are less environmentally conscious—and often less civic-minded overall—than previous generations.

Are today’s Millennial generation altruistic and civic-minded or materialistic and self-absorbed?  In the latest installment: a study that says the popular view of young adults as more caring, interested in social issues and concerned about the environment compared to previous generations is mostly false.

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Privatizing Libraries

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Expanding our thinking about the notion of
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Futurist Thomas Frey:  Consider the following scenario. Two years from now in November, you find yourself walking into a voting booth to decide on the fate of your local library. The issue you will be deciding affects you directly because it has to do with the management of your local library. You will be voting on one of four choices for the operational management of your library. The choices you have to pick from include Microsoft, Google, Apple, or your current city-run operation.

 

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Membership Decline is a Worrying Trend Among Service Groups Like the Masons

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Inside a Masonic lodge.

Despite the impression given by books such as author Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol, and movies like National Treasure, the Masons are not a clandestine group.

“We’re not a secret society,” Bennett says. “We’re a society with a few secrets.” 

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63 Million People Volunteered in 2009 Hitting Highest Level in 7 Years

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Volunteers contributed 8.1 billion hours of service.

Despite the worse financial crisis since the 1930s, more than 63 million people in the United States volunteered their services in 2009 — 1.6 million more than in 2008 and the biggest rise since 2003.

 

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Project Natal – Meeting Milo

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Serious groundbreaking technology here. I have always said that motion controls for gaming, no matter what tech you used to derive your motion control, was a complete dead end for gaming, unless someone developed a revolutionary method to make it essential for gaming.

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National Gaming Day At Libraries A Massive Success

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Jenny “Shifted Librarian” Levine and the American Library Association threw an astoundingly successful National Gaming Day in America’s libraries. This is the second year for NGD, and the participation more than doubled. Patrons played all kinds of games — tabletop, board games, video games — and discovered their libraries and their communities.
Here’s all the numbers from this great day…
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Principles of Wikinomics May Help Solve Traffic Congestion

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Traffic congestion is a worldwide headache that gets worse with each passing day. The Intelligent Transportation Society of America and its partners are seeking solutions to this problem, so they turned to VenCorps to apply the principles of Wikinomics.

 

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