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Lending libraries are for more than just books…

You may have seen a lending library in your own neighborhood. You know, those cute little boxes stuffed full of books, free for the taking. Some communities are taking the idea a few steps further by pooling together by creating lending libraries for other items. Ever borrow a cup of sugar from a neighbor? Imagine that on a much larger scale.

Best Items to Use for Community Lending Libraries

The only limit to building a community lending library is your own imagination. The best items to lend are those that consume a lot of resources to own individually. A lot of resources are consumed when we take a quick trip to the store for a simple item. …


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When sending out emails to customers, the last thing you want them to see is a jumbled mess due to improper formatting techniques. What looks great on one device may not look the same across all devices unless you understand the fundamentals of creating consistent layouts that adapt to each device. The good news is creating a great looking email template is easy!

Using Tables to Format an Email Template

The simplest, most tried and true method is using tables in your email. Once you have the basic layout concept in your head, it’s important to replicate that layout using tables. While tempting to use CSS3 or HTML5 coding, it’s important to note that with each update from Gmail, Outlook, browsers, etc. you will need to adjust the code. This can be quite time-consuming and lead to undesirable results if you don’t stay up-to-date with new changes. …


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Far too often, companies stall their own growth due to a fear of learning new platforms that can help boost revenue. You may have a lot of questions like whether the platform is right for your team and business. Hesitation about learning new software may also stem from a concern about maximizing billable hours. After all, they say that ‘Time Equals Money’ and there is never enough of either.

But, industry leaders are quickly learning that taking advantage of new platforms and investing time into training employees is paying off now more than ever before. And, you alone don’t have to figure which platforms will work best for your team. Instead of surprising your team that they will be learning a new platform, involve them with the process. …


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Imagine a carbon nanotube replicator and garden in every home. It’s not sci-fi and will soon be possible. How fast we make the transition is entirely up to us.

What is Universal Basic Means of Production?

This term refers to the idea of providing every household with technology that allows people to produce things they need at home. This includes consumer goods such as clothes, food, building materials, etc. and refers to the idea of getting everyone producing as many of their consumable materials as possible.

In many ways, we can think of it as creating a decentralized means of production, although it’s not entirely decentralized. And when you get right down to it, the whole point of a decentralized means of production is people working together to produce things they need. …


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Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. ~ Soren Kierkegaard

I have seen a lot of people on social media expressing their feelings by saying we should just “cancel 2020” and start over. But, I disagree. The hardships 2020 has presented us gives an opportunity to reflect on our collective mistakes of the past and work to improve our collective future.

We have found ourselves thrust into a significant shift in not only our daily lives but also the way we think about what drives us. We were in no way prepared for this shift. …


Life coaches hold no magic powers. They just know the right questions to ask you that guide you to find your path.

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If you have ever thought to yourself, “I need a life coach,” then this article is dedicated to you. I was a life coach without calling myself one before I studied how to become a certified life coach. It was merely in my personality to encourage people to figure out how to make their own lives better.

It seemed as though it was a natural passion for me, and in 2018, I decided I would become a certified life coach and make a living out of it. So, I studied the courses available, watched tons of videos on YouTube (especially Tony Robbins), and calculated how I would pay for the certification process. …


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The world is preparing to enter the fourth industrial revolution, and it is noticeable that most of the advice we are given barely prepares us for the next decade. It most certainly does not prepare us for the real jobs of tomorrow.

The truth is Artificial Intelligence is quickly learning to write code for itself. We now have self-healing materials that will allow robots to go from nuts and bolts to nearly flesh-like creatures. Not to mention those self-healing materials will completely change the way products are produced and consumed by dramatically boosting durability.

And, those two examples aren’t even barely scraping the tip of the iceberg of the advancements in technology. Once people really dive into technological innovations happening right now — what we have today and what is coming very soon — boggles the mind. But, most of us don’t hear much about it. Programming and other jobs in tech will get us through the next 10 years, but what comes after that? …


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Screenshot of current COVID-19 cases around the world

Over the past 30+ years, more than 37 new human pathogens have been discovered. When you try to tally the global figures on disease and death from pathogens, the figures become nearly impossible for most of us to comprehend. H. Pylori, HIV, TB, Malaria, Influenza — the list goes on… and on… and on.

It is well-documented that the overuse of antibiotics and sanitizers has led to an increase in the emergence of superbugs. With more than 2.8 …


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The United States Constitution was written in a time when minds were simpler, times were simpler. It was not devised to withstand the barrage of false information we consume on a daily basis. The founding fathers wrote it as a way to prevent the atrocities they had previously witnessed from becoming a reality in the new land they sought to build.

The First Amendment has been weaponized by forces from within and without. No longer is it very profitable to offer an objective viewpoint with conclusive evidence. …


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If you’re a fan of Star Trek, you probably dream of the day when we have a real-life replicator. Even those who don’t watch the show much probably know that little doohickey used on the show to materialize food, drinks, and other stuff from thin-air. It’s like magic!

Well, a startup called Mattershift created by MIT and Yale alumni is working to make the replicator dream a reality. They have created a material that is truly next-generation. It will soon allow us to 3D print basically anything out of “thin air”. But, how can this be possible?

Carbon Nanotubes Create Anything from Thin Air

Mattershift has been working with large-scale carbon nanotube (CNT) membranes to create a material that is capable of combining and separating individual molecules. In 2018, a press release from the company’s Founder & CEO, Dr. Rob McGinnis, gave us a glimpse of insight into their process. …

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Kimberly Forsythe

New World Optimist - I 🖤 asking “What if?” -Leveraging the power of techno-optimism to improve the human condition in exciting and thought-provoking ways.

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