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I love the updates from HONY (Humans of New York) because of the captions. The photographer asks random people on the street for a photo and a piece of advice. It is always a reminder that we all have something unique to add.

I love the updates from HONY (Humans of New York) because of the captions. The photographer asks random people on the street for a photo and a piece of advice. It is always a reminder that we all have something unique to add.

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Amy commented on Democratic Air-Conditioning (Update: 'DC/AC'...!)

Agreed. I always hated that in the US. Strangely, in the UK we often don't have airconditioning in smaller offices. However, in the winter all of the shops keep their doors open. It has gotten so i think stores are closed when their doors are shut, but I shudder to think what this does to the environment.

I read once about an initiative in Japan to encourage men not to wear ties to the office in the summer, and they "warmed up" the buildings by 1 degree. What other signals could we send in offices or shops to encourage people to get behind a change in AC or heat? In London, we could simply have signs made up for shop doors to say they're open but keeping the doors shut for the environment.

Lovely idea. Pushing it further, what if that energy I generated meant I could switch on my computer or use the Nespresso machine... ?

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Amy commented on Develop Mental Models

Very true, Anup, we often learn theory in university / school and then have to learn a whole new set of skills in the real world. I like the idea of a "hustle" program to help apply real world skills. I wonder if it could be something like The Apprentice (though without the bad TV moments), where people are given specific challenges and sent out in the world to execute on them. This could be offered secondary school and in university.