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From concept to reality: Charmed Playhouses

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  A local Lethbridge family is taking imagination to a whole new level by bringing to life childhood fantasies with their company, Charmed Playhouses. Husband and wife duo, Tyson and Audrey Leavitt, stumbled upon viral success after entering the market of luxury playhouses in early 2015. “It’s crazy. . . . We’re in Lethbridge, Alberta,” Leavitt told The Calgary Herald. “It’s a Prairie town, population of (about) 90,000 people, and here we’re building the most expensive and luxurious playhouses in probably all the world. “It’s one of those niche markets that no one else is really doing.” Quote from Huffington Post   Before founding Charmed Playhouses, Tyson owned three landscape-related businesses while Audrey was a Registered Nurse, fitness instructor, and stay at home mom. After consistently seeing backyards with straightforward and uninspiring swing sets, Tyson hatched the idea to design beautiful, high-quality playhouses where children can dive into their imagination while…

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What is a Social Entrepreneur? | ChangeCreatorMag

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Written by Adam Force, Founder and CEO of Change Creator magazine app,  April 23, 2016. To read the full article, please visit: Change Creator Magazine.  The terms social entrepreneur and social entrepreneurship were used first in the literature to social change in the 1960s and 1970s. The terms became more popular in the 1980s and 1990s, promoted by Bill Drayton, the founder of Ashoka, and others such as Charles Leadbeater. Before the term gained traction, those who fit this description were outsiders or radicals that seemed to bring positive change to deprived communities single-handedly. Characterized as extremely optimistic visionaries who had infinite willpower, they use entrepreneurial skills and innovation to address significant social and/or environmental problems. Profit did not motivate this free-thinking and inspirational group. Years ago they didn’t have a name but today we call them, Social Entrepreneurs. Similar to the way business entrepreneurs change the face of business, social…

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No Film School | Learn the Camera Philosophy of VR’s Most Cinematic Studio

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Written by Oakley Anderson-Moore from No Film School on May 19, 2016. From tinkering on their own cameras in the pre-VR days of 3D cinema to creating VR experiences like award-winning Inside the Box of Kurios and Lebron James: Striving for Greatness, creative team Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël of Felix & Paul Studios have set a high water mark for the cinematic experience of virtual reality. Their latest project, Nomads, now out on Gear VR and coming soon to Oculus in 6k, is a three part series following nomadic tribes of Maasai in Kenya, sea gypsies in Borneo, and the yak herders in Mongolia—and it’s absolutely breathtaking. No Film School sat down with Paul to talk about everything from his philosophy of composition in VR, to the fragile sense of presence, to taking on fiction in his next VR projects. NFS: People characterize VR as a medium where there’s no cinematographer, because…

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Agriculture: An Uber Moment For Entrepreneurs

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Written by Tom Taulli, a contributor on Forbes / Entrepreneur. As Uber and Lyft have demonstrated, there are huge opportunities in applying new-fangled technologies to traditional industries. Entrepreneurs do not even have to necessarily have domain expertise. Hey, Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick had no background in the taxi industry – other than he disliked the customer experience! So then what are some other categories that are ripe for disruption? Well, one to consider has actually been around from the beginning of civilization – that is, agriculture. “We are at the doorstep of a new era in agriculture that will accelerate innovation and empower more innovators,” said Matthew Crisp, who is the co-founder and CEO of Benson Hill Biosystems. His firm is focused on cloud biology, which involves the intersection of big data analytics, cloud computing and biological expertise to address significant global issues like drought tolerance of crops…

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Ideacide: The Perils of Self-Censoring (And How You Can Stop It)

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How one mistake can have a ripple effect on our creative courage for the rest of our lives. By Matthew E. May It’s one thing to reject the ideas of others…we do that almost automatically. But when we reject, deny, stifle, squelch, strike, silence and otherwise put ideas of our own to death, sometimes even before they’re born, it is the highest crime against creativity. It’s an act of pure tragic mindlessness. I often think of this self-censoring as “ideacide,” because it entails the voluntary shutdown of the imagination, the long-effects of which eventually kill off our natural curiosity and creativity. Most times, ideacide happens without us even realizing it. A possible off-the-wall idea or solution appears like a blip and disappears without us even realizing. As a result, some of our best stuff is suppressed before even getting out into the world. Whether it’s because we’re too critical or…

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Fintech: Shaking up the financial industry

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  One sector of our economy after the next is being disrupted by new apps and websites, like bookstores, travel agents, taxis, hotels… Thousands of startups are challenging many aspects of banking, the newcomers argue that this important sector is too set in its ways. It’s being called the financial technology — or fintech — revolution. Watch the video interview on Stripe, a new fintech company that has helped 1 out of 4 startups make their money collection methods faster, cheaper and more mobile: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fintech-shaking-up-the-financial-industry/

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Weird Invention of the Week: Centriphone – an iPhone Experiment by Nicolas Vuignier

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“Bullet time” images, as popularized in the movie The Matrix (1999) used to be a difficult and expensive effect to achieve. The first crack at it required dozens of DSLR cameras and complex processing. More recently this effect has been accomplished using arrays of GoPro cameras and post-processing. Still a pricey operation. But free skier Nicolas Vuignier found a way to do it with one phone camera and a little ingenuity. Watch as he spins his way to bullet time magic, all while racing down a mountain side. After dozens (possibly hundreds) of requests, Nicolas made his design and building process open. This video showcases his journey to the Centriphone. What can we learn about ideas, creative problem solving and iteration from spinning a phone on fishing line?

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