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#101 Medicine without borders

By Cathryn Wellner / July 20, 2011

Turning 40 is a significant milestone for anyone. Sean Wise, an assistant professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Business Management, marked it with a life-changing idea. He created an iPhone app that connects doctors around the globe. Doctor to Doctor (D2D) lets doctors in developing countries contact specialists in the developed world with […]

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#95 Architecture with soul

By Cathryn Wellner / July 13, 2011

After reading pieces Robyn Lawrence wrote for Care2.com and Natural Home & Garden about Quietude, a 280 sq. ft. cottage built in the hills south of me, I wanted to know something about the architect, Henry Yorke Mann. It wasn’t just the low cost that caught my eye, though $28,000 for a permanent structure is […]

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#88 – DIY (do-it-yourself) on a grand scale

By Cathryn Wellner / July 4, 2011

Ever since the Internet made its way to the ranch where I was living, I’ve been deeply grateful for the generosity of the Web. Whatever I want to learn, whatever question I may have, I can generally turn over virtual rocks and unearth answers. An exciting example recently came onto my mental radar screen: Open […]

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#78 The parallel universe of Thomas Heatherwick

By Cathryn Wellner / June 25, 2011

Listening to the TED talk by Thomas Heatherwick makes me wonder if I’ve been sleepwalking. I’ve been something of a divergent thinker since I was a child, with a mother who had her own opinions and encouraged us to express our own. So I like to think I’m reasonably creative, but when I see the […]

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#17 They’re playing for change

By Cathryn Wellner / May 17, 2011

They don headphones, pick up instruments, plug into recording systems, and assure listeners, “Don’t worry about a thing; every little thing is gonna be all right.” The musicians are in Mali, New York, Brazil, US, Jamaica, India, France, Senegal, Ghana. Children dance. Cameras roll. The listeners and watchers are…well…everywhere. Episode #46 of Playing For Change […]

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#10 The team that believes anything is possible

By Cathryn Wellner / May 15, 2011

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) trapped all the creativity of graffiti artist Tempt1 inside an unresponsive body. In the 80s Tempt1 (Tony Quan) was an underground hero, a Los Angeles street artist and activist with a big reputation. After a run one day, he complained to his father of tingling in his legs. The slide into […]

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