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Value Added in Africa Design Programme
Posted by Pivot Admin, 06.06.2013
Africa is changing. Economies are growing, middle classes forming, and solutions to poverty being creatively addressed. Entrepreneurship is flourishing, with many African co-operatives and SMEs moving away from reliance on raw materials to producing high-quality products for export. From Sole Rebels in Ethiopia to Sunflag in Tanzania, businesses across the continent are moving up the value chain of production, improving their livelihoods and communities in the process.
Local Asset Mapping_ Transforming Dublin into an age friendly place
by David Robinson via Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing
Posted by Pivot Admin, 02.05.2013
Over the last two weeks on PivotDublin we have read how Ireland is ageing, representing one of the greatest challenges and opportunities of our times. There is an international recognition that we will have to transform our cities into more age-friendly places. In today’s last post, I describe a preventive health project based in St James’ Hospital that will use existing community resources to effect this change in our part of the city.
The City of Dublin has launched plans for a new central City Library at Parnell Square. This new 21st century cultural hotspot will help launch the northern part of Dublin’s downtown as a new cultural quarter.
In times of financial crisis it’s hard to find money for new public buildings, particularly in the cultural scene and in a city like Dublin. What’s interesting about this project, initiated by Dublin’s City Architect Ali Grehan, is that it is financially made possible by a group of philanthropists. They will pay to make the plans and have committed to raise funding for the execution of the whole project. Peter Collins is Managing Director at Kennedy Wilson Europe. He represents the group of philanthropists that will pay for the massive building. We spoke to him about the library and asked him about philanthropy in urbanism.
The University of Chicago, including my medical practice, is located on Chicago’s South Side – about 5 miles south of the city’s vibrant center. The South Side is home to more than 860,000 people, about half of whom live in poverty.
by Dr Gerard Boyle via Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing
Posted by Pivot Admin, 29.04.2013
Somewhere along the evolution of electronics that created your much loved iPAD or Android tablet, a fairly seismic mutation had to happen in the technology family tree. Somehow, the great lumbering, room filling, valve driven computers that were built to serve the needs of venerable business and government institutions, sprouted a delinquent evolutionary lineage, selecting instead for the needs of the individual user. We can thank Bill, or Steve (W. or J.) or Clive, or the transistor, or whoever you think fit, but this shift away from the development of institutional electronic dinosaurs set the course for the emergence of technology designed for individual use. This technology has fundamentally shifted the relationship between individuals and the institutions we interact with. Going to the bank, visiting the post office, checking a book in the library, doing your shopping or paying your tax no longer means leaving your house or demands that you work around other people’s timetables and systems of work.
Shake, rattle and roll – can we change the Dublin Bus experience for us as we age?
by Desmond O'Neill via Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing
Posted by Pivot Admin, 25.04.2013
Desmond O’Neill is a professor in medical gerontology at Trinity College Dublin, a consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine at Tallaght Hospital, and is a regular columnist with the Irish Times.
A blog from Pr. Rose Anne Kenny via Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing
Posted by Pivot Admin, 22.04.2013
Professor Rose Anne Kenny is the head of the Department of Medical Gerontology in Trinity College Dublin and is an expert on cardiovascular and mobility disorders in ageing. She is director of MISA – the Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing and is the principal investigaor of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing.
People are living longer. These changes take the same worldwide strategic importance as global warming. Never before in the history of humanity has the number of people over 65 out stripped the number under 5. We are living longer by 5 hours per day- a baby girl born today in Dublin will live 3 months longer than her sister born on the same day last year. The biggest increase in Ireland will be in the numbers of people over the age of 80 years- an increase of 60% over the next 20 years.