1. "This is the most most heinous thing I’ve learned in my two years compiling Fatal Encounters. You know who dies in the most population-dense areas? Black men. You know who dies in the least population dense areas? Mentally ill men. It’s not to say there aren’t dangerous and desperate criminals killed across the line. But African-Americans and the mentally ill people make up a huge percentage of people killed by police."

    What I’ve Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings

    and especially men and women at the intersections of blackness or brownness and mental disability.

    (via disabilityhistory)

  2. Together, we can build a food system that’s better for everyone! Help make it happen by crowdfunding #openfoodnetwork http://thndr.it/VXClCF

    Together, we can build a food system that’s better for everyone! Help make it happen by crowdfunding #openfoodnetwork http://thndr.it/VXClCF

  3. Gardens that take care of us : The Lancet Neurology

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    Gardens that take care of us. By - Adrian Burton

    http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422%2814%2970002-X/fulltext#

    The idea that gardens can have calming, restorative, and even healing effects is certainly not new to western medicine. InVictorian Britain, gardens were an important feature of many psychiatric hospitals. In the modern design of hospital and care-facility gardens, however, landscape architects are looking to understand and maximise these effects for different types of patient. via https://www.facebook.com/therapeuticlandscapes “In the case of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, we now know enough about the implications of changes in spatial cognition to create gardens that are accessible, supportive, and prosthetic”, explains Clare Cooper Marcus (University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA). “For example, the Living Garden at the Family Life Center (designed by Martha Tyson) in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA), is [first] designed to be safe for patients. It is visible from a frequently used indoor space since residents may forget it is there. Entry from a single door to a level garden path, which is a simple figure-of-eight loop with recognisable landmarks along the way, enables people to navigate with no confusing right or left turns or dead ends that could give rise to agitation or anger. The return of the path to that single door prevents any confusion as to how to re-enter the building, and all parts of the garden are visible to the staff.”
    Rick Passo's insight:

    Nice article about  Gardens in Health Care conference. It was a good one! 

    http://www.thelundreport.org/content/legacy-conference-focuses-healing-power-nature.


    The Therapeutic Landscapes Network is a knowledge base and gathering space about healing gardens, restorative landscapes and other green spaces that promote health and well-being. We are an international, multidisciplinary community of designers, health and human service providers, scholars and gardeners. Though our focus is broad, our primary emphasis is on evidence-based design and landscapes in healthcare settings.


    Naomi Sachs, ASLA@healinggarden

    Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network: Connecting people with nature to promote health and well-being.

    http://www.healinglandscapes.org/

     



    See on thelancet.com
  4. The Top 5 Must-See AgTech TED Talks

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    TED talks dive into a bit of everything, including agriculture. Among the many to choose from, we’ve pulled out 5 AgTech TED Talks must-see’s.

    http://agfundernews.com/5-must-see-agtech-ted-talks.html?

    Cori is a multimedia journalist and digital producer for AgFunderNews. With a background in environmental engineering and sociocultural anthropology, her work focuses on the intersection of environmental science, finance and social interest. Cori holds her M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. You can follower her on twitter @coricapik.


    Rick Passo's insight:

    http://agfundernews.com/about

    AgFunderNews is the one-stop-shop for learning about all things Ag. Covering Ag and AgTech startups, innovations and studies, AgFunderNews explores the intersection between finance and Ag. We want to give you the news about today’s Ag and tomorrow’s changes.

    @AgFunder 

    An online syndication platform connecting investors with ag investment opportunities

    http://agfunder.com/


    @coricapik

    MIA-NYC. Pilot, foodie, and ag enthusiast. Digital Producer for @AgFunder and Producer of Spears: The Gospel According to Britney. @columbiajourn grad 

    http://www.coricapik.com/my-blog/

     




    See on agfundernews.com
  5. Open Source Seed Initiative | “Free the Seed!”

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    http://www.opensourceseedinitiative.org/

    The most distinguishing aspect of OSSI, it is the idea that genetic resources – in the form of seeds- are going to be set aside for humanity to use in any way it sees fit. These genetic resources cannot be patented or otherwise legally protected, making them essentially available in perpetuity in a protected commons. If they were just in a regular commons, people could obtain them and protect them, but in this commons they must remain free.


    Hence the phrase “Free the Seed!”


    refer also to www.facebook.com/SeedLibraryLasVegas

    and to 

    http://news.wisc.edu/22748


    This week, scientists, farmers and sustainable food systems advocates will gather on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to celebrate an unusual group of honored guests: 29 new varieties of broccoli, celery, kale, quinoa and other vegetables and grains that are being publicly released using a novel form of ownership agreement known as the Open Source Seed Pledge.

    The pledge, which was developed through a UW-Madison-led effort known as the Open Source Seed Initiative, is designed to keep the new seeds free for all people to grow, breed and share for perpetuity, with the goal of protecting the plants from patents and other restrictions down the line.



    Rick Passo's insight:

    https://www.facebook.com/opensourceseedinitiative/info

    The Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) has been developed over the past two years by a working group of plant breeders, farmers, non-profit agencies, seed advocates, and policy makers. OSSI is dedicated to maintaining fair and open access to plant genetic resources worldwide. OSSI supports innovative plant breeding that produces resilient and productive cultivars.


    Enabling the open exchange of germplasm, with no restrictions on further breeding, is crucial to this new agriculture. OSSI will work toward achievement of (1) A germplasm release framework with no breeding or seed saving restrictions on the germplasm released through its auspices other than that derivatives must also be released with the same freedoms; (2) A robust, vibrant, and well-supported public plant breeding sector producing germplasm and cultivars that can be equitably grown, sold, changed, and distributed; (3) A plurality of sources for farmers, gardeners, and breeders to obtain seed; (4) Integration of the skills and capacities of farmers with those of plant scientists for enhancing and enlarging participatory plant breeding; and (5) Respect for the rights and sovereignty of indigenous communities, and of farmers and farm communities, to play a role in solutions to obtaining seed for food production.


    See on opensourceseedinitiative.org
  6. 2nd Annual Indoor Agriculture Conference | The Future of the Indoor Agriculture Industry - 2nd Annual Indoor Agriculture Conference

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    http://indoor.ag/events/future-indoor-agriculture-industry/

    2nd Indoor Ag-Con @indooragcon Apr 9
    Excited to have @Seedstock join us at ‪#‎indooragcon‬ to moderate a panel with @pammarrone @hortamericas & @ARCHISACRES


    See on indoor.ag
  7. Video: What is a Food Hackathon? – Future Food Tech News

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    Food Hackathon 2.0 - The Future of Food Video Recap #foodhackathon

    http://futurefoodtech.com/food-hackathon-2-0-the-future-of-food/

    Future Food Tech+

    We are a collective of food lovers, hackers, designers and entrepreneurs who love to create, build, prototype, birth and scale innovative solutions to the challenges in our food system. We plan and host Food Hackathons.

    FutureFoodHack@futurefoodhack

    Food Hacking the world!


    Rick Passo's insight:

    http://articles.latimes.com/2013/apr/05/news/la-dd-food-hackathon-techies-hack-food-system-april-67-20130405

    Over the course of the two-day event, techies and food lovers alike will hack the food system to, as described by Food Hackathon’s website, “build networks, cross pollinate ideas and create new products and tools to innovate and improve the food ecosystem.”


    “Food is our greatest common denominator,” West said in a post on Foodnetconnect.com. “If we begin to address the challenges in our food system, then we will begin to solve the problems in our economy, our environment and our health care all while building community.”


    See on futurefoodtech.com

About me

“Dream of Mindanao of being independent economically will remain an elusive dream if present Mindanao leaders will always forget to empower the poorest of the poor in Mindanao. This is the reason why armed conflict always flourish in the country’s second biggest island because the mass based are always forgotten” - Beverly Del Valle, urban poor leader in Caraga region.

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