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March 30, 2017

In the news ... March 30, 2017

A Wake-up Call: The Rise and Demise of Hello Barbie

Once upon a time, which happened to be close to around March 2015, Mattel introduced Hello Barbie, the world's first "interactive doll". With the press of a single button, the voice of its user was to be recorded and processed, and the Hello Barbie would respond to the question or statement recorded. The interactive doll appeared to be a dream come true for children and parents alike: for the former, an ever-present friend with whom to babble and play, and, for the latter, someone to provide answers and explanations to the incessant curiosity of their child, granting them a little respite. How could this not be a miracle?

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 CaGBC launches interactive green building toolkit

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has launched an interactive toolkit to guide organizations and governments in implementing green building policies and programs.

“Many municipalities and organisations are interested in building more sustainably but need to build buy-in from other departments on the business benefits for pursuing green building certification,” said Akua Schatz, the CaGBC’s director of advocacy and development.

“The toolkit has already been used in presentations to municipal staff to provoke discussion, answer questions and define the significant contributions and impact LEED buildings have had in Canada over the past 15 years.”

The toolkit is designed to provide a comprehensive update of the state of the industry and define the environmental, economic, health and business benefits of green buildings. Through it, individuals can learn more about the CaGBC’s role in representing and providing thought leadership on green buildings for industry and government.

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 Nonprofits and Digital Strategy: Where Would Your Organization Rank Itself?

Digital technologies transform how nonprofits connect with clients and create value with their stakeholders. Digital strategies change how we in the nonprofit sector think about our mission and its role in the current marketplace of ideas and services. Most dramatically, digital technologies have exploded how nonprofits think about data and innovation.

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