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This week in PopTech: Synth hacks, life design and personal analytics reports

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

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Watch now: Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin on empowerment through resilience

Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, explores how resiliency can empower even the most destitute and vulnerable communities. “When the World Bank was planning to invest $100 million dollars in upgrading the slums in Nairobi, these slum-dweller leaders were represented at the table.”

Watch now: Eben Upton makes Raspberry Pi

Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, shows how he is hooking a new generation of kids on computer programming. “I remember sitting down with my wife for dinner...and we had this sudden, appalling realization that we had promised 600,000 people that we would build them a $25 dollar computer.”

This week in PopTech: The battle for water and light in L.A.

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

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This week in PopTech: Sky high calligraffiti, reservation tales and encoded DNA

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

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Blue Earth Alliance sponsorship opportunity for photogs

Man with cameraInterested in sharing your unique perspective of our changing world? The Blue Earth Alliance, which helps support photographic projects that "educate the public about endangered cultures, threatened environments, and important social issues," is currently accepting project proposals from documentary photographers focusing on these issues.

"We're focused on public education and inspiring positive social change," says Blue Earth's Executive Director Bart Cannon. "If your project helps to get people involved, we'd love to take a look."

Blue Earth sponsorships can include financial support, mentorship, help with PR and marketing, and other services depending on project needs. Past projects have included wildlife photographer Florian Schulz and Christoph Gielen's aerial studies of American prisons

Deadline is August 20th and submission guidelines can be found on their site.

Photo by Michelle Riggen-Ransom/twitter:@mriggen

This week in PopTech: Stories of cultural excess, programming power and...how to tell them

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

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Watch now: Writer Andri Magnason on preserving Iceland through the power of words

From the Icelandic food store chain, Bonus, to the midnight sun, everyday Iceland inspires writer Andri Magnason. His poetry and children's books reflect his deep connection to his homeland as does the way he's schooled himself—and the public—on preserving Iceland’s beauty and natural resources.

In case you missed it, check out who will be taking the stage at PopTech Camden here.

Listen now: amiina, former string section for Sigur Ros, wows at PopTech Iceland

Icelandic five-piece band amiina got their start as the string section for the legendary Sigur Ros and took the PopTech stage with a glockenspiel, a musical saw, a couple of violins, drums, and a laptop. The result? Seventeen minutes of complex, sweetly innocent music that we think will brighten your day.

amiina will be at PopTech Camden 2012! Secure your ticket here

Watch now: Simonetta Carbonaro on how consuming less can make you happier

What are the economic and emotional benefits of consuming and producing less? How can the power of words be used to preserve a country’s beauty and natural resources? What does the combination of a glockenspiel, saw, violins, drums and a laptop sound like? This week we’re excited to debut videos from a musical group and two presenters who took the stage in PopTech Iceland last month: an Icelandic five-piece band, a consumer psychologist, and an activist poet.

First up, a talk from Simonetta Carbonaro, a consumer psychologist who encourages us to think differently about consumption. She reminds us that a consumer-hungry outlook for cheaper and faster is outdated, and that we now know that consuming and producing less, in fact, creates more jobs, more free time, and more happiness. 

Enjoyed this talk and craving more? Join us at PopTech Camden this fall. Register today.