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Sustainable Refreshment

Given the feeling of helpless hopelessness as we watch what’s unraveling in Washington these days–with special dismay for what’s coming at the EPA– it is uplifting to read about innovative projects which mitigate pollution while also looking gorgeous. So, first we had green roofs and still they’re a long way from being “common”.  In Portland, … Continue reading

energy / Global Development / Innovation / Invention / Philanthropy

The Remarkable Big Picture Impact Behind 5-Hour Energy

Manoj Bhargava is a remarkable man.  He founded a crazy-scary product which millions of people use, retains lawyers who vigilantly protect his 90+% market share and targets his profits to pursue big ideas to benefit humanity.  Fortunately, he’s got decades to go–and presumably he uses his own product? He has abundant energy, requires less sleep … Continue reading

Architecture / design / Dubai / homes / Innovation

Dubai’s Next Shangri-La Project Realized

From the underwater restaurant at Burj Al Arab building, to underwater living, Dubai is ever topping itself for wow-power contemporary lodging/dining experiences. This one even includes a dose of marine conservation.  Of course, most of the units are already sold.  And, finally someone has built the bathtub view I’ve always dreamed of having–and it’s not … Continue reading

Architecture / art / Arts & Culture / Culture / Curiosities / Economic Development / Innovation / International / Middle East / Museums / urban design

Saadiyat–The Island of Happiness for Culture Vultures

 When I first launched Curated Eclectica, I chose as my background theme my favorite culture creation project in the world: the Saadiyat Island project–a museum mecca extraordinaire, which the New York Times called “A Cultural Xanadu.”   I first was delighted to discover this project upon visiting a scale model exhibit at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and … Continue reading

Business / Curiosities / Economic Development / Food / Good News Stories / Health and Wellness / Innovation / Nutrition / urban design

The Whole Foods Teardrop–and Business Strategy

OK, not to be sappy here or deluded as to its purely philanthropic purpose but I have to admit that this weekend’s Washington Post article about Whole Foods’ gutsy new stores in Detroit and Chicago brought a tear to my eye.  Not being overly sentimental, I wondered now where did that come from?  Well, more than anything, … Continue reading

Curiosities / Environment / Film / Innovation / Nature / Outdoor Adventures / Science / Technology

Diving Deep: James Cameron’s 7 Mile Descent

Film Director extraordinaire James Cameron is one of the world’s most intensely curious inhabitants.  He has stretched the boundaries of film, imagination and now too science with his record shattering deep-sea dive 2 years ago, 7 miles into pitch darkness at the bottom of the ocean.  He is one of the newer uber-wealthy who happily for the … Continue reading