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Twitter Roundup – July 16: Recycling clothes in NYC, when ideas ‘have sex,’ goats and the city

   /   Jul 16th, 2010Business, Environment, Government, News, Tech

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week:

Trendspotters PSFK (@psfk) alerted us to news that New York City is gearing up to launch one of the largest textile recycling initiatives in the nation. Starting in September, New Yorkers can throw their unwanted jeans, dresses, shirts, and sheets in special bins stationed around town instead of dumping them in the garbage. Why is this a big deal? The average American cans 10 pounds of textiles annually; in NYC alone nearly 200,000 tons end up in landfills every year. If the campaign takes off, other cities may follow suit.

TED (@TEDNews) Global kicked off in Oxford, England. British science journalist Matt Ridley got things rolling on Tuesday with a great talk about how ideas need to “have sex” to really drive progress. How’s that, exactly? Watch the talk online to find out. Check out @TEDNews for tweeted highlights from all the talks—a nice teaser for the videos to come.

This week, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the new National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, designed to help the government foster entrepreneurship and the spread of new ideas. Steve Case (@SteveCase) co-founder of AOL and current CEO of Revolution, will serve as co-chair. Other members include Zipcar founder Robin Chase (@rmchase) and JumpStart Inc. (@JumpStartInc) founder Ray Leach. Are social entrepreneurs underrepresented? Take a look and let us know what you think!

Finally, we leave you with this story from NPR’s Weekend Edition (@NPRWeekend). For the third year running, the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles has employed a herd of goats to trim a hillside in the city’s downtown. It’s $3,000 cheaper than the alternative—using environmentally unfriendly chemicals—and provides quite a conversation piece for workers in the busy area. I found a video of the goats here. Great idea!

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