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Twitter Roundup – October 29: Water pumps, toilet paper and BP oil

   /   Oct 29th, 2010Environment, News

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:

PopTech 2010 begins at 9:00 sharp at You don't want to miss it.

This weekend, the massive PopTech (@PopTech) event in Camden, Maine featured talks and demos from dozens of speakers on the theme of “Brilliant Accidents, Necessary Failures, and Improbable Breakthroughs.” Many of the talks streamed live to the web, and many more are being uploaded now. If you weren’t glued to your computer watching it live, or up in Maine taking it all in, check out some the videos here. I especially recommend Jad Abumrad’s talk on sound.

To Infinity And Beyond With Scott Tubeless Toilet Paper -

You read that right. The team at Scott Naturals has finally done away with the tube inside the toilet paper roll, citing what they call a “special winding technique.” Scott promises that every piece of the paper will be usable, without any glue stuck to it. Most consumers throw away those tubes instead of recycling them, so by eliminating the tube, the company is chipping away at the 160 million pounds of trash produced annually.

Water For People Launches New Open-Source Mobile TechnologyFor Monitoring #Water and #Sanitation Projects called FLOW
Water For People

Water for People (@WaterForPeople) has been coming up with innovative ways to bring clean and safe water to the developing world for years, but readily admits that its work is sometimes hard to check up on. That’s why it introduced an application called FLOW (Field Level Operations Watch) that keeps tabs on how all its installed pumps are functioning worldwide. You can check it out here. It’s available as a mobile app and built on an open-source framework, so hopefully more organizations will be adopting transparent checkups soon.

Making lemonade out of lemons: BP’s oil used as ink for “OIL & WATER DO NOT MIX” posters. and

Finally, there’s a neat art project making its way around the Internet. Designer Anthony Burrill, in cooperation with Happiness Brussels, is using oil from the BP spill earlier this year to screen print posters that read “Oil & Water Do Not Mix.” What’s more, the proceeds all go to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) so the project comes full circle. Check the beautiful posters out here.

Did you come across any other notable #socent tweets this week? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @dowserDOTorg.

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