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The P2P Model is Coming to Energy

Soon you may be able to buy your electricty from your neighbor.

Ever dreamt of a world where you could choose your renewable energy provider a-la-Airbnb? The new person-to-person electricity trend, which began in the Netherlands in 2013 and spread to the UK, is bringing the innovative concept to life.

The Amsterdam based Vandebron, which translates to “from the source,” provides a direct marketplace between local farms generating clean power and local homeowners and businesses looking for a low cost, no fuss renewable energy source.

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An empty lot near a hospital in Malawi has been transformed into the country's first playground for disabled children, with play equipment made from recycled materials—including—appropriately for the location—an old ambulance.

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What would you do if your city announced it would close 19 out of 25 local libraries? Protest, complain, become a cynic, or take action and create something new? A group of residents from Rotterdam chose the latter when we learned that our libraries would be closing by the end of 2012.

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Can Better Designed Classroom Furniture Help Students Who Can't Sit Still?

Dutch architecture firm i29's wire furniture designs might make it easier for students with ADD to concentrate.

Whether a classroom has student desks lined up in neat rows facing forward, or collaboration-friendly groups of desks or tables, one fact remains the same: Students are expected to sit still for the majority of the school day. For kids who are naturally fidgety, or have ADD or learning disabilities, that's a real challenge. But as Fast Company Design reports, a Dutch architecture firm, i29, thinks they've found a solution that will make it easier for kinetically-inclined students to concentrate.

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Hella Jongerius Designs 300 Vases to Accompany Her New Book

The Dutch designer worked with a 400-year-old factory to create one-of-a-kind vases for the collector's edition of her upcoming book.

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Dutch designer Hella Jongerius is famous for her ability to merge her handmade aesthetic with mass-production techniques for companies like Vitra and Ikea. Even her new monograph, Hella Jongerius: Misfit, published by Phaidon this January, includes these handmade elements, with a stitched spine and zine-like pages, designed by Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom. 300 special edition copies will feature even more of Jongerius's touch: She's not only signing and numbering them, she's also creating 300 one-of-a-kind vases that will accompany the books.

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