It's not every day one sees a fully-functional smart city, given crumbling urban infrastructure in many countries, so a visit to a metropolitan area that runs well and serves its residents efficiently is a delightful sight for sore eyes.
When I launched Beyond Silicon Valley two years ago, I didn't think it would be possible to build deep relationships with my online students, especially compared to the meaningful and rich relationships I have with the entrepreneurship students in my traditional face-to-face classroom.
Past precedent would say that building basketball's newest technological epicenter would be costly to the environment, because buildings of this size require massive amounts of energy to build and run. But our fans had a different idea.
So are innovators in science and energy just too wonky to reach out to the public? Not at all - it's looking like they may be just wonky enough. Here are three successful campaigns, each with its own short video by This Planet.
This black hat/white hat dichotomy works best if you can reduce it to individuals as symbols. McKibben is obviously the white hat for the environment. In 2013, his status was confirmed with a Gandhi Peace Award.