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Makerspace Thailand: Enabling Simple Innovation

James Johnson Innovation

Among all of our discoveries in Southeast Asia, one has been consistent: this is a region of simple, hands-on innovation. From using one engine to propel everything from a boat to a tractor, to repurposing everything from old tires to fallen bombshells, the people of Southeast Asia find simple solutions to real world problems. It was this culture that inspired …

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5 Rules for Simpler Travel

Simple Discoveries Travel

I’m typing this post up on a minibus in Laos as we jostle our way north to the town of Vang Vieng with 14 fellow travelers. What amazes me is the amount of stuff people are traveling with. Backpackers boarded with bags half their size, not including their hand luggage which essentially equates to a more normal-sized backpack. Our driver …

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Coworking in Vietnam

James Johnson Innovation

How we work is undergoing transformative change. Rapid technological advances and increased connectivity have enabled businesses to shrink their physical footprints while satisfying their employees’ wanderlust through the prospect of remote work. More and more, people are “working from anywhere” which has seen the rise of coworking spaces globally. Such spaces usually provide the amenities you may find in a …

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15 Tips for a New Zealand Road Trip

Jayleen Guttromson-Johnson Travel

We first visited New Zealand in 2010 while on vacation and only toured a small part of the North Island. The trip left us knowing we had to go back to see the acclaimed South Island. When we first started planning our global journey we thought New Zealand would be the prime place to start out with no language barriers and …

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Gilmour Space Technologies: Journey to the Stars

Simple Discoveries Innovation

Australia’s ticket to space may be nestled on the country’s eastern coast between the cities of Brisbane and Gold Coast. In the town of Pimpama, brothers Adam and James Gilmour have turned an unsuspecting strawberry farm into the headquarters for Gilmour Space Technologies – a company dedicated to advancing humankind’s exploration of space. Intermixed with the baying of a few hungry …

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Listening to Spaceships: Canberra and the Deep Space Network

James Johnson Exploration

About 35 kilometers outside of the Australian capital of Canberra a sign reads, “Help us listen to whispers from space.” Just past another sign adorned with the logos of NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the sign encourages entrants to the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex (CDSCC), part of NASA’s Deep Space …

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Lessons from a Kiwi Entrepreneur: A Discussion with Pic Picot

Simple Discoveries Innovation

We didn’t realize we were about to meet an innovative Kiwi entrepreneur, but that’s exactly what happened after we stopped by a New Zealand i-SITE center in Motueka. We were nearing the end of our New Zealand roadtrip around the South Island and inquired about reasonably priced (a.k.a. “free”) activities available to us in the…

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How Travel by Campervan is Like Exploring Space

Simple Discoveries Exploration

Planes, trains, automobiles, and…campervans. In kicking off our around-the-world adventure in New Zealand, we added a new method of transport to our list – the campervan. A simple four-wheeled vehicle retrofitted with a place to cook, eat, and sleep, all the while enabling us to explore on our schedule. No hotel check-ins or crowded tour buses…