“Innovate to Survive”: MAYA’s Mick McManus on Wall Street Journal Online

Many organizations are making technology decisions as reactions to 2009’s economic malaise. Instead, tech firms, energy companies, and even hospitals should proactively design two years ahead with the economy’s future turnaround in mind, says Mick McManus, CEO of Rhiza’s parent company MAYA Design. Learn more in this online feature for the Wall Street Journal (also featured in MITSloan):

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Cool Tools: User-filtered biz news, tourism aggregation, brief map links, and geodata parties

Some more cool tools: BusinessWeek has launched Business Exchange, a user-filtered news aggregator separated into professional interest topics. (My personal favorite – the urban planning feed.) NYCGo has collected myriad New York City travel brochures into one interactive map so popular that heavy traffic crashed the site soon after it went live. [via New York Times City Room] “Some map…

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Cool Tools: Urban reinvestment, language acquisition, and daily letters to Obama

Obviously, Rhiza Labs makes the coolest participatory Web tools around. And, there’s a lot of creativity in the web world. We’re particularly impressed with: The National Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Visions for Transforming America, an interactive map showing older neighborhoods that are ripe for revitalization, those neighborhoods’ metropolitan contexts, and slideshows illustrating paths to reinvestment. [via Rooflines] LiveMocha combines social…

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