Category: Projects I like (page 1 of 6)

Sage Project

Every day we’re bombarded with information about our food. From offers and nutritional claims to ingredient labels and on-pack information like sustainability credentials – it’s pretty hard to work out what’s important and what it actually means.

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Waiting

What’s the longest you’ve had to wait for something? Was it even worth waiting for? This simple idea, rooted in human behaviour is so impactful because it makes you think about what really matters.

Since c. 2008, I’ve had an idea that you could use tech to facilitate organ donation. Not in a sinister black market kidney sale kind of way, but more a connected, open, live saving sort of vibe. Ask Anna Maybank, she’ll confirm how much I talk and have talked about this. She thinks it’s illegal (I think she’s right).

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What three words

How can you give an address to places that may not have a street name? Or a postcode? Insert what3words, an addressing system that assigns three random words to every 3×3 meter square of this world, giving every place a unique identifier.

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Sounds of change

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This studio project from Hungry Boys is a lovely idea. Sounds of Change is an online music label that offers exposure and revenue a stream to street performers. For launch three buskers were chosen and given the opportunity to record in a studio. The tracks were then shared with music streaming services like Spotify and iTunes.

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Red Trees

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In addition to being a Pentagram partner, brilliant designer and all round inspiring person, with a huge heart, Marina willer also makes films. And her latest one is the the most personal story she’s ever told.

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The littlest of libraries

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The Little Free Library began as one man’s tribute to his mother, a former school teacher, and has since become a global movement. Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin built a small replica of a school house, filled it with books and placed it in front of his house for friends and family to enjoy. Now there are more than 15,000 registered sites around the world, enabling anyone to create their own book collection for their community.

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A better way of giving

 

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The holiday season has become saturated with stuff. Shiny, new, novel stuff. Increasingly so, the spirit of giving gets lost in a consumption–driven, sale seeking madness, fuelled by cheap chocolate and festive flavoured hot drinks. We forget that a huge part of Christmas is generosity.

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Read More Hong Kong

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Spotted in Pacific Coffee this morning: a corner shelf full of preloved books. The books are part of a city–wide sharing initiative, known also a ‘book floating‘.

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HandUp

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Many pressing socio-economic problems need rethinking. Homelessness is one of these. There have been a slew of amazing projects, stories and organisations emerging with new ideas to solve homelessness, a problem that exists everywhere.

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Introducing the AlphaSphere

Today I had the privilege of meeting Adam Place, founder and inventor of the AlphaSphere, a new type of instrument. Rather than explain what the AlphaSphere is, just watch this video. It will blow your mind and make you want to demo, if not own one.