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.
Fairphone are on a mission: disrupt the mobile phone sector. No big deal, right? Whilst this may seems like a massive feat, competing with the Apples and Samsungs of the world, they’re totally doing it. With 60,000 phones of their first model sold – many of which were pre-ordered with a long wait time – it’s obvious that there’s demand.
Each year when I reflect on Hackney Laces, I’m still astonished we’ve made it this far. 4 years and we still exist! I hope that this feeling never goes away because there’s still so much work to be done. In keeping with tradition, I’ll share what we’ve learned over the past year.
In my last year of highschool, some friends and I volunteered at a soup kitchen in downtown Hamilton. One evening I served a man who said “You can only be sure of two things in life: one, you need to eat and two, you’re going to die. So be sure that when you’re older you work in the food or funeral sector. That way you’ll be sorted for life”. It was incredibly sage advice that I’ve never forgotten (and I do indeed work in the food sector now).
In a few short weeks, the Laces family will be saying goodbye to Alice. And that’s ok because Alice is moving on. First she’s going to America on a soccer scholarship. Then, the world is hers for the taking. Mark my words (you heard it here first) Alice is going places and where ever those places are, she’ll make them better through her compassion and her infectious energy for life and learning. There’s needs to be a stronger synonym for the word proud so I can use it here. That’s how I feel.
Greatest Good is really lovely example of 21st century giving. The web platform offers anyone expert advice from inspiring, smart people in exchange for donations to charities of their choosing. Set up by a group of friends who work in tech, media and marketing, the platform offers access to a huge range of advisors spanning loads of different industries.
“There’s this really smart scientist guy who said that people can learn a lot from dogs. He said that when someone you love walks through the door, even if it’s five times a day you should go totally insane with joy”.
For the next seven minutes do nothing but watch this film. It’s beautiful.
In recent years charities and other cause based organisations have used the act and cost of buying a cup of coffee as a metric for change. Donate your cup of coffee to <insert charity here>. For the amount you spend on a coffee each morning you could <insert outcome for person here>. It’s a nice hook, people can relate to it. It’s a moderately simple sacrifice for a better good. However it has also become so overused as a marketing hook that the effect can be lost.
Upon a recent trip to San Francisco, I needed to rent a car. After tapping up the usual suspects I realised that I didn’t want the burden of looking after a car for the whole week. For one, parking in SF is a nightmare, there are just too many cars. And secondly, I only needed to drive a few times over the course of a week so it felt wasteful.
Why should you give an X in the upcoming UK election?
Because if you don’t vote you can’t complain. You can’t stand up for what you believe in. You can’t decide who decides important things like your reproductive rights as a woman or how elderly people are treated. You can’t have a say in how education, healthcare or any public services are run. People all over the world fight for democracy in their countries everyday so don’t take the right to vote for granted, show conviction and use it.