DIY Community Bike Workshop
The Motomethod is a Community Motorcycle Repair Shop in Vancouver. What differ the shops from ordinary bike shops is that it’s allow the customer to take part in the repairs or modification of their bikes, which gives them the opportunity to learn how their bike work, as well as making them understand that new isn’t always best; maintaining and modifying what you have can sometimes be just as good, if not better.
Open Network Equals Power to the People
Don Tapscott is author of 15 books about aspects of how digital is shaping the fundament of civilization. The talk provides a good insight into how a more open network is providing collaboration, transparency, sharing and empowerment to voices that normally wouldn’t have the chance to express their opinions, and how this support democracy and innovation.
Why Communications Matter to Science
Mark Henderson, one of Britain's leading science communicators, argues that science needs to have a more dominant place in society. He presents the shocking fact that out of the 650 MP's in Parliament, only one comes from a science background. With little knowledge of the scientific method, many MP's are blind to the fact that science can positively contribute to policy. In this RSA presentation, Henderson urges his fellow geeks to become more involved; lobbying in their communities and making an actual difference.
The Power of Food – Za’atar in Arab Culture
Oday Kamal is a food education consultant at the American University in Cairo and Co-founder of the Youth Food Movement Australia. Kamal believes young people play a unique role in the future of food. In this TED salon, he explains how important Za'atar, a unique spice blend, is to the development of Arab culture.
The Teen-Lead Mobile Provider For Teens
Following on from Business Insider's recent research into the lives of teens online, and specifically that teens prefer to SMS rather than call, Bliep is a new, transparent, student-led Dutch mobile company that targets young smartphone users with a plan that focuses less on voice and more on text and internet usage. An interesting shift in focus for a telco company, and probably quite a sensible direction based on behavioural insight around how young people use their phones.
Social Movements as Media Channels
In this edition of Forbes "Two On Two," Elasticity's Aaron Perlut chats with Scott Goodson, founder and CEO of the 'movement marketing agency' Strawberry Frog. Goodson speaks of his newly published book 'Uprising' and the inspiration he took from working with brands such as Ikea and Smart Car to build brands through cultural movements. He argues that by aligning a brand to a movement, it becomes more relevant and prolific, especially when the cause is a noble one. This 'movement strategy' makes USP's less significant, turning the focus of the brand on what speaks to current social and cultural needs.
Behind the Kickstarter Numbers
The website Kickstarter is ushering a revolution in how creative ideas acquire funding. Coming to the UK this Autumn the site allows members of the public to post projects which can be funded by the crowd pledging anywhere between £1 to £50, 000. For the strength of the idea, how it's written up and the video accompanying it, creative projects have the potential to draw in many hundreds or thousands times more cash than they aimed to. There are a plethora of interesting things going on here including cutting out the research of whether a product will be successful as well as lowering the barrier to entry for a product. Yet the success of a project is not a guarantee and so Kickstarter isn't necessarily a guarantee itself though projects like the Pebble e-ink watch managed to gather over $10 million. Rather Kickstarter is a means to draw passionate communities together over creative ideas. This infographic explores some of the projects that fail on Kickstarter. After all it is only through failure that we can learn to succeed.
WTF is the Maker Movement?!
Described as a ‘do-it-yourself culture on steroids,’ the Maker Movement is all about everyday people utilizing open source technologies to create their own innovative projects. Facilitated by the Arduino microcontroller, makers have been able to come up with projects such as plants that tweet you when they need to be watered and homemade 3D printers. These open source technologies have made it easier for people to integrate the physical and digital world, and in turn democratizing the making process.
The Importance of Play In Making
Megan Tulac, Director of Research at the National Institute for Play, speaks to a group of makers on the importance of playing. She describes an experiment where neurologists removed the frontal cortex of mice and found that the animals continued to play, demonstrating that play is associated with instinct. Applied to everyday life, play is shown to foster trust, strengthen social bonds, and spark curiosity. Consequently, applying it to the workplace to aid in problem solving can yield great benefits.
The Web of Human Knowledge
For the longest time, trees have acted as a metaphor for the way we classify things and share knowledge, justified by our need for visual order, symmetry and simplicity. In this RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft, speaks of a paradigm shift in the way humans map information. Lima argues that this simplistic view of the world has developed into that of interconnected webs – networks. These visually complex, albeit organized webs can be found all over, from the neuro–networks of mice to the cosmic structure of the universe.
The Entrepreneurial Need for a Revolution
Alia Mahmoud, NYU graduate of International Business and Economic Development, sought to understand business’ business in peacemaking. After the Tunisian revolution she relocated there to spearhead a nonprofit initiative for job creation. In her TEDtalk, she speaks of the need for an entrepreneurial revolution in Tunisia to integrate the masses of unemployed youth back into society. Mahmoud acknowledges that to inspire change there must be a reworking of the education, banking, and private sectors.
Gidsy – The Ebay of Activities
The creation of Dutch brothers Edial and Floris Dekker, Gidsy is a website that urges users to “do something different.” Described by Edial at NEXT Berlin 2012 as “a marketplace for things to do.” Members are encouraged to host and/or attend events that can range from mushroom picking to 3D printing workshops. As a peer-to-peer network, Gidsy gives its users complete pricing control, offering an alternative and affordable way to do excursions and activities.