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Limits to Growth was right. New research shows were nearing collapse | Cathy Alexander and Graham Turner | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Limits to Growth was right. New research shows were nearing collapse | Cathy Alexander and Graham Turner | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

This is a sobering article, that shows research by M I T back in the 70s puts us on course for real problems in terms of consumption and mass manufacturing – as if we don’t really no this ! It makes for depressing reading as it belives it is too late to alter behaviour, and doubts whether governments have the power to respond. It is merely a case now of individuals planning and protecting themselves…

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Alternative art schools: a threat to universities? | Education | The Guardian

 

Good to see educational alternatives springing up to challenge the status quo …

Alternative art schools: a threat to universities? | Education | The Guardian.


Shareable: Share or Die: A Challenge for Our Times

 

Shareable: Share or Die: A Challenge for Our Times.

It is often the poor or vulnerable who out of nesseitity – show us how we should live


Satellites in the shed? the new DIY revolution

 

Satellites in the shed? TEDGlobal announces the new DIY revolution | Technology | The Observer.

‘The latest edition of the ideas festival at Edinburgh was abuzz with the ‘maker movement’: a phenomenon that aims to take manufacturing out of factories and put it into people’s homes’

‘If this sounds like Marxism, a world in which workers own the means of production, it is and it isn’t. One of the speakers at TEDGlobal, author Rachel Botsman from Sydney, who has coined the term “collaborative consumerism”, says: “It’s definitely capitalism. But it’s more democratic forms of capitalism.”

The democratising of making  – is it really ? Is the term self taught a little overI optimistic ? And hiding high levels of education in other fields …?


Home-Made Europe: the DIY geniuses shaking up design | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

 

Home-Made Europe: the DIY geniuses shaking up design | Art and design | guardian.co.uk.

This is an excellent article that refers back to Justin Mc Guirk’s writing on ‘craft fetishism’ … the romance of skill and process… with a little dose of British eccentricity !


Mind the Future

Mind the Future

Contemporary trends delineated in a comical, design-forward compendium

this trailer is great !

Mind the Future.


A System For Preserving Food The Ancient Way: Green And Electricity-Free | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

 

A System For Preserving Food The Ancient Way: Green And Electricity-Free | Co.Design: business + innovation + design.

‘Refrigerators consume about a sixth of all household electricity, more than any single kitchen appliance. What’s an environmentally minded consumer to do? You could buy an Energy Star refrigerator, but it’d only be about 20% more efficient than a standard model. So here’s a thought: Toss your fridge, and replace it with designer Jihyun Ryou’s manual food preservation system.’

The future seems to be ‘old knowledge’ …..


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