LIFX: smart color-changing lightbulb, currently crowdfunding. innovative in the way that it gives you more control over your home lighting, and that’s the main argument for it. at the same time, it’s an LED and therefore very energy-efficient.
this is exactly how i think the sustainable future needs to be communicated: people should not have to buy (into) anything just because it’s better for the environment (the ‘moral’ argument), but because it is an idea/solution that they like better than the current alternatives (because it’s more fun, desirable, convenient, etc.).
another example: SmartThings, a device designed to give you an enormous amount of control and automation over your home, which has a great energy saving potential (also crowdfunding).
Official Promo Video for the Silent Climate Parade 2012!
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the silent climate parade will roll again through berlin this september!
remember, when we danced through berlin to demonstrate (for) a sustainable future? if not, read the description below to get and idea of what we’re all about! and check out the 2011 video (thx, laurent!) & the website!
the plan for 2012: on september 22, we’ll start the parade around alexanderplatz. get your headphones between 12-2pm, and then the parade will dance silently through east berlin from 2-5pm. we’re in the midst of organizing, so stay tuned via the fb event!
[EDIT: the DJs are confirmed! we proudly present:
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The Silent Climate Parade is a demonstration in Berlin to raise awareness about the failure to solve the climate change problem. With wireless headphones, quality DJs on electromobiles, signs, flyers, choreographies, and lots of enthusiasm, we dance silently through the streets in a fun, colorful and inspiring action to catch people’s attention. We do this to show that it’s possible to have fun, be climate friendly, and make a political statement at the same time. Let’s get moving!
dieses video über goldman sachs macht gerade die runde, würde das schon als akkurate doku einschätzen, auch wenn die sprache nicht immer ganz journalistisch-neutral klingt (remember this guy?). es wird zeit, dieses widerliche finanz- & geldsystem zu ändern!
[in german, hope english subtitles will be added soon!]
‘misfits’ are fruits and veggies that have a different size or shape so they don’t fit the “industrialized standards” and often get left behind, even though they are perfectly edible. the culinary misfits are two designers that save these misfits from becoming waste by cooking delicious – organic, local and seasonal – meals.
they have been cooking and delighting foodies around berlin for about a year, and now they are looking to crowdfund their own space – where they can cook, experiment, invite guests, and sell culinary misfit food. i hope they’ll reach their goal so they can open their new place very soon!
food waste is such a prime example of our modern problems. experts estimate that about 50% of the food in the US and EU goes to waste, worldwide the FAO sees that number at 30%. i blogged about valentin thurn’s taste the waste earlier that shows a farmer couldn’t use 40 percent of his potatoes harvest, which seems to be a rather normal figure. at the same time, the food that europe throws away would be enough to feed the world’s hungry at least twice (tristram stuart even estimates that “one billion hungry people could be lifted out of malnourishment on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe”).
we are not too many, we (our systems) are just too stupid. there is enough for everyone on this planet, we just suck at distributing it. we need to change the economic focus from unlimited growth to a more just distribution that increases overall happiness and resilience.
that’s why i support initiatives like the culinary misfits. there are also another few initiatives worth mentioning: in berlin i had a great time at the teller statt tonne demo, and friends of mine were inspired by the berlin schnippeldisco (where misfits were cut and made into a soup that was handed out at a demonstration for sustainable agriculture) and started disco soupe in paris. food is one of the most essential aspects of our lives and it can connect people like almost nothing else – if we want a better future, we have to redesign the way we feed the world.
love the energy in her speech, the storytelling, and her message of empowerment!
incredible edible makes a great case for urban gardening and edible landscapes. for the same reason of increasing our resilience, i’m a big fan of projects like prinzessinnengarten, an urban gardening experiment in berlin. in fact, it is currently collecting signatures via change.org to ensure its future as a part of the city, so you can help them out with a few clicks.
annie leonard’s latest film of her story of stuff project is her best piece by far, and has turned me into a fan, because i think that it has finally arrived at the most essential and important part of her message.
in case you haven’t seen any of her videos yet, they are cutely animated videos that started out with explaining the process of how things are produced, consumed, and disposed – and what effect that has on the planet.the next few videos were focused on the story behind certain consumer items (bottled water, cosmetics, electronics), the cap-and-trade system, and (my favorite till now) the subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.
the story of change is about her theory of change – and i’m glad to hear that she doesn’t propose that it’s just about changing your shopping patterns. i do think that buying better & less stuff is a good place to start if you can, but it must not stop there. i believe that the systems we have built (money, economy, nation states, education, health care, social services) are not working for us anymore, either due to fundamental changes to the world we live in or the fallibility of the human condition. i think we need to thoroughly rethink and redesign these systems, and that it needs to happen soon if we want to preserve a halfway-livable planet. and by redesign, i mean something that is closer to a revolution than a reform.
“the solutions we need are not for sale at the supermarket”
short video with excerpts of the most inspiring talk i have seen all year: cameron sinclair founded architecture for humanity and builds meaningful buildings all over the world for people that need it most.
during his talk he churned out so many good quotes that it was hard to keep up with writing them down, all the while showing countless projects that he helped build and making a point through each example (something like 4000 in over 48 countries?). his basic message was that architecture is not about sculptures, but about the entire design process that engages the community – and that there are enormous opportunities for those architects that dare to quit being a ‘CAD monkey’ hoping to work on that big project with the famous star architect one day. there are actually 6 billion people out there who will be genuinely grateful for your work in their communities.
one of my favorite quotes: “there are a million ways to save the world, but as an architect, if you don’t build it you’re not doing anything.” also, check out his book design like you give a damn.