Growing the Open Food Revolution The open food movement has been developing at a pace in recent months through projects like the Australian-based Open Food Network, a free and open source project aimed at supporting diverse food enterprises and making it easy to access local sustainable food. In this follow-up interview to our profile back in January, founders Kirsten Larsen and Serenity Hill reflect on their recent experience of OuiShare Fest 2014 and the open food revolution they are enabling through free software. The Open Food Network is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to put control of the food system back in the hands of farmers and eaters. Shareable: What are your main reflections and observations having returned from OuiShare Fest? Kirsten Larsen & Serenity Hill: There’s lots going on with a very diverse bunch under a big umbrella.
Kit Bike by Lucid Design packs into a bag Indian company Lucid Design has created a conceptual "bike in a bag" that would quickly dismantle into parts to fit into a backpack (+ movie). The full-size Kit Bike by Lucid Design would be assembled from a series of 21 parts that twist and lock together. "Conventional bikes are awkward in every way except when you ride them," the company's creative director, Amit Mirchandani, told Dezeen. Tripzoom The mobile Tripzoom-app has been developed as a proof-of-concept to improve the personal mobility of travellers and to share information. We created Tripzoom and three pilot areas in Enschede (NL), Gothenburg (SE) and Leeds (UK) to investigate and test how we can help travellers to get better insight in his/her own mobility pattern;what kind of incentives people value;how we can use social networks to share mobility profiles and create a social experience.
parents swap clothes Updated Thredup, an online exchange for children’s clothes, just announced that it has raised $7 million in a second round of funding. The site is aimed at parents who want to find a more economical/less wasteful way to update the wardrobe after their children have outgrown their clothes. So if you’re looking for new clothes, you can go to the site, browse different boxes based on clothing type, brand, size, and so on, then choose the box you want. In return, you need to pay $5 (plus shipping costs) and add your own box of clothes that your child doesn’t wear anymore to Thredup’s listings. The San Francisco company launched about a year ago.
The connected company Many thanks to Thomas Vander Wal for the many conversations that inspired this post. The average life expectancy of a human being in the 21st century is about 67 years. Do you know what the average life expectancy for a company is? Surprisingly short, it turns out. Solutions Sustainia100 2016 This is the year of ‘Systemic Opportunity’! Now in its fifth year, the Sustainia100 has tracked more than 4,500 solutions to date from all over the world. The ultimate Triumph Scrambler? The Scrambler is one of the most-loved Triumph motorcycles of recent times. But there’s a common criticism: its off-road performance doesn’t quite match those beguiling looks. That shortfall has just been blown to smithereens by a team of five motorcycle engineers. And not just any engineers: they’re all part of Triumph’s own chassis development team, based in Spain and led by brothers David and Felipe Lopez. Since 2001, these guys have overseen the development testing of every new Triumph model—so you can guarantee that this custom Scrambler can walk the talk.
Impact — Uncharted Play There are not enough people trying to creatively address the social issues facing the global community. The fewer people we have trying to address our problems in unique ways, the less likely we will be able to solve them. According to a 2013 Gallup Poll, over 83% of households in the United States donated to charity and 65% spent time volunteering. This data suggests that people care about social issues. So why aren't more people engaged in social invention?