how technology might enable rewilding in the U.K. and Europe. Riggall had begun thinking about the historical landscape when he studied environmental archaeology as a university student. “My first introduction to the concept that Europe had a wildwood was through the archaeological record,” he says. Over the years, as he worked in the climate change sector, he noticed a disparity in how that past was discussed—developing countries would be criticized for cutting down forests to farm, but few people talked about the fact that the same thing had happened earlier in Europe at a massive scale, and again when Europeans arrived in America. … [Read more...] about Why we need to “rewild” our environment
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When Beastie Boy Adam Yauch passed away this spring at the age of 47, obituaries didn’t just mention his musical legacy, or his advocacy for a free Tibet. They also acknowledged the mark he left on the independent film world with the company he founded in 2008, Oscilloscope. Even though he didn’t like using the term “DIY” to describe his company (He told the New York Times that it sounds like “a snappy marketing thing to say”), the independent spirit that Yauch encouraged remains with the company even after his death. … [Read more...] about The Other Legacy: Inside Collaboration Lab Oscilloscope
Convincing the mainstream customer Patagonia has now sold thousands of these pieces, and Kremer expects the ReCrafted business to grow further. But for upcycling to become mainstream, he believes it’s important to create designs that resonate. Many artisan upcyclers or creative repairers have a particular aesthetic that draws attention to the fact that the garment is made from old clothes. They might choose a patch in a contrasting color, to show that it’s covering a hole. “The scars tell a story,” says Kremer. “People might ask questions about a patch, and you can tell them about how you skied through thorny bushes, which ripped the jacket.” … [Read more...] about Patagonia has had enormous success with upcycled clothing. Could other brands follow?
To select winners, the editors of Fast Company are again collaborating with Accenture, a leading professional services firm that works with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500 to deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day. Accenture serves as an objective third party, bringing decades of research and expertise on relevant topics, from corporate innovation to workplace inclusion. Together we have devised a series of questions and metrics and developed a rigorous, data-based methodology to evaluate the role innovation plays in a particular company’s operations. … [Read more...] about Fast Company now accepting applications for Best Workplaces for Innovators 2021
When I took engineering during my freshman year, I hoped it would give me the tools and process to develop those kinds of ideas. Instead, we focused on building a solution without first examining the problem. We learned how to draw blueprints from all angles and the names of different mechanics such as pulleys, gears, and levers. We ended the year by using shop tools, such as saws and lathes, to make simple mechanical objects and then using those skills to create one large project such as a mini-car or a primitive clock. We learned how to follow instructions to turn an idea into a prototype, and while that’s a useful skill to have, I think engineering is much more than that. … [Read more...] about I’m a high school sophomore. Here’s how schools can teach kids to solve real-world problems