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
Characterful, quirky, and meticulously crafted animation helped Aardman, the British company behind Wallace & Gromit, build an international fan base and Oscars success. The studio’s new feature, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (it’ll be called Pirates! Band of Misfits, in the U.S.), stars the voices of Hugh Grant, Jeremy Piven, and Salma Hayek. The stop-motion film, which tells the story of a band of pirates who get into an adventure with Charles Darwin, is the company’s most elaborate and ambitious yet. As impressive as Aardman’s animations, though, has been its ability to grow without destroying what made it special in the first place–the feeling that its productions are a labor of love made by two men in a shed. … [Read more...] about How To Grow While Staying Insanely Creative, The Aardman Way
Take Zara, which partnered with the Council of Fashion Designers of America in December to enlist emerging fashion designers in upcycling vintage clothing. The catch? The designers had to use new fabric Zara provided. Zara went on to manufacture these designs using new materials, which were sold as a capsule collection at certain Zara stores. At first glance, the program appeared to be bringing upcycling into fast fashion, but in reality, the collection wasn’t any different from a traditional one. (Zara declined to comment on this story.) … [Read more...] about Patagonia has had enormous success with upcycled clothing. Could other brands follow?
This year the editors and judges will be on the lookout for companies that have shown exceptional innovation in 2020. “COVID, along with the resulting upheaval in business, has made innovation more important than ever. Companies are moving to a ‘next normal’ in how to innovate, capitalizing on human ingenuity and technology to tackle the world’s greatest challenges,” said Paul Daugherty, group chief executive of Accenture Technology. “With today’s increasingly virtual and dispersed workforce, organizations must find new ways to support a vibrant culture and workplace for innovation in order to effectively compete.” … [Read more...] about Fast Company now accepting applications for Best Workplaces for Innovators 2021