Merry Christmas!

Here’s my (second) favourite Christmas story …


“One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six…”

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Carbon War Room

One Planet Seven Theatres … Carbon War Room
The Carbon War Room is a global philanthropic initiative, founded to harness the resource and skills of the Planet’s entrepreneurs and institutions to urgently deliver solutions that enable humanity to prosper beyond the carbon economy. Our Founders include some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and institutions who are passionate about solving this problem.

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Good Ideas: Lindt Gold Bunny, Virtue

This Easter weekend, Lindt hosted the “Gold Bunny World” at The Westfield Shopping Centre. Situated in the atrium, outside the Nike and Apple stores, it featured a maze created from real hedgerow, stilt walkers, a pop up shop selling gold wrapped chocolate rabbits (with £1 from every sale going to GOSH), and colouring in activities and other events for children – not to mention the giant gold bunny.

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Tousle-haired and sartorially challenged ex-Fallon planner Spencer Baim started up “Virtue” to help “tap Vice Magazine‘s genius” (shurely shome mishtake?) And who knew, it seems to be working …
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WANT, Hand Me Down

WANT is an interactive (anti) retail experience created by the the University of Washington’s Environmental Design class. The exhibit is designed to make learning about saving money a pleasurable experience. Actual goods are replaced with lookalike objects that preach the benefits of thrift. It’s an interesting subversion, encoding a message at-odds with the inherent nature of the retail environment.
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Clearly, most of us are consuming far more than we need or should. We live in a culture characterized by planned obsolescence and throwaway fashion. And some progressive brands like howies with their hand me down range are beginning to address the issue.
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