Here’s what I’d invest in:
Digital Publishing - New platforms that offer immersive media experiences for literary fiction lovers
The literary fiction part is due to my own personal interests (and my fear of the death of imaginative work in a dumbed down world) – but this model could be applied to all fiction and non-fiction. The innovation and technology put into gaming could be applied to merging documentary, non-fiction writing, photojournalism as well as literature, independent cinema, the best in illustration, cinematography, music composition to create rich multi-lateral access to imagination, knowledge and story. Hell it could work for low culture too, that’s the low hanging fruit after all.
I read on Fast Company that this already exists as The Fancy so I signed up – but Pinterest still gets my vote because it builds context with such fluidity as a visualization board for all kinds of planning and creativity. By placing objects or experiences that would lead to acquisition next to the the stuff of life that thankfully does not – plants, a cityscape, a curled up cat – buying becomes more of an act of careful consideration than blind consumption. Organic self-directed retail. Facilitated by a platform that takes the whole spectrum of your life and imagination into account.
Farm-to-Table Fast Food
A farm fresh menu with crops chosen by ease and season. The company would work in cooperation with various local producers. It would mimic the fast food experience in some useful and familiar ways but act as a teaching tool for change in the food system. Done right, it could be replicated anywhere (along the sidelines of the football field? On a corporate campus or at a university? In lower income or subsidized housing estates?) I haven’t worked out the kinks, but I’d invest in this. Jamie? Where are you?
Open Education and Other New Education Business Models
Browsing articles on the rise of homeschooling, statistics in online learning, and the movement against traditional degree programs, nothing on the horizon is due for such a complete overhaul as education. I’m appalled by the idea of the 40,000 dollar Manhattan preschool. (Nobody wins.) Nonetheless, I think progressive dynamic and creative education is invaluable. I look back to my fondness for Montessori and Bennington (no grades) and the New School (essays instead of tests) and know this approach, and ones that incorporate working in a natural environment, is applicable to the future. I’d love to sign on to a new model of education which balances real world social interaction and problem solving with democratic access to the best possible learning tools from top educators.
Skip the middleman. Think. Plan. Make. Sell. I love the 3D printer and I can’t wait until prototypes can be passed onto small factories that can afford to make small batches putting the designer / maker / entrepreneur in the drivers seat. A mini version of this idea exists in Spoonflower.
Data-Mining For Good: Customer Service 3.0
Ignoring the spook factor of privacy concerns, I’d defer to someone else on that one – if you could know enough about your customer to serve them as well as they expect to be served, remembered, listened to, customized for, well I find that very exciting. Innovations in customer experience that really put the customer first could extend to healthcare and safety, travel, home buying, and finance. It could be a good thing put in the right hands. -Chauncey Zalkin0 Comments
For all price ranges and passions (the full post on Tythe.com)
Epicurean Designer Cutting Boards Though this Duluth, Minnesota run company …
Nomi Bags Nomi network produces recycled bags that fight human trafficking.
3. INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS
I’ve always loved the spunk of Junk Prints owner / designer Chanel Kennebrew.
4. GLOBAL DESIGN CULTURE
Yoshii Shirt Stripe Towels – Towels have a strong significance in Japan.
Stacking Vessels by Pia Wustenberg – As I see it, design is art and worth the price to celebrate the human ability to transform materials for use in our everyday lives.
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When Show Love spent a few days last week at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture (home of Blue Hill restaurant deliciousness) as the official videographers of the Young Farmer’s Conference, we spoke to 3 Native Americans who had come from 3 tribes, all working with the Food Corps an initiative to teach kids about healthy food. They came from three tribes: the White Mountain Apache, the Santa Domingo Pueblo, and the Hopi, all in the Southwest. I spoke to them at length and was incredibly moved by their work to instill Native American values in the youths of their tribes and teach sustainable farming – working with and not against nature as they’ve done for thousands of years (and which it seems, we’re just learning). The time feels really ripe to bring the U.S. back full circle to its original values that we so desperately need today. I went back to Women Make Movies site and found this series on promotion through the end of December:
“Native: Through the Eyes of Indigenous Women” includes
‘TOXIC TRESPASS, which covers environmental racism impacting native communities, CLUB NATIVE and MOHAWK GIRLS, two coming of age identity films by the acclaimed Mohawk director, Tracey Deer; the urgent and heartbreaking FINDING DAWN on the human rights crisis of aboriginal femicide; the spirited Southwestern artists’ film THE DESERT IS NO LADY, and a provocative cultural look called NAVAJO TALKING PICTURE.’
Check it out here
*Image from the film Finding Dawn.
Here are some more pictures from our time at the Young Farmers Conference. To learn more about Show Love, social content for lovable companies, read our press release here.0 Comments
Matières à réflexion in Paris is a wonderful example of the Paris atelier in the modern context, a place that combines process, discovery, craftsmanship and human interaction in a single experience. What Women Make speaks with designer Laetitia Azpiroz and partner Cyrille Raillet about their work and their philosophy.
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Using discarded oil drums from around the world, Rafinesse & Tristesse (designers Karim Egger and Petra Schultz) make these lively household design items that have just the right dose of whimsy. We first discovered them when we arrived in Barcelona and attended a fair dedicated to recycling called Drap Art. It was the one item we wanted to buy for our new apartment but never got around to it. Now if they’d only come stateside, we’d snatch up a few stools! They’ve recently written to us showing new items that we’d like to share with you. All of their designs are made in Switzerland and Germany engaging two social projects for manufacturing making the ‘goodness’ of their company full circle. One of these social projects is Triva which works with addicts in Bern and USE which is a working station for handicapped persons in Berlin.
Here are their new products:
and my personal favorite:
And here they are:
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We’re cheating a bit because the only technology in the first two picks is Kickstarter itself which as you probably know enables ideas to become reality in a democratic open forum for proposing your work to the public but the third one well makes up for it as I’m sure you’ll agree. A lot of successes have sprung from Kickstarter’s crowd-sourced funding platform and once you start digging, you find some real gems. Here are a few worth a look this week:
1 / Nice Cream
Local, sustainable, ethical Nice Cream of Chicago needs help. They were happy, cozy, comfortable as a small business employing local growers but now they themselves are growing and dealing with big-time regulations that might just close them down if they don’t raise enough money to comply. We need more of these businesses that support local community and use whole delicious non-chemical foods – so all we are saying is give Kris a chance to keep her company up and running. Check Kris Swanberg out on Kickstarter.
2 / Domestic Construction’s Urban Lot
I was instantly a fan of Maureen and Trish when I found them and their design skills on Kickstarter but I guess I’m not the only one. They were chosen as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 “Most Brilliant Companies to Watch of 2010”. I found them kickstarting their plan to till the soil and make something beautiful out of a plot of land in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Judging from the output of their company, Domestic Construction, they are definitely equipped to do the job. I had to embed their kickstarter video too. It’s irresistible especially until 4:13:
3 / Bionic Eye
Self-described as the media haven for transhumanism, Tanya Marie Vlach sought to recreate the functionality of her lost eye by placing a camera in her ocular prosthetic. With this mission she overcame post-trauma depression and is creating a graphic novel, game, web series, and performance. She’s fully funded and has just had events in NY and SF.
We will bring you a dose of Kickstarter goodness and picks from any future funding platforms monthly right here on whatwomenmake.com0 Comments
Carole Collet created the textile futures course at the famed Central Saint Martins School. The course celebrated its 10th anniversary with two exhibits, one in London earlier this summer and another during Milan Design Week in April.
Highlights from the show as seen in this video include using air as a material, exploring the manipulation of DNA to produce products and how that will effect manufacturing in the future, digital skins (which needs more explanation) and a plea to come back to our physical senses, the importance of touch.
One student describes her work as a biological atelier – the mutual explorations of the scientist, the designer, and the craftsman a theme to which all projects seem tied. All of the work explores the tension between past and future, lo-tech and high-tech, explains Collet.
You will notice that the voices represent a breadth of nationalities. Beautiful provocative stuff.
video via Jotta
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