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GoldieBlox – disrupting the pink aisle

Do you ever feel frustrated that there are still so few women graduates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics? Is it really such a wonder when early in a girl’s life, she is inundated with pretty, pink toys – toys that usually don’t encourage her to enter those fields.

Enter GoldieBlox, a toy company out to show the world that girls deserve more choices than dolls and princesses, teaching girls that engineering and science can be fun too— growing their potential to build the future — literally.

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A Year of Open Source Living

Starting 1 August 2012, Berlin based filmmaker Sam Muirhead will ‘live’ Open Source for a year – that is without proprietary goods, “using and creating only Open Source solutions for every aspect of life, from cutting videos to chopping onions”!

In this ultimate DIY maker experiment, Sam will “be testing just how far the open source idea can go in real life” and giving us a glimpse of the future that Linus Torvalds (founder of Linux) imagined when he said ”The future is open-source everything,”

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Women are Heroes

“once you start on the road to emancipation you have to keep going….

‘Women Are Heroes’ celebrates the heroism of women living through hardship and conflict. Created by French photographer and ‘urban artivist’ JR, Women Are Heroes is a powerful and provocative project that gives identity and a voice to the women of Africa, Brazil, India and Cambodia who are often victims of wartime, crime, assault, and political extremism.

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Upcycling

What’s on TV tonight? Read on…

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The Power of Love

We Love You, is a campaign created by 41 yr old, Israeli citizen and Graphic Designer, Ronny Edry to help prevent a war between Israel and Iran. On March 15th, he posted a poster on Facebook. The message was simple. Iranians. We love you. We will never bomb your country.

Within 24 hours, thousands of people shared the poster on Facebook, and he started receiving messages of love and peace back from Iran. Showing the world that peace lies in the people not the politicians.

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Cape Town 2014 on film: What does design need to solve for you?

At the 2012 Design Indaba Expo, visitors to the World Design Capital 2014  stand were offered a pencil and post-it note, and invited to answer this question: “What does design need to solve for you?”

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Shove – How design can nudge social behaviour and boost the economy

In this video David Kester (chief executive of the UK’s Design Council), explores ways that design can help nudge social behaviour and boost the economy. Kester talks specifically about design interventions that positively influence healthcare issues and social issues, such as alcohol abuse. He promotes a new design-led approach that turn social challenges into economic opportunities.

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Simple Intrigue

Strolling through Hout Bay’s Harbour Market, I stumble across this magical little stall where abandoned objects and books are given new life and transformed into works of art, some functional, some, simply intriguing…

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Window Farming

Window Farms is a project that helps people grow food in urban windows through crowdsourced research and development of DIY hydroponic vertical gardening.

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