Design Thinking and Permaculture: A New Model for Innovation and Sustainability
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Design Thinking and Permaculture: A New Model for Innovation and Sustainability

Introduction: Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that integrates the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success. With post-war activist origins and an emphasis on creativity practices, design thinking has gained wider traction globally in recent years to solve complex, “wicked” social and cultural problems. Permaculture, on…

What lessons from the past can generative AI technology can learn from to realize its potential?
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What lessons from the past can generative AI technology can learn from to realize its potential?

The Robodebt Scheme in Australia has been a tragic example of how not to use technology. The automated debt collection system caused immense suffering for many Australians, and serves as a cautionary tale for those developing similar technologies. By understanding the lessons of this scheme, we can ensure that future generative AI technology is used…

The Deeper Meaning in #Vanlife
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The Deeper Meaning in #Vanlife

Although these articles are directed toward #vanlife many of the same issues could apply to YouTube sailing channels. #Vanlife and YouTube Sailing Channels The rise of the #vanlife and YouTube sailing channels have both captured the imagination of many people looking for an escape from the traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle. Both movements have attracted individuals who…

Converting to a Social Enterprise
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Converting to a Social Enterprise

Ever wondered how to change your business structure and branding to a not for profit status? By changing to this structure you can contribute to sustainable capitalism and build strong relationships and affinities with your customers. Your customers then become your strongest ally selling your brand for you and contributing to positive change. Here is…

Rebel/Explorer Archetype Sustainable Travel Project
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Rebel/Explorer Archetype Sustainable Travel Project

If I have been a little quiet online lately, that’s because I have been working on Green Travel List. This site focuses on sustainable travel options from resorts to eco-lodges and takes in a range of options like treehouses and glamping options. COVID has changed the world in many ways, and travel is not an…

Ethical Gamification for a Sustainable Planet
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Ethical Gamification for a Sustainable Planet

If you struggled with this then check out my introduction to gamification. Most Fortune 500 companies now use gamification in attempts to engage audiences. However, experts claimeighty percent of businesses will get it wrong because they fail to consider their audience’s motivations and instead act out of coercive self-interest (cited in Burke, 2014 p. 9)….

There’s the Internet of things IoT but what about the Internet of Humanity IoH?
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There’s the Internet of things IoT but what about the Internet of Humanity IoH?

An Internet of Humanity IoH to resist Surveillance Capitalism There’s the Internet of things IoT but what about the Internet of Humanity IoH? Introduction While self-tracking with the rise of the IoT is contributing to many pro-social benefits for public health, these practices are also transforming notions of the public and private self and raising…

The role of mobile telephony in the renewal of the public sphere and the extension of democratic processes
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The role of mobile telephony in the renewal of the public sphere and the extension of democratic processes

Mobile phone use has become ubiquitous (fig. 1), especially among the young and wealthy with more than five billion uses worldwide (Pew Research, 2019). Smartphones herald the arrival of convergence bringing together the formally ‘separate business of media, telecommunications, and computing/information technology into interdependent services’ via digital networks (Cinque, 2012, p,14).  The speed of change…

The Possibilities and Limitations of Internet Activism
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The Possibilities and Limitations of Internet Activism

The health of the public sphere as a gauge to the possibilities and limitations of internet activism in the networked society Activism today is dominated by networks and global forms of organisation made possible through today’s digitally hyperconnected world. The ground-breaking work of Manual Castells (2007, 1999, 2016, 2017) has articulated a utopian vision of…

Petri Dish – A sci-fi short story
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Petri Dish – A sci-fi short story

A girl called Delphia in a study In a bright and happy bedroom, Delphia, a primary school girl is sprinkled small fragments of bio-material into a petri dish. She watched the tiny fractals, made intelligent by a Wi-Fi connection, autonomously self-organize into various new tiny species of gadgets.  The box revealed the toy was one…

Global Timing – How time management and global warming are linked
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Global Timing – How time management and global warming are linked

This week I was set the task to write about time management in about 300 words. Taking the macro lens to the problem given the recent education I had been given on the topic by a couple of my favourite scholars I looked at the issue of the apparent lack of time we all seem…

How van life compares to permaculture
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How van life compares to permaculture

Van life and permaculture may seem like two very different ways of living, but they have some important similarities. Both van life and permaculture are centered around the idea of living a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle. One of the key principles of permaculture is the concept of “care for the earth.” This means designing…