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…

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…

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…

Exploring Gamification
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Exploring Gamification

My recent experiences with gamification. [post_grid id=”1390″] 1) Connecting with the Community I started collaborating and gamifying the experience early on the #alm201 hashtag by introducing myself via video and then continued to contribute and respond to other students’ efforts. I responded to the layered quests Adam (our unit coordinator) set, and by liking, commenting,…

The Democratising Potential of Celebrity and Cosmopolitan Solidarity
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The Democratising Potential of Celebrity and Cosmopolitan Solidarity

The role celebrities play in promoting cosmopolitan values over communitarian tribalism was highlighted in the recent presidential inauguration of Donald Trump which was shunned by many A-list celebrities. This was contrasted with the widespread support for anti-Trump rallies like Alec Baldwin’s. Trump’s communitarian, tribal and divisive America first campaign strategy which was an affront to…

You’re Fake Microcelebrity: Performing the Commodity of Authenticity
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You’re Fake Microcelebrity: Performing the Commodity of Authenticity

This is my undergraduate video and exegesis attempt at understanding celebrity culture and authenticity. Also, see the follow-up article The Democratising Potential of Celebrity and Cosmopolitan Solidarity My video (below) opens with scenes from the French dystopian short film Logorama (2009) which is a critique on “the loss of real authenticity” in a world which…

Digital Divides and The Creative Commons
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Digital Divides and The Creative Commons

While rampant, unsustainable, growth-oriented capitalism has become the underlying code that is driving digital divides we can take hope in the open source, sharing community as a way forward. The colonial interests of capitalism are, using new extractive technologies and platforms, sabotaging community bonds, and increasing digital divides but I look to show here through…

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…