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…

Students Perceptions of Surveillance for the ‘Common Good’ During COVID-19
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Students Perceptions of Surveillance for the ‘Common Good’ During COVID-19

This study explores the everyday practices of phone use in university students and their attitudes towards a surveillance culture and control during the time of the COVID-19 ‘lockdown’.  During the time of this study, an app was released by the Australian Government asking Australians to put aside their concern for privacy and instead consider the…

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)….

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…

Mindful Phone Use Connecting Humanity During COVID 19

Mindful Phone Use Connecting Humanity During COVID 19

The neuroscience of mindfulness reveals how mindful attention can change the brain, mould identity, improve awareness and bridge mental connections with past present and others, allow users to ‘thrive online’ (Rhinegold, 2012, p. 240). Research is increasingly exploring how by deliberately cultivating mindfulness, by paying attention to breath, body, emotions, attitudes, and attention in a…

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…

Digital Media Interview with Millicent – Collaboration

Digital Media Interview with Millicent – Collaboration

The awesome Millicent Nankivell (https://twitter.com/millienankivell) and I belong to a Digital Media alumni group (#DDMAlimni on Twitter). We met on Twitter and decided to simply make some media for the sake of it and to support the unit hashtag. Making media for others is connecting. When you start making media who knows where the journey of discovery and learning will take you: Usually to a good place.

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…