The ‘Bristol Pound‘ is one of the most successful and visible examples of community currency and complementary currency, keeping money IN the local economy of Bristol, UK. It is a joint not-for-profit enterprise between Bristol Pound Community Interest Company and Bristol Credit Union.
But today let’s simply take a step back just to appreciate its vibrant local designs. Here are some prior notes,
“Graffiti Tiger” by Alex Lucas.
“Hannah Moore & Bristol Old Vic” by Anthea Page / Juraj Prodaj.
and NEW artists have just been announced.
Does this fellow look familiar?
There’s a ‘Mr. Rogers’ movie on the way!
And in addition, Tom Hanks will star in ‘Are You My Friend‘, about an Esquire reporter whose life was transformed when writing THIS profile.
The legacy lives on at: https://www.fredrogers.org/
For #TwitterTuesday we share Mashable’s cool summation of Dani Clode’s ‘Third Thumb’ prosthetic.
The Third Thumb is a motorised, controllable extra digit, designed for anyone who wants to extend their natural abilities.
A student of the school’s product design masters, Clode created the device as a way to challenge conventional ideas about prosthetics – usually thought of as devices only for people with disabilities.
Didn’t think you needed one? Once you’re ‘all thumbs’ it’s hard to go back.
This prosthetic transforms your hand into a tool pic.twitter.com/aOfxHHwKLk
— Mashable (@mashable) March 20, 2018
Project Summary: http://www.daniclodedesign.com/thethirdthumb
A different kind of reality TV show: in 2015 the UN’s “Inspire Somalia” aimed to use culture to increase Somalia’s fragile peace.
So far it’s been well-received. Some great tunes included in the podcast below! Time for a reprise?
Perhaps the ‘developed world’ can take some tips from ‘Inspire Somalia’ and similar reality shows such as ‘Integrity Idol‘.
Images courtesy Inspire Somalia, NPR
It’s a dynamic that is playing out more broadly, too, in concert with a profound shift toward the ubiquity of interactive, cloud-connected technologies. Modern tools for communicating, publishing, and networking aren’t just for connecting to other humans, but end up establishing relationships between people and anthropomorphized non-human objects, too. The experience of chatting with a robot or emailing a tree may be delightful, but it’s not really unusual.
The move toward the Internet of Things only encourages the sense that our objects are not actually just things but acquaintances.