Filed under: Advertising, Futures, innovative education, Innovative stimulus | Tags: positive posters
On the 10th November Positive Posters announced that Christopher Sousa Ebels from Australia was awarded first place in their 2011 Positive Posters competition. Christopher’s entry, “The Real Carbon Tax”, was chosen by the panel of judges as the winning poster out of over 2,500 entries. Second place was given to Dee Choi from Australia with “McVegetables” and third place went to Anita Wasik from Poland with her entry “Corporate Abuse”.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Positive Posters it’s a not for profit group started by two Aussies wanting to make a difference with design. Check ‘em out.
Filed under: Food trends & info, Innovative retail, Nice Design, packaging | Tags: Amelia Lackmann, innovative packaging, innovative retail, Nikki Green, The Little grocer, visual merchandising
Check out The Little Grocer in Armadale Victoria for some really cute interiors by interior stylist Nikki Green along with a really sweet ongoing window display by Amelia Lackmann. Great eye candy.
Filed under: Community, happiness, Innovative stimulus, Lifestyle trends | Tags: Bhutan, GDP, GNH, wellbeing
Gross National Happiness (GNH) is an attempt to define quality of life in more holistic and psychological terms than Gross National Product.
The term was coined by Bhutan’s King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1972. It signalled his commitment to building an economy that would serve Bhutan’s unique culture based on Buddhist spiritual values. Like many worthy moral goals it is somewhat easier to state than to achieve, nonetheless, it serves as a unifying vision for the Five Year planning process and all the derived planning documents that guide the economic and development plans to the country.
While conventional development models stress economic growth as the ultimate objective, the concept of GNH is based on the premise that true development of human society takes place when material and spiritual development occur side by side to complement and reinforce each other. The four pillars of GNH are the promotion of equitable and sustainable socio-economic development, preservation and promotion of cultural values, conservation of the natural environment, and establishment of good governance.
Measuring our Progress
On the 16th of November Bhutan hold their annual forum on Gross National Happiness A country that has facinated many of us for decades since the King of Bhutan refocused the country’s vision to include and more importantly measure, the country’s happiness in an effort to start to manage that as effectively as it would traditionally seek to manage economic growth. Below is an article from The Australian suggesting that Bhutan’s goal of happiness could be a lesson for us all. I’ve also posted some additional research reports from the global wellbeing studies from the nef in the UK that you might also find interesting.
Filed under: eco marketing, farm to table, Food trends & info, Innovative stimulus, Lifestyle trends | Tags: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Portland, Portlandia
And while we’re on the subject of Portland, which by the way if you’ve never traversed that far is an absolutely wonderful city.. It’s progressive, it’s considered, it’s design focused, you can eat well easily, people value organic and it generally feels like an all round healthy approach to life and life style. On that note,if you’re into the whole farm-to-table thing you absolutely need to check out this episode of Portlandia. Portlandia is a series created by local musician Fred Armisen and his partner-in-crime Carrie Brownstein. It’s a hilarious series covering the various aspects of what makes Portland weird. . . ["Keep Portland weird" by the way is a self titled motto bestowed upon Portland by the locals who live there]. We all love a bit of organic produce, we all care about the provenance of our food but this is perhaps taking it a little far . . . It’s genius. Enjoy.
You can check out more about Portlandia here. Better still, check out the real thing.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Beatbox Burger, Melbourne food trucks, Raph Rashid, Taco ruck
I was in Portland earlier this year and dropped in to get a feed at one of the Portland food trucks with some local friends. Regulars to LA will be familiar with the food truck trend which has exploded over there, they have regular food truck nights in Venice Beach and indeed some of the best LA restaurants are in 4 wheel rotation during the day to keep the locals fed and watered. Locals follow them on Twitter to find out where they’ll be serving that time of day, and LA trucks are often met on street corners by groups of hungry bystanders waiting for the tasty mobile to pull up & spread the love. In true Portland style, the Portlandia food truck scene is a little more low key and old school. Portland local Talia’s “Whole Bowl” is undoubtedly the tippity top of the pop in my mind and I’m sure I’m not the first person to google Talia’s special sauce in an attempt to recreate the goodness offshore, likewise the People’s Pig does a cracking roast pork sandwich, but I digress….
A little closer to home here two foodie vans are starting the scene in Oz and making their way around Melbourne serving parcels of deliciousness on the streets. And that my friends, is the point. Raph Rashid’s Taco Truck and Beatbox Kitchen are trawling round Melbourne town serving up his famous Taco truck Burger by the hundreds. You can keep abreast of where this delicious mobile will be by following him on . . wait for it, twitter.So for those of you residing south of the border, go forth and enjoy. As for Sydney, well we’re still waiting to catch up to the foodie trend. Lord Clover has been pushing for Sydney to trial late night food vans but shopkeepers and restaurant owners are pushing back saying it will create an unfair playing field given the lower start up cost of the food van. Since when did we not innovate within distribution channels and business models because it might put pressure on other businesses? As a rule, food trucks are not necessarily serving cheaper food but they are innovating in how, where and what they serve. It’s true they’re more nimble and have greater flexibility but industries change and this is a small example of change within hospitality. As with most industry, the best way to remain competitive is to read the trends shaping your space and innovate. Food trucks like small bars will park their wheels in Sydney. It’s just a matter of when. In the meantime, Sydney can watch Melbourne put another notch in their city street life innovation bedpost alongside pop up foodie offers, small bars & street art.
Filed under: creativity, Digital culture, Emergent media, Future of Media, Futures, Futurists, geek, People you should know | Tags: Caterina fake, David rowan, Eric Wahlforss, Networked society, on the brink, Soundcloud, wired
A transformer from Nike sent me this link to “On The Brink” which discusses the past, present and future of connectivity with a mix of people including David Rowan, chief editor of Wired UK; Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr; and Eric Wahlforss, the co-founder of Soundcloud. Each of the interviewees discusses the emerging opportunities being enabled by technology as we enter the Networked Society. What does it really mean to imagine borderless opportunities and creativity, new open business models, and why do people talk about today’s ‘dumb society’? Check it out…
A new ad for Google’s analytics suggests a closer look at how difficult we make it for consumers to shop with us. Quite amusing.