Episode 1: ON ACTIVISM

The first episode On Activism features 3 strong voices who represent many thousands more at the forefront of change. First you hear the words Satish Kumar. To people in the ecology movement, Satish Kumar needs little introduction. He has been … Continue reading

Tasting India

THE INAUGURATION LUNCH of the Tasting India Symposium in Delhi was at Roseate Farm; a venture into small-scale organic farming and the ‘heart project’ of Mrs. Radha Bhatia, Chairperson of the Bird Group that owns the family of Roseate hotels. … Continue reading

Questions to a monk

IN TEN DAYS TIME, Tenzin Shenyen will embark on a 3-year Tibetan Buddhist retreat in Germany that “begins a cycle of practices to stabilise, concentrate and open the mind through more meditative practices that… include practices aimed at transcending one’s … Continue reading

Institute of Advanced Design

A NEW EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM The Institute of Advanced Design Studies (IADS), is set to launch in Budapest, Hungary, co-founded by Karina Vissonova, PhD and Róbert Héjja, PhD. Some of you may remember the article on Karina a while back. Well, … Continue reading

The Vedatya Institute

ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF DELHI in Gurgaon is a technical college that has high ambitions to provide a new type of education within service and hospitality. Unlike others, this college has a strong focus on applied knowledge and circular … Continue reading

Finding zero

You don’t have to go to the Himalayas to find yourself – but it might help! Immersing yourself in natural surroundings brings a huge amount of physical and psychological benefits. But naturalness is much more than a superficial sense of … Continue reading

Designing ‘The Good Life’

Many of us dream of quitting our jobs and leaving the city, but how many of us manage to do it? I asked Innovation Strategist, Karina Vissonova, how she and her partner Aron designed ‘the good life.’ Q: What was … Continue reading

Things you cannot design

THE ARTIST-MONK Tenzin Shenyen spoke at a Service Design Network conference in Stockholm in 2014. Shenyen is the Tibetan word for friend. And Tenzin Shenyen is a British-born Tibetan Buddhist monk who received his monk’s vows from His Holiness the … Continue reading

The power of networks

FOR A FEW WEEKS I followed the efforts of two independent volunteers Joanna Ågren and Jonny Bradford, in Lesbos and Athens in Greece, whilst helping to put up their rough notes into the blog Together2016 that documents their personal experiences on the … Continue reading

Radio Shenyen

RADIO SHENYEN is the blog of Tibetan Buddhist monk Tenzin Shenyen, with its own dedicated space on Tumblr and Blogspot. Radio Shenyen is a blog part poetry, part diary, part letter, by the British born Tibetan Buddhist monk, Martin Hodgson, … Continue reading

On imagination

THE EXHIBITION by Pavel Matveyev at Cigarrvägen 13, Stockholm, is titled “With everyone’s imagination atrophied, no one will ever be a threat to the world #3.” A complex and though-provoking title presents a very simple installation of one large scale … Continue reading

On Allen Grubesic

ON ALLEN GRUBESIC. Random exhibiting artist. An exhibition by Allen Grubesic promises a thought-provoking moment of clarity for people familiar with his work and those new to it. Stripping messaging back to its core essence is the nature of Grubesic’s … Continue reading

How drawing saved my life

HOW DRAWING SAVED MY LIFE by Ilkka Suppanen. As long as I can remember, I have been drawing. As soon as I could hold a pencil I started scribbling. Those scribbles turned into drawings of my friends, my family, their … Continue reading

How to solve it

GEORGE POLYA’s lovely book How to Solve It, is not just about mathematics but about problem solving in a wider sense. xvi Guidelines are not literal p1 A teacher should help the students, share knowledge, and swap places p15 — … Continue reading

David Suzuki on now

“WHAT WE DO or don’t do in the next years will decide whether we survive as a species,” said David Suzuki to a sold-out crowd of 1,600 student and staff at John Abbott College in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, U.S. The lecture was … Continue reading

Paraimpu: IQ for objects

Here’s a little piece of technology that can change the whole nature of connectivity, depending on how we choose to use it. Paraimpu is a new social tool that connects Objects with the Web so that you can control physical … Continue reading

Urbanflow Helsinki

Urbanflow envisions a new interface and operating system for cities. Urbanflow creates a more efficient, transparent relationship between city administrators and citizens – via real time data. Urban screens show locally-oriented and general purpose data in easy to use interfaces … Continue reading

Swedes in China

THE ARTICLES in local newspaper’s surrounding the Shenzhen Industrial Design Conference go something like this: “Sweden: Design for Better Business Sweden is the first country to become industrialized in Scandinavia and also the earliest country to develop the industrial design … Continue reading