Hello there and a very happy new year! I can't believe how quickly January has come back around; as always the Christmas holidays were far too short to do quite all the eating, drinking and relaxing I wanted to, but alas, here's to the new year - and all the new projects, adventures and ideas that I hope it will bring. Having had time for quite a bit of reading catch up recently, here's a random complication of interestingness collected and curated from my holiday reading...
Design for social innovation:
- Impossible Labs are changing lives in Susan by using 3D printers to 'print' new prosthetic limbs for amputees at a cost of just $100 a piece.
- A blog post from Apartment Therapy muses about how a bit of everyday indulgence might help you keep some of those harder new years resolutions.
Policy worth talking about:
- Two stories about coal-fired-China continuing to race ahead with environmental policy innovations: China on world's 'biggest push' for wind power from the BBC, and China to launch environmental credit rating system from businessGreen.
Companies doing good things:
- Intel has announced that every microprocessor it ships will now be made with conflict-free minerals, Co.EXIST at Fast Company gets into it.
- Usually a company we all love to hate, MacDonald's has just announced a plan to make sure that all the beef used in its burgers will eventually be 'sustainable'. businessGreen asks if the food giant has finally bitten off more than it can chew...
- Futerra on how sustainability needs to embrace a bit of humour.
Art, books, culture:
- I've only just discovered the wonderful photography blog Humans of New York. If you haven't already been swept into its world, I suggest you get clicking, and possibly also buy the book.
- My Christmas reading habits have this year been mostly dominated by, wait for it, teen fiction. I know. But one book in particular I feel compelled to share is The fault in our stars by John Green. About an unlikely love story between two young cancer sufferers, this story is at once tragic and life affirming. And I couldn't put it down.