“Ideas cause ideas and help evolve new ideas. They interact with each other and with other mental forces in the same brain, in neighboring brains, and thanks to global communication, in far distant, foreign brains.” - Roger Sperry
This is a discussion with some of the panelists—like the infographic guru Richard Saul Wurman—at the infographic panel of GE’s Why Design Now? Conference.
According to the panelists, we now create more data each year than in the entirety of prior human history. As today’s issues become increasingly more complex and interdependent, we need a new way of understanding and taking action. Data Visualization is a powerful problem-solving tool that helps us approach, interpret, and extract knowledge from the proliferation of public data.
"Science creates revolutions, technology accelerates revolutions, and design is a tool that helps us negotiate those revolutions." - Adam Bly, CEO and founder of Seed Media Group
Phone box transformed into informal book exchange - Springwise
As economic pressures have threatened public libraries with closure from lack of funds, the rise of mobile telecoms has rendered public phone boxes effectively redundant. Making the best of two seemingly unrelated developments, the UK-based PhoneBoox has converted a leftover phone box into an informal book exchange for the community.
The brainchild of British media consultant James Econs, the PhoneBoox in Horsley, Surrey, developed over the course of a single weekend afternoon. After being inspired with the idea, Econs cut and painted wood shelves, then installed them in the phone box. Books were scrounged and placed on the shelves, and a message to visitors was inscribed: “You are welcome to take me… but please make sure to replace me!! enjoy.” The PhoneBoox has been a hit ever since it was installed, Econs writes, and a fresh supply of books continues to flow.
Econs explains: “I guess the point is you don’t have to ‘be’ anything to make things happen. I’m not a designer, I’m not a bookworm and I’m not a carpenter. I just had an idea, and without really caring whether it would be ‘a success’ - more just wanting to see what would happen - I got on with it. … That is exactly what I like so much about it; Socially Beneficial Creative Vandalism. Manifestation to deployment in one lazy Saturday afternoon.”
This is a great idea that could also work with newspaper stands. It would be interesting to incorporate Stickybits or some other way for readers’ to leave a comment, share their story, or start a conversation online.
At GOOD, we’re working hard to add value to the world. This started with helping individuals live well and do good. And while we as individuals are a big part of driving progress, institutions are critical players as well. These organizations—businesses, foundations, and NGOs—play critical roles in the ecosystem. We want to work to help all participants do well by doing good.
Thus, the birth of GOOD/Corps—the division of GOOD taking our experience and assets and applying them to our business partners, helping them align strategy with impact, profit with progress. This is an exciting new venture in the evolution of our business. With the rise of the Values Revolution, more people are supporting brands that participate in community and global citizenship, social change for the better, and the shift of mindset from me to we. GOOD/Corps allows us to invest our learnings and mission into far larger organizations, ones that can have impact both critical and valuable.
It’s exciting because it works, and we look forward to adding value where we can.
To learn more about GOOD/Corps, read a profile in the New York Times and visit our website.
Thought-provoking presentation from an agency focused on social “intrapreneurship,” a term that describes the act of applying the start-up style of management (characterized by flexibility, innovation, and risk taking) within a larger, established organization.
Fascinating video that introduces a platform launching soon that will allow users to create, share, and explore visualizations (aka infographics) and explains the need for the growing medium in the ‘Age of Big Data.’