Find of the Day: 02 July 2016

In partnership with Autodesk and Alcoa Foundation, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has announced the winners of the third Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge. The challenge asks designers to develop product solutions that use limited global resources as an opportunity for innovation, informed by the free, online, two-hour course Designing Cradle to Cradle Certified Products for the Circular Economy. 138 designers spanning nineteen countries submitted a total of seventy-nine entries covering areas from the built environment to furniture to retail packaging and consumer goods.

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Two retirees in England have dedicated 1,000 hours to making their wives the perfect breakfast. They’ve built a delightful machine which makes a perfect eggs and toast, gives the user a choice of tea and coffee, and even grabs the morning newspaper.

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Suddenly, you wake up. The ground has already stopped shaking, but a small earthquake seems to have knocked out the power. You reach for your phone and realize you don’t have service, either. Just finding out what’s happening is suddenly very hard.

When we think about disaster preparedness, we think of “go-bags” and flares. But what about communication? Without a working phone, you can’t call or text. You can’t download a map. You might not even know what time it is. You certainly won’t be able to get vital information in a crisis situation. Does your block have a crisis plan? Who can you rely on for information? You’ll find yourself asking: What now?

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