• Solarpunk. A blueprint for a sustainable world worth living in

    Here’s the question.

    What does life in a sustainable future look like?

    Ours are critical times. The material resources and energy that are currently needed to sustain our (global north) societies are beyond what the planet can keep up with. A lot of actions to reduce our impact on the environment will need to come from governments and corporations. But it is also certain that in a sustainable future, life will need to look different to the one we’re having now. What can it be?

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  • What is Solarpunk? (A definition with minimal punctuation)

    I recently became interested in Solarpunk. As an informal, bottom-up movement, different groups interpret Solarpunk in different ways and there are plenty of texts online, each giving a different view of what Solarpunk is. Yet, I didn’t find one definition that satisfied me completely.

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  • Tech posers of the Bauhaus

    The Bauhaus greatest achievement was to make artists interested in the creative use of technology, to design things that are useful and nice to use. And they did that without knowing a lot about tech.

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  • Invented, allowed, adopted. A three-stage drama for new ideas to becoming things in the world

    What did a new idea have to go through before becoming a real thing and have a role in people lives? From scattered readings in recent and historical innovation examples, I picked up a pattern. To have an impact on the world, new ideas had to overcome three stages: they were first invented, then allowed, and finally adopted. Here are some examples of when they didn’t make it.

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  • Arts and Crafts for digital products now!

    19th century artist William Morris’s idea of art is at the core of what I believe is the greatest purpose of the design profession. In his own words: ”art made by the people, and for the people, as a happiness to the maker and the user.”

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