We're looking for design projects that address citizenship. Any leads?
In addition to the Touching the State Design Challenge we are looking for realised or conceptual design projects which address the design of citizen-state 'touch' points. Examples would be voting, jury service, tax forms or marriage registration. Selected projects will be published in a magazine, exhibited at the London Design Festival and possibly other venues.
If you've been involved in such a project or happened to come across one please send details with a weblink or pictures if possible to Chris Vanstone Any leads will be gratefully accepted.
Gates backs blogs
Blogs are good for business, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has said.
In a speech to an audience of chief executives, Mr Gates said the regularly updated journals, or blogs, could be a good way for firms to tell customers, staff and partners what they are doing.
He said blogs had advantages over other, older ways of communicating such as e-mail and websites.
More than 700 Microsoft employees are already using blogs to keep people up to date with their projects.
Read the full story on BBC news.
Demos - The Greenhouse
Global Ideas Bank
The Global Ideas Bank's work is led by this website, www.globalideasbank.org, which has a database of nearly 4000 ideas online. Hundreds of ideas are submitted each month by people from all over the world, and over 160,000 visitors have voted on the site with a rating, which allows the best ideas to rise to the top democratically. It currently attracts a quarter of a million unique visitors annually.
AIGA Design for Democracy
A design projects by the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists) that redesigned elements of voting in the United States.
Event: What are the Risks of severe weather
What are the risks associated with severe weather such as flooding, high winds or cold snaps? How can we best communicate these risks to different communities?
The next Science and Public Affairs Forum will take place in Edinburgh on the 6 May, further information below.
Science and Public Affairs Forum
Severe Weather Warning: communicating danger and disaster
Thursday 6 May, 6.30 pm (doors open at 6.00 pm)
Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS
Recent extreme weather conditions have highlighted just how susceptible many of us are to the elements. What are the risks associated with severe weather such as flooding, high winds or cold snaps? How can we best communicate these risks to different communities? Who is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the messages have been heard and understood?
Join Ewen McCallum, Chief Meteorologist, the Met Office, David Faichney, Leader of the Flood Warning Development Team, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and a representative from the social sciences to discuss how we can and should communicate the risks associated with extreme weather.
The event will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster Toby Murcott
Places are free but must be reserved in advance, to book e-mail email@example.com or call 020 7019 4940
Sponsored by the Met Office
Bug, Sweat and Fears
Bagged salads did not exist before 1992. Now, two-thirds of households buy them regularly. The value of the UK salad vegetable market had, in fact, grown by 90% between 1992 and 2002.
'I had the buyer round and he said my pressures were out,' says John Dickson. 'He admitted my Coxes were the best he'd tasted, but they weren't hard enough for his shelf life.
I can see an enormous supermarket from my fields. I asked if I could supply it direct with plums that were ripe, in peak condition. It can't be done.'