RED OPEN HOUSE - 22 September 2006
As part of the London Design Festival, on 22 September the Design Council's RED unit opens its doors and invites you to drop in and meet the team, hear about their approach and exchange ideas.
On the day we would like to talk about RED's approach to Transformation Design. In this context we will share our most recent work, including ideas on ageing and new services for older people, and the outcomes of 'Kitchen Cabinet' - a short project looking at how to better connect people and politicians.
The RED team will give a presentation at 1.00pm and there will be plenty of time given over to informal discussion with the team throughout the day.
11.00 - 7.00pm
Design Council, London
Please fill out the online form to register your interest in the event and to let us know if you would like to attend the presentation. We will be in touch shortly.
Please fill out the online form to register your interest in the event. We will be in touch with you shortly.
Warm Words: How are we telling the climate story and can we tell it better?
by Gill Ereaut and Nat Segnit
The Institute for Public Policy Research publishes research on climate change. The report suggests that communications from government and green groups should treat climate-friendly activity as a brand that can be sold, making it feel natural to the large numbers of people who are currently unengaged with the problem.
The fall and rise of public services
Newsnight is sending reporters across the globe to seek out "the best public services in the world". The series culminates in a debate involving the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and Policy Exhange on the future of public services in Britain. Here, Nick Pearce from the IPPR looks at the public service picture across the world.
Telecare in Scotland
Thousands of older and vulnerable people will be able to live more independently for longer thanks to an £8 million investment in new 'telecare' technology.
Telecare, which has been pioneered in West Lothian, involves people having a range of innovative monitors fitted to their homes. These can range from fall sensors and panic buttons to flood detectors, and are connected to a round-the-clock emergency call and response service. Telecare in West Lothian, thought to be the biggest project of its kind in Europe, was introduced five years ago.
Read more: here
Brain Age commercial
Spotted an advert last night for a brain game on Nintendo DS, which starts with an older man suddenly forgetting the name of the person he is trying to introduce ... toys to keep older grey cells ticking are finally hitting the mainstream UK market. Watch the US version on youtube.
PM embraces healthy living
RED set an ambitious agenda last year for healthy living. We set out to help people live well with diabetes and live active lifestyles as they grew older. Last week the PM made a speech embracing this agenda committing the government to action to tackle our unhealthy lifestyles. This is really welcome. Well done TB!
See your doctor on the hight street
Chemist giant Boots wants to introduce GPs and hospital consultants into its stores as part of the drive to bring the NHS to the high street. Apparently Boots is offereing to rent space in its own stores to GPs. RED thinks that this innovation seems like a good idea - making GPs more accessible and more convenient for consumers. But it will not create the long term relationships between doctors and patients that are necessary to tackle the really big healthcare challenges like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and depression.
Your carbon credit card
Every one in Britain produces too much carbon. The good news is that David Miliband is thinking seriously about Carbon Allowances - issuing individuals with carbon quotas that limit their impact on the environment. RED suggested such a move last year as part of its futurecurrents project.
Unlikely partners benefit the Amazon
Interesting piece in today's Guardian (Aug 2nd) written by the Greenpeace campaign director John Sauvens. Greenpeace have teamed up with - wait for it - McDonalds, to achieve a two year moratorium on buying soya from newly deforested land in the Amazon.
Also involved were a number of UK supermarkets including Asda and Waitrose (no mention of the main player, Tesco...) in putting pressure on chicken suppliers like Cargill, responsible for the deforestation.
Beyond the obvious delight that new partnerships can achieve new things, most interesting to me is that Sauvens credits "European executives" at McDonalds rather than the guys back at base in Oak Brook, Illinois. More pressure on McDonalds business on this side of the Atlantic than t'other I guess...
Who's got the best public services in the world?
Beginning tonight, Newsnight is running a series of films looking at the best public services in the world.
Newsnight viewers will be asked to tell Jeremy and Co where governments have got it right on health care, transport, education, criminal justice and so on.
Tune in for the first instalment tonight – and check out the Newsnight website for more information.