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Ideas for the City That Cares: Ezio Manzini’s new book, Livable Proximity

A city that cares brings new meaning and vitality to a world exhausted by a focus on concrete, and consumption. In these inspirational pages, the word local is brought back to life by the pre-eminent social designer of our time. Ezio Manzini reveals a design practice which enhances the social, [continue …]

2022-08-31T15:51:04+00:00April 28th, 2022|care, urban-rural|

Beyond Calculation: AI and Sustainability

(Keynote talk in China): Even before AI came along, “what’s good for humans” helped shape an economy that extracts vitality, as well as resources, from the planet’s living systems. This cultural disconnection – between the living world, and the economic one – explains why we either don’t think about rivers, soils, and biodiversity at all – or we treat them as natural ‘resources’ whose only purpose is to feed “the economy.”

2022-09-10T16:36:26+00:00December 9th, 2021|care, development, most read|

The relationship of my texts to a dead fish

I question why artists and designers should be encouraged to write in an intellectual way. That question also applies to specialists of all kinds. After all these years, I still don’t understand the need to converse in abstruse language. (From conversation with John Wood the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice).

2022-09-10T16:51:36+00:00March 4th, 2021|care|

Arborists Arising: From Tree Care to Tree Camping

Hundreds of cities around the world are planting trees. But planting trees is just the start. A wide variety of activities and equipment - and a lot of knowledge-sharing - are involved in the management of tree popultions. Trees have to be climbed, pruned, inspected, and surveyed. All this involves equipment and services - most of which still need to be designed.

2022-09-11T08:15:30+00:00May 7th, 2018|care, nature-connection|

Wellness In A Regional Context: New Masters Course

Wellbeing is intimately linked to connection - to other people, but also to place, and the living systems that inhabit it. Relational design creates those connections (I helped design this Masters in Relational Design course for Bangor University; at this time - September 2022 - it has not been re-started since Covid).

2022-09-28T14:52:16+00:00April 28th, 2018|care|

When Tech In Care Is Evil

I spent the last two weeks in-and-around a care home in England that looks after people with dementia and terminal illness, and their families – including, this time, mine.

In four wings, each with 12 residents, 24/7 care is provided by teams of trained professionals who work [continue …]

2022-09-29T05:11:49+00:00June 20th, 2014|care|

The Dementia Care Economy

Yesterday’s G8 Dementia Summit made much of the fact that millions will now be spent in a race to identify a cure or a ‘disease-modifying therapy’ for dementia.  The likely outcome will be the creation of a Dementia Industrial Complex – and the mass production of un-met expectations.A better way for [continue …]

2022-08-28T16:25:59+00:00December 19th, 2013|care, most read|

Doctors with iPhones

I’ve been back from New York a week and I’m still mesmerised by the story of Hello Health. Tamara Giltsoff, a service designer, introduced me to this wondrous new outfit who are making it easy again to see the doctor.
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2015-06-20T20:44:12+00:00May 8th, 2009|care, commoning|

Call from system: Chill !

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Mobile phones tend to be personal devices and Intel plans to take that further – a lot further.
Researchers Margaret Morris and Farzin Guilak are developing “mobile therapy” – a system of just-in-time personal coaching, by the system, that is triggered [continue …]

2022-09-28T15:16:54+00:00May 2nd, 2009|care|

Work/Life balance

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In January, as I do every year, I resolved to balance work and life in a more mature way. It’s now September 16th, and….well, we’re not quite there yet.

2022-08-28T20:20:26+00:00September 16th, 2008|care|

Design and elders: The Presence project

Imagine a world where every second European adult is over fifty years old. And where two-thirds of disposable consumer income is held by this age-group. By 2020 this will be a reality. There will be huge demand for services that enable older people to live independently in their own communities [continue …]

2015-06-20T20:06:12+00:00January 22nd, 2000|care, commoning|
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