During 2008, significant steps were taken towards reducing maternal mortality and towards achieving the necessary improvements in provision of health services in developing countries. However, overall progress on maternal mortality has lagged severely behind Millennium Development Goal targets.
2009 presents important opportunities and the White Ribbon Alliance is involved in several strategies at different levels – global, national and community – to maintain momentum and maximize delivery.
The White Ribbon Alliance’s Global Patron, Sarah Brown, continues to champion a global Maternal Mortality Campaign with the support of wide range of actors within the maternal health community. As happened last year, the voices of people in developing countries can potentially be amplified through this mechanism, and a concerted call to action made at national and international levels.
* Establish a major new innovative financing mechanism to fund health systems.
* 20 countries to have financed health plans in place by 2010, to meet the WHO recommended levels of 2.3 workers per 1,000 people by 2015.
* Appointment by the UN Secretary General of someone on Maternal Mortality.
* Appoint national champions to mobilize action at a national level.
* Agree on, and develop delivery plans for, a small number of high impact interventions (via the ongoing meetings amongst various groups and with regular circulated materials to all campaigning partners).
* Ensure maternal mortality is recognized as a key indicator of a functioning health system.
Every minute of every day, a woman dies of pregnancy related complications, totaling more than one half million women each year.
The Maternal Health Task Force contributes to shaping collective efforts to improve maternal health worldwide. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the MHTFt serves as a catalyst to address one of the most neglected areas in global health.
New Treasury figures predict health spending on Australians over 65 will be seven times higher than current levels in 40 years’ time.
The “global warming studio” requires you to develop your design of a ‘car’ over the course of a year.
Listed here are the 10 key aspects of the ‘Global Warming Studio’.
1. This studio is part of the Sustainable Pathway in the Industrial Design Program.
2. The studio will emphasize exploration of aesthetics – particularly Japanese aesthetics.
3. The studio is a Campaign Project – to make a difference and to engage in a major challenge facing humanity.
Exposure and capability development
1. The studio has three key manufacturing Industry participants – Ford, GM and Toyota.
2. The studio offers industry visits and feedback sessions with designers in the auto industry.
3. The studio draws on research projects in Universities (RMIT Engineering and Monash University) in Australia.
Focus is upon
1. Radical Innovation.
2. Making a thing of beauty.
3. Setting clear goals and achieving them.
4. Developing confident independent thinkers.
Read this stuff and do remember to follow all the links – the underlined stuff. There are some awesome links here. ( if you find this text too much you can go for a more sparse idea of the studio here)
The Global Warming Studio is a Campaign Project
The goal of the Campaign Project is to participate in the global project of reduction of CO2 emissions to ‘safe’ levels – such as 350 ppm. We do this in a design way – by developing alternatives! New Designs have the ability to influence people and Industry – to think differently!! Or so goes the thesis!! Read on …
Consider this: the act of driving a vehicle is the average person’s one regular activity that has the single largest impact on the earth regarding climate change. (Global Warming and Auto Manufacturers – Global Warming and Carbon Dioxide Emissions)
How can we cut global warming pollution? It’s simple: By reducing pollution from vehicles and power plants. (
NRDC: Global Warming Basics: )
All this means we need zero emission vehicles – thats one thing. Lets build than into the brief. Read on …
We are serious about Target 355 or Target 300
James has proposed an interim target of 350 ppm CO2 and the closure of the coal industry, the latter of which he mentions in a recent letter to Kevin Rudd.
“Prime Minister Rudd, we cannot avert our eyes from the basic fossil fuel facts, or the consequences for life on our planet of ignoring these fossil fuel facts. If we continue to build coal-fired power plants without carbon capture, we will lock in future climate disasters associated with passing climate tipping points. We must solve the coal problem now.”
James Hansen letter to Kevin Rudd 27 March 2008(Target 300)
Now lets say in this way – “We must solve the vehicle problem now!” only for us “no more private cars”.
Thats our Project then – we say ‘No to Private ownership of Cars’
Eh? No, listen.
If there were no private cars – and all transport was PT (Public Transport). If there were no cars being bought for status reasons – and all cars were for getting around. There would still be cars, possibly, or small transport modules for getting about. What would these cars look like?
The Global Warming Studio is looking for a small group of young, passionate, excitable minds ( uncomplicated by what can and cant be done) – to come on board and develop their visions of such cars, things, pods or such.
We have been working on this project for some time now. And quite a bit of the past work can be found on the internet quite easily – google ‘car sharing RMIT’ or ‘audi avatar’ and click on images to see some of the projects. Similarly you can see some of this work in youtube. Try it!
The Global Warming Studio is a five year project to develop alternatives to the idea of the Car as we know it. The team teaching this studio has some experience is getting students to deliver really astounding outcomes. See some examples of past student work. You may be able to develop a similar project.
2008 Studio: Cars for Car sharing. The question was ‘If you were to design a car for a car share company like Felxicar – what would your design be?’
(Share Car by Gautam – Upper Pool Studio 2008, RMIT Industrial Design)
2009 Studio: Car of the Future. In this studio the goal was to propose designs for the ‘car of the future’. The work in this studio was highly commended by the designers from the Auto Companies – Click here to see the Video where you hear the comments by the experts. As one of them said – ‘spectacular!’
(Car of the Future by Edwin – Major Project 2009, RMIT Industrial Design) This is the Audi Avatar concept – and is all over the internet. Even Tree Hugger commented on it.
The future studios are all significantly about SMART CARS! We have proposed three sepcific themes for exploration over the next three years.
2010 Studio: Share Car. Imagine a world with no private ownership of Cars.
2011 Studio: Energy Module. Imagine a world in which the car is an energy source (a power generator like a Honda gen-set that moves about), and also a transportation device.
2012 Studio: Intelligent Space. Where the computer in the car is your PC or your lap top. Where you plug your home terminal into your car. Always connected is the vision.
The studio will have three tutors – Marcus, Soumitri and Simon – to create a really supportive environment. To help you come up with and realise a truly great project.
Marcus Hotblack – Many years of experience with Ford, was former head of Interior at Ford (see image below and text here), totally loved by 4th year students of 2009 studio. Will be overall the main tutor.
Soumitri Varadarajan – Passionate about sustainability and design solutions to big problems. Dips back into the time he lived in Japan to get students excited about Japanese Aesthetics. (see also http://soumitri.com)
Simon Curlis – Passionate about motorbikes, knows heaps about things with wheels, great guide for CAD. In the image below he is astride a student project – from the Green Speed Upper Pool studio. This studio (GreenSpeed) is being offered again in sem 2 of 2010.
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