Donations Lag for Pakistan

Is this going to change. If this is the worst disaster – then surely AID must flow.

Western Donations Lag for Pakistan Flood Victims –

Getting more money from other sources, particularly from private donors in the United States, has been more of a challenge, aid agencies admit.

While the U.K. public now seems to be responding generously, “public response across other countries — in Italy, for example, and the U.S. — has perhaps been a bit lower,” ActionAid’s Taylor said.

Public opinion of Pakistan is seen as one factor in the slower response. Pakistani media reports also suggest that their public believes mistrust of the government in Islamabad is turning donors away.




This gadget was created to solve a real problem with biogas – getting the dung to the system quickly and efficiently. Motorbikes are the taxi’s of Africa so why not? Before I tell you about the above gadget I just want to remind you about the problems we have been having to solve to get the biogas to work at home.

World Comics

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Grassroots comics are made by socially active people themselves, rather than by campaign and art professionals. They are genuine voices which encourage local debate. They are inexpensive and the technology is not complicated – pens, papers and access to a copying machine are usually enough.

What matters is a good story with local content, made for local distribution in places such as bus stops, shops, offices, clinics, schools, notice boards, etc. People are always interested in what their local activists and organisations have to say.

Cat Laine at BIF-4 | Business Innovation Factory

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Fully Charged on Youtube

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Robert Llewellyn is a writer, actor and Broadcaster of many years experience. He has most recently started two video podcasts, ‘CarPool’ which is on iTunes, YouTube etc, and now ‘Fully Charged’ which is also available on as many platforms as possible 

How Copenhagen Became a Great People-Oriented City (Video) : TreeHugger

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Who’s the REAL health minister?

Earlier this year – we heard that midwifery was making a comeback. This story places midwifery under mainstream medical practice. Is this just power play – and doesnt it look like India?

midwivesVictoria: Who’s the REAL health minister?

“In the last month we have come to the conclusion that Nicola Roxon is not really Australia’s Health Minister and Peter Dutton is not the shadow minister. The real minister is Dr Andrew Pesce, President of the Australian Medical Association.” said Michelle Meares, IT consultant and mother on NSW’s Central Coast. “Despite unprecedented support from the women of Australia for maternity reform, Minister Roxon turned her back on them caving to pressure from the AMA that has resulted in legislation being snuck through, signed off by the Governor General the day before the election was called.”

The Determination ( National Health Collaborative arrangements for midwives Determination 2010) passed on the election eve requires medical sign off or agreement before women can receive a Medicare payment for private midwifery care. This legislation gives doctors the power of veto not only over the practice of midwives but also the choices pregnant women make.

The Hannover Principles

The Hannover Principles William McDonough and Michael Braungart 1992

Understand the limitations of design. No human creation lasts forever and design does not solve all problems. Those who create and plan should practice humility in the face of nature. Treat nature as a model and mentor, not as an inconvenience to be evaded or controlled.

Child Labour in Indsutrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Industrial Revolution led to a population increase, but the chance of surviving childhood did not improve throughout the industrial revolution (although infant mortality rates were reduced markedly).[21][22] There was still limited opportunity for education, and children were expected to work. Employers could pay a child less than an adult even though their productivity was comparable; there was no need for strength to operate an industrial machine, and since the industrial system was completely new there were no experienced adult labourers. This made child labour the labour of choice for manufacturing in the early phases of the Industrial Revolution between the 18th and 19th centuries. In England and Scotland in 1788, two-thirds of the workers in 143 water-powered cotton mills were described as children.[23]

Child labour had existed before the Industrial Revolution, but with the increase in population and education it became more visible. Many children were forced to work in relatively bad conditions for much lower pay than their elders.[24]

Reports were written detailing some of the abuses, particularly in the coal mines[25] and textile factories[26] and these helped to popularise the children’s plight. The public outcry, especially among the upper and middle classes, helped stir change in the young workers’ welfare.

Politicians and the government tried to limit child labour by law, but factory owners resisted; some felt that they were aiding the poor by giving their children money to buy food to avoid starvation, and others simply welcomed the cheap labour. In 1833 and 1844, the first general laws against child labour, the Factory Acts, were passed in England: Children younger than nine were not allowed to work, children were not permitted to work at night, and the work day of youth under the age of 18 was limited to twelve hours. Factory inspectors supervised the execution of the law. About ten years later, the employment of children and women in mining was forbidden. These laws decreased the number of child labourers; however, child labour remained in Europe and the United States up to the 20th century.[27] By 1900, there were 1.7 million child labourers reported in American industry under the age of fifteen.[28]


Page – 3: The Design blog – Design trendsetter

Shmuel Linski’s ‘Espresso Solo’ flies right in the face of product designers who associate design aesthetics with utilization of materials that lends a smooth soft appearance. Willing to experiment with a variety of material combinations, this designer has crafted an espresso machine from concrete.

Design is …

I have spent the better part of the past two months in provocation – is design about designing really expensive things for rich people. The simple answer is yes – and the fact that we have a class of product called ‘designer goods’ attests to the fact that a category of overpriced goods exists. The main aim of this category for the marketing department is to have a line of products with big margins and small volumes. These products are to be sold through endorsements in design schools and museums. Alessi is a classic example of a manufacturing enterprise that used the route of the profession and the museums to locate its product.

Years ago I bought a Starck Juicy Salif in Amsterdam. In 1994 a friend gifted us the Alessi whisteling Kettle. So we have tow objects that are now less objects but more icons of postmodernism of the 1980s. In my time I have oggled at the Tizio lamp.

What does this prove – that I am a consumer of design obejcts? Possibly.

I said last week that in 1994 I made a promise to myself that I will not design objects or products. I have since worked almost exclusively in visualizing projects for social change – projects that to be successful had to prove their commercial viability. Each project thus had three stages:

A ‘design stage’ of visualizing the project

A ‘pilot stage’ of implementing the project in a limited fashion to test and prove its viability

A ‘commercialization stage of rolling out a large scale product service system

Each of these projects took the better part of five years to implement and complete. It proved to me the viability of a ideological position where I could have visions of an improved world and then go about making it happen. This for me was design – making things better.

A long time ago making a good looking product also could have been justified as having made a difference. But that does not satisfy me anymore. It would be escapism for me. I will try to respect others who do this – but cannot do it myself.

Patent Free Zone

Mark Whiting sent this thru to me today – it is certainly worth looking as in the context of technology and services beyond the ambit of the multinationals.

Opportunities In The Patent-Free Zone

China may overtake Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy this year. On its heels is India, and countries such as Brazil and Russia are not far behind. What does this mean for entrepreneurs?

Can we link Design and Poverty?

Angharad Thomas seems to think so. Here is another post in the series of “Is Design about …”.

Design, Poverty, and Sustainable Development, Angharad Thomas

Design in a poor context, or for the alleviation of poverty, has received little or no attention. An informal discourse analysis shows that design and poverty have not been linked, the two being seen as mutually exclusive. This paper aims to examine the relationships between design and designers, poverty and the poor, and sustainable development, which aims to alleviate poverty.

You can download the full paper by typing this in google search – <angharad thomas, design, poverty>.

Designing an end to Poverty

Designing An End to Poverty – Features – DESIGN 21: Social Design Network

The philosophy of Jeffrey Sachs revolves around a simple tenet: the world’s problems are man-made, therefore they can be solved by man. Of course, immediately following that simple idea is an avalanche of complexity: how to decide which issues get priority, how to navigate through governments, how to raise funds for foreign aid, how to distribute those funds. For most, the list can seem endless and the greater picture nearly unimaginable. But not to economist Jeffrey Sachs. Sachs has the uncanny ability to see not only the greater picture, but also the ability to map it. And that conceptual mapping is key: if you can’t measure distance, you can’t truly plan for the journey.

Design for Poverty

Why is poverty suddenly such an important issue for design? And haw many designers, design schools and design students do we think are on board this issue.

Design for Poverty Contest Winners » Yanko Design

We received entries from all over the world. Poverty is a difficult problem to diagnose let alone solve but nonetheless as designers we can address different aspects of poverty and hope by dealing with each point in the problem, we can begin to collapse the systemic process and give back the dignity every person deserves. We judged based on concept, cost to implement, and deployment. Thank you to all the entrants for your hard work. Hit the jump to see the winners.

The world’s most expensive bed?

Born Rich: Cruise to the luxury lifestyle

Here comes the latest entrant into the family of high-tech luxury beds and they claim it to be the most expensive in the world. Parnian, the designer and retailer for the world’s most expensive executive desk, has now come up with a high-tech luxury bed in its Scottsdale showroom. Pricing for the bed starts at $38,000 and can go over a whopping $210,000, depending on the materials used. Originally, they had no plans to make an expensive bed. They just wanted to make something unusual and interesting that people would appreciate. Parnian’s president Abdolhay Parnian said that he has been working on the design for last two years and the craftsmen have put in more than 8 months of hard work to make this amazing piece.