Be My Eyes is an app that actually benefits people. Imagine that. It crowdsources help for visually impaired people by simply using a video link to someone else who can tell them what they’re looking at. Smart and simple.
The Cheapest Generation is an interesting piece over at The Atlantic about “why millennials (Gen Yers) aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy.”
In short, the emotional appeal of owning a car or house that their parents had is no longer so strong. They prefer, instead, to have access to connectivity—everything from smartphones to car and bike sharing services.
Whilst some economists will panic because of the decline in selling big, physical things, the article points out that in places like Germany (where I live) home ownership has long been low and the German economy is the healthiest in Europe. People rent here for many years. To live in the same rented place for 30 years is not uncommon. This has a useful side-effect, which is to prevent the housing market from overheating so much that nobody can afford anything without heavily overextending on credit (c.f. Sydney) and we all know where that ended up.
I see a lot of the kind of “closed suburbs” in Germany that the article also mentions. Many people cycle here and, as a result, many services are nearby, which means families need either only one car or no car at all.
Services, not products. Access, not ownership. It’s the key to decoupling resource usage from economic growth.
The Winterhouse Institute focusess on non-profit, self-initiated projects that support design education, as well as social and political initiatives. What the Omnium Creative Network should have been – nice to see this off the ground.
Gerry Gaffney interviewed me about service design and UX for the UXpod podcast a few weeks ago and it’s now online. You can play it on the UXpod website here, directly download the MP3 file or subscribe to it through iTunes or the RSS feed.
Here are the links to sources and resources, people and videos that I drew upon for my UX Futures Design to the Power of Ten talk. In no particular order: Andreas Erbe at Launchlabs – a conversation with him reminded me of the Powers of Ten film. Dan Hill – Dark Matter and Trojan Horses […]
Update: The workshops are now open for registrations and there are early bird discounts available. I’m super looking forward to taking part in Interaction 14 South America in Buenos Aires where I’ll be giving a talk and running a workshop on Creación y Blueprinting Servicios Multicanal (sounds good huh?). I’ve never had the chance to […]
“At home you feel lonely and at the office you get nothing done.” True words from my friend and frequent collaborator, Andreas Erbe, from Launchlabs in Basel, although in my case, “at home you get nothing done and at the office you feel lonely,” is also true. Andreas and his colleague Tiziana Meletta have launched […]