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Crowdsourcing urban planning
In Rotterdam you can now help liven up an area mainly used for businesses and by cars. Donations between € 25 and € 1,250 are used to build a wooden walking bridge to open up the area for pedestrians.
Why it matters
Citizens are taking responsibility for their own living spaces. They crowd fund money and build structures they feel they need and are supported by the city council. How can we continue to improve our living conditions with the people we share space with?
Once a year in Amsterdam, three famous radio DJ’s are locked in a glass house on a busy city square for a week to raise money for the Red Cross. During this week they fast and only broadcast songs that listeners pay to be played.
British retailer John Lewis has created a modern-day version of the Second World War guide, ‘Make Do and Mend’. It contains tips on how to live thriftily through times of recession. The guide provides advice on how consumers can get the best use out of everyday household items and appliances – for example, how to prolong the life of your iPod.