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The everyone economy: community ideas for growth
In Ireland, a new initiative called the Ideas Campaign is drawing upon public and collective innovation in order to solicit ideas for economic recovery. 19 key areas including manufacturing, technology, construction, retail and education are being addressed. The campaign is an independent and non-political effort and coordinators will use the ideas to deliver an action plan to government. In just the first five days more than 1,200 proposals were submitted.
Why it matters
Collaboration and consumer input have long been harnessed by brands to make their customers feel significant. This biggest brand of all, the Government, have rarely taken this need and acted on it. With consumers acting on their desire to have their say – and have it heard, could an open government become more of a reality?
France’s Eole Water has created a turbine that can condense water in the air and make it safe for drinking.
Aside from the obvious environmental benefits a wind turbine offers, the company’s WMS1000 sucks in passing air that goes through a cooling compressor in the generator compartment, which then condensates passing airborne moisture. The water is then collected, filtered to World Health Organization drinking standards and delivered through a tap at the bottom of the turbine. According to Eole Water, the turbine can produce up to 1,000 liters a day.
Dutch non-profit organisation Made-By has developed a database system which enables consumers to track & trace their clothing purchases via a unique code in every garment. The initiative is aimed at expanding the market for environmentally and socially conscious fashion.