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Smart art supports children
A Portuguese company, Logoplaste, and Smart combined their creativity to offer CADin – an innovative fundraising initiative to supports children with learning difficulties. The Smart Art campaign involved companies buying a Smart car and donating it to an art auction. Well known Portuguese artists were invited to customise the cars with their artwork. The cars toured shopping centres and other public places throughout Portugal, raising public awareness for the activities of CADin.
Why it matters
The idea of involving big companies rather than individuals in this kind of initiative turned out to be success. Six of the auctioned cars were bought by companies that wanted to participate. Will successful initiatives like this encourage big companies or well known individuals to get involved with local causes more often?
To draw attention to the need for protected green spaces in the Netherlands, non-profit organisation Natuurmonumenten (NM) has set up a website where supporters can claim their own square metre of an online virtual nature reserve. As more people participate, the virtual reserve grows in size, with the aim of becoming the biggest website in the world!
The Sony R&D team has developed new 'bio batteries’ that generate electricity by using enzymes to break down carbohydrates. These batteries are more energy efficient and have a low impact on the environment.