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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?
Barcelona’s Universitat Autònoma has designed an app to help the visually-impaired use the bus. Through visual and auditory cues it offers a choice of routes to their desired destination. It then guides the user to the closest bus stop and lets them know how much time they have to wait and how many stops there are until they reach their destination.
The Anthon Berg ‘Generous Store’ pop-up chocolate shop in Denmark does not allow for customers to pay for their product with cash or credit. In fact, customers need to promise they will do a good deed for a person they care for. The chocolate is ‘priced’ at different levels depending on how big a deed is needed to obtain it. These range from‘serve breakfast in bed to your loved one’ to ‘Don’t comment on your girlfriend’s driving for a week’. The most popular service was ‘Help clean your friend’s house’ whilst the least popular was ‘A week where you don’t lie to your father ’.