Commentary on BBH’s Homeless Hotspots project at SXSW 2012:
“Homeless people have been enlisted to roam the streets wearing T-shirts that say “I am a 4G hotspot.” Passersby can pay what they wish to get online via the 4G-to-Wi-Fi device that the person is carrying. It is a neat idea on a practical level, but also a little dystopian. When the infrastructure fails us… we turn human beings into infrastructure?”
The Brooklyn Public Library now has its own Espresso machine! This one doesn’t make cappuccino, but instead prints, binds and trims a paperback book in less than four minutes (adding eight million extra titles to the library!).
“We love innovation. We love technology. We love creativity. We love entertainment. But ultimately, those realities are shadowed by suffering. Abuse. Degradation. Marginalization. For me, it becomes necessary to integrate the two. Ultimately, we are talking about the need to be more hopeful, more committed, more dedicated to the basic challenges of living in a complex world.” — Bryan Stevenson
A fascinating short documentary about the NYC commuter patterns of the 1940s
And most humans have two contradictory impulses: we love and need one another, yet we crave privacy and autonomy. To harness the energy that fuels both these drives, we need to move beyond the New Groupthink and embrace a more nuanced approach to creativity and learning.
3.2 million dots make up this portrait of the artist’s father
These days there are websites where you can pay more to do more, from mixing your own muesli to designing your own T-shirt. According to Martin Schreier, who studies innovation and marketing at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, such sites satisfy two basic human needs: they allow people to achieve “preference fit”, by tailoring objects to their own specifications, and they require them to invest effort in the production process, which causes them to value those objects more highly.