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Restart Podcast Ep 4: Climate change and the “shadow impacts” of our gadgets

Before a smartphone reaches us, most of the greenhouse gas emissions it will ever make have already been made. Our gadgets have significant, hidden impacts.

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Required: agency “sparring partner”

Why do we need a sparring partner from the world of advertising? We need to get better at communicating to more people. And we think we are uniquely poised to help answer emerging questions for creative agencies’ clients.

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Summer reading and listening list

We wrote a post last summer sharing our reading list, and there was loads of interest. So we thought we would share what we have stacked next to our bedside tables and loaded on our mobile devices, and ready for trips to the park and the pool.

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A “bubble” stretching from provincial China to our high streets

While China increases capacity to manufacture ever more of the same kinds of products, is it stimulating internal consumption fast enough to compensate for our “meh” with the latest shiny gadget we are all supposed to buy?

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Restart Podcast Ep 3: Searching for the roots of grassroots innovation

In this episode, we go in search of some of the historical roots of grassroots innovation in design, tech and resource management a local level in the UK (and beyond).

One of the two small entrances to Agbogbloshie scrapyard, photo by Adam Minter

Representations of e-waste globally matter

This past weekend, we witnessed remotely forced and violent evictions occurring in a neighbourhood of Ghana’s capital city Accra. Agbogbloshie is portrayed as the continent’s largest electrical wasteland; in truth it is a functional, profit-making recycling network.

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Communicating the impact of our gadgets to students and young people

This week, we were really excited to deliver our first lesson remotely to a classroom in Chicago. Our lesson really provokes students to think about the material aspects of the internet and our digital culture. Students were very engaged.

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Recognising the volunteer contributions of Restarters

An amazing volunteer pool of Restarters has emerged from our monthly community events here in London. We had no idea there were so many talented people just waiting for an opportunity to share their skills.

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Restart Podcast Ep 2: Interview with a product designer

Our second podcast episode features some frustrating gadgets including an inkjet printer given as a wedding present. Product designer Barry Waddilove explains why these gadgets frustrate and how new thinking could transform our relationship with electronics.