07.10 2013

The end of anthropology?

I met  Chris Lunch, co-founder of InsightShare: I highly respect his pure socio-anthropological approach. His idea, as audacious as it is, is to push the scientific observation approach to the extreme... until anthropologists disappear altogether!

How and why? The ambition of the teams working at InsightShare is to transform social realities thanks to the power of participative video. They train men and women in communities to use video equipment and make video films. They give them the power to observe one another and to express what they feel with no outside influence. As such, anthropologists disappear to the benefit of the observed/observers.

At last, a case of biter/bit that produces social wealth!

(c) image InsightShare

published on 07/10/2013 at 4:19 am
#Chris Lunch #InsightShare #inspiration #participative video #social innovation
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07.02 2013

“Nice, but you can’t improvise being a banker!”

Participative financing, micro-credit, integral loans, crowdfunding, call it what you want but financing new projects has never been so out of reach to traditional banks. The need for financing local projects is on the forefront of innovative initiatives in the financial sector. The transformation of financial organisations has begun. We are still far from the expected mutation. It will impact – and is already impacting! – on all our lives.

For those interested in the subject, I recommend reading the excellent article (in French!) entitled "Entre nous, le bonheur est dans le prêt" by Anne-Sophie Novel, dealing with co-operative finance initiatives on the blog of online French newspaper Le Monde, which highlights a deep aspiration to see money (re)becoming a tool, more than a means of speculation. For the growth of SMEs, for the dynamism of our economic system, the years to come are going to be fascinating!

published on 07/02/2013 at 5:12 am
#Anne-Sophie Novel #co-operative finance #crowdfunding #financial innovation #inspiration #micro-credit #participative finance #social innovation
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06.25 2013

Invitation to Innovators

Innovation is nothing without its adventurers who, in companies, laboratories, start-ups, administrations or the media, bring it out, feed it, grow it and make it blossom in the hands of their users.

I am playing with the idea of giving them this modest platform so that they can share with us their experience of innovation.

So watch this space. Speak to you soon!

published on 06/25/2013 at 5:29 am
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06.14 2013

The emotional capacity of Radi Designers

What can be more simple and functional than a switch?

What can be less moving?

With Switch, the Radi Designers collective has managed one of the most beautiful and eloquent expressions of a functional AND elegant design. When the wire is bent, the electricity is cut off, when it is straight, the light switches on.
The beautiful poetry of  daily objects...

(c) photo Radi Designers

published on 06/14/2013 at 5:23 am
#design #inspiration #radi designers #switch
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