Early last year, I was trying to figure out a way to help people reduce their personal material consumption and landed on a concept called Unbuy. Unbuy is a service that helps you set goals, reduce your impact, and save money by buying less.
Unbuy focuses on the first word of the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ mantra – reducing consumption at its core. Here’s how it works:
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The National Climate Emergency Summit 2020 was held in Melbourne in February 2020. I have collected a few photos and selected quotes from my notes below.
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The ANZSEE 2019 Conference on Ecological Economics was held in Melbourne this week. I have collected a few photos and quotes from my notes below.
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I recently joined the New Economy Network Australia conference for three days here in Melbourne. It was fantastic – you can find the program here (pdf). I’ll cover some of my reflections and highlights from the conference below.
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One core feature of globalised capitalism is that supply and demand, production and consumption are geographically separated. Consumers buying physical products have very little visibility into the supply chain and the participating organisations beyond the maker (the public brand) and the seller (the place of purchase). As consumers, we tend to stick with the story crafted by marketing and advertising, and assessing the sustainability of a product beyond this superficial understanding is a challenge we are not encouraged to take on.
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This is my most popular tweet of all time: ‘Minimum Viable Product: Build a slice across, instead of one layer at a time’.
The intention of the diagram is to show an alternative approach to MVP compared to the ‘traditional’ way of building products from the bottom up.
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A common excuse for not starting a start-up or building a product is the perceived lack of the Big Idea. This is nonsense. Ideas are the easy part; it’s doing something with them that is hard. Let me illustrate.
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The original concept behind Tweetpond is News Pond, an ambient real-time visualisation of news headlines built in 2003. This post has been adapted from the original News Pond design documentation.
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