Tag Archives: Community

Maker’s Row

It’s one thing to have a good product idea, but half the entrepreneur’s battle is bringing it to life. That’s where Maker’s Row aims to help – by simplifying the manufacturing process. The company provides access to industry-specific factories across the United States, alongside in-depth profiles and video tours to help entrepreneurs pick the best factory for their business.

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Let’s get it on

For its new range of condoms ‘SKYN’, Ansell has launched a campaign asking Spotify users to create a ‘sexy songs’ playlist. (Thanks, Jason and Alex)







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Lightt-up your life

Lightt is a free social app that creates ‘highlights’ – 10-second photograph sets that play back in just over a second, then repeat. According to the creators, “Lightt attempts to bridge the gap between the sheer snooooozable length of unedited amateur video with the incomplete story of a single photograph” – providing yet another way to share the intimate details of your life.

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‘I still love NY’

Sebastian Errazuriz’s studio was paralysed after the hurricane. Unable to work and tired of watching the horrible disaster unfold on the news, Errazuriz decided to design something to help raise much-needed relief funds. This idea occurred to him after seeing the water line marked on the walls of the flooded galleries in New York’s Chelsea art district. (Nice one, Jamie C)

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More than a market

How do you help a community feel more connected, whilst providing access to healthy food at a fair price? The answer – open a grocery store. The People’s Community Market in West Oakland is funded by the community and investors, who in-turn keep some of the profits. Once it’s built, the market will provide jobs, educate families about healthy living, and provide a space for people to get together. A cornerstone for this Californian community.

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Wash-day social

A French website is taking social sharing to a new level, by matching people whose washing machines sit unused during the day with those who need a handy place to wash their clothes.

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Car club

FlightCar in the US aims to put vehicles left in airport parking lots to good use, by offering them up for short-term loans.


Where similar car-sharing companies aim to link owners with those requiring one-off loans, FlightCar takes advantage of the fact that most people driving to airports will be leaving the country for a fair amount of time. (Thanks, Zoe)

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When IKEA moved its store location in Bergen, Norway, they decided to ask for volunteers to help with the opening­ – a clever way of engaging with the local community. Volunteers could sign up on a website to do ‘favours’, such as making a speech during the opening, assisting the mayor at the ceremony, planting the first tree outside the entrance and hosting the customer radio. Check out the campaign video here: http://vimeo.com/50387281

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Politics are brewing

Mitt Romney needs to up his game – for 7-Eleven shoppers have already decided on President Obama. According to 7-Eleven’s ‘7-Election’ poll, which allows coffee drinkers to pick a blue cup for Obama or a red one for Romney, Obama is leading with 60% of the ‘votes.’

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Real stories

In the age of the 140 characters, it’s imperative for news to be breaking, fast and short. Or is it? Narratively is ready to bet that’s not the case.


From the expertise of piano movers to stories of female taxi drivers and mass graves outside the Bronx, Narratively covers underreported local stories instead of big headlines and talks about real people, not celebrities. This recipe is refreshing in its simplicity – demonstrating that people can still give space and time to storytelling.

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