The Best #LabBlab of 2015

Now Thats What I Call LabBlab 2015

We love talking about social design in the iLab – we call it our #LabBlab. We’ve had a lot of interesting discussions this year, so we thought we’d share 15 videos, articles, and blogs that we’ve most enjoyed talking about in our 2015 #LabBlab – Now that’s what I call #LabBlab!

50 Design Problems In 50 Days: Real Empathy For Innovation

@petewsmart recently travelled 2517 miles to try to solve 50 problems in 50 days using design. Pete wanted to test the limits of design’s ability to solve problems — big and small. Each day he had 24 hours to observe a problem, attempt to solve it and then communicate the solution. On his own shoestring budget, from grimy backstreet hostels to bustling cities, he travelled Europe attempting to solve a different social problem every day.

VIDEO – Mobile Care

A unique mobile care complex is providing help in rural areas in Latvia.

When Animals Inspire Inventions

Whether it’s tiny robots swimming inside our bodies or super-efficient 3D solar panels, nature never stops providing answers.

VIDEO – How using easily sourced cheap items could save thousands of lives

Saving lives shouldn’t be expensive. Sometimes the simplest solutions have the biggest impact. TippyTap seek to save water and save lives in some of the poorest parts of India.

VIDEO – A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”

Sitters Without Boarders

Sitters Without Borders offers free weekly babysitting sessions to low-income mothers who are attending college.

Bisto – Share a Chair Sunday

A third of people over the age of 70 in the UK eat alone every day. Through ‘Spare Chair Sunday’ Bisto are aiming to change all that.

The Marsh-Mellow Challenge: Because every project has its own marsh-mellow

The Marshmallow Challenge is a remarkably fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity.

Dementia: Who’s innovating?

More than ever before innovators are finding a need to help people live out their years in the best way possible.

Body Hacking to Hear in Colour – I am Technology

The life of Neil Harbisson is like something out of a sci-fi novel. Neil was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that leaves 1 in 30,000 people completely colorblind. But Neil isn’t colorblind, far from it. After convincing his doctors to implant an antenna into the back of his head, Neil now possesses a new sense – the ability to hear colours.

London Ambulance Service Smartphone App

If you go into cardiac arrest you’re 60 per cent more likely to survive if you are given early CPR and are shocked with a de-fib machine (AED) within five minutes, that’s why The London Ambulance Service (who aim to be with you in eight) are developing a smartphone app that connects people with first-aid skills to emergency situations in their vicinity.

VIDEO – India: Universe of frugal innovation – #DownToEarth

Necessity is the mother of invention. For the last 20 years through the Honey Bee network Professor Anil Gupta has been travelling across India in search of local inventors who are solving common problems in creative ways. India is becoming known for low-cost innovation in diverse fields such as healthcare, agriculture or engineering. The results of the frugal innovation movement have had a positive impact in the country and abroad.

VIDEO: How to start a movement

In this short TED Talk Derek Sivers explores the power of movements – explaining how the impact made by a single individual often owes more to their first follower than to their own leadership.

VIDEO – Be My Eyes

A Network of Eyes. Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat

VIDEO – The Uninvited Guests

Thomas has lived for 70 years in his own organised chaos, but now since the death of his wife last year his children are imposing a new set of rules on his life through the well meaning installation of smart objects. The Uninvited Guests is a short film that explores the frictions between an elderly man and his smart home.

We’d love you to join in our #LabBlab. You can find more examples of the type of things we talk about in the iLab Voyager Update archive, and you can sign up to receive the mail-out here.


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