PechaKucha Presentation

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Chris Hellawell

in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Tool Library

PRESENTED ON APR 20, 2017
IN GLASGOW @ VOL 31

Chris Hellawell is the Founder of the Edinburgh Tool Library, the first charity tool lending library in the UK. 

He has worked for a variety of charities both home and abroad, in particular addressing unemployment in disadvantaged groups. It was on visiting one of his old haunts in Toronto when he came across the concept if a tool library. He decided to introduce the idea to the UK, with an added element of employability training for young unemployed people. The Edinburgh Tool Library opened on March the 7th 2015, bringing together the idea of sharing as a way to enrich lives, save money, and reduce consumption, with the social goal of giving young people self belief and a route into the work. 

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The Tool Librarian

BY JUSTIN MORRISSEY
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 06, 2015

The Blue Mountains Tool Library or "Toolo" is a lending library for tools and equipment that services the needs of various community interests.
Initially we are seeking interested organisations to auspice the project - translation - why would we need to set up another not for profit organisation in the mountains when there are probably 100s up here already whose operations could extend to embrace a tool library. The library hopes to have a small functional space/ shipping container and fixed operating hours - several days a week. The library's main purpose is to hire tools to assist people who would ordinarily use these tools once or twice per year and not regularly enough to warrant buying them.
Members would be people trying to maintain properties prior to peak fir season, artists who need tools for one off projects and generally anyone who don't want to buy a tool and use it once. 

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Circular Economy

BY LYNNE WILSON
@ VOL 26 ON NOV 26, 2015

Lynne Wilson is currently the Sector Specialist -Textiles, Circular Economy Team at Zero Waste Scotland. Her role is to support innovation in design, manufacturing and production in the Scottish Textiles sector and to look at ways to close the loop and secure economic benefits through the development of new business ideas and products. Lynn is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Arts and Engineering) and a Member of the Institute of Fundraising. Lynn was recently awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to visit Japan and explore circular economy textile technology, heritage and design.

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Systems for Sharing

BY SEAN ROY PARKER
@ VOL 3 ON JUN 09, 2016

Sean Roy Parker touches on a very contemporary issue of an alternative economy. With businesses like eBay, Airbnb and Gumtree already onboard with the 'sharing economy' how can individuals collaboratively work together on a smaller platform to create a sustainable future?

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Towards a Circular Economy

BY IULIA FALCAN
@ POLICY SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES ON APR 19, 2017

Iulia Falcan shares the concept of circular economy, refering broadly to reducing waste as much as possible on one side, and developing long lasting and re-usable day-to-day products on the other, thus limiting the negative impact that waste has on the natural environment.  

The concept of circular economy encompasses many phenomena, of varying degrees of complexity, that allow even the most seemingly disengaged person to have a positive impact on the environment.

Dipping your toe into the sea of knowledge on ways towards environmental sustainability can be overwhelming. However, be assured that there are many small changes anyone can make that will have a positive impact!

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Making Economy

BY ABIGALE NEATE WILSON
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

TAKTAL is an agency that initiates the creative use of space. In 2015, TAKTAL established research platform Agile City to explore grassroots approaches to urban development. 

One of the outcomes of this project is Test Unit, an annual art, design and architecture Summer School. Its aims are to turn talk into action by prototyping ideas in public space. This year’s theme is Occupying the Post-Industrial City. More information can be found at agile-city.com/test-unit

Abigale Neate Wilson explains the importance of discussing and creating methods to implimate alternative economies in todays world.

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Jangling Space

BY BRIAN MORGAN
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Jangling Space – a space where community meet, talk, imagine, share and DO. The DOING is important – we make tangible products that have meaning. We do it ‘out in the open’ so that people’s curiosity is aroused. These products – made from glass and ceramics – link back to an older Glasgow. We can still see remnants of that time with us today, in stained glass and wally tiles. We seek to find that beauty again. Our products, each and every one, contain a physical aspect of Glasgow. Each product has a story – and so do its makers. We attempt to help people feel like they belong – Jangling Space is a cooperative – and therefore it follows values and principles that cherish learning, cooperation, participation, democracy. 

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A Recipe is Easier to Ship Than a Cake: Studio Moger

BY ROBERT PATIENCE
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Robert Patience has over 10 years experience studying and working within the design field. He is part of the design team at Fearsome, a Product Design & Engineering consultancy, as a Design Engineer with an emphasis on physical prototyping and making. Robert and his partner Carolyn Alexander also work part time at their start up Studio Moger. Here they are exploring the development of an open source library of artists equipment with their first project, Start Point. 

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Re-life: Transition Stirling

BY EMMA ERWIN
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Transition Stirling is an environmental charity in Stirling which has been around 2009 working to help people in the community share skills that will help increase our resilience to climate change and peak oil. Emma Erwin has been on the Board of Transition Stirling since 2014 and began working as Project Manager last year on the Tool Library project.

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Work, Live, Play Sustainably: sustainably.io

BY BURAK CAN
@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

Sustainability, as well as digitalisation, are two of the hot topics at the moment. Yet, they are sometimes contradicting. Burak Can is researcher and founder of sustainably.io. In his PechaKucha presentation, he explores how we can stop ruining ourselves and fare the new digital revolution towards better shores by merging sustainability and digitalisation.