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15th July 2017

The Good List #26

This week’s GOOD list is a bit like a packet of Starburst: colourful, fruity and full of surprises. From grazing knees in New Cross, to Volvo leading the way for electric cars…
Jodi's GOOD news

Last Saturday I went to New Designers, the annual showcase of graduate work from universities across the UK. The show was filled with an abundance of incredible projects and ideas. One of my favourites was by Megan Cattley from Northumbria University. Megan has developed an idea for a new toaster called Element. Element is not just about this particular toaster but about designing increased longevity for small kitchen appliances in order to reduce consumption and disposal through the use of four principles: built in repair, simplicity, maintenance and system. Megan’s Element toaster explores how these rules can be applied and provides an alternative view of appliances for a more sustainable future and an efficient, circular economy. It's simple so it doesn't go out of fashion and with reduced mechanical parts it's easy to clean and repair. It's such a good idea! Hopefully I'll be able to buy one in a few years time. | Find out more about New Designers here.
Megan Cattley's innovative toaster.
Dorothy's GOOD news:

I am now halfway through my Matthew Raw ceramics course which I'm enjoying immensely. During the first week we learnt techniques and this week we created our ...err... masterpieces. My friend and I are thoroughly enjoying the process of making and intensely focussing on something creative. I would urge you to do the same. | Find out more and book a place here.
Some of Dorothy's classmates' creations.
Katie’s GOOD news 

This week I visited the Soul of a Nation exhibition that opened at Tate Modern on Wednesday. The show is a celebration of black artists who created art during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement in 1963 and two decades beyond. The exhibition questions what it meant to be a black artist and what defines “black art”. There was one piece in the show that I was completely mesmerised by: What’s Going On (1974) by the African-American painter Barkley L. Hendricks. | Find out more here.
Barkley L. Hendricks' What’s Going On (1974).
Sabine's GOOD news 

Ilse Crawford designing the interiors for a soup kitchen set up by chef Massimo Bottura is lovely news. Food for Soul is a non-profit organisation that tackles food waste by bringing together industry professionals to establish and run community kitchens. 

I've volunteered in homeless shelters in London for over 12 years (and also for a year in Melbourne when I was relocated there for 12 months as part of my job at Mr & Mrs Smith), and continue to do so. I know very well how unwelcoming shelters can feel, despite the best efforts of volunteers who bring fruit, chocolates, donated clothes and magazines to cheer both the place and its guests up. This kind of investment in the space where guests (homeless people, low-income families, refugees and other people in need) can come to get a meal and some rest will make them feel welcome, respected members of both the community and humanity at large. I believe projects like this, though they will be mocked by many, make a real (if quiet) difference to their visitors' immediate sense of self and is a crucial step on the road to recovery.

I'm going to leave with the words from a feature published on Azure:

Studioilse’s main goal was to “provide a warm and welcoming space to bring the community together,” Crawford says, “and to restore a sense of dignity to the table.” Their brief, though simple – to find the kind of beauty and universal pleasure that’s often missing from social projects with a restricted budget – brings dignity to the space and, Crawford says, makes a resource that is welcomed by the community. It’s in keeping with the project organizers’ stated priority of “drawing attention to undervalued spaces by inviting designers and artists to renovate the refettorio. With their creative energy, we want to create an inclusive spaces that promotes well-being.” Read the full article here.

Refettorio Felix, a London soup kitchen launched by celebrity chef Massimo Bottura.
Emily's GOOD news: 

Last week, car manufacturer Volvo announced that from 2019 it will only make electric and hybrid cars. That means that, as of 2019, all new cars launched by Volvo will be partially or completely battery-powered. This is a landmark decision and a giant leap towards a future where our cities can breathe.

Of course, battery powered cars aren't all good – there are still environmental issues and they are not necessarily the most cost-efficient mode of transport – however, it is undoubtedly a move in the right direction for the car industry. With one of the biggest car manufacturers taking this leap, it will hopefully result in an increase in brain power towards making a more environmentally-aware mode of transport, with quicker, more affordable charging stations becoming the norm across the country. | Read The Guardian’s report here.
Volvo’s hybrid XC90
Jess’s GOOD news:

I woke up to my GOOD news on Radio 4. A study by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has shown that children that were encouraged to “debate, reason and explain their answers [to questions] with classmates,” rather than just give yes or no answers, were more likely to succeed in core subjects such as maths and science.

Another programme called Thinking, Doing, Talking Science aims “to make science lessons in primary schools more practical, creative and challenging.” Teachers were trained in a range of strategies “to encourage pupils to use higher order thinking skills” and explore personal answers to big scientific questions such as “how do you know that the earth is a sphere?” Getting students to argue and debate topics has been found to advance their progress by 2-3 months against their peers in the measurement groups. “The approach had a positive impact on pupils’ attitudes to science, science lessons, and practical work in particular.” Win. 

All this reading has been timed with one of my favourite newsletters by super/collider, an agency based in London and Hong Kong, that takes science seriously. This Q&A discusses Seeing Science, a new project that explores how science is represented through photography - as an industry and an academic subject in itself. | Subscribe to super/collider via their homepage.
How does photography represent science?
Amy’s GOOD news:

Although I'm feeling a little guilty that I have yet to grace it with my awkward presence this summer, my GOOD News this week is S.L.A.W Basketball. South London Amateur Women's Basketball was started by my friend Helen Ralli (curator at brand new residency-led project space/artist studio/cafe/bar/gallery V3). I don't want to make any presumptions about what Helen’s motives were, but for me it's a really laid-back, inclusive opportunity to run around and have fun. I'm not sporty in any sort of dedicated way, but I love games and fun and running out of breath and grazed knees and scoring a fluke and not taking it really seriously and also really wanting to win... S.L.A.W is a great opportunity for all that. I definitely fell into the gender trap of hanging on the sidelines instead of getting involved in my youth, so it's just great to be around a bunch of woman doing something fun, just for fun. | S.L.A.W Basketball meets in New Cross most Monday evenings, follow them on Instagram and if you identify as a woman and want to join in, get in touch! 
Members of S.L.A.W Basketball.
Anya’s GOOD news:

Carbon emissions must fall to two tonnes of CO2 per person by 2050 to avoid severe global warming. This is terrifying when you consider that in the US and Australia emissions are currently 16 tonnes per person, while in the UK its seven tonnes. My GOOD news this week comes in the form of a new study, published in Environmental Research Letters, that compares the impact of different actions to reduce carbon emissions. The severity of the situation is dismal news, but the increased efforts to raise awareness of the issue in practical terms is an obvious choice for GOOD news. The study found that having  one fewer child will save 58.6 tonnes of CO2-equivalent per year and although I am not convinced that many families will be prepared to make such a step, the study also highlights myriad practical means to reduce carbon emissions. While getting rid of a car saved 2.4 tonnes a year, avoiding a return transatlantic flight saved 1.6 tonnes and becoming vegetarian saved 0.8 tonnes a year. Comparatively, recycling and hang drying clothes saved just 0.21, while using energy efficient lightbulbs saved 0.1. This study shows that if we want to give the planet a fighting chance of survival we need to begin making serious changes to our lifestyles. | Read the article here and the study in full here.
Having one less child could save 58.6 tonnes of CO2-equivalent per year.
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