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Designing for Everyone | UX Magazine   Leave a comment

“Technology is constantly evolving and improving. In the future, mobile devices may include assistive technologies such as sensors that detect a user’s gestures for no-touch interactions, laser keyboards and eye-tracking or device-to-retina interfaces. Designers and engineers must work together to develop intuitive and flexible UX models, appropriate visual treatments and layout decisions in order to not only change behavior and interactions, but also to improve the lives of millions of people. Apple’s Guided Access takes a step in this direction, offering a way to customize existing interaction parameters to cater to individual needs.

Focusing on creating long-lasting services that people will fall in love with and designing for all platforms and channels are the ultimate goals. While there are indeed some services and products designed to target very specific demographics, good design is universal design.

Good design is inclusive of every user.”

via Designing for Everyone | UX Magazine.


Posted July 26, 2012 by arnoneumann in design, Social Innovation

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The Kaospilots a model to educate disruptive innovation « co-society   Leave a comment



“The Kaospilots is an alternative business school. Founded in 1991 by a group of people linked to social and cultural projects, is located in Aarhus, Denmark, in a former shoe factory. Its purpose is “to produce positive social change through personal growth.”

Kaospilots currently has one hundred students enrolled, of thirteen different nationalities, who may have gone to university or not. It offers a three-year program in “learning by doing.” The skills acquired by students are taking control of their lives, the ability to identify opportunities, leadership and teamwork. 30% of graduates work as entrepreneurs.

The Kaospilots does not want to be the best school in the world, but the best school for the world.

The school wants to be the site of linking learning and innovation. Each student develops their own potential and that serves to meet the continually changing scenarios of our world and participate in its progress. Students learn with mind, heart and body.

It’s work philosophy promotes four basic attitudes:

_ Activism: you can change anything in the world, and this means taking responsibility. The form of learning leads to action.

_ Creativity: creative activity going on every shift, it’s a way you do a development.

_ Collaboration: working as a team and promoting cultural diversity.

_ Contribution: participation is encouraged in what is happening around us.

The KaosPilots working on projects for sustainability and social innovation in locations around the world have promoted the national football team of Tibet have sent to Africa bicycles Danish disuse, other social innovation activities in Bogota, hospitals that try to save money working for potential patients that do not even go to the hospital in Denmark, and a project to be more efficient in supporting entrepreneurs in Andalusia(Spain).

Paul Natorp, one of the coordinators, talks about The Kaos Pilots in this video interview. ”

via The Kaospilots a model to educate disruptive innovation « co-society.

Posted August 11, 2011 by arnoneumann in Social_Innovation

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Big Society Capital names board, CEO and first £1m investment | Social Enterprise   Leave a comment

Transformative….social thinking …social capital .

“Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said: ‘There are few moments like this when something happens that can really change the world. We’ve all heard about a small charity or social enterprise sweeping away entrenched local social problems. But we have not seen a significant commitment to help social innovations grow and be implemented on the national stage until now.

‘Big Society Capital will undoubtedly change this and unlock the money that charities and social enterprises need to grow when a big opportunity comes along. This government is proud to support this achievement. I want to thank Sir Ronald Cohen and Nick O’Donohoe and everyone else, including the banks, who have made this a reality so quickly.’

Sir Ronald Cohen commented: ‘Today’s launch of Big Society Capital Group marks the culmination of ten years of thought and effort by many individuals and organisations. It is the first of a new kind of organisation devoted to providing finance in the interest of society. The depth and breadth of The Big Society Trust and Big Society Capital boards, combined with an anticipated £600m in initial funding will enable BSC to attract additional capital to the social sector from charitable foundations, institutional investors, companies and private individuals.

Sir Ronald said that innovations such as social impact bonds and a burgeoning array of organisations operating across the social sector ‘suggest that we are on the cusp of a revolution’.

He added: ‘The social sector now has the prospect of attracting funding in the UK to support social entrepreneurs, much as venture capital and private equity did to support business some three decades ago. We very much welcome the equity investment by the Merlin banks and a strategic relationship with them in developing the market for social investment in Britain.’

More announcements on social impact bonds (SIBs) are expected within the next few weeks – with up to four new ‘bonds’ bringing private investors, public and civil society organisations together in a payment-by-results model designed to change the way some of the most challenging social issues are financed. The first SIB is already in operation at Peterborough prison.

To support the early development of Big Society Capital, the Big Lottery Fund has set up an Investment Committee to make some initial investments. Applications for investment should be initially made to the Investment Committee. Details of the fund and application process can be found on the Big Fund website.”

via Big Society Capital names board, CEO and first £1m investment | Social Enterprise.

A More Inclusice Work Force –   Leave a comment

What a blessing that there are novel models in society that take the ” weak ” and empower them with their inherent strengths …not their imputed deficiencies.


“From the corporate perspective, hiring and managing people with disabilities has historically been seen as a burden, not an opportunity. But there is one industry in which many people with what would (elsewhere) be considered disabilities have thrived: information technology. “There are a lot of people who have been very important in the history of IT who would probably rate high on the autism scales,” explains Robert Austin, dean of the faculty of business administration at the University of New Brunswick, who is author of a Harvard Business Review case study on Specialisterne. “Some of the most brilliant people in the industry have been effective because companies have been willing to work with them.”

Austin says that businesses in general, as well as business schools, haven’t paid sufficient attention to the competitive value of employees with differences. “When you find somebody who is different there might be something remarkable and important in that,” he says.”

via A More Inclusice Work Force –

Posted July 6, 2011 by arnoneumann in Social Innovation

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For Some With Autism, Jobs to Match Their Talents –   Leave a comment

What a thrilling story of real import and impact. “Sonne calls it the “dandelion philosophy.” Depending on your point of view, a dandelion is either a valuable herb — a source of iron and vitamin A, with many medicinal qualities — or a weed that invades your garden. “A weed is a beautiful plant in an unwanted place,” he says. “An herb is the same plant where it is wanted. Who decides if something is a weed or an herb? Society does.” “

“Specialisterne was founded by Thorkil Sonne. Eleven years ago, Sonne was a successful executive at TDC when his youngest child, Lars, then 3, was diagnosed with autism. “I had the perfect career and the perfect family,” he recalled. “It was so shocking to realize that one of our family members had a lifelong disability. As parents we wanted to make the best possible future for all of our children, not just the two who were non-disabled. So we had to come up with a new plan for our family’s future.”

“Sonne and his wife thought about what would be best for their son. “What will make Lars a happy man when we are not there anymore?” they asked themselves. “We thought,” Sonne said, “If others could appreciate his skills and respect his special personality in a meaningful and productive job, then we could go to the grave with a good conscience.”

With Specialisterne, Sonne has created something that has gone beyond giving a helping hand to his son. To date, the company has hired 35 people with autism to work as consultants for other companies, and is now training 46 others. Perhaps more important, its model is gaining momentum. Sonne has been contacted by people from 60 countries who want to adapt the work locally. He has expanded to Iceland and Scotland and is planning to spread to a half dozen additional countries within the next few years, including Poland, Germany, Ireland and the United States. Specialisterne has also inspired a similar Chicago-based non-profit called Aspiritech.” ”


via For Some With Autism, Jobs to Match Their Talents –

Next stop, the food desert: Fresh produce gets on the bus | Grist   Leave a comment

If you had any question that we need creative solutions to get healthy food to people in American cities, watch this. The problem is all too real.

via Next stop, the food desert: Fresh produce gets on the bus | Grist.

Posted June 2, 2011 by arnoneumann in food, USA

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