I'm the "Honourary Steward" for this year's Shuttleworth Fellowship, this being a valuable and prestigious prize given to people who are undertaking to make the world a better, more open place ("social innovators who are helping to change the world for the better and could benefit from a social investment model with a difference").
Being Honourary Steward means that I help choose the grantees; I'm the second Honourary Steward, following in Joi Ito's footsteps. I'm incredibly honoured to be a part of this; the list of fellows is nothing less than amazing.
The application process is simple and relatively painless; applications are due on Nov 1.
We are thrilled to announce that Cory Doctorow has agreed to be our next Honorary Steward, selecting Fellows for the March 2017 Fellowship round. As a journalist, science fiction writer, copyright activist and technologist, Cory brings a breadth of experience, combined into a unique perspective. We are excited to have him on board and look forward to him expanding the perspective of the fellowship. We support individuals to implement their vision for positive social change, with openness at the centre of their approach. We continue to look for applicants with a strong idea of the world they would like to live in and the contribution they can make towards it. Cory will help us identify which of the candidates best embrace openness and whose innovative idea has the most potential to make a difference in their chosen field.
Studio North was commissioned to refit an old elevator shaft in a converted warehouse loft in Calgary; they built a tall, narrow library with climbable shelves whose hand- and foot-holds retract into the shelving.
Libretaxi is an open source project that lets anyone become a rideshare driver in less than a minute; it has more than 20,000 users worldwide, and is maintained by Roman Pushkin, who started the project in December 2016 and is now planning to quit his job and work on it full time.
Mister Alphabet is an action-figure designed to cleverly bend and contort into every letter of the Latin alphabet; the website is long on trademark warnings and arty Instagram photos, but short on details, like, “Is this an object of commerce?” and “If so, where does one buy it?” (via Kottke)
When you can’t wait for the world’s longest meeting to end, the mindless leg bouncing makes your boredom obvious and just annoys everybody else. Everyone knows the TPS reports need the damn cover sheet, but some sadistic colleague keeps forgetting, probably on purpose just to eat into your lunch hour. Enough is enough!While serving a […]
What could be more fun than a slingshot that shoots tiny airplanes? A slingshot that shoots tiny glowing airplanes of course! These toy planes are outfitted with ultra-bright LEDs, so you can fly all night without losing them in the trees.Whether you are a regular-sized child, or an overgrown adult one, these light-up flyers offer […]
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]