Quick Thoughts & Things I Noticed

Quick Thoughts & Things I Noticed

Filtered for coming out of the pandemic better than we went in.

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Live/work balance

How we balance living and working from our homes has become a much more pressing issue to many more folks during the coronavirus pandemic. Colonialising the Home is a pretty solid overview of possible shifts in how we live/work in the home during and post the pandemic.

As usual, we’re still in the phase of (more or less) hot takes and can expect things to shake out somewhat unexpectedly in the end. But there are solid ideas in here, and it’s an area that’s very much worth investigating.

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Sustainable EU Funding

Anyone here able to give me a solid summary and some context for how well the EU’s recent greening of the funding taxonomy is done? All summaries I found were very top-level, and then there are very deep dives that I can’t get myself to commit the required time to. I mean, is this good? Will this do what it needs to do?

After all, we’re in a point in time where enormous change can happen very quickly, and record sums of government support are available to ensure economic recovery, etc. So it’s a historic opportunity to move the EU much, much closer to meeting climate goals which otherwise there’s no chance we’ll meet.

Let’s not make this fizzle out as a short term cash injection but to use it to fundamentally restructure how business and all is done in Europe.

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Catastrophic Candour

I’ve been very much enjoying Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino’s new video series, Catastrophic Candour in which she discusses a wide range of design issues, especially around longevity, sustainability and the like — sometimes it’s a book review by herself, sometimes an interview with good folks like Michelle Thorne or Gianfranco Chicco. So good to see a bunch of experimentation and outputs like this coming out of #lockdownlive.

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