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HUMAN BY WONDERLAND #10
A newsletter about design and creativity, and how they contribute to a better world.
Welcome to Edition #10 of HUMAN.
This week our founder and MD Martijn took some time to share a few thoughts about how looming fatherhood has changed his approach to running Wonderland. We’ve also collected our usual list of internet highlights, and shared our thoughts about countries and companies asking the UN to downplay the impacts of climate change. And, to top it all off, enjoy Domenico Gnoli’s intersection of minimalism, hyperrealism, and pop art.
If you have time at the end, we’d love it if you could spare a minute or two to fill out the survey at the bottom and let us know what you think of HUMAN!
Fatherhoods influence on Wonderland
At the point of writing this, our founder and MD Martijn is less than two weeks away from becoming a first-time-father. In the lead up to B-day, he’s taken some time to write how the experience has changed his approach to running Wonderland, and how these changes have impacted the culture.
Fast Company shared a concise summary of our climate-changed future.
Google is using Google Cloud to help companies go green.
You can now use AR technology and Snapchat to build LEGO with friends.
A new Starbucks in Shanghai uses reusable cups, along with everything else.
Suck it Carbon. The carbon capture industry is growing, and it’s coming for you.
Curious about what rising sea levels could mean for you? Now you can check.
Have you ever wondered how many solar panels we’d need to power the planet?
In essence: solar panels on 50% of the worlds roofs would meet electricity needs.
A green energy shift is a must, and this video sums up the why pretty perfectly.
Carbon offsets are cool. Supporting nascent carbon removal projects is cooler.
Like anything, design has principles you should follow. Here are Brian Collin’s.
The next decade of design will be about fixing the last century of excess.
You might hate Facebook’s new name, but branding experts (mostly) love it.
Curious about who’s asked the UN to downplay the looming climate crisis?
In a world of rising sea levels, increasingly common heat waves, dying ecosystems, and annualised once-in-a-century weather events, some countries and companies want the UN to downplay the seriousness of their climate warning report.
It is an unfortunate reality of modern society that money remains more valuable than common sense, even when that wealth and economic stimulation comes at the expense of a habitable planet. The Cree have a proverb that only when the last tree has died, and the last river has been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught, will we realise that we cannot eat money. When reading such short-sighted requests to the UN, it begins to make the ancient Cree words feel more prophetic than proverbial.
What makes it even more frustrating is a recent article published by Fast Company revealing that many big oil companies have been aware of their environmental impacts since the 1950s. To put that decade in perspective, WWII was still recent history, the Vietnam war is in its opening stages, Martin Luther King Jr. has yet to give his “I have a Dream” speech, and the Beatles haven’t even released their first single. And, to top it all off, mankind has yet to reach the moon. Long before our digital revolution had begun, big oil knew the impact they would have and knowingly chose not to change course.
Heartbreaking as it is, finger pointing doesn’t solve anything. We can do it until the cows come home, but what would it achieve?
We’re running out of time to make meaningful changes to how we live on our planet. Enough of the lobbying and the debating, the denial and the conspiracies. The evidence is irrefutable. What we need now is a unified front and a drive for a better, more harmonious future relationship with our planet. We need people who will inspire change and unify, and work to create a world where climate change is something we work together to overcome, rather than debate.
You know this already, HUMAN, as do we. The real question is what will we do to make a change and lead our own charge.
Currently on display in Rome, Domenico Gnoli’s (Rome, 1933 – new york, 1970) current exhibition is something to behold. Famous for his analytical style, Gnoli’s work sits at the intersection of minimalism, hyperrealism, and pop art to create something truly unique. What do you think of it?
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