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HUMAN BY WONDERLAND #12
A newsletter about design and creativity, and how they contribute to a better world.
Welcome to Edition #12 of HUMAN, our final edition for 2021.
We’ve shared our approach to fostering creativity within our team, as well as explored the four corners of the internet to find the coolest news of the past three weeks we could find. We’ve also dived into the Black Box currently being built for our planet in Australia, and shared the psychedelic turn tables from Brian Eno.
From all of us at Wonderland, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New year 🎄
Let creativity flow, with all its twists and turns
In our last edition of Human, we shared insights on how our Wonderlanders overcome creative blocks, but we didn’t talk about how we facilitate creativity within Wonderland. To rectify this, we wrote an article this week focusing on how we empower our creative teams to deliver the best work they can, every time.
What if McDonald’s ditched plastic in Happy Meals? Here’s an alternative.
Curious about what the world’s shipping looks like at any given moment?
A new university in India cuts a distinctive shape with its green terraced roof.
You can learn American Sign Language with just your webcam, here.
This website simulates the symptoms of dyslexia, helping to understand it.
Here for the holidays, Steer the Deer is a webcam enabled Christmas game.
Chris Butler’s There Is No Digital World offers a unique view of digital reliance.
Overloaded: is there simply too much culture?
Plant-based meat isn’t perfect, but it’s a step forward for our health.
Curious if there’s water on Mars? The Mars’ Grand Canyon holds the answers.
Earth is getting its own Black Box
It’s no secret that a climate crisis is looming; nor that it feels like politicians, businesses, and leaders are falling woefully short of the mark when it comes to addressing the problem. We’re already feeling the impacts today, and modern projections are warning that unless drastic action is taken soon, we will cross the 1.5 ºC mark within 20 years, according to the latest IPCC report (Aug, 2022).
When you look at the problem, one of the things that is missing from our response quickly becomes clear: accountability. Nobody is being held accountable for the damage that they - or their businesses/countries - do. For example, in HUMAN #10, we discussed how the oil and gas industry have known for decades the damage they were causing, yet they chose to keep it hidden and chase profits at the expense of the planet. But there is no accountability for these actions; no punishment or penalty.
Enter Earth’s Black Box.
Created as a collaborative project between the University of Tasmania and Clemenger BBDO - amongst others - the black box project is designed to inspire the great turn around. Much like the black boxes on planes which collect critical flight data and information prior to an accident, Earth’s black box will do the same, with one crucial difference: it will record the “collapse of civilization. In this way, it will offer a record of our downfall for any future civilizations to peruse.”
Construction will begin mid-2022, and the hard drives will begin collecting information during COP26, and will continue to do so for up to the next 50 years. For the first time in human history our actions towards the climate crisis are being recorded, and our decisions immortalised for all to see, and access.
"How the story ends is completely up to us," the site reads. "Only one thing is certain, your actions, inactions, and interactions are now being recorded."
Short on Christmas present ideas? Check out these colour-changing LED turntables by Brian Eno. The turntable manifests itself as a psychedelic combination of sound and vision. Awesome huh! Have a look here.
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