Wee Do - Shared Interest

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/9214463[/vimeo]

here's a taster of the Shared Interest lecture we had at the shop last week, there was some very interesting stuff about how a Fairtrade Co-operative really works.

information about our next talk will be up here shortly!

Countrycide

  • Posted by howies
  • 2 February 2010

So Tim mentioned I would be unveiling something the other day.

We have started a blog over on tumblr. Everyday we will post a photo from our window of the transition from field to concrete. In the previous week things have really kicked off. Despite numerous protests and objections by the local community, the development has gone ahead.

Click here to view the blog.

We got into work this morning and in our inbox was a lovely update from Jess who had been working in the Bristol shop for a few months up until Christmas. She is now off on a new grand adventure, and if you are a regular at our shop and have met the bubbly young Jess, we thought you would enjoy hearing about her news...

Buongiorno howies!

I've been in Italy for a month now, working as an intern for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. Really enjoying the work so far – there’s a fantastic team of people at the Guggenheim.

My days out here tend to start off with the sound of church bells and end with a glass of ‘spritz con Aperol’ (a very Venetian, bright orange aperitif), with a fair amount of twentieth-century art in between. For those of you that know me, you’ll know this is pretty much my ideal cup of tea! Sono molto contenta a Venezia!

Here I am ice-skating infront of the Verona opera theatre, sailing across the Grand Canal and putting Severini’s Blue Dancer (Ballerina blu), 1912, to bed. PREGO!

Till next month,

Ciao!

Jess

Positive work

  • Posted by ruben
  • 25 January 2010

I've been running a lot the last few days. A lot more than usual anyway.

Here are my thoughts from Sunday afternoon.

Why am I out here? Sure it's a nice day. Beautiful light. But I could be enjoying the day without running...

Don't I deserve to relax on the weekend? Isn't that the point? I work all week, then earn a rest.

Then it clicked.

I don't deserve a rest for working all week at a desk in an office.

I deserve a run.

Or a cycle. Or anything to clear my mind and recharge.

Things make more sense when you think of it this way.

I never feel more refreshed and positive than after pushing myself a few miles and getting out of breath.

(Thanks to Ade and his post from last week for getting me out and pointing me to this realisation)

Shared Interest is a co-operative lending society that aims to reduce poverty in the world by providing fair and just financial services. We have been part of the fair trade movement for 20 years and work extensively with community-based businesses in Africa and other continents to help them make the most of fair trade.

We work primarily by providing finance up front to producers, often via their buyers, to enable them to buy raw materials, tools and the other things they need at the time they need them. We also offer longer term loans and other credit facilities to support the development of fair trade businesses.

We currently have more than 8,700 members who have invested over £25 million to allow us to make a range of financial services available to fair trade producers and the businesses that buy, market and retail their goods.

There's plenty more info here on the Shared Interest website.

It is taking place on Tuesday, 26th January at 7:30pm here at the Carnaby Street shop, drop us an email at carnabyst@howies.co.uk or give us a ring on 0207 287 2345 and reserve your tickets. As always we will have Organic Beer and Fruit Juice available, and we look forward to seeing you all!

Ideas for change

  • Posted by ruben
  • 23 January 2010

The Do Lectures sent out their first newsletter recently, and if you aren't already on their mailing list, you can  sign up here.

I'm still working my way through the 2009 talks online, and have yet to see one that disappoints.

If you want to attend the 2010 Do Lectures, you can get tickets now (details here), but I'd be quick... I have a feeling the tickets will be selling out faster each year as these inspiring events gain the reputation they deserve.

Michael Pawlin

  • Posted by tim
  • 21 January 2010

We just mailed out our latest newsletter and this Do Letures talk by Michael Pawlin was one of the features on it. If you don't subscribe then I didn't want you to miss out on it.

When Jon Heslop was lucky enough to go to this years Do Lectures. The talk he came back talking about the most was Michael's. This is what he said:

“He’s an architect who is well into Biomimicry. He’s part of a project named the ‘Sahara Rainforest Project’ who's ultimate aim is to reforest the Sahara by building greenhouses that produce water by capturing it from the air. It’s total genius.”

The Future of Environmentalism

  • Posted by howies
  • 19 January 2010

Stewart Brand TED talk

I don't know about you, but all the complicated talk about climate change and it's potentially terrifying consequences is a bit overwhelming and gets my mind in a pickle.

To remedy this I went to a lecture by Stewart Brand and Brian Eno as part of Bristol's fabulous 'Festival of Ideas.' Stewart Brand has been at the forfront of Environmentalism since the 60's in America. He says that he wants to foster an 'un-idealistic, practical view about how to get things done'.  He was the guy who got NASA to first publish images of Earth from the Apollo Space missions which changed our view of our planet forever. And for the computer nerds, you might like to know that he was there at the inception of the internet, developing a way of linking environmentalists via a system called 'The Wall'. He has faith in human beings to do the right thing when given the opportunities and feels that the appropriate tools are key to this. He optimistically believes that we can create a world we believe in.

Watch his video on TED to judge for yourself. I learnt much from the talk I went, and I would like to share with you the information that is still ringing loud in my ears now, how does this information sit with you?

1. How do we frame a problem in a way that it's solvable? (apparently engineers do this alot!)

2. Instead of refraining from things, we need to do more things.

3. There is a movement for 'open-source genetic engineering' so farmers everywhere can use it to modify their crops as they have done through breeding for generations. This could potentially stop world food sources being controlled by controversial giants such as Monsanto (one of the biggest fears of anti-GM campaigners). There is a book called 'Mendel in the Kitchen' by an American couple who write about combining the best of organic growing principles and GM technology.

4. He believes that there is currently a regular mis-use of the precautionary principle. Many things have un-intended consequences both positive and negative and it is best that we keep an eye out for both.

5. The new 3rd generation of nuclear power generators have the options to be small modular reactors, that can de-centralize power supplies, even a floating barge in Russia. Uranium supplies are from stable countries such as Australia and Canada.  Third generation reactors can use the waste from first and second generation as fuel. Amusingly, 10% of America's nuclear fuel comes from old soviet weapons, how's that for recycling?! New methods of uranium processing are being developed to prevent any waste from the process being used in weapons. 

He didn't have time to talk much about his positive views on mass migration into cities and population growth, which is a shame.

If you went to the talk or have heard him in his video, let me (Amy) know what you think? He made me question my opinions, has he done the same for you?

Dreaming

  • Posted by howies
  • 19 January 2010

I am counting down for the summer...(already)

The surf here has been pretty epic of late and the crazies of Pembrokeshire have been entering the chilly seas.

Massive swell and ice cream heads.

For a friends birthday we got him a blank to shape, another friend is lending him a stable on his farm to create the new beauty in!

Summer dreams all round.

These are some shots from last year when we went on a little surf trip.

The guys braved the Atantic and rode in board shorts.

This season I am happy to say we have the new Bay Surf Thermal.

Mel is super chuffed about it as am I, its merino and its grand!

( they are being counted into the warehouse as we speak)

I will be wearing mind for sure. We have them in three colours for guys and two for the ladies.

I have been wearing mind under my wet suite for a while now and I really would not go in without it.

So I am sat dreaming of the summer, but with a happy glow that I will be warm this winter.

Enjoy...

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