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‘Muru View’ – Mapping of Places to Aboriginal Names on Google Maps

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Still in the Beta stage – but *very* cool! 🙂 Muru View (Muru – meaning path in Darug) is an interactive data visualisation drawing from the State Library of New South Wales Indigenous language collections. The data used in the interactive is over 120 years old, and is drawn from the survey forms collected by the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia. Muru View dynamically uses data to display locations around New South Wales incorporating their Indigenous name and meaning that were recorded at that time, all using the Google Maps API in a way never done before. The result is an interactive online experience and a projected installation at the State Library of New South Wales itself coinciding with NAIDOC week 2017 in the first week of July. http://dxlab.sl.nsw.gov.au/making-muruview/

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Time Saving Fire Hose Roller

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Bit esoteric I know; but as an *ahem* more mature firefigher, rolling up hoses after a fire is killer on the knees/back. Especially when you’re already tired. Plus if you have another call, it needs to be done very quickly! Simple, clever solution — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xRocstLy60

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Fashion shopping in Japan

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In Tokyo I visited the Mitsukoshi Ginsa store. I was required to put a soft bag over my head to prevent getting my make-up on clothes as I tried them on, a clever idea, and I wondered why it’s not more widely adopted worldwide. I bought a top and asked to keep the bag so I could use it at home!

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Recycling hotel toiletries

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Every day millions of hotel toiletries are being sent to landfill around the world. Meantime poor sanitation is killing millions of people in the developing world. CleantheWorld now collects these toiletries and has distributed more than 40 million bars of soap to impoverished people in 115 countries. http://www.traveller.com.au/the-shameful-truth-about-what-happens-to-your-hotel-toiletries-gw4uge#ixzz4hI0rF0U0

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Conserving sea turtles

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All species of sea turtle are now classed as endangered. In Sri Lanka you can visit a hatchery that increases the baby turtle survival rate from 1% to 10%. Eggs are gathered from the beach and buried in a protected area. When the baby turtles are hatched they are kept for two days then released at night on the beach. You can see and hold them at the hatchery with older examples of different turtles. http://www.srilankaseaturtles.com/

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Free “granny flats” as an experiment to address homelessness

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What’s an imaginative way to combat homelessness? Offer to build granny flats on citizens’ properties… for free. A local government in the state of Oregon plans to fund construction of up to 300 miniature (200 square foot) homes on residential properties in the next year. The only catch is that property owners must agree to lease the flats to homeless families for five years. Then, property owners can keep the structures at no cost for any personal use. http://www.wweek.com/news/city/2017/03/14/multnomah-county-hopes-to-build-granny-flats-to-house-hundreds-of-homeless-families-in-portland-backyards

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Better Food, Better Neighbours

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Idea here is to match Volunteers to the Elderly  so that their gardens can produce home grown food (fruit and veg) which can then be consumed by the resident and/or sold at markets (for a share of the proceeds). The additional labour here could be schools and/or scouts with their incentives being (i) helping the elderly (ii) creating better, cleaner food and (iii) raising funds by selling produce.

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An initiative to end indigenous disadvantage in a generation

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GenerationOne aims to break down indigenous stereotypes and negative opinions by promoting stories of success and opportunity. It promotes other organisations that are doing good work in the fields of education and employment. Its flagship initiative is the Australian Employment Covenant which aims to build the demand for an Indigenous workforce by securing 50,000 sustainable jobs for Indigenous Australians, to break their vicious cycle of unemployment and poverty.. http://generationone.org.au/about

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A refugee shelter that looks good

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Developed by the not-for-profit Ikea Foundation with UNHCR , the UN refugee agency, over the past five years, the Better Shelter consists of a sturdy steel frame clad with insulated polypropylene panels, along with a solar panel on the roof that provides four hours of electric light, or mobile phone charging via a USB port. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jan/27/why-ikea-flatpack-refugee-shelter-won-design-of-the-year

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Drones for the Royal Botanical Gardens to save

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The Royal Botanical Gardens apparently have a very tight budget. It opens at 7am, which is way too late for most of the city dwellers who would like to walk or run through the fabulous parklands as part of their daily exercise. Over many years we have been told that the Gardens cannot afford to hire rangers who safe guard the precious plants. Apparently, plants do get stolen!!! (My sub-idea is please stop stealing plants from the Botanic Gardens!) Instead of hiring expensive human labour, the Gardens should consider buying drones to monitor visitors. The drones would be equipped with heat sensor cameras to follow visitors, especially around areas where plants are most likely to be stolen. The drones would also have small pumps with the ability to microinject a smelly and bright colored substance on the offenders. The substance would be non-toxic, but the smell and colour would hang around for a couple of days to make the life of the thief especially uncomfortable. A single individual could control up to 10 drones, at an annual costs of under $100,000 (this includes the salary of the human). I expect the RBG spends more than that on the rangers. I would be happy to start the RBG Drone Crowd Fund to get the idea going.

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Children helping children

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The ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ Campaign established by Nobel peace prize winner, Shri Kailash Satyarthi, aims to mobilise 100 million youth and children for 100 million underprivileged children across the world, to end child labour, child slavery, violence against children and promote the right of every child to be safe, free, and educated, over the next 5 years. http://www.satyarthi.org/

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Help for pregnant women on transport

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Transport for London made life a lot easier for mums-to-be when it brought out its official “Baby on Board” badge, prompting Tube passengers to offer up their seats. However, commuters are often so engrossed in their smartphones that they don’t notice when a pregnant woman boards the train. Now London-based innovation firm 10x has developed an app called Babee on Board, which should help pregnant women get other commuters’ attention. http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/babee-board-app-prompts-inconsiderate-9677387

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Help for young people facing disdvantage

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What to do when young people are facing disadvantage-not bothering to go to school, not achieving, living where life expectancy is 10 years below other suburbs in the same city? Try building something like The Works in Hunslet, Leeds, UK. The aspirations and expectations of young people in this area have been raised by installing a world class, state-of-the-art skatepark. It literally puts kids at the centre of everything, makes them want to be there, and enables the creation of education services around the Skatepark. http://theworksskatepark.co.uk/skatepark/

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