I was really late on the train but since over a year or so I'm a podcast addict. Now, I've grown more and more frustrated with Apple's own podcast app, so I was so happy to discover Breaker in the (INSPIRING) newsletter of Offscreen Dispatch. Breaker not only looks fantastic, but also comes with great sharing, rating and following features. I'm also glad to still be able to speed up the podcasts on 1,5x. Double thumbs up!
(P.S. I'm thinking of sharing my favorite podcasts here - until then: follow me on Breaker ;))
Fashion has a severe problem. It's one of the most polluted industries in the world. Next to the waste problem by over-production (fast fashion) and chemicals used in the production process, another big issue is the extremely poor working conditions for mostly all people sewing our clothes. Most of which stays completely in the dark for the consumer.
Enter blockchain*. This technology offers a new ways to enable transparency and consciousness about fashion production. One impressive pioneer is Provenance - an app that tracks the finished product from farm to retail. A label inside the garment offers access to this information.
My heart jumps of excitement about this technology being used to foster consumer power, better conditions in the supply chain, and education in general. Go, Transparent Company! (via)
Another good read, that takes the idea one step further: blockchain could be used to create a decentralized marketplace database, where ideally the production history of every article ever produced would be stored. While the data control stays with the owner, the information would be accessible for every brand, retailer or consumer.
*Blockchains are essentially just indexes of standardised information. In a very simple sense, blockchains are community-generated maps.
The editorial team at tbd. put together a comprehensive article what this blockchain technology is all about. And how it can be used to do good. Recommend reading!
If you are thinking about working more locally independent ("remote") -- just like me! -- this collection of online tools and software is very handy to get you organized and on the road!
South Korean tech business Dot build a smartwatch for blinded people. It works with braille and allows to read all sorts of notifications from WhatsApp, Facebook, Google Maps, and more. Look at the behind the scenes video (after the jump) to see those glowing faces of first-time testers. Made me happy. (via)