NESTA is interested in supporting timebanking, complementary currencies and various newer ideas around the sharing economy, seeing them as platforms for civic engagement and reciprocity in civil society.
Given the current fiscal context, it’s entirely understandable that debates about the future of public services are dominated by how to make fewer financial resources go further – how to get more with less.
The solution to better public services isn't better technology, it's just enough technology to allow better human contact.
If you take one thing away from this series, it’s the insight that the only way to make savings sustainably is to start from how services can be better, not from how to save money.
Being able to see is pretty important in Darwinian terms. Put bluntly, it's a lot easier to avoid getting eaten if you can see the predator coming.
Apparently the average productive time of a drill in its entire lifetime is about 12-13 minutes.
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