This week’s From the Makery collection includes a photo essay documenting the impossibly cramped living quarters belonging to low-income Hong Kong residents, a low-cost manufacturing method using a centrifuge, and the best sea-creature-shaped children’s play center we’ve seen so far.
After the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, tools like Ushahidi used the ubiquitous mobile phone as a platform, allowing remote volunteers to translate, triage, and ultimately direct aid to where it was needed most.
This is an installment of our Getting By column, profiles of street vendors and other informal economy occupations around the world. Daily Income: 25 to 125 soles (approximately USD 10 – 45) Hours Worked: 10 (13-23h) Name: Mohammed City: Lima Neighbourhood: San Miguel Occupation Title: Gastronomic entrepreneur Mohammed’s stainless steel food cart can be found on [...]
In India, arranged marriages are still the norm — nearly 90 percent. As a result, the market for arranged marriages is a lucrative one; professional matchmakers, newspaper classified ads, and online matchmaking sites all play a role in the USD 20 billion marriage industry.
“Isso não funciona.” “Nós não sabemos como usá-lo.” “Os manuai stambé mestão em Inglês ou Espanhol.”“This doesn’t work.” “We don’t know how to use it.” “The manuals are only in English or Spanish.” These complaints were the first words I heard from nurses and doctors at Chicuque Rural Hospital in [...]
From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. Wickerbombing Beyond yarnbombing, Ojo Obaniyi of Nigeria has completely encased his VW pickup in wicker – the interior, the body, and the [...]
Like most vagoneros, Abel played samples of his wares through a portable speaker. Unsatisfied with the audio quality and appearance, he decided there was a better setup waiting to be invented. Through experimentation and testing, he designed audio backpacks powered by rechargeable batteries, powerful enough for a long day’s work keeping Mexico’s subways rocking.
Here at Makeshift, we’re helping spread the word about Colour Outside the Lines, a reverse innovation challenge looking for ideas in emerging markets that can be applied to healthcare in Canada. Think new cataract procedures or cellphone-activated EKG machines. Or, in line with stories we’ve run, low-cost prosthetics, solar powered [...]
From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. Hiding in Public Artist Liu Bolin hides in public. These photographs show him installed and invisible in a variety of city landscapes, [...]
This is an installment of our Getting By column, profiles of street vendors and other informal economy occupations around the world. Daily Income: Estimated between 4000 and 6000 Myanmar Kyat (USD 4.60-USD 7) Hours Worked: 12. Starting on the 8 AM southbound Mandalay-Yangon line, then returning on the next northbound [...]