Friday, July 1, 2011

Monthly Slow News Summary: July 2011

Happy Canada Day! And of course Independence Day for our friends in the States. So many great news stories have come up, I thought I'd forego my usual mid-month timing for this and share some long-weekend reading with you now.

On Slow Design and Eco Products:

The Living Principles reported on a marvelous project in Zurich in which young designers collaborate with seniors to create new products and teach a new generation older skills and techniques. Brilliant!

Jorg & Olif reported on some bamboo products that don't rely on chemical processing to make viscose.

EcoSalon rounded up the latest green kitchen appliances. I'll have the induction cooktop, please.

Could commercial-scale urban agriculture in greenhouses designed using permaculture principles be in our future? Sure. Meet the Polydome.

On Slow Food:

The current President of Slow Food USA did a short video interview for GenConnect describing the slow food movement.

Here's a fascinating report from a Slow Food international meeting of Indigenous food communities. Imagine how much richer that conversation will be when representatives whose travel visas were denied for financial reasons are able to attend!

On Slow Fashion:

As SlowFashioned's Jessica explains, Slow Fashion is not anti fashion, it's high-quality fashion that transcends time or place. (Hmm, I'm not sure I agree about place - local materials and artisan traditions are an important part of all facets of the slow movement. But if she means choosing flexible clothing items you'll be able to wear anywhere life takes you, sure.)

Recycled Fashion asked: is slow fashion a threat to high-street fashion retailers? (I think so.)

The Green Stylist profiled the UK's DIYcouture, who are publishing a series of slow-fashion instruction manuals to help you make your own classic clothes, even if you're a total newcomer to sewing.

Bamboo introduced their readers to the principles of slow fashion.

Here's a local story from the Edmonton Journal about the unworn clothes in our closets.

After awhile, Project 333 becomes second nature.

On Slow Living:

The Slow Food masterminds in Italy are releasing a statement of principles for Slow Medicine on June 29th. Can't wait to see the actual document released by Petrini and his team, but meanwhile here are additional articles about the approach, pioneered in geriatric care by Dr. Dennis McCullough.

The Globe & Mail reported on the slow pleasures of collaborative board game Settlers Of Catan.

New coblogger Leah Moss shared her thoughts on her Slow Home on SlowMama.

Matt from Tortoise Knows Best reviewed Rob Westwood's e-book 'Simplify'.

Zoe from SlowMama did a guest post about Slow Parenting on Zehlahlum Family.

Create The Good Life! wrote about how the principles behind improv can help bring spontaneity and creativity into your life.

There is a Slow Information Technology Manifesto now, aimed at IT consultants; it mostly talks about ways to manage the vendor-client relationship so that demands on IT consultants become less unreasonable. More helpfully for the rest of us, TED curator Chris Anderson has proposed some new rules of email etiquette.

On Slow Travel:

You should check out The Art Of Slow Travel, written by Denise Pulis - I suggest starting with her amazing What Is Slow Travel? post.

Looking to disconnect from your usual routine with an outdoor holiday? Lisa Borden did a great ecotourists' camping checklist for HuffPo Canada, and Jorg & Olif made some suggestions for enjoying outdoor festivals in eco style.

Here's a story from Norway about a nationally televised slow-travel voyage.

The Winding Way mused about how it seems many rural English pubs now cater to visitors instead of locals.

Vagabondish did a brilliant post on how to have a slow-travel experience when your time is at a premium. (We used most of these strategies for our trip to Japan, so I can vouch that they work!)

EcoSalon tempted us with sustainable resorts in Bali and the Tyrolean Dolomites.

On Sustainability:

Here's a thought-provoking article on what's wrong with green marketing, and how to fix it. Couple that with these 8 lessons from Sustainable Brands 2011 for more to mull over.

Transition Voice reviewed a new book on Urban Homesteading that looks flat-out inspiring. There's an electronic edition so you can read it on your smart phone or tablet.

Finally, there's a brilliant in-depth article in Rolling Stone on how propaganda originating from certain industries is poisoning the public discussion of climate change. You just might have heard of the author.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for including Slow Fashioned in your Monthly Slow News!

    I love both your observations about the statement "transcends time & place" I did actually intend "place" to mean flexible clothing that goes anywhere you do. You also bring up an excellent point: that local & artisan-made garments are important and integral to practicing Slow Fashion.