Slow Design for Cultural Sustainability

by Michael Lockhart | 7 August, 2017

I was honoured to give a talk today at the International Cultural Sustainability Symposium run by Victoria University of Wellington. Thanks to the organisers, speakers and those who attended. The […]

Life is easy

I strongly encourage you to watch this TEDx talk. It’s a little bit cheeky to have a blog post that is a Youtube video, but I could have banged on for ages like I often […]

More good with less

‘Do more with less’ is a catch-cry in the sustainability movement but it is also a catch-cry for businesses who despoil the environment. The point is that doing more with less is fine if […]

Craft technology for the future

When we think of technology we usually think of high-tech and big-tech, like robots and automated factories. However, hand tools and craft processes are technologies too. In a lower energy future there will be more use of […]

The best things in life

Money, where it comes from and what it can buy, is not everything. In our society, the economy gets way too much attention – in policy-making and political rhetoric, in the media, even in the education system. This […]

Handmade for good

My partner Anna is a contemporary jeweller. Everything she makes is handmade. Apart from a few power tools and a gas torch Anna only uses hand tools. What she lacks in precision is made up for with […]

Craft beer and the rediscovery of craftsmanship

I admit it, I love beer. In fact I love beer more now than I ever did, for one simple reason: beer is much better now. The variety is greater, the flavours are better and there is much […]

The modest lemon

Throughout history lemons have been used by humans not just as a flavourful food ingredient but also for its health and other practical benefits. The following (incomplete) list of benefits will hopefully motivate everyone to […]

Who owns water?

Water, water everywhere…but who owns water?

All people need clean, fresh water because it is what we are made of. The average human is 60% water by weight. Water has an important role in nearly every […]

The benefits of muted light

Have you walked down a suburban street at night and noticed how bright the lights inside some houses are; conflagrations of illumination, mimicking the brightest sunshine.

As well as being a waste of electricity, bright lights […]