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It's time to push the button on big retail. For too many reasons shopping as we know it is over. For retail to survive it needs to get off the low margin misery wagon to oblivion and start competing on new currencies of creativity, experiences, collaboration and learning. High streets, malls and city centres are the last places we congregate en masse. With a bit of a love and an honest reset they can become hubs of economic renewal.
Help us reset retail where you are. Submit your posts, photos, blog posts of things you come across or use the hashtag #retailreset and tweet your thoughts, links etc. Let's push the button on the drab, grim, retail reality and start creating a future we want.
Retailers, it’s simple. Work out how to give us more of the enduring stuff that matters! (like creativity, experiences, collaboration and learning) #retailreset
Do check out this Trading Spaces concept of pairing businesses with social projects, from @tessybritton on collaborate.so, which outlines 6 sizzling strategies to help make it happen.
It fits nicely with the idea of making high streets the thriving hearts of our towns and cities once more.
So retailers use your space to give us more! Syncing up with people and projects that fit toightly with your offer can help you explore ways to make your business a more enduring proposition and save our cities.
Read more here http://www.collaborate.so/2013/02/trading-spac.html
The Informal Cities Dialogue from @RockefellerFdn w/ @Forum4theFuture & @nextcityorg will be digging into Accra, Bangkok, Chennai, Lima,Manila and Nairobi to unearth stories and inform a better conversation about what it means to live in the city.
Retail reset’s underlying aim from the start has been to ‘save our cities’ and one of our gripe’s has been the lack of thinking, connection and sharing of what is going on in underreported parts of the world.
We entering another era of globalisation, characterised by rising incomes and inequality, bigger cities and all that comes with that -ie a lot. And for a litany of legacy reasons we are doing it with the blinkers on. Hopefully more projects like this will bubble up to help us improve our collective vision and help us wrestle with the big questions.
Do check out their site.
We like sharing site @yerdle from @adamwerbach & co. More ways to ease the passing of things between friends is a good thing.
And who knows, as we share more and more ove longer periods of time and the point of owning stuff shifts, our things might begin to make the reverse journey from the throwaway and disposable, back towards being well-crafted and durable. Obsolescence might be swiftly relegated to a late 20th early 21st Century landgrab by the stuff robber barons. A moment in mankind’s development that we have now got out of our system. Our things will be made for sharing. This is kind of about taking the ‘access not ownership’ mantra to the next level. It is quite exciting isn’t it?
Black Friday 2012 trample time. The future of shopping.
We like #blockfriday from @holstee -video reels really makes us tingle! The lobotomy economy is no match for this!
Sugru’s Fixer’s Manifesto. An living, working call to love fixing and enjoy life. The end of the lobotomy eoconmy is nigh!
.@youndbradford talking about FAB and why it’s not about things but is about love. ht @betashop
Liquidate the good stuff, turn the retail experience into a desert themepark for the lobotomised proles. It is a familiar retail meme repeated the world over.
Do read the facebook post and comments for a sense of why it might perhaps be a bad idea to treat people like cattle being processed before their death waddle up the ramp into the reaperish clutches of the multinational retailer-cum-abattoiriste du jour. Unless, of course, ‘engendering hate’ is the motto sticthed below your company blazer’s crest.
Anonymous owners and their spreadsheet jockey lackeys in Head Office perform their bloodletting under the cover of a disrupted landscape/recession/whatever.
Thing is, maybe they’ve disrupted themselves… and not in a good way. As we have said before, sometimes retail resets itself. The question for us might be, why don’t the cleaver-wielders care?
…Maker Camp, a new online “summer camp” on Google+. Over the course of six weeks, 13- to 18-year-olds (as well as their parents and teachers) will have the opportunity to collaborate with popular maker personalities—including Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing, Stephen and Fritz of EepyBird (the Coke and Mentos guys), Jimmy DiResta (co-host of Dirty Money on the Discovery Channel) and Limor Fried (founder of Adafruit)—and other creative teens on fun projects themed around “the art of making.” Our goal is to encourage everyone this summer to make something and share it with their friends and family.
Lot’s of doing sparking the synapses of future Edison’s, meanwhile the shopping mall’s and high streets roll on with their youth-themed lobotomy economy summer camp. time to wisen up..?
If this is your crowing glory @pizzahut, enjoy the coronation! … #badvertising
The McAllen Public Library in McAllen, Texas is the size of 2 1/2 football fields — the largest single-story library in the United States. But in its former life, its size wasn’t all that unusual. That’s because the McAllen library used to be a Walmart.
Funny thing is, beyond this neat use of space, this is actually what retail needs to do.
IFTTT - the auto task/trigger thing that makes dull computing tasks a bit simpler is coming to the real world so you can now create recipes of triggers with actual switches. It is a kind of magic in a way.
At the mo, this is aimed at the home. Hopefully sharp retailers are thinking about how they might enrich their customers experiences with a little bit of simple digital/physical crossover.
Shops used to be places of wonder, excitement and delight and that is why we liked to sped time there. How have ended up with striplit abbatoirs where we queue up for a play with the boltgun before handing over the plastic in return for more ‘must have’ stuff?
Ok, we have issues with the product footprints but Apple’s free film making camps for kids is all about giving us more