Archive for November, 2013

Orchestra Toronto Concert – 8 December 2013

Orchestra Toronto’s next concert on 8 December 2013 features Christmas Music, together with a new work by Denise Mangiardi entitled,  ‘Songs of the Rainforest’.

Inspired by Ayrton Senna, this is a work for children about the Amazon Rainforest.


Slow Life Symposium – November 2013 – David de Rothschild video

David de Rothschild talking about the Oceans and the meaning of Plastiki.

HighWaterLine – London 2014

In Summer 2014, Invisible Dust will work with artist Eve Mosher to produce ‘HighWater Line’ where London communities will draw a bold chalk line through their streets, charting an area susceptible to increased flooding caused by climate change.

Visualizing Climate Change – the project began life in New York City in 2007 and was repeated in Miami this year.  The project will run in London and Philadelphia in 2014


See more here

Picture on HighWaterLine site: View from Tate Modern – Nietnagel

Waste Ventures’ Founder Addresses the United Nations in New York

Sculpt the Future Foundation’s ‘Beat Waste Challenge’ first prize winner – Waste Ventures – addresses the UN in New York on 6 November 2013.

Waste Ventures, founded by young entrepreneur, Parag Gupta, is addressing the challenge of waste management in developing countries and the organisation provides cities with incentives, profit, and sustainable practices – offering practical solutions to an industry needing significant change.

Read Waste Ventures latest news here

Parag Gupta at the UN







Global award in photography and sustainability – short list announced

Founded by the Swiss private bank Pictet & Cie in 2008, the Prix Pictet is the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability. The award aims to uncover outstanding photography applied to confront the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today.

The Prix Pictet has two elements: the prize of CHF 100,000 and the Commission, in which a nominated photographer is invited to undertake a field trip to a region where the Bank is supporting a sustainability project.

Check out the Jury and shortlisted photographers here

Hong Hao
My Things




Slow Life Symposium, Thailand 7-10 November 2013

The Slow Life Symposium convenes business leaders, scientists, NGOs, renowned thinkers and policy makers to help accelerate progress towards environmental sustainability.  Participants discuss global issues and seek practical solutions that can be applied within a local context.

StFF Founder and Chairman, David de Rothschild, is a participant.  See pre-event interview here.

David de Rothschild, StFF Founder & Chairman

Check David’s tweets from the Symposium on our front page

Human poo could provide sustainable replacement for phosphorus in fertiliser

Photograph: Stewart Turkington

A newly opened nutrient recovery reactor in Slough, UK is set to revolutionize crop growing in the area.  The new plant makes use of the phosphorus that clogs sewage pipes  and could provide a sustainable alternative to the mining of phosphorus, which will be completely used up in a hundred years.

Read The Guardian’s take on it here and the BBC’s coverage here, which looks at the wider picture.



Adventurous and inspiring play

StFF believes in learning through adventure and that storytelling can inspire people, providing lifelong skills.  This company’s work has been brought to our attention, so check out Fafu’s play stuff here.

We work really hard on making products that inspire children to find their own stories and ideas rather than following ours. We want the products to have endless possibilities and not have an obvious purpose so that the child will feel a bit puzzled and inspired to create and collaborate with other children.


For more information, click here to see the Fafu video: