FUTUREPERFECT is a kaleidoscope of initiatives and projects from around the world. As diverse as their local circumstances may be, they often face the same challenges. We collected our stories in themed portfolios to showcase the wide array of solutions and approaches to address common problems, conceived by creative minds from all over the world.
Inclusion begins with encounters. A Finnish living community shows us how to do that. What better way to gain new experiences than by encountering people who perceive the world differently? At the Na Laga’at Center, the deaf-blind actors’ special perception of the world is precisely what enables them to convey new forms of communication. For a physical or mental disability does not render a person incapable or helpless. On the contrary, as a Tunisian farm proves, the appropriate setting enables people with disabilities to become entrepreneurs. The Be.accessible initiative is aiming high, working to make New Zealand the most barrier-free country in the world – so people can lead quality lives, not only in pre-defined spaces, but any time, any place.
In Helsinki’s Sanervakoti people suffering from dementia and mental health problems are living under the same roof as students, sharing everyday life and special activities.
The Na Laga’at Theater is the world’s only ensemble of deaf-blind actors. Onstage, they find their common language.
In the village of Sidi Thabet, a farm welcomes disabled children from disadvantaged families, providing the opportunity of vocational training. Along the way, the children acquire the art of “horse whispering”.
Imagine a world where every environment, experience and community is truly accessible for all. In New Zealand, the Be. Accessible social change movement is achieving just this.
LIFE IN PLASTIC
The world produces more than 200 million tons of plastic every year, half of which ends up in the trash almost immediately. Creative up-cycling ensures that this garbage at least won’t end up in the environment: In Australia, the U.S. and Egypt, dedicated individuals are cleaning up behind our throw-away society, transforming trash into sculptures, skateboards or designer furniture. While these efforts won’t curb our plastic production, they greatly extend the useful lifespan of various plastic articles (which, for plastic bags, is an outrageous 25 minutes). Chapeau! to our zero-waste family from France, who reduced their trash output to one percent of the original amount, proving that we don’t necessarily have to produce more than 600 kilos of plastic waste per head annually.
As a sculpture student, Alison McDonald often couldn’t afford material like bronze. That sparked the Australian artist’s career in reinventing discarded items.
The US start-up Bureo fights ocean pollution and supports Chilean fishing communities by upcycling discarded fishing nets into skateboards.
Two young Egyptians reinvent plastic bags by fusing tradition and modernity.
Overflowing trash cans could be a thing of the past: It is absolutely possible to produce less than eleven pounds of trash per year. Even with children. A French family has accomplished this feat for a few years now, hassle-free, and eating well.