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It’s Upcycling (Furniture + Artists = Refound)

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th September 2012
People doing their own ‘thang’ is key to Startacus. So when we were told about Refound, bringing old furniture and artists together to create one off unique pieces of ‘artwork’ furniture, highlighting local artists and providing a platform for them to sell their work (oh and a pop up shop too), we couldn’t help but find out more. Talk about the Startacus spirit... thi...
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Startup Kitchen

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th September 2012
At Startacus we love to highlight and feature innovative and creative initiatives that are happening all over the world that inspire us and we hope will inspire some of you too. One such project is the Startup Kitchen programme which started earlier this year in Washington DC. The project is enabling a startup food entrepreneur to partner with a local restaurant and to temporarily operate their fo...
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Art About Us

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th September 2012
Regeneration seems to be a bit of a buzz word at the moment. Whether it’s used nationally by government when speaking about strategic plans or by private consultants brought in to assess and review the economic needs of individual towns and cities. It’s often the case though that the people that really matter i.e. the people living and working in these towns and cities are never c...
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Unusual Inventions - The Sweet smell of the Microwave

by: ~ 10th September 2012
Pardon the poetic title - but you couldn’t write this invention. This is the story of the chocolate bar, the scientists pocket, the popcorn and the egg. Confused? *Okay, before we go on, I need to clarify. The Microwave is not and cannot be invented. Microwaves are natural forms of electromagnetic radiation, and don’t ask me more, I don’t know. However the product that we know as...
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How to be Happy...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 6th September 2012
There comes a time in everyone's life when, no matter what you're doing, you feel a bit sad, demotivated and just a bit blue because it's September and it's raining outside and winter is just around the corner. Your work may be fine, family life fine but you just don’t feel too happy. When you're feeling this way, there are a few key things that you can do that can somehow make it all seem b...
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Startacus - Unusual Inventions - the Windup Radio

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd September 2012
Unusual only perhaps because when I studied at University, I used to frequent the same Sunday morning cafe that that the inventor Trevor Baylis ate at. Not that I ever spoke to the chap, but we would occasionally be eating our post hang-over fry, when Mr Windup Radio inventor also took a well earned break. Little did I know at the time, that I would be one day sat here writing about inventors who ...
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The Amazings

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd September 2012
At Startacus the whole concept of sharing skills and knowledge is something that we are pretty passionate about and we love nothing more than hearing about people and places who are just the same. So, when we first heard about The Amazings, we knew that we’d just have to let you guys know about it too... The Amazings is an online platform where people who have retired, or are about to retir...
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Unusual Inventions - The Twitter #hashtag...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th August 2012
The hashtag is a way of signposting a topic, person or theme, so that other interested parties can find your 140 character tweet. In a world of millions of tweets per day, the hashtag works, as it helps you find the stuff you care about (or at least have a wee nosey at) But where did the #hashtag come from? So for you inquisitive types the answer is Chris Messina. Chris Messina is a User Designe...
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The power of a little social media to make a big impression - The Obermutten Village

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th August 2012
With a population of 79, how did the Swiss village of Obermutten, get a global Facebook following of over 18,000? It is simple concept, the ‘like’ button on Facebook. But the village of Obermutton took the concept that one step further, promising each ‘like’ that their profile pics, would appear on the town's bulletin board! Within months the whole village, and every spac...
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Meanwhile Space

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th August 2012
There can be no escaping the fact that our high streets aren’t the places they once were. Whether through local economic factors or the mass move to out of town shopping, there is hardly a town or city that isn’t affected by the blight of closed down shops and shuttered buildings.  At Startacus we love hearing about people that are doing their best, bit by bit to turn this around ...
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A Café with a difference - The Repair Café

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th August 2012
Fed up with our throwaway culture? You’re not alone. At Startacus we long for the days of fixing and mending and repairing and whatnot. After all, old stuff made better can be much more interesting...which is why when we first heard about the Repair Café, we couldn’t possibly keep it to ourselves , we wanted you all to know about it too.London’s very first Repair Caf&eacut...
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Start a Business? How about you help build a village!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 25th August 2012
Startacus is all about people doing things for the greater good and with Tribewanted entering its' third series, we thought it was only fair to let everyone know about this hands-on project, that takes ‘doing some good’, half way around the world.. In essence, Tribewanted is a social project that builds a ‘tribe’ of local communities, partners and members (from all over th...
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