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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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Startacus - Unusual Inventions - The Cardboard Bicycle

by: Startacus Admin ~ 23rd August 2012
This story has been doing the rounds (pardon the pun) for the last couple of months and Startacus thought it was time to highlight this wonderful invention. Faced with a “this can’t be done” back story, this invention is close to Startacus’ heart, as we believe that you do not necessarily have to be an expert in a subject to have a great idea! Israeli Inventor Izhar Gafni ...
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How I started a community recording studio

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th August 2012
Startacus loves hearing stories of people doing their own thing. Tom Davenport, now a successful Journalist, raised £25,000 to start a free community recording studio, fresh from university. This is his inspirational story..."This is a story about music. It is also a call to arms for anyone interested in recording. Forward it to anyone it might help. A lot is said about DIY music, and plent...
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All work and no play...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th August 2012
'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy...'Yes... Jack wasn't fibbing when Wendy found these words typed in his typewriter. But you could avoid having a meltdown in a secluded hotel if you just took some time out to have a quick break and wind down with our Top 5 Games for your smartphone. 1. Any of the 'Angry Birds' series. Everybody the world over has heard of this little bird-catapulted ga...
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From a Police Detective to screenwriter...It’s never too late (and do it your way).

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th August 2012
Some years back, I sat at the Edinburgh Book Festival listening to an acclaimed novelist and short story writer as he told the audience that anyone who wanted to become a writer must give up the day job and devote themselves totally to the craft. Those who were too timid or afraid to do so would never achieve their goal; it had to be ‘all or nothing’. I did harbour a desire to write, b...
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Thinking Big at the “Small is” Festival 2012...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th August 2012
Passionate about sustainable living, international development, technology and social enterprise - the “Small is” Festival, occurring 31st August to 1st September, might be worth a look. Set six miles from Rugby in Warwickshire, the “Small is” Festival, is a small annual festival to celebrate the ideas of the distinguished philosopher E. F. Schumacher. Mostly famous for hi...
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tINDIE - like Etsy for Tech...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th August 2012
If you’re fond of tinkering with the soldering iron and making your own DIY gadgets, chances are you’ve got all sorts of finished and unfinished little projects lying around. But what to do with them? Well apart from the obvious (use/finish/dump), there is now a new online resource that might just provide the answer.tINDIE is a new platform where you can buy and sell your own homemade ...
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Go on...have a break...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th July 2012
Whether you are a professional worker, a self starter, a job seeker or whatever, there is one basic thing we all have in common - sometimes we just simply need a break. No, I don't mean a trip to Barbados...I mean a little time out during the day to settle your brain. There are guidelines to breaks on governmental websites which outline, for example, how long you should work at a compute...
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Jelly - for Co-Working fun....

by: Startacus Admin ~ 22nd July 2012
It’s all very well working by yourself at home, or in your favourite local coffee shop. However after a while, you can get bored of your own company, ( no matter how interesting you think you are) and you can yearn for the camaraderie and companionship that working in a regular office brings. That is exactly how two New York based freelancers, Amit Gupta and Luke Crawford felt and was the re...
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