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Designing your life

In our most recent Moonshot committee meeting, we had a thought-provoking presentation by one of our members about the concept of 'Design Thinking'. It's a concept used for product manufacturing, focusing on identifying key problems/consumer needs, and going through reiterative processes to ultimately produce something that is desirable, feasible, and viable. It can involve thinking outside the box, like this super-cool induction rod that can be used as a kettle-alternative, or many of the innovative social impact initiatives we've curated in this Moonshot bulletin! Creating something like this also requires not becoming too attached to an outcome - rather, it's critical to stay flexible and accepting of unexpected obstacles.

This got me thinking - can the same approaches can be used for designing our life? 

Whether its trying to fix a bad-habit, or trying to figure out the steps to work towards your dream-job, we can apply a similar framework. First, identifying precisely what the problem is that you're facing (apparently, during product designs, many companies invest time and money solving the wrong problem). Then, understanding that a truly sustainable solution that brings you happiness, should meet the three requirements (desirable, feasible, viable), and that finding this will require patience and continuous improvements. Most importantly, realising that our final destination will oftentimes (actually, most definitely) be completely different to what we'd initially had in mind - and that's okay. In fact, that is the beauty of design.

So ask yourself - how do I want to design my life?
 

Big Bold Changes

Spotify in the spotlight

Spotify is one of the first to take the step and let workers work from home permanently even after the pandemic. PwC, Lloyds and Virgin Media are all soon to join the trend in hybrid working models. The benefits to society are endless, with reduced emissions, better health and increased productivity, however, it might also mean worse collaboration and a shock to the travel industry.
Here's some learnings from the WFH experiment

Start-ups on a Social Mission

Catching the GreenWave

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Learn more about their approach

Ecologi - A logical way to help the environment

Have you ever wanted to make a positive impact on the environment, help mitigate climate change, or just make this world a better place? Ecologi let's you do all of that. You can subscribe to their initiative and pay a monthly fee of less than £5.00 to make a tangible impact. With their full transparency pledge, you can see exactly where and how your money is being used - whether its planting trees around the UK, investing in carbon reduction technologies, or funding independent projects, you're bound to be contributing towards social good. You can also gift tree plantations to your loved ones!
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Noteworthy News from our Network

Pluvo - Pollution's pandora

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Visit their website here

Firestart - Kindling crowdfuning

A large majority of SMEs and start-ups do not see crowdfunding as a viable platform. Firestart is aiming to grow the crowd in crowdfunding by increasing engagement and accessibility. They recently were recognized as one of the best 7 university-founded start-ups at the Seedery 2021 Summit.
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Quote of the week

"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much."
-Jim Rohn

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