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  1. The Futures Archive S1E8: Daruma Doll

    What do your possessions say about you? Which ones speak the loudest? On this episode of The Futures Archive Lee Moreau and Sarah Nagle Parker discuss Daruma dolls and the importance of objects to people and design research.

    With additional insights from Hiroko Yoda, Dori Tunstall, and Daria Loi.

    Lee asked Sarah to tell us about an in-depth project researching people where she tracked the relationship between the objects that people have around them: When I was with the innovation team we created the Advanced Mountain Kit for North Face. We spent a year with athletes at the top of their game—climbers that can climb the highest peaks in the world. These are the type of athletes that know exactly what their pack and everyting in their kit weighs. They were cutting toothbrushes down to an inch, that type of stuff. But there are always these things that they had with them that reminded them of home or the people that they love. These things weighed more than they needed it to weigh, but they had really significant stories. Lee Moreau is President of Other Tomorrows, a design and innovation consultancy based in Boston, and a Lecturer in MIT’s D Minor program.

    Sarah Nagle Parker is a Design research leader and Senior Director of Insights and Design Thinking, Venture Foundry at VF Corporation.

    Daria Loi is the Head of Innovation at Avast, was recognized as one of Italy’s 50 most inspiring women in tech, and is the principal at Studio Loi.

    Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is Dean of Design at OCAD University. She is a design anthropologist and advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design.

    Hiroko Yoda is co-founder of AltJapan Co., Ltd, a Tokyo based photographer, and author of Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide.

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  2. Monocle: The Entrepreneurs Eureka 272: Masterclass

    David Rogier is the CEO and founder of Masterclass, the online learning platform on which a host of global leaders and celebrities teach their craft. From Martin Scorsese offering tips on film-making to Malala Yousafzai discussing how to drive change, and Ringo Starr teaching you how to play the drums, the video lessons are created as a celebration of learning. Rogier spoke to Monocle’s Tomos Lewis about what they’ve discovered about the way in which people learn.

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  3. Monocle on Culture: Iceland’s art scene

    While many galleries and museums are still closed across Europe, we head to Iceland – where coronavirus cases are low, arts centres are open and the government’s interest in visual art is growing – to see how the past year has affected its scene. Kimberly Bradley meets various artists, directors and designers, including Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir at the opening of her new show, to talk about Iceland’s art history and its future.

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  4. Monocle on Culture: The Power of Sound: Ben and Max Ringham

    Brothers Ben and Max Ringham are known for their immersive, 3D sound design for theatre shows such as ‘Blindness’ at the Donmar Warehouse last year, and ‘Anna’ at the National Theatre. They tell us about the power of binaural sound, how it can transport an audience through different scenes, and how they use everyday objects to build up sonic atmospheres.

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  5. Monocle: The Entrepreneurs Craven Dunnill Jackfield

    Simon Howells is the managing director of Craven Dunnill Jackfield, a company that has been making handmade ceramic tiles to decorate public spaces, homes and hospitality establishments since it was founded in 1872. On the eve of its 150th anniversary, Howells discusses some of the company’s many projects, including dozens of London Underground stations, the Houses of Parliament and the food Hall at Harrods.

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  6. Monocle: Big Interview AC Grayling

    Philosopher and author AC Grayling is one of the foremost thinkers of our time. He is founder of and master at the New College of the Humanities and has written and edited more than 30 books. He sat down with Monocle’s Georgina Godwin to talk religion, humanism and the role ethics can play in our lives, electoral reform and more. All of which are discussed in his latest book, ‘The Good State: On the Principles of Democracy’.

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  7. An Apple Detective Rediscovered 7 Kinds Of Apples Thought To Be Extinct

    David Benscoter was a criminal investigator at the FBI and IRS for 24 years before transitioning to his new role: apple detective.

    He’s the founder of the Lost Apple Project, a nonprofit organization that searches abandoned farms and orchards in the Pacific Northwest to locate old varieties. Benscoter recently found seven types of apples in old orchards in Oregon, Washington and Idaho that were thought to have gone extinct as long as a century ago.

    They’re a mix of red, green and yellow, with names like the Almota, the Ivanhoe, the Eper and the Iowa Flat. Since 2014, Benscoter’s organization has discovered 29 lost apple varieties, including the Streaked Pippin, the Sary Sinap and the Nero.

    "An apple tree you’ve never tasted before, a taste somebody hasn’t tasted in a hundred years, it’s rewarding knowing that we brought these varieties back," Benscoter said.

    Benscoter became interested in apples after a neighbor with a disability asked him to help care for her apple trees.

    There were once at least 17,000 named varieties of apples in North America, but only about 4,500 are known to exist today. By the 20th century, farmers stopped growing most apple types because they were less in demand.

    Benscoter scours seed catalogues, county fair records, newspaper clippings and nursery sales ledgers to search for lost apples. He found one, for instance, in a watercolor painting of fruits and nuts that the USDA contracted in 1880.

    He says the 100-year wait was worth it. The rediscovered apples, he says, have a unique taste compared to regular varieties, but are still just as tasty. According to the Whitman County Historical Society, which partnered with the nonprofit on the project, rediscovered apple types will soon become available again to the public.

    "We get excited when they make discoveries," said USDA apple curator Ben Gutierrez, who has collaborated with Benscoter. "Because it’s a push for Apple conservationism."

    Gutierrez said the rediscoveries are a step toward increased genetic diversity of apples. He can test the historic varieties to find out what farmers and buyers will want. The USDA can then piece together that information to help farmers more reliably grow apples, not use as much pesticides and increase nutritional quality.

    Barry Gordemer and Simone Popperl produced and edited the audio story.

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