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Needles in the hay #8 - A few links worthy of your time

Samuel Thompson - Monday, April 09, 2012

—( ‘Do you love reading?’, with thanks to Fiduz )—Each week I put together a collection of a couple of articles, ideas and innovations that I've come across in my attempts to digest all of the information on the internet. These are some of the ones that really stood out.

Enjoy.

// A More Nuanced Look At The Supermarket Question

An interesting post exploring the values of the Co-op and looking at some of the subtle pros of supermarkets from a consumer perspective. The comments are well worth a look as well.

// A Comprehensive List Of Portas Bids

The Empty Shops Network have gone the extra mile in compiling a YouTube list of all the many Portas Bids out there. Fantastically useful and very interesting.

Not that you could call it favouritism, but here's a link to the Portas Bid for Levenshulme, one which we're chuffed to bits to be involved in.

(If you don't have the foggiest what this whole Portas thing is, I'd recommend starting with The Portas Review – we put together a short 6-part overview of the report back in January if you're not up for a long read.)

// Big Society – Some Concrete Analysis

There's been lots of waffle about the effects and ideology behind Big Society, usually cut along political lines. I'm not one for reading newspapers so I get to happily ignore most of it, but it was nice to finally come across something concrete, based on data collected in Birmingham and Tottenham. Even if it does make for depressing reading. Well done NEF.

For a bit more depth I'd also recommend checking out this follow up which sheds light on how community organisations are being affected.

// Peak Oil & The Press

While on the subject of not being impressed by the news, here's an interesting post (polemic? intelligent rant?) from the journalist who covered the Great Danish Marmite Import Scandal of 2011(!) a while back, and his thoughts on press priorities.

// ‘How We Shop’, or ‘Retail of the future’

Turns out that e- and m-commerce are even bigger than I'd previously thought. Well worth reading the article just for the stats, but also contains some good predictions and lessons.

Your Moment Of Zen

// Shooting Hoops With The President – Why Not?

It seems that achieving your dreams means working out what those dreams are and then making them happen. These lads seem to have become pretty good at it. A fun read that may leave you ready to do something awesome.

Have you come across any links you'd like to share?

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