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I am we.

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A few days before I went on holiday my regular newsletter from the Fawcett Society opened with the following: The Fawcett Society has filed papers with the High Court seeking a Judicial Review of the government’s recent budget This blog post has been brewing ever since and I apologise, mostly to myself, for not getting it out sooner. Let there be no doubt in your mind that my response to...

Unintended consequences

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Two stories. 1) A former colleague of mine did a research project for a power company on one of those machines you have in your house that goes red if you are consuming lots of electricity. One participant started boiling water on the gas hob when she was making tea because that way she could keep the thing from going past amber. 2) A different colleague of mine uses an iPhone app which is...

Design by enthusiasm

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As many of you are most probably aware I work for Canonical and some of my blog posts from here are syndicated to design.canonical.com. I was asked a rather interesting question on that blog and partly due to the impatience of the asker decided to respond by way of a post. My other motivation for responding in this way because I didn’t want an interesting question to be lost in the comments...

Guadec Day 2: In pursuit of critical mass

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Today I was reminded of this quote by Jane Goodall: If everyone could think a little bit about small choices they make every day: What do you eat, does it result in animal cruelty? What do you wear, how was it made, does it damage the environment? When people start thinking like that they do change. They do make changes. And when more and more people think like that we get critical mass. –...

Guadec Day 1

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This week I am at Guadec in Den Haag. For those less familiar with working on open-source projects Guadec is the annual gathering of developers, users and businesses primarily focused on GNOME. GNOME, for those of you who don’t know is the core desktop element of Ubuntu. Explanations for the uninitiated now delivered, I will proceed with my news! It all starts at breakfast, of course...

Thank you

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This weekend @petegale, Jules and I completed Oxfam Trailwalker in 24 hours 39 minutes. We could not have done it without our amazing support crew: Tom, @clarissima, @harveymarketing and Nick. Thank you for patching us up and keeping us going. Thanks also to Ben who turned up with sweet hot coffee at just the right moment. Thank you to the Gurkhas for the smiles, the cheers and the clapping. All...

Design and the art of walking up hills

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I quite enjoy the challenge of taking on long distances; mostly walking, sometimes bicycle. There is something enormously satisfying about getting to the end. In order to be fit enough to undertake these efforts I exercise quite regularly. I cycle wherever and whenever I can and I go for short runs when I don’t have time for long walks. It is inevitable (especially living, as I do, in...

Art in the open

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Are you a musician? Do you make beautiful illustrative wallpapers? Do you take amazing photographs? Do you make clever and inspiring videos or animations? You may be interested in the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase. Do you make open-source tools for creating any of the above? I hope you will be interested in the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase. Do you create works of art on free and open-source...

Invite the future into the room

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One morning on my train journey to work I read this article by Alex Steffen (thanks @argonaut for the link) I began drafting this post the week before the UK General Election. We are now embracing our new Tory Light government. UK current political hot topic is cuts. Turns out that we aren’t that powerful when it comes to volcanic ash and oil leaks. From Alex’s post: The future that...

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Ivanka

Ivanka Majic works in technology. She was Head of Design for Ubuntu, service managed Digital Marketplace through to beta, was acting director of digital for the Labour Party. She lives and works in Brighton where she works with the council’s digital first team, does a bit of teaching at Sussex University, and works with her husband on projects like restaurantsbrighton.co.uk and the BRAVOs. She has also started a podcast with her friend Michael which you can listen to at grandpodcast.com.

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