The Future Perfect Company supports and promotes creative businesses and has a focus on ageing through its flagship student design project, Designing for the Future.

Founded by former lawyer, Philippa Aldrich in 2009, the company has run the Designing for the Future project for hundreds of UK design students and supported many graduates and start up creative businesses through the DFF Network.

Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge

Do you have an idea that could help change personal mobility forever?  The Toyota Mobility Foundation has contacted us to tell us about the Mobility Unlimited Challenge. The Toyota Mobility Foundation was established in 2014 to support the development of a more mobile society. The foundation uses Toyota’s expertise in technology, safety, and the environment and works with universities, research institutions, and other organisations to address mobility issues around the world. This is why Toyota Mobility Foundation and Nesta’s Centre for Challenge Prizes are launching the Mobility Unlimited Challenge, a $4 million global race to transform the lives of people

Stylish yet comfortable shoes – the ultimate list?

We are always keen to add to our list of stylish women's shoes and today we were approached by a new company, Bells Shoes, asking to be included. Bells Shoes are a family business based in Buxton, Derbyshire. See below for more details. Is this still the definitive list of stylish but comfortable women’s shoes or do you have some more favourites to add? 1. Marks & Spencer Footglove range These are a firm favourite. Comfortable shoes in smart designs at reasonable prices.   http://www.marksandspencer.com 2. Hotter Hotter shoes are made by a family company in Lancashire and are all about “delivering

Kindeo – a home for your stories

I was fortunate a couple of weeks ago to meet up with Seb Royce of Kindeo who demonstrated this new story telling app. Your family’s memory box With the Kindeo iPad app, you create short videos about your life with questions and helpful prompts to guide you. We store all your videos safely for you, to keep and share with your family whenever you like. I really like this app. I have seen numerous other attempts at this sort of story capture but Kindeo has a nice feel to it, with non-stigmatising, intuitive design and an accessible price point. My family

Lost footage from the original SAGE project from 1970s

I was recently sent this fascinating film about the groundbreaking SAGE project by Ken Dychtwald from Age Wave (who features in the film). Ken explains : "In the very early 1970s, two remarkable women came together in Berkeley California to midwife a grand vision of the future of aging intertwined with the future of mind/body health. Gay Luce, a brilliant psychologist and science writer joined forces with Eugenia Gerrard, an impassioned family therapist and mental health pioneer, to consider all the ways in which we might more deeply and respectfully understand and improve the aging process. They were soon joined

The Hospice Biographers

One of our Designing for the Future judges, Ruth Rose, told me about an exciting new charity yesterday, the Hospice Biographers. The Hospice Biographers is a nationwide charity that offers terminally ill patients the chance to have their life stories professionally recorded on audio for their relief and pleasure and so that their families will be able to hear their voices and memories for generations to come. Patients' life stories will be recorded by trained interviewers free of charge and year round at some 200 hospices across the UK. This sounds like a very worthwhile project which deserves supporting. For

Vote for Pop Up Pottery!

We were very excited to learn that talented potter Finola Maynard has been chosen to be a part of ITV's The People's Project supported by the Big Lottery Fund. With her community organisation Pop Up Pottery Creative Healing, Finola plans to offer free pottery workshops to people experiencing isolation, social anxiety or some form of emotional upheaval in their lives. Finola, who has a Masters in ceramics from the University of Brighton, started Pop Up Pottery two years ago in community spaces : When I realised the medium was helping people communicate their emotions more freely, I vowed to treat

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