How to invest in a generation lost to lockdowns

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By Patricia Kyle Gillera Mendoza, General Manager at MaticHub.

In the Philippines, there’s a common saying: The youth is the hope of our future. This was said by our national hero Jose Rizal, a nationalist and advocated political reform during the Spanish colonisation of the Philippines. If he was still with us, he could actually be counted as an older millennial; Rizal was executed for his rebellious writings at 35.

Personally, I’m an older millennial as well. And even though I’m not part of this group, there’s a question that’s been lingering in my head for about a year now…


Exploring the immediate solution vs the moonshot design

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By Ditte Fiil Ravn, Community Manager

While looking at the 2,000+ nominees for Index Award 2021, one question popped up from time to time. It wasn’t posed for every design but enough to grab a spot in my daily ponderings. Because when it comes to design, and sustainable design, in particular, the question is classic: Designs that mend a problem versus designs that will prevent it — which is more important?

Coming from film studies and not a design background, I may be stepping into exhausted territory, but I find the question so puzzling that it’s hard to let go…


How the knife industry deals with the aggressive image of their products

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By Patrikas Balsys

Knives are said to be one of the oldest tools in existence, and they’ve been used all throughout history for various cutting tasks. Though they are still being used today, at some point in the timeline the overall sentiment of the tool shifted. If a knife is mentioned in an article, the first idea that comes to mind is probably not “tool” anymore, but “weapon”.

The fact of the matter is, lots of objects can be used to hurt others, but knives especially get a bad rap, be it due to horrible historical events or portrayal in…


What I realised while biking from Stockholm to Copenhagen

By Kerry Huang, Chief of Staff at Global Fashion Agenda

There’s a rule in Sweden called Allemansrätten, which translates to ‘Right of Public Access’ or ‘Every Man’s Right.’ This means that everyone has the right to roam freely, to explore the beauty of Sweden, and to stay and camp on all lands. The only requirement is that one ‘does not disturb and does not destroy.’

I heard about this rule for the first time eight months ago. A friend said she was going to transport a mutual friend’s bike from Stockholm to Copenhagen on her way back from a trip…


An icon of the Anthropocene, shaped under the weight of human impact

By Vittoria Casanova

With the work-from-home policy still in place in many countries, I took the chance to spend a few weeks in my homeland; in a city that I always admired from afar and dreamed about living in: Venice.

I’ve been here for just two weeks, and every time I go outside my apartment, I’m mesmerised by the decadent and fascinating beauty I see everywhere. Since Covid-19 restrictions in Italy are still quite strict, one of the most iconic destinations and most emblematic cases of over-tourism has almost no guests from abroad or other Italian regions.

These days, just…


Why jumpstarting creativity is essential in a world full of change

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By Christine Niewöhner, Senior Project Manager at Siemens Stiftung

Every day, we’re confronted with the challenges and rapid changes that have come to define our world.

Disruptive technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, and algorithms are already encroaching on our lives and will have a huge impact on the job market of tomorrow. The effects of climate change and the depletion of natural resources require immediate action and adaptation. Add the pandemic to the mix, and we’re confronted by new detriments to our health systems, economies, societies, and political and education systems.

It can feel overwhelming, if not downright…


How are designers helping smooth our transition from young confused adults to (even more) confused newborn mothers?

By Pernille Brun Andersen

Dear reader,

When you read this, I will no longer be at Index but will have gone into maternity leave. With a cheesy brain (forgot my keys and locked myself out twice this week) and an aching, heavy body, my mind has started to prepare for this big change of life and the baby that I’m somehow supposed to keep alive. Many questions and emotions pop up. What kind of mother will I become? Who is that person inside my belly? What is an enema? …


How nature helped the human world innovate

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By Simone Søgaard Jacobsen

If you’ve watched documentaries such as ‘A Life On Our Planet’ or ‘My Octopus Teacher’, I would assume it made some sort of impression on you. Yes, pathos was high, but the truth is both David Attenborough and Craig Foster report on a beautiful reality only a few of us have had the fortune of experiencing.

I’m of course referring to the overwhelmingly fascinating natural world, the place where it all began, even before human beings came to be. …


Solving overwhelming tasks from the backseat of a car

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By Abelone Varming, CEO of Design denmark

“I’m happy; I don’t have to build a crane”. The statement comes from my 17-year-old daughter, from the back seat of our car. It’s autumn, and we’re on our way to Helsingborg in Sweden on holiday. We pass a construction site, where an in-progress office complex is materialising by the waterfront. At this moment, nothing could be more distant from this poetic soul than having to build a crane. Fair enough.

But I’m quiet for a while. I wish for my daughter and all youth that they’ll continue to believe they can do…


Why knowing your colleagues, clients or stakeholders is only half of the equation

By Liza Chong

In the past few weeks, months, years we’ve been building up our investment funds and growing our capacity as investors — in this process we’ve learnt new terminology, regulations, and industry best practice to understand what framework we’re working within.

As part of getting to know our investors and our founders, the process entails a lengthy ‘KYC procedure’ (kay-why-cee stands for “Know Your Client” ). It’s got me thinking about how this might correlate to a personal leadership checklist because is it always about your customer? Can it be other things that guide us personally and professionally?

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