Daianna Karaian

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Connecting the dots: How to solve bigger problems with better creativity

Commercial creatives are learning to get to better solutions faster by partnering with mission-led startups.   What happens when you combine a social mission with commercial ambition? It’s a question that’s fascinated me for ages. For me, there’s no inherent conflict between purpose and profit. In fact, given the influence it has on every aspect of our lives, I think… Read more →

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The rainbow connection: Why being in nature makes us feel more in touch with ourselves

There’s nothing quite like connecting with nature to make you feel happier, healthier and more connected with yourself.   Sometimes I feel completely, whole-heartedly, acutely alive. In the moment, there’s no anxiety, no insecurity, no desire to be anywhere or do anything else. Just a sense of calm, comfort and contentment. I feel a world away from the otherwise constant… Read more →

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Wishlist: Items to help you feel more connected

Creatively designed and compassionately made, the items in our wishlist will help you reconnect with yourself, others and the world around you.   Connect with your community Connect with other communities Connect with yourself Photo credit: Bogdan Dada (featured); Rubén Bagüés (header) Read more →

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Q&A: Entrepreneur Tessa Clarke on the question of connection

There’s nothing quite like food to help people connect. An unexpected benefit of OLIO, an app to stop surplus food going to waste, is how it brings together neighbours that might never have otherwise met. I asked its co-founder Tessa Clarke to share her thoughts on connection.   How does the idea of connection fit into your work? OLIO is… Read more →

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Slow media: Why unhurried forms of communication are worth the wait

A ‘slow media’ movement is, so to speak, gathering pace.   Once up on a time, you could stay on top of current events without being distracted by clickbait headlines, listicles and notifications. You could keep up with the news, full stop. There wasn’t a 24-hour firehose of tweets and trolls, posts and pundits. Anything described as viral was to be… Read more →

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Q&A: Fashion designer Orsola de Castro on the question of slow

Fast fashion is an ugly trend. As the relentless treadmill of new design collections runs ever quicker and cheaper, producers and the planet suffer. So designer Orsola de Castro founded Fashion Revolution, a global campaign calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the supply chain. I asked her to share her thoughts on slow fashion.   How does the idea of slow fit… Read more →

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Wishlist: Thoughtful ways to play

Could there be anything more satisfying than changing the world and having fun while doing it? Creatively designed and compassionately made, here are a few things to help you do just that.   Travel… … And Leisure Fun… … And Games Photo credit (header): Erol Ahmed Read more →

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Q&A: Monster shopkeeper and designer Alistair Hall on the question of play

When he’s not running a general store for vampires, werewolves and zombies, Alistair Hall is creating award-winning design for the likes of Penguin Books and The National Trust at his studio We Made This. I asked the co-founder and art director of children’s literacy charity Ministry of Stories and its fantastical shop Hoxton Street Monster Supplies to share his thoughts on play.     How does the idea… Read more →