Archive | October, 2011

October Winner! ChocoSol

31 Oct

ChocoSol’s “Off-grid Chocolate Factory Mini-mobile” is a one-stop-shop truck for all things chocolate and renewable energy. Tasty treats made with pedal-powered love.

Congratulations! What’s your project all about?
Our project is to promote social justice through food. Our chocolate is an invitation to participate in a more just food system where all participants are respected as equals and the land upon which we all depend is cared for in a sustainable way.

Cool. So how will ChocoSol save humanity from itself?
ChocoSol will save humanity from itself by reconnecting people and planet. We are raising awareness about the ecological implications of modern industrial food production by embodying alternatives to that system and showing anyone interested how far you have to go to be sustainable. Also, through our various energy initiatives, we are reminding people how much energy it takes to do things.

After you’ve ridden a bicycle grinder to grind a kilo of beans you have more appreciation for that blender on your counter-top at home. We’re raising awareness about the disconnect between people and their food every time someone holds up a cacao pod and exclaims “I never knew chocolate came from a fruit!”

The October Short List

30 Oct

Bathurst Boogie-Woogie: Battling bland street-scapes through colour theory. Uplifting our spirits by painting concrete behemoths in soothing hues.

Budget Meals: Top Chef for the rest of us. Video tutorials on how to make healthful meals using local provisions sourced from the food bank.

ChocoSol’s Off-grid Chocolate Factory Mini-mobile: A one-stop-shop truck for all things chocolate and renewable energy. Tasty treats made with pedal-powered love.

Rob Ford Bat Signal: Send a text whenever you are in need of our valiant and personally responsive Mayor! Projects a giant gravy train bat signal into the night sky.

Super Street Fire – Turbo Champions Edition: “Each [player] wears a pair of gloves that reacts to specific gestures and a headset that reads their brain activity. The participants face off by controlling a two-dimensional ring of fire, creating flames of their own color to attack and defend. A punch or throwing motion will send a single wave of fire towards the other player’s side; raising a hand in a blocking gesture will create a stationary pillar of fire that will block the oncoming wave; a consistent focused thought will send a rapid pattern of flame across the entire ring.” [Ed. Note: Paraphrasing just couldn’t do this justice.]

Awesomely Strange Home: Converting each window in a model home into a periscope that can be pointed in any direction to look at anything. Catch every sunset or your neighbour in the shower. Now it’s up to you!

The Winter Space Initiative: Cool experiments in making public spaces come alive during the winter – light shows, impromptu skating rinks, or winter markets. Getting a 12 months use out of our shared space.