When you're enjoying your next cup of tea, it might be worth sparing a minute to think about the person who picked the leaves that go into your brew. By opting for fair trade you can be safe in the knowledge that tea growers are getting a fair price, and that your cuppa is creating a difference in the world.
Last year I realised that life is too short not to be doing something that you're passionate about and so with that I left a flourishing career in venture capital to move out to Uganda, East Africa. Rather than packing up my belongings and spending a fortune on storage I decided to sell everything instead.
Acknowledging the design of the Christmas jumper creates a shared experience of festive consumerism, allowing the jumper to supersede the material and enter the intangible and quasi-sanctified realm of celebration. This new hyperreality is a joyous state that plain knitwear is simply incapable of rendering.
Yes, we need to recycle. We need big companies to be transparent about their sustainability credentials, and we need to challenge 'greenwash', but more importantly than that, we all need to be creating change ourselves. And that doesn't just mean sending an angry tweet or signing a petition. It means actual physical changes to our behaviours.
We need this in every business, every home, and every school, to shape a more active, purposeful and engaged society. And we're only going to need it more as the world changes - as robotisation advances, and as we approach the limits of our material culture and its insufficient answers to the challenges of both physical and mental wellbeing.
In an attempt to refine the information overload, I have picked the articles that I think are most engaging; voices that will both inspire and anger; brands worthy of attention; and concepts that will encourage reflection on this industry and how we interact with it. Here are the five topics that dominated the discussion: