The Alternatives: inside the ideas factory that could save UK industry – podcast

In episode 5 of The Alternatives, Aditya Chakrabortty talks to Ande Gregson of Green Lab about small-scale innovation

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In this episode Aditya Chakrabortty speaks to Ande Gregson of Green Lab – a makerspace in London – about how small-scale creators can keep an economy robust and innovative. Green Lab is a manufacturing site where innovators can come together, spreading the cost of rent, to develop projects that respond to the global food crisis.

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Meet Britain’s Willy Wonkas: the ideas factory that could save UK industry | Aditya Chakrabortty

Small-scale creators are vital to our economy, but the government gives them no help. Instead of giving up, they are going it alone. The latest article in our new economics series meets the people behind Green Lab in London

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In 1985, one of the world’s greatest scientists rang the alarm. After a career in biology, Edward O Wilson was convinced that Earth was being stripped of its variety of life. Scientists hadn’t even counted all the species sharing the planet, yet they were already disappearing fast. In a paper soon to become seminal, he set out the looming catastrophe.

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Makerspaces are full of stories of begging and borrowing, of just getting on with it

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Green Lab is a ‘Willy Wonka factory’ of people finding ways to make the most of our food supply and reduce waste

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