Today clocks 24-hour rotation reminds us to make the most of moments

June 6, 2016 by  
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Today serves as the stepping stone between regular old clocks and Thrift’s project from last year, The Present , which depicts the flow of the seasons over a 365-day cycle. By changing how we tell time, the Today clock also changes our perception of the day ahead. Thrift says, “We are long overdue for ways of relating to time that are a lot less like a computer and a lot more human.” Related: Living Moss Clock brings alpine tundra greenery into the home A Kickstarter campaign for the project has already nearly tripled its goal. Those who pledge have a chance to own one of the three models of Today: a bamboo desk clock, bamboo wall clock, or steel and glass wall clock. Each features the same gradient of light blues and deep purples representing the sky’s colors as the Earth turns. Thrift says, “Living with Today stretches your perception of time to make space for all of the things in life that cannot be counted.” + Scott Thrift Via Design Milk Images via Scott Thrift

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No unconditional basic income in Switzerland, say weekend referendum results

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As predicted, voters in Switzerland roundly rejected a proposal for an ‘unconditional basic income’ (UBI) for all. The final count from Sunday’s vote show nearly 77 percent of residents voted against the initiative, which exceeds the figure estimated by earlier polls. The referendum was held despite a widespread lack of political support, due to Switzerland’s law that allows any proposal that collects 100,000 signatures in 18 months to be put to a public vote. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14SSvIIHZT8 The proposal outlined a $2,500 monthly payment for each adult citizen of Switzerland , as well as legal foreign residents who have been in the country for five years or longer. The initiative also outlined $625 per month for each child. UBI programs are largely designed to help alleviate the stress of paying for basic needs, such as housing and food. In a country where the cost of living is steep, Swiss residents seemed likely candidates for a successful UBI campaign, but the government and most political parties rallied against it for months prior to the vote, arguing that ‘free money’ would make people lazy and potentially lure an influx of unwanted immigrants. Related: Swiss voters to decide on $2,500/mo ‘unconditional basic income’ initiative this Sunday Switzerland’s UBI referendum makes it the first country in the world to vote on such an issue, although similar plans are facing debate elsewhere, and it’s difficult to predict how the results of Sunday’s vote will affect campaigns and experiments in other countries, if at all. Finland is gearing up for a small-scale UBI experiment involving 8,000 residents, while the Dutch city of Utrecht will conduct its own pilot program beginning in January 2017 . Via BBC Images via Blok 70/Flickr and Davide Restivo

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