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Culture Vulture

Ikon NZ's pulse on the Then, Now, and how it will affect our Future.

We highlight three fields that we've observed change or disruption in. We pick two stand-out stories from each field and share our thoughts on them, ranging from the professional to the outright fan-boyish (or fan-girly). We invite you to learn, discuss, and share your thoughts too. Remember to download pictures for the best experience.
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Curated by Ash, Planning Team

While we're patiently waiting for Auckland's public transport system to catch up with the rest of the world, the global leaders are already on to the next thing. Transport stations in London and Sydney are trialling a service that uses Bluetooth to create a safe environment for the visually impaired.

Ash: As a regular public transport user, I think this is a fantastic initiative! Mobile devices are a large part of our daily lives, and technologies such as this not only aid those who are visually impaired, but also creates an opportunity for these issues to be openly discussed. Why stop at public transport? Technology can do much more to level the playing field.

The first TED talk to be hosted in a hotel lobby extends conversation and discussion to a wider audience. The new partnership brings original content to in-room entertainment and encourages travellers to engage.

Ash: More than anything, I love that this format is likely to encourage a wider audience to get involved. As the likes of Airbnb's personalised travelling experience grows in popularity, Mariott is attempting to add more meaning to the hotel experience. In a world where everyone is busy, this is a great way to encourage travellers to take a few minutes to sit back, enjoy, discuss and contribute their thoughts and opinions.

Curated by Cam, Performance Team

Greenease is a mobile app that connects consumers to restaurants, grocers and cafes that buy from local and/or sustainable vendors. It is promoting sustainability, one user at a time.

Cam: This technology allows consumers to not only know where ingredients are sought from, but discover food outlets that are being accountable. I think it's a great step in promoting transparency and awareness of how food service businesses source produce. Hopefully a trend that will gain traction in other retail sectors.

A start up in New York is putting a new spin on meal-kit delivery. Forkyoo sources ingredients from local suppliers so customers can recreate their favourite restaurants meals at home.

Cam: I believe this is an amazing idea that could take off in New Zealand urban centres, with the popularity of dinner delivery services and recipe features by well-loved restaurateurs and chefs. This concept brings people closer together through the communal experience of cooking. It gives people the chance to indulge their inner MKR spirit, through the recreation of their favourite restaurant dishes.

Curated by Jamal, Performance Team

In an effort to redefine the basics of a library and keep up with ongoing technological advancements, the Oklahoma State School Boards Association has launched an online library of digital resources for schools.

Jamal: This idea combines our increased use of technology with the rise of digital resources, apps and tablets for education. The solely digital facility has been claimed to reduce overall cost (we all remember how expensive school textbooks get!), reducing the inequality between haves and have-nots in what should be an egalitarian experience for children at schools.

Conversely there is still a place for physical books. A growing share of us are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats.

Jamal: 65% of readers surveyed had read a hard-cover book over the past 12 months - e-books only sit at 28%. While part of this may be driven by people preferring the old school reading experience, there has also been a lot of talk about how limited the selection of titles is on Kindle, and how some e-books cost more than the physical copies. Restrictions aside, it will be interesting to see how a generation brought up on digital content will develop.