Last week I was informed by @aku in Qaiku about onizou Idea Nomads visiting Helsinki. I wrote them a mail, and soon we had a meeting arranged.
The meeting took place at Netprofile office (yep, Office Nomad host this month) and was a bit special since there was no agenda for the meeting. It was not a problem though.
The discussion was lively, it was such exciting to hear about how onizou had studied both urban nomadism and true nomads during their journey. Gladly onizou had lot of interest in the officenomadism and open organization thinking. This was a discussion that brought me many new ideas for both officenomadism and also Ekana way of working.
After the meeting we continued to browse the city for some design, electronics and more coffee. Oh, and helped onizou to get connected with some more people.
I really enjoyed the meeting today and hope to start some new cool projects with onizou in the future.
To get an idea about the people behind the idea nomads, you can check out the video we recorded today.
I would like to share a press release by a Finnish company Veen Waters, who are doing some great challenger marketing in the category of bottled waters. Competing with the giants such as Evian, San Pellegrino, Coca-cola, Voss and others, Veen is outperforming in true quality of water, design, corporate citizenship, sustainability, creativity and being different.
They’ve done design awards, top fashion cooperation and exclusive channel deals. Now they get into art and charity.
Read on and check out a video interview with artish Kaj Stenvall.
Finland’s best known contemporary artist Kaj Stenvall is now the new VEEN Art – artist. Stenvall’s quirkily named “VEEN Art – Better than a cookie!” painting on VEEN bottles world premiers at Harrods in Knightsbridge, London. The painting is a contribution to the VEEN Art charity collection and is made available for consumers on the numbered special edition VEEN bottles at Harrods and in poster form at the VEEN and Stenvall websites.
All funds to charity
The charity VEEN bottles are sold exclusively at Harrods and all funds raised will be donated for London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in the autumn of 2009. “This is a great opportunity for us to bring joy to so many children, doing what we do best,” says Kaj Stenvall.
What is VEEN Art?
VEEN Art is a concept featuring famous artists and designers bringing VEEN Water into their creations. The artist has full artistic integrity to complete the work. “We want to raise talk with artists to create awareness and money for good causes,” says Tomi Grönfors, MD of VEEN Waters Finland Oy.
”Better than a cookie!” by Kaj Stenvall
The painting features a duck familiar from Stenvall’s earlier works. Water is playing the leading role and is featured in three forms: in a glass, in the sea and in tears. The tears are there out of pure joy and enjoyment of sipping VEEN. It is hard to say whether the duck is laughing or crying for the water being so smooth.
Kaj Stenvall first came to attention of the Finnish art scene about ten years ago when he began to paint a very familiar-looking duck in a variety of settings. Stenvall asserts that this character has been developed by himself, even while acknowledging its similarity to the most famous duck in the world. The scenes in his pictures are from the world at large and his duck often appears in absurd, if recognizably generic, settings. There really is nothing in his paintings that one can put their finger on to connect them to any particular corner of the world, especially not to Finland, except perhaps a specific intensity of angst and foreboding.
Today’s great news is that Veenwaters, a Finnish design bottled water brand, will be sold exclusively in England at Harrods Knightsbridge. Veenwaters’ new 0,33l new bottle VEEN Long John 33 will be the only water sold at all of Harrods restaurants and Harrods Food Halls.
This is really a remarkable news for a small Finnish company that launched their first design water just under two years ago. Veenwaters’ first bottle, designed by Antti Eklund, have won numerous awards icluding “The Good Design” award.
I had a chat with their CEO Tomi Grönfors last week, and there are so many good things coming from there.
Attaching the whole press release here, read yourself.
HARRODS CHOOSES ‘VEEN’ AS HOUSE BRAND
Harrods has chosen VEEN as its house water brand. A brand new, smaller 0,33L edition will recieve its global launch at the world famous department store later this month. The award winning
spring water will be available in the store’s restaurants in the designer 0.33l and 0,66L bottles, as well as continuing to retail exclusively in the Food Halls.
Exceptional taste and quality
VEEN comes from a free flowing spring in the natural wilderness of Finnish Lapland, one of the least populated areas of Europe, resulting in exceptionally low nitrate levels. The low minerality
in the Lappish soil creates a unique, smooth taste. “VEEN’s smooth taste pairs well with excellent food and wine, we are delighted that diners at Harrods restaurants will now be able to appreciate the match.” Says Tomi Grönfors the MD of VEEN Waters Finland Ltd.
The crystal clear Extra Flint Glass was the natural choice for VEEN bottles to protect the taste and quality of the water as well as to ensure recyclability for sustainable product development. The clear Scandinavian design form of the new LongJohns bottle is a brand signature, with the ”LongJohn” embossing bringing a contemporary twist. The name comes from the design’s continuous wallpaper pattern that resembles the classic underwear design used in Finland.
The bottle is created and manufactured in close co-operation with Owens-Illinois.
VEEN Waters Finland Oy
VEEN Waters Finland Lts. is a privately owned company located in the town of Ylitornio in Finnish Lapland. The company was established 2006 December. VEEN is sold worldwide in selected outlets. VEEN Waters Finland Ltd, is a marketing, development and production company that is challenging the big multi-nationals with entrepreneurial spirit and Finnish flair.
I’m starting find usable applications for streaming video from my mobile phone. Different services and technologies have been around for a while, but I just didn’t know what’s the whole point in using them.
Here’s one example – sharing ad hoc content easily.
This morning I was taking a tram to my Office Nomad site at Codento, when I bumbed into Jozsef Pap from RunToShop. I realized that I could actually take advantage of the moment and start sharing our ad hoc discussion with other people as well.
Here’s the very first and very short Tramterview. It’s in Finnish but next time we’ll do English.
This is done with my great Nokia E71, running Qik video streaming service over 384k (!) 3G connection from a moving tram. No editing whatsoever.
CarrotMob Finland, a.ka. Porkkanamafia, proceeded with it’s first ever Finnish strike last Saturday. The target was a restaurant and bar called Juttutupa, situated close to central Helsinki.
Restaurant Juttutupa had promised to invest 51% of the additional revenues from a normal saturday evening in improving it’s energy efficiency. This will be done together with energy consumption specialists provided by CarrotMob Finland.
As a result of the event, hundreds of people were lining to get in Juttutupa on Saturday. Everyone were in a good mood and enjoyed the positive way of supporting anti-climate change movement. It’s not quite common to listen to a group of people seriously thinking about how they could spend more of their own money in this restaurant!
Total of €3362,94 (around US$5000) from the revenue will be used for the improvements. Preliminary talks indivacate that the money should be used for replacing the several dozen light pulbs with energy saving ones and replacing the kitchen equipment with more environmental ones. Also, some kitchen process improvements will be made in order to be more efficient.
The event gathered a major coverage from most of national and local media, including Helsingin Sanomat (#1 newspaper in Finland), all major TV news channels and numerous other publications.
To gather the feelings from this extraordinary event, please see the pics and videos.