This podcast is part of the Londonist Out Loud weekly series that feature Londoners doing stuff other Londoners might find interesting. Platform-7's founder John McKiernan, was the featured guest for 5th November 2017
A surprising conversation took place in December 2014 with an Insurance Underwriter who underwrites recycling businesses where he explained that recycling as an industry could be jeopardised as insurance underwriters, like himself, are pulling out of the market. In the UK, not having adequate business insurance means you cannot legitimately trade. His firm had just refused to underwrite a major local authority’s recycling facilities and in his opinion they were unlikely to find an underwriter. But why?
Is there about to be another financial crash leading to major social unrest or possibly a war in Europe? A depressing potential scenario stemming from recent international events and conversations developed during the Waste.Agency intervention (Oct 2014 - Feb 2015).
Stage two of the Waste.Agency explores the notions of the word broken. To know if something is broken often requires at least the minimal understanding of how something works.
Broken Ukulele Image, popestatesPhotography
Stage one of the Waste.Agency (Oct-Dec 2014) was to ascertain whether there is an appetite in The City, the UK capital’s financial heart, to engage in a conversation considering the economic system built on consumption and wastefulness. The abstract art on exhibit and performances generated over 1,300 discussions; the...
While researching folk music for the Dead Rat Orchestra's The Cut tour across canals of England, Daniel Merrill discovered that corporate songs were written to celebrate the feat of construction. Corporate Songs was an evening discussion that followed on from this initial research describing how corporate songs have evolved and developed since the early days of the canals.
City insurance worker sing IBM Auld Lang Syne outside The Lamb pub, December 2014
Mikey Kirkpatrick, aka Bird Radio, is an originator of storytelling though song and music. Since the inception of the Waste.Agency, Bird Radio instigated the Orchestra of Broken Instruments. Beginning with 2 people the orchestra grew in size reaching 25 people by week 5.
Listen to some of the music create by the orchestra so far on Soundcloud by clicking here
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