Can This Smart Street Stop Drinkers Getting Violent?
World Hacks visits a long, narrow street in the heart of the Dutch city of Eindhoven. A quarter of a mile long and lined with pubs and bars, Stratumseind is a drinking destination for the country’s young people and football fans. Unfortunately, the good times are frequently marred with violence. On any given Saturday night, police make about 20 arrests or detentions, many involving alcohol-related aggression.
Now the city authorities are using sophisticated technology to monitor the activities of the street, including cameras that can count people and microphones that can tell the difference between someone squealing with laughter and screaming in fright.
Stratumseind’s drinkers are also unwitting participants in a series of experiments to monitor whether subtle changes in their environment have an impact on their behaviour – whether that’s changing the colour of the street lights to calm people down or introducing a scent to help de-escalate tensions.
Producer: William Kremer
Photo Credit: City of Eindhoven, Living Lab Stratumseind
How 'Buddy Benches' are Making Playtime Less Lonely
The idea behind “Buddy Benches”, also known as “friendship benches”, is simple. If a child feels lonely at playtime at school, they can go to the bench as a signal that they need someone to play with. Another child will see them, go and talk to them and include them in their games. However, a social enterprise in Ireland wants to do something more with them. Buddy Bench Ireland builds a day of workshops around the introduction of the benches, led by a team of child psychiatrists. Pupils are taught about empathy, how to look after their emotions and spot when others need support. The benches are seen as an early intervention to remove the stigma around mental health in Irish society.
Presenter: Tom Colls
Reporter: Dougal Shaw
Photo Caption: Buddy Bench
Photo Credit: BBC
Smart Boats That Sail on a Bed of Bubbles
What’s being done to clean up the shipping industry and make it less polluting?
Nick Holland looks at innovative ideas to make ships burn less fuel. The industry plays a critical role in the global economy. But it’s under pressure to decarbonise. Could giant rotating cylinders and millions of tiny bubbles be the answer?
Presenter: Kat Hawkins
Producer: Nick Holland
Photo Credit: Getty Images
The Banks That Run on Time Instead of Money
Around the world, thousands of people are using a special kind of bank. Instead of using it to save and spend money, they’re using it to save and spend time.
Based on the idea that everyone’s time is worth the same, time bankers exchange lawn mowing for childcare, and dog walking for graphic design.
World Hacks reporter Tom Colls enters the time economy and looks at the projects trying to upgrade time banking for the digital age.
Presenter: Nick Holland
Reporter: Tom Colls
Photo Caption: Clock and piggy bank.
Photo Credit: Getty Images
How to Build a City for an Ageing Population
More than a quarter of Japan’s population is over 65 and the country has the highest rate of centenarians in the world. It’s a ticking demographic time bomb as the cost of caring for the elderly rises.
But can the solution to this growing problem be found in Kashiwa City near Tokyo? A project there has been looking at how to redesign towns and cities to adapt to their residents as they reach old age.
World Hacks asks whether the answers they have found could help ageing populations across the world.
Producer: Harriet Noble (for BBC World Service)