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Welcome to another episode of the Tech for Good Live podcast! If you're new here and you’re wondering what the hell you’ve stumbled into, we’re a bunch of pals that gather together once a week to talk about technology being used to make the world a better place. Well, in all honesty, we often end up talking about tech being used for evil but “Tech for Bad Live” isn’t as catchy is it?! And there are still glimmers of hope out there of wonderful people doing amazing things with tech.

So as we soldier on into murky corridors of tech, this week we are talking about the food price index, a new internal aid charity campaign, fancy offices and dogs!

Tech for Good Live pod regular Greg Ashton joins host Fay Schofield and our special guest this week is Louise Pavoni, Digital Engagement Manager at Leukaemia UK.

Discussed in this episode:

Stat of the week

The CPI and the retail price index (RPI) are used interchangeably to document the rising price levels of groceries and household goods across the UK. Yet they only tell a fragment of the story of inflation, and grossly underestimate the true cost-of-living crisis. In 2012, 10 stock cubes from Sainsbury’s Basics range were 10p. In 2022, those same stock cubes are 39p, but only available in chicken or beef. The cheapest vegetable stock cubes are, inexplicably, £1 for 10.

We’re pricing the poor out of food in the UK – that’s why I’m launching my own price index - The Guardian

Charity news of the week

Major international aid charities combine forces in a new campaign "We the helpers".

UK international aid charities unite in major awareness building campaign - UK Fundraising

Tech news of the week

Even the guy who designed Google's headquarters thinks "fancy" tech office are a bad idea:

The man behind Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters says fancy tech offices are ‘dangerous’ - SFGATE

Google nest are trying to gamify saving energy:

Nest Renew - Google

Nice of the week

AI tech to monitor depression - Thymia

And finally

#DronesForGood dog saved from rising tide by a sausage dangled from a drone:

Stranded dog saved from rising tide after rescuers attach sausage to drone - The Guardian

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