Archive for September, 2011
All images by Leonora Oppenheim. Perry Chen speaking about Kickstarter at the Do Lectures 2011
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Do Lectures 2011 – The People’s Take Over
Yesterday for our third post in the Do Lectures 2011 series we encouraged you to Start Where You Live. You never know quite how far you will travel. In the case of Welsh organic salt company Halen Môn their unique local product ended up at the White House in Obama’s favourite chocolates. Now that we’ve made a start and we’ve got some momentum let’s look at where change can take us with The People’s Take Over. Power to the People We heard yesterday that Michael Kelly’s dissatisfaction with his supermarket stocking Chinese garlic lead to him starting the Grow It Yourself movement. That’s one response to the dominance of supermarket culture that we feel powerless to change. Another response is The People’s Supermarket founded by chef Arthur Potts Dawson. So what does a local supermarket run by the people look like? Well the answer is 1400 owners of a food... Continue Reading
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Poverty isn’t just a game
You’ve lost your job. You’ve lost your house. You’re down to your last $1,000. Can you make it through the month? Jenny Nicholson is tired of hearing how the poor are poor because they make poor choices. Let’s see what kind of choices you make when it’s your turn to be flattened by the economy. That’s the idea behind Spent, an online game Nicholson created to challenge popular misconceptions about poverty. Play it at www.playspent.org. So far, it’s been played more than a million times by people from around the world. And Nicholson is challenging every member of Congress to... Continue Reading
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Connected | In Theaters 9/16
We humans are all ever-increasingly connected with one another [as cell phones and the internet foster still-further-reaching institutions, as global trade networks continue to expand, etc] is beyond dispute. What the sum total impact of this dizzying array of newfangled connections will be is, on the other hand, entirely disputed. Some hold out hope that a world in which we are ‘interdependent’ on the millions of people we’ve never met will be a world in which we take better care of each other, as well as our resources. Others see a world of festering apathy, of populaces glued to screens... Continue Reading
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Dirty Diapers = Roofing Material… What?
What do you think of when you hear the words “dirty diaper”, certainly not roofing material. But the company Knowaste might just change all that. This Canadian company has developed a way of transforming soiled tush cloths into plastic pellets, which can then be made into roofing tiles and tubing. See this video to get a gimps on how it is done. According to Wikipedia, babies in the United States go through about 24 million diapers a year, contributing 3.4 million tons of waste to landfills. And, worldwide, the impact is too foul to contemplate: The average baby needs about... Continue Reading
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Baby squirrel has three mamas
It was a beautiful sunny day this Sunday past. A perfect day for a long bike ride. My partner and I decided to venture from the west end of Toronto to the East, to explore the Cabbagetown Art’s and Crafts Sale. In order to get there, we decided to go through Queen’s Park. In the center of the park, we came across a small group of people who seemed to be fawning over something. Upon taking a closer look, we realized it was a baby squirrel. He was quite taken with a young university student, by the name of Elliot.... Continue Reading
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Community + Loo = CLOO
CLOO’ from Hillary Young on Vimeo. Community + Loo = CLOO Here’s a riddle: How many public bathrooms are there in your city? Answer: As many as you want. For the cost of a latte, CLOO’ turns residential bathrooms into bathrooms that you, your friends or friends of friends can use, making city living easier. Find out more CLOO-App.com To sign-up follow twitter.com/?CLOOApp. For inquiries send us a message at CLOOapp@gmail.com If you’re an investor or developer don’t hesitate to get in touch. Creators: Hillary Young & Deanna McDonald HillandD.com Music by Joe Arroyo, “Rebelión”... Permalink
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Orphans no more
An inspirational story of human beings are coming to the rescue for baby elephants. The problem of course, is that humans are the reason why baby elephants need rescuing. That’s where the Nairobi nursery of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust comes in. It’s an orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation center, presumably one of the most successful in the world. It takes in elephants from all over Kenya, nurses them until they no longer need milk (and provides them with raincoats!), and slowly reintroduces them to the wild. So far, it has successfully rescued more than a hundred orphans.      ... Continue Reading
Mark Horvath, homeless activist
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Can you spare some change?
Mark Horvath, a homeless activist is taking long strides to raise awareness regarding the issue of homelessness. Claiming the reasons why people end up on the streets are complex. He went from six figures to zero after making a series of bad decisions in his life. Other reasons could include mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, job loss, living beyond a person’s means, and loss of a loved one. “For me it was 20 years of bad decisions, for some it’s hurricanes,” said Horvath. He aims to break the stereotypes, and call attention to a flawed shelter system that does... Continue Reading
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Plentitude Economics
New Dream Mini-Views: Visualizing a Plenitude Economy from Center for a New American Dream on Vimeo. Presented by The Center for a New American Dream, and summarizing the content of Schor’s book Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, what I love about this video is that it absolutely brims with positivity, excitement and optimism. This is not about letting go of a system that is working well, yet is unsustainable—it is about accepting our status quo is broken, and taking our culture and our economy to the logical next step in ensuring health, happiness and planetary stability.   Related... Continue Reading
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