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This Massive Land Art Portrait Fights for Human Rights in Central America
In support of women’s rights in Central America, artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada has created the largest portrait ever installed on Dutch soil. Spanning the length of two football fields, and located in Amsterdam, the picture was produced with the help of over 80 volunteers. The face, of an anonymous Central American activist, was made from sand and soil and will stay up as long as the elements allow. Commissioned by the feminist foundation Mama Cash, the piece helped launch the campaign “Vogelvrije Vrouwen: Defend Women Who Defend Human Rights,” a response to escalating violence against human rights activists in Mexico and Central America. In Dutch, ‘Vogelvrije’ means ‘free as a bird’ but, “also has the connotation of a person who is outside the boundaries of the legal system, someone who is not protected by the law.” ‘Vrouwen’ means ‘women.’ The campaign runs through 2013 and will provide the Dutch ways to put pressure on... Continue Reading
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Man’s Time on Earth, in Depressing Cartoon Form
MAN from Steve Cutts on Vimeo. Artist Steve Cutts produced a short, animated history of humans’ time on earth—and maybe a prediction of what’s next. It’s pretty bleak, so early in the morning in a fresh, brand-new year is probably the best time to check it out, right?... Permalink
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Phish’s story of philanthropy
It all started when four friends at UVM formed a band. Their improvisational style spawned a success story that’s now 30 years old. The band is Phish and their story is one of giving back. via Phish’s story of philanthropy.... Permalink
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Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction
What’s the Big Idea? What are the ways our civilization might collapse, and how might the human race become extinct? According to sociobiologist Rebecca Costa, the answers are all staring us straight in the face. Just look at current events. Costa writes in her book The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction that human existence is threatened by “a global recession, powerful pandemic viruses, terrorism, rising crime, climate change, rapid depletion of the earth’s resources, nuclear proliferation, and failing education.” Fortunately, Costa argues we are remarkably equipped to counter these threats today, due to our current understanding of... Continue Reading
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All Natural Graffiti Made from Moss
I just love a DIY urban beautification project! Whether we’re talking about Kintta’s yarn graffiti or using seedbombs to spread greenery to blighted spaces, I’m struck by how much a little color can impact the urban landscape. Moss graffiti definitely falls under this umbrella. Unlike spray paint, moss graffiti is all natural and healthy to work with. You can paint words or images, and the moss fills in like magic! It’s easy as pie to whip up a batch of moss paint. Here’s how: In your blender, combine: One can of cheap beer or 1 1/2 cups buttermilk A few... Continue Reading
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New Collective Artist Titus Burger
Orphan Sunday Project by Titus Burger from Amber Burger on Vimeo. Titus is one of the coolest kids I have had the privilege of meeting.  To see someone this young having the passion to help others is both humbling and inspiring.  I would pay the 4 dollars for his artwork (and already have) just to make this kid’s project successful. Seeing that the money is going to help clothe orphans makes this opportunity even more beautiful. So often we are hindered by our thoughts, and we allow ourselves to believe that our “small” contributions won’t make a difference.  A penny here…a... Continue Reading
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Back to the Start: Willie Assists Chipotle’s Quest To End Factory Farms
In this charming music video from Chipotle, Willie sings about going “back to the start” of American farming, before animals were pumped with antibiotics and kept in factories. A farmer, not content with his small family farm, starts to modernize. He turns his farm into a factory, pumping drugs into his pigs and pollutants into the water. But one night, he has a revelation: This is not what his life needs to be. He lets his animals roam free and raises them naturally (though still eats them). That’s the premise of the new music video commissioned by Chipotle, featuring Willie... Continue Reading
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Why Good Causes Need Great Design
In March of 2010, Nikhil Arora was finishing his degree in Political Science and Business at UC Berkeley, getting ready to start a career in corporate America. Passionate about making a difference, but without a clear path to make a career out of his interests, he decided to pursue a more traditional path—that was until an unusual school project sent his ambitions in a very different direction. When we sat down with Nikhil, he told us: “We came about this idea of growing mushrooms from coffee grounds just a few months before graduating. [My partner] Alex Velez and I were... Continue Reading
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