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  • Garden of Happiness

    Community, Environmental Design


    A great story about roof top gardening and community:

    "The Garden of Happiness is a sunny community garden with vegetable plots, a chicken coop, a corrugated-tin shed, and a few chairs beneath a grape arbor, where the chicken committee is meeting. The chicken committee is a lot more committee than chicken, its deliberations filled with references to “existing chicken situations” and “pursuit of newer egg opportunities,” and the slightly skeptical neighborhood people have to be gently won over by the carefully beaming professionals."

    For more on this article in the New Yorker

  • Retired Weapons

    Peace, Communication Design


    Launched in Japan by art director Yuji Tokuda and producer Junya Ishikawa, retired weaponsTM design project combines incisive graphic design with a straight message of peace, through a variety of tools including also its distinctive and iconic elements

    The tank as well as all the other retired weaponsTM design elements - rifles and guns, land mines and bombs - carry flowers to spread the message of peace through clear and comprehensive signs and gestures. Retired weaponsTM design project aims at contributing to make 21st century an era of dialogue.

    Retired Weapons . . . I love the bird twittering too :-)

  • How to be Creative Manifesto

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design


    Hugh MacLeod, an advertising executive and popular blogger with a flair for the creative, gives his 26 tried-and-true tips for being truly creative. Each point illustrated by a cartoon drawn by the author himself.

    This document is really honest, imaginative and meaningful - it gives some seriously fantastic advice to anyone even thinking of being creative in any way.

    Just a few inspired things he writes:

    "Good ideas alter the power balance in relationships, that is why good ideas are always initially resisted.

    The sovereignty you have over your work will inspire far more people than the actual content ever will.

    Put the hours in; do it for long enouth and magical life-transforming things happen eventually.

    The creative person basically has two kinds of jobs. One is the sexy, creative kind. Second is the kind that pays the bills.

    Doing something seriously creative is one of the most amazing experiences one can have, in this or in any other lifetime."

    The full manefesto can be downloaded How to be Creative

  • The Progressive Organic Cultivation Project

    Community, Environmental Design


    Progress was originally devised for drug rehabilitation and is now an organization helping communities for tomorrow. It has been running in deprived areas of London inner cities since 2004.

    Simon Ghartey, founder of Progress describes the Project: "We have been persuaded by the local authorities to start in primary schools in deprived parts of South London. The reasoning is to re-use city space for the purpose of growing organic fruit and vegetables, and horticulture. This Organic Cultivation project has been devised on the basis of a crop rotational plan that we have been involved in Clapham Park, South London.

    Since the start we have worked with communities that do not have this service at their disposal. The majority do not own their own green space as they live in the inner city concrete. At present we are working within the three local primary schools and have re-designed part of a local park. The redesign is serving the purpose of an allotment space for two of the schools that do not have much green space within their grounds."

  • Creative Commons - Where collaboration Rules

    Communication, Communication Design

  • Barefoot College IS changing the world

    Environment, Industrial Design


    Solar power was first used in 1986 on a large scale, to completely energise the 80,000 square foot Barefoot College campus at Tilonia. The College campus now is totally self-sufficient with a 40 kilowatt solar energy unit meeting all its energy needs.

    The College by training rural unemployed youth as well as semi-literate and literate rural women, as barefoot solar engineers, from different part of the country, have since 1986, installed solar home lighting systems in their villages. They also fabricate and produce solar lanterns. More than 200 kilowatt solar energy is being generated across the country thorough systems and lanterns.

    Barefoot solar engineers have installed solar photovoltaic (SPV) home lighting systems and fabricated produced solar lanterns across 10 states of India. The results include, among many:

    Solar electrifying 300 adult education centres. Solar electrifying 870 schools across the country. 3530 solar lanterns manufactured at the College. 195,000 litres of kersoene saved, by replacing generators and oil lanterns with solar power.

    Badakshan (pic) is the first village to be fully solar electrified in Afghanistan - thanks to Barefoot College

    What a truly amazing model of imagination, vision and creative and positive development!!

  • Dropping Knowledge



    Asking Questions improves the world. Knowledge is only valuable if it's accessible. These are two beliefs integral to the project Dropping Knowledge.

    Dropping knowledge encourages social change. Using advanced web technologies, the initiative links the voices of individuals and organizations. The web-platform enables the global public to ask and answer questions, exchange ideas, and start initiatives around the most pressing issues of our time. Events like the Table of Free Voices, campaigns like "ask yourself" and projects in cooperation with different partners create a meaningful bridge between the on and offline worlds.

    Really worth some time to explore.

  • Fantastic Urban Community Farming

    Community, Environmental Design


    In the Summer and Autumn 2007, thousands of people living and working in the town of Middlesbrough, Tees Valley will participate in a project devoted to the cause of local food production and reducing food miles. Along the way, young, old, rich and poor will work together, grow food to eat and realise new relationships with local food producers and existing growers in the town and its surrounding area. Through the experience, they will pioneer a new sustainable future not just for Middlesbrough but also other post-industrial communities across the U.K.

    The project is designed by David Barrie (See David on the Design 21 site) and led by Middlesbrough Council and <A href="">Dott 07</A> - working in close partnership with Groundwork South Tees, Middlesbrough Primary Care Trust, over fifteen primary and secondary schools, many local community and voluntary sector organisations and existing allotment growers in the town.

    Between June and September 2007, this army of new ‘urban farmers’ will bring their harvested ingredients to a ‘kitchen playground’ event: three week-long blocks of activity in which people will prepare, cook and eat dishes based on raw ingredients that they’ve grown. A headline playground event will be hosted by a national and local chef and the recipes created by both the chefs and local residents will be distributed as postcards.

  • Wave_177_

    "It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." Robert Kennedy 1966 "Day of Affirmation Address" in Cape Town South Africa

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