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BUY NOTHING DAY ORGANIZERS CONFRONT THE ECONOMIC MELTDOWN HEAD ON
Now in its 17th year, Buy Nothing Day is celebrated every November by environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in over 65 countries around the world. Over the years, Buy Nothing Day (followed by Buy Nothing Christmas) has exploded into a global movement, inspiring the world’s citizens to live more simply and buy a whole lot less.
Designed to coincide with Black Friday (which this year falls on Friday, November 28) in the United States, and the unofficial start of the international holiday shopping season (Saturday, November 29), the festival takes many shapes, from relaxed family outings, to free, non-commercial street parties, to politically charged public protests, credit-card cut-ups and pranks and shenanigans of all kinds. Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending.
Featured by such media giants as CNN, USA Today, MSNBC, Wired, the BBC, The Age and the CBC, Buy Nothing Day has gained momentum in recent years as the climate crisis has driven people to seek out greener alternatives to unrestrained consumption.
This year, Buy Nothing Day organizers are confronting the economic meltdown head-on – asking citizens, policy makers and pundits to examine our economic crisis.
"If you dig a little past the surface you'll see that this financial meltdown is not about liquidity, toxic derivatives or unregulated markets, it's really about culture," says the co-fou...
Posted December 01, 2008
Aid, Industrial Design
I am a graduate student in the School of Visual Art's MFA Design program.
I have formed an online community of volunteers who are enthusiastic about hacking/modding that can take donated new and used toys and modify them to become a prosthetic arm for a child amputee in a developing nation who would otherwise have nothing. I have named the group Mod Squad.
I don't expect these to be the most advanced high functioning arms but they are better than nothing. My goal is to help a child go from being the kid without an arm to the kid with this awesome arm made from toys. Plus it is a way to use existing materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
I started a group on instructables.com, to view it go to www.instructables.com/group/modsquad/
I hope this will attract the right people and serve as a space for collaboration. On here you will see an arm that one of my classmates made out of the toy Toobers and Zots. I think it is a great start and was less than $19.99 to make.
On average in the US, a body-powered, above-elbow prosthesis can cost $15,000. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) manufactures lower cost prosthesis but they still cost about $1,000.*
We can work together to re-use existing materials and give these children a new arm.
So please contact me if you have any tips, suggestions, toy donations or want to join the Mod Squad!
Posted November 29, 2008
By Carli Pierce
Don't pour the Thanksgiving dinner grease down the drain. You can recycle that stuff because it can be turned into biofuel. It also helps with helping reduce incidences of sewer blockages created by grease coagulating in underground lines.
Its probably sad that I heard about this know. And here’s another question could you use other greases.
Posted November 27, 2008
Community, Communication Design
To start my blog I want to post some of my works. I would be thankful for remarks or questions to begin a conversation with you all out there.
27 and the search for Europe
The aim of this social and cultural magazine is to enrichen the discussion on Europe with new points of view. Thanks to a strong participation of the readers it offers the opportunity for everyone to imagine and create his or her own Europe. The first issue focuses on the future of Europe. In which direction are we going? In which direction do we want to go? It is our task to invent a future for Europe, let's start!
Posted November 27, 2008
Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design
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Tate Exhibitions December 2008
UBS Openings: Saturday Live Late at Tate Britain Tate Britain Christmas Tree By Bob and Roberta Smith Francis Bacon Rothko Cildo Meireles Turner Prize 2008 The Fifth Floor: Ideas Taking Space Heimo Zobernig and the Tate Collection See all exhibitions FREE as a Tate Member
Cildo Meireles, Eureka / Blindhotland, 1970–5
Tate Online together with BT Orla Barry. 'The Scavenger's Daughters' rehearsal view, STUK arts centre © The artist Orla Barry 'The Scavenger's Daughters' rehearsal view, STUK arts centre, Leuven © The artist
NEWS UBS Openings: Saturday Live Orla Barry Saturday 13 December, 2008 20.30-22.00
Orla Barry's performance 'The Scavenger's Daughters' is an ambiguous portrait of two sisters. This epic text weaves together three monologues, constantly failing to form a narrative dialogue. Enhancing the fragile quality of the raw voice, Barry's poetic writing and theatrical performance reveal a fictional narrative which explore intimate relationships, enclosed feelings and the inability to communicate, providing a unique spatial and visual experience of language.
Opening up art Tate Modern Collection with UBS Beaconsfield
NEWS Late at Tate Britain Friday 5 December 2008 18.00-22.00
Vauxhall's best kept secret Beaconsfield, a creative art laboratory, curate Late at Tate Britain this month. Bringing ...
Posted November 26, 2008
Arts & Culture, Communication Design
I have recently heard the news from Yahoo India portal that the music maestro A.R. Rahman will compose the theme music for the upcoming Champions’ League T20 Cricket Tournament in India. I believe this time, Rahman will come up with such a energetic and inspiring tune! Indian Premiere League (IPL) is also planning to make a promotional video and the theme music will be composed by Rahman.It is also heard that A.R. Rahman will also compose the theme music of the Commonwealth Games to be held at New Delhi in 2010.
Thanks to Yahoo India Portal for this information.
Posted November 25, 2008
By Amitava Guha