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    My friend Koko shared this online presentation with me as I prepared our dinner last night chopping vegetables and chatting about my work trip to China. She brought up an email she sent me a week ago with a link to the Story of Stuff. It sat in my inbox untouched because I’ve been so busy at work making stuff. Making stuff with the intent of considering all things right for the world. Making stuff while standing on my soapbox preaching to my co-workers about being green and the effects of globalization and how we have the power to be part of the solution rather than contribute to the problem.

    The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard is a little short that I want to share with you but I won’t bother emailing it because it may sit in your inbox untouched or even be immediately deleted. You can watch it in its’ entirety or watch it in chapters. Leonard does a great job articulating the process of stuff. The visuals help to lead through the process. Koko said her young daughters were captivated and made it through the whole screening and had a discussion about stuff afterwards. I think you’ll find it interesting enough to share with at least one person. Maybe you’ll even have an impromptu screening at a dinner party.

  • Groundswell Weekly Review: December 22 - January 12

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design


    It's a bit more than a week in review, but that means more to share. I have no idea why Design21 uses this terrible method of posting links, which apparently refuses to work here. Sorry for the mess that follows!

    [Taxi to the Darkside](
    [MPAA Bans Taxi to the Darkside Poster](
    [A Dose of Inspiration from Displace Me](
    [AAC Films](
    [Designism 2.0 Recap](
    [überculture Collective](
    [Nonprofit Quarterly Redesign Launches](
    [Favianna Rodriguez](
    [We’re Going Ad-Free!](
    [New Bush Coins](
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    Hello everyone. I am a new player in the industry aiming to look for an internship or part-time job at an advertising firm. I joined the network to meet new people learn more about everything not just about advertising. Feel free to contact me anytime.

    Currently in progress is creating more designs for my portfolio.

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    I am growing... mature.

  • The Groundswell Blog Year in Review

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design


    Happy New Year! To welcome everyone to 2008, we’ve prepared a summary of our best and most popular posts.

    The Groundswell Top 10: Editor’s Picks

    • Traces of the Trade goes to Sundance - The Groundswell Collective worked with Traces of the Trade to redesign their website and business cards. We also designed a logo for the film’s production company. We are looking forward to this fantastic film’s debut at the Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27, 2008.
    • Similar Diversity - This amazing datavisualization is a text analysis of the Holy Scriptures, exploring the similarities and differences between the five major world religions. The exhibit inspires viewers to think about own prejudices and current religious conflicts.
    • The Institute for Infinitely Small Things - This inspiring, Boston-based research organization was formed to invent and distribute new practices of political engagement in everyday life. Their artful, conceptual projects “complexify small things rather than simplifying large ones.”
    • Friends of Africa International - The Groundswell Collective was selected to redesign and maintain the Friends of Africa International website for one year. The organization aims to promote human rights, social justice, democracy and good governance in Africa.
    • HONK! Fest - Activist street bands took to the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts this October, and we were there to catch it.
    • An Atlas of Radical Cartography - Maps are inherently political, and the contributions to ...
  • Common Ground Touring Collection

    Environment, Audio/Visual Design


    My digital/mixed media work was recently selected from over 1,000 entries from 40 countries to be part of a touring collection created by Common Ground, a non-profit curatorial group that aims to merge digital art and environmental outreach work for the good of the planet.

    The touring exhibition of the 2008 Common Ground Collection will be displayed in galleries, museums, and universities beginning in the summer of 2008. An awards gala will be held at the opening of this touring schedule. This event will honor the artists featured in the 2008 collection as well as attempt tp raise awareness about selected environmental sustainability projects around the world.

    The exhibition will then move on to venues in Europe and North America through 2010.

    For more information, go to

  • POKE Gets on Board!

    Environment, Communication Design


    During November 2007, WWF and Poke joined forces to create interest and noise around the climate change bill. Ultimately driving people to lobby their MP to push for a stronger climate change bill.

    The result: an impressive paper and bamboo boat and plane, plastered in signatures, that grabbed the attention of the media, members of parliament and the public when they were installed on London’s South Bank.

  • Long ago, there was the world before the stuff. From the world before the stuff came the world with some stuff. Then came machines and with it, all of a sudden, came the world with a lot of stuff.

    In the world with some stuff, some had a lot of stuff and some had little or no stuff. When the machines came to make the world with a lot of stuff, it was promised that everyone would now have enough stuff. But still, it continued that some people had little or no stuff, while others had even more stuff.

    When the world with a lot of stuff came to be, all of a sudden, there was more than most people were accustomed to want. In order for the world with a lot of stuff to work, there needed always to be people to want the stuff. So designers came to be...

    So begins a fable I recently wrote about design and unsustainability, which suggests that the only way we can deal with this condition is by redesigning the profession, which means redesigning designers - teaching - to redesign designing. It's a conundrum. A pdf of the article can be accessed here (a pdf will be downloaded).

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    This is an image of the closing event of a participatory design initiative held in the North East of England earlier this year.

    In the project, over 1000 local people grew food across the town of Middlesbrough and over 6000 attended a final town meal of harvested produce.

    In his book on relational aesthetics, French curator and art critic Nicolas Bourriaud writes of

    the dawning of the society of extras where the individual develops as a part-time stand-in for freedom, signer and sealer of the public place.

    In discussing the work of artists like Rirkrit Tiravanija, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Carsten Holler, Bourriaud sees in their art a reintroduction of the idea of

    ...inventing ways of being together, forms of interaction that go beyond the inevitability of families, ghettos of technological user-friendliness, and collective institutions on offer.

    In Bourriard's mind, this is an urge towards creating new models of sociability.

    In our post-industrial societies, the most pressing thing is no longer the emancipation of individuals, but the freeing-up of inter-human communications, the dimensional emancipation of existence.

    More often than not, public involvement projects keep their creative and intellectual thrust hush-hush.

    But it's interesting to start to see them in the same frame as, say, Carsten Holler's metal slides at the Tate.

    It's great to be reminded that these projects are microscopic opportunities to transform society step-by-step.

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    Thanks to anyone who sent prayers and light to this issue. It still continues but on home turf,

    Signing off Happy New You! 12/28/07

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