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  • The Groundswell Weekly Review: Dec. 15 - 22, 2007

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    The Groundswell Blog is dedicated to clever and innovative trends of art and design in activism. We seek out artists from around the globe who are using their talents for progressive change.

    This week, we featured San Francisco based nonprofit Designbreak, and Jill Danyelle's fiftyRX3.

    Here is the full week in review.

  • Climate Change: Everyone's Business

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    British businesses are committed to do what it takes to tackle climate change but the UK effort will only succeed if it becomes an urgent, shared national priority for companies, consumers and the government" a groundbreaking new report published last month stated. The report entitled "Climate Change: Everyone's Business", was published by The CBI Climate Change Task Force in November.

    For the first time, senior representatives from every major sector of British business have come together to assess the challenges posed by climate change and to identify the actions necessary to tackle them. The CBI Climate Change Task Force report is the culmination of ten months' intensive work by 18 Chairmen and Chief Executives from some of the UK’s biggest companies, under the independent chairmanship of BT Chief Executive Ben Verwaayen.

    Analysis developed specifically for the report by consultants McKinsey shows the UK's carbon reduction targets for 2020 are likely to be missed but that 2050 goals, whilst stretching, can be achieved at a manageable cost - provided a greater sense of urgency is now adopted. It identifies priority areas for action that would put the UK back on track to meet its targets by 2030. Today’s report explains how business will play its part, and commits the CBI to continue to play a leading role, both nationally and internationally.

    The report says that firms will have fundamentally to change their business models to meet consumers’ and socie...

  • Hegemonic Post-Colonial Discourse (Contemporary Colonization)

    What is terrorism? What does it mean to act in the name of peace, or to find arms in places where they don't exist? Are they copying hegemonic discourse? All of these questions are valid and apply to violations that many people of the world suffer, above all indigenous people.

    In my opinion, when culture is managed irresponsibly, and we see others judged in an irresponsible way, with no evidence, with comments that are racist and which are placed in a context as if they were made by wise elders, claiming things such as "I decide if you are worthy of your culture or not", "you are violent and vengeful", these people are hypocrites, because they say they are working for our people and are offering "recognition to those men and women who iron our clothes, watch over us, wash our cars, and make our handicrafts".

    They do not see that this is not the way, not the right path.

    We as indigenous are not only those things. We are the ones who, through our ancestors, have kept society together to the present, we are the ones who have diverse ways of expressing ourselves as daily witnesses to the idea that it is possible to live in peace with others and with mother earth, we champion the responsible use of culture, which does away with preconceptions and ideas promoted by ignorance and lack of understanding by others. We are the ones as a people who have given up so much at such a high and unfo...

  • El Discurso Hegemónico Post-Colonial (Colonización Contemporánea) Por: David Hernández-Palmar. Indígena Wayuu Clan IIPUANA

    ¿Que significa terrorismo? ¿Qué significa actuar en nombre de la paz, o en encontrar armas en lugares donde no existen? ¿Es esta la copia de un discurso hegemónico?. Todas están preguntas caben y aplican a muchas de las violaciones que sufren muchos otros pueblos del mundo, sobre todo el pueblo indígena.

    En mi opinión cuando se maneja irresponsablemente la cultura, y vemos juzgar a los demás de manera IRRESPONSABLE Y SIN FUNDAMENTOS con comentarios de índoles racistas, y se colocan y emulan la investidura de ancianos, y dicen entonces "tu si eres digno de tu cultura, o no eres digno de tu cultura" "eres violento y vengativo" entonces esas personas pasan a ser hipócritas, porque dicen que están trabajando por nuestra gente y que están propiciando "un reconocimiento de aquellos y aquellas quienes nos planchan la ropa, quienes nos cuidan, quienes nos lavan los carros, quienes nos hacen las artesanías"…Esas personas no ven que esa no es la senda, ese no es el camino.

    Los indígenas no solo somos eso. Los indígenas somos quienes a través de nuestros ancestros hemos cimentando las sociedades de hoy día, somos aquellos que a través de nuestras diversas maneras de expresarnos, hacemos testimonio todos los días, que es posible vivir en paz con nuestros semejantes y con nuestra madre tierra, somos aquellos quiene...

  • Probando esto!!

    Communication

    Pues eso, que me he registrado en Design21 y estoy echando un vistazo, tiene buena pinta, pero no termino de comprender aun a que tipo de diseños alude, ya que el diseño web no he terminado de verlo todavía.

    Sigo dando vueltas por aquí... nos vemos, y si alguien lee esto y quiere saber mas sobre mí, mejor que vaya a mi Blog tecnológico sobre las novedades de Internet, SEO y usabilidad en el web: http://www.entrecodigos.com

  • Green Business and Ethical Reputation

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    The London Business Forum, presents: Green Business: How companies can profit from customer demands for greener products. A morning with Karen Fraser, founder of the The Ethical Reputation Index. The event will be held on Wednesday 20 February 2008, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm.

    So, who really cares about green issues - and are customers willing to put their money where their mouth is? Green has been the topic of the past year. We read so much about the 'greening of the consumer', the rise of the ethical consumer, even that 'green is the new black', yet it is questionable whether there is as great a change as journalists might want us to believe. Nonetheless, the focus on ethical and environmental change raises a number of questions that businesses must answer in order to stay competitive:

    • Is it enough to be 'seen to be green', or does it need a change in approach to business?
    • How do companies meet the challenge of higher public expectations while creating value for shareholders?
    • Where is the greatest risk for companies and what should companies do to minimize risk?
    • Is there money in green - and if so, where is it?
    • What is the key to Marks and Spencer's success - and what lessons can companies learn from their example?

    Karen Fraser, founder of the Ethical Reputation Index and advisor to clients including Co-operative Bank and Body Shop, will use her expertise to answer these questions and tell you what your organisation can do to change the way your company is seen by shareholders...

  • Goodmorning innovation

    Communication, Audio/Visual Design

    Widex, collaborated with Goodmorning Technology, a strategic design studio with a truly international mindset.Established in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. Producing an exclusive packaging design for a digital hearing aid. As the packaging is opened, a simple two-layer raster effect shows a sound wave spelling out the Widex slogan ‘High Definition Hearing’. This is probable the best interactive packaging design with the most simplicity and innovation. Just an amazing design that communicates a message of integrity with black and white.

    check out innovative structural design to see it in action

    http://isdesign.wordpress.com/

  • Jonathan Harris' Whale Hunt

    Communication, Audio/Visual Design

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    For seven straight days, Jonathan Harris took at least one photograph every five minutes on an Alaskan Whale Hunt. In the process, he may have reinvented how we tell stories. Magnificent.

  • Apple iLife 09 Packaging Design

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    Mac|Life Magazine is running an interesting piece on packaging design ideas for Apple iLife 09. Three designers not connected with Apple were asked to present ideas for the packaging design. The three different designs represent an fascinating view of the wide range of approaches/functionality packaging can provide a product. Apple is known for its modern minimal packaging design so it will be interesting to see their design for this product.

    ROBIN DICK: Mac|Life Art Director We’re going to call this one the “luxe model.” Robin’s case-within-a-case design doesn’t skimp on material, but nonetheless aims for a certain functionality in service of aesthetics. The recycled cardboard shell whispers environmental sympathies, while the colorful, action-packed belly band communicates all that iLife stands for. “It’s a simple, sleek, modern way of giving the consumer a permanent disc case, while duplicating the experience of opening a gift,” Robin says. “The contrast in materials adds a splash of color and vibrancy that attracts the eye.”

    KATORI DHOJI: Freelance Designer, Unified Design Labs “This study reverses the trend toward excessive paper and plastic,” Katori says. “Slim it down, make it more eco-friendly.” Her low-profile wonder uses biodegradable plastic, paper, and recyclable rivets, giving iLife ’09 a negligible carbon footprint (all user documentation is stored on the disc itself). Just grab your disc off the Apple Store display - like grabbing a pack...

  • A New Jersey Story

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    I re-vamped the art from an original black/white sketch from the 70s for this Gary Davis release on Smash Hit Music Co.

    Help support by buying it and enjoy some DISCO GOLD!

    A New Jersey Story: Mixed by Mr. Chinn

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