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  • From software online news service Beta News comes the inevitable question "Was Wikipedia Just a Fad?"

    According to research by one user

    new account registrations are down a quarter since earlier this year. This decline in new editors has also resulted in a decline in the editing of articles -- some 17 percent -- and article deletions, down about 25 percent. Also down were user blocks, down 30 percent, and uploads, down 10 percent.

    This may simply be Cassandra-ness that screams when things like Facebook usage declines and faddists move on to new climes like Web 3.o - whatever that this.

    But I do wonder whether, when it comes to participatory projects, have we reached a moment to ask the question "when does the tent get too big?" or "does the tent get so big that it hits entrophy - and declines?"

    I've just run a public design project in the U.K. in which a thousand people grew food in public places and shared it at a closing event that was attended by 8000 people. The total population of the town is 140,000. That's a 6% participation rate. Amazing.

    We structured the project in a way that carefully drew a basket of over 60 'cellular' groups together and they came together into a final epic (ish) moment. But what does the high closing hit-rate mean?

    Would the entire town be prepared to grow its own food? Or is there a moment when production would hit capacity, then steady and simply decline?

    Is something fundamental going on in the public ...

  • Aids does not discriminate(1 of 3 series)

    Education, Communication Design

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    Work from Graphic Design school a few years back

  • Nature vs Nurture

    Education

    “Political conservatives have sometimes favored genetic explanation of behavior and intelligence while liberals have more often favored environmental explanations.”

    There are many examples involving politicizing nature vs. nature issues, but an especially notable example favoring genetic explanations of behavior are the devastating events in Nazi Germany. The propaganda aimed towards building a greater Germany by extinguishing all inferior races that is, people other than the “superior” Aryan race-so that a genetically pure race woould be maintained. This, unfortunately led to history’s most notorious and devastingact of human immorality- the Holocaust.

    An example of political leaders favoring nenvironmental expectations in behavior was the founding of Communism, which believed that humans were highly malleable adn docile. Because there was great confidence tha tpeople would work together for greater productivity, some regimes accompainied their revolution with massive indoctrination efforts. For example, in the Cultural Revolution of China and the two Russian Revolutions, efforts resulted disastrously, however due to lack of an individual economic incentive, accompanied by a terribly toll of human deaths from cruel punishments and miseravle lives, initiated by the attempts to “reeducate” the majority.

    DeWaal contend that “suppressed categories of people, such as minorities and women” should feel threat both from biological determinism and from an environment...

  • The Word

    Environment

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    Whenever I heard this question being asked and then hearing it being answered, I would cringe, and whoever is next to me will give me another cringe. Hearing those answers, is what bothers me. Especially, when the similar answers are being heard over thousands times. Anyway, you probably would want to know what the question is, first, before you hear those answers. And this might sound familiar from your parents or did when you were just a child. And that would be, “Wow, you got so much talent and your so gifted…What do you want to be?” The child in the corner would reply, “I want to be doctor.” “I want be a lawyer!” And the one in front of you would go, “I want to be a neurosurgeon.” Sure you do. “A doctor” or “a lawyer” were answers that probably satisfied your mother. But those answers to me are somewhat disappointing to hear. Which might sound awkward to you because you mind has probably been trained to think that there is no better job than being paid the “green sheets.” You know “dough,” “bread,” “MUULLAA.” Yes, Money. And YES, this is what irritates me. For some people, not that they are passionate about it and not that they are seriously worried about saving other lives, and not that they really have the interest. Perhaps, it’s the Ben Franklin’s, they get every week. It is the lack of dedication, and the thought of other minds of just wanting to make money, that makes me cringe. Don’t get me wrong. I do understand that there are those who want to be doctors or law...

  • Design will Save the World

    Communication, Communication Design

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    DWSTW T-Shirt from Artefacture. Via. Collectiva.

  • 19.20.21

    Community, Communication Design

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    Richard Wurman's new venture 19.20.21, a study of 19 cities with 20 million people and their implications for life in the 21st century.

  • Come Build With Us

    Arts & Culture

    3rd Ward, Brooklyn's creative giant has recently constructed brand-new, private workspaces perfect for fabricators and designers looking for access to a variety of machinery, tools and resources within a growing community of artists and creative professionals.

    These 8'x8' spaces housed within the wood and metal shops grant you direct access to equipment and include 3rd Ward's I Heart Brooklyn membership plan for both the occupant and an assistant allowing unlimited access to all of 3rd Ward's facilities, free admission to events, health insurance coverage, and more.

    For more information on membership visit our site here: http://www.3rdwardbrooklyn.org/membership/

    Please call 3rd Ward at 718.715.4961 for more information and to schedule an appointment to see the spaces and tour the facilities.

    Love 3rd Ward Fam

  • All We Need

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    In a hollowed out industrial factory in the South of Luxembourg is an exhibition that strikes at the fundamentals of human longing. Whether it be for a sip of clean water or the whispers of an admirer the All We Need exhibit cycles us through a reflective, cerebral tunnel of human want and requirement.

    According to Manfred Max-Neef, a Chilean economist that has been researching human needs for over a decade, every individual has a set of ten needs. Those needs are; idleness, subsistence, freedom, affection, protection, identity, creation, understanding, transcendence; and participation. I was lucky to visit an exhibit exploring these ideas during a class field trip with my fellow grad students.

    Organized in sections based closely on Man-Neef's original themes the exhibit is also a journey through an old steel factory – The Halle des Soufflantes. The warehouse is massive (160 m long, 70 m wide and 28 m high) and still displays some of the machinery that was installed in the early 1900's. The rawness of design and sheer size becomes something to traverse and discover as an element of the exhibit itself.

    Headphones and a hand-held device provides auditory samples along with artist and title information. The exhibit has several contributing artists, designers, architects, curators, initiators and other contributors...to find out more visit: allweneed.lu

    Read field notes from the exhibit.

    Relax + Survive The cavernous size of the first room, the blasting hall, is flooded ...

  • Utrecht Manifest

    Arts & Culture

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    Biennial podium for design and society 24 nov 2007 — 11 feb 2008

    Utrecht Manifest is an international cultural biennial, which perceives contemporary developments in design and architecture from a social perspective. The biennial shows how architecture and design, in the past and present, have looked for answers to social and cultural questions connected to innovation, quality and sustainability.

    The biennial searches for connections between design, architecture and other cultural expressions such as film, theatre and literature, in order to stimulate the public and political debate. The aim is to reinforce the role of design and architecture in developing coherent agendas for social and cultural innovation.

    The biennial’s theme is Modernism’s legacy. At the start of the previous century, this movement in the arts, architecture and design formulated a new socially inspired aesthetics, based on modern, technological-industrial methods. After the critique of Postmodernism, does Modernism still exert influence? Is modernism’s social agenda still relevant?

    Visit utrechtmanifest.nl

  • The Groundswell Blog seeking Authors

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Are you interested in contributing to The Groundswell Blog?

    We are an all-volunteer media outlet dedicated to clever and innovative trends of art and design in activism. We seek out and report on artists from around the globe who are using their talents for progressive change. We are growing and are seeking the support of a volunteer author.

    Please let me know if you're interested!

    http://blog.groundswellcollective.com/

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