Akawelle Necklaces

Posted on June 30, 2010 Under Design

Akawelle translates into "also known as love" and is a jewelry line that uses spent bullet casings from the Liberian civil war. The necklaces and bracelets are made by 17 year old Lovetta Conto who fled Liberia with her father…

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More Needs For Sale

Posted on December 9, 2009 Under Art

New Needs for Sale go live tomorrow after 5PM. From left to right: Phone Calls for Our Troops for $250, A Place to Play for $250, Education for Girls for $500 and Research for a Cure $500.

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The Plastiki Expedition Toy

Posted on December 8, 2009 Under Design

My friend David is sailing from Los Angeles to Sydney on a boat he calls the Plastiki made entirely of recycled plastic bottles. What a nut case, right? I had agreed to go with him until I went on some…

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The 5 Year Plan

Posted on December 1, 2009 Under Books

The 5 Year Plan is a collection of 32 screen-printed artworks by 32 contemporary artists. Contributors include Yoko Ono, Francesco Clemente, Donald Baechler, Chris Martin and Julie Doucet, as well as under known artists. All profits from sales of 5…

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Non-Event Garden Party

Posted on June 29, 2009 Under Design

I just received maybe the best paper invitation for an industry benefit I've ever seen. Announcing a Non-Event Garden Party for the 25th anniversary of Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA). The card says: Feel good about not attending. No…

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James Nachtwey's TED Wish

Posted on October 3, 2008 Under Life

At TED 2007 I watched misty eyed as James Nachtwey shared his TED Wish, as follows: "I'm working on a story that the world needs to know about. I wish for you to help me break it, in a way that…

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Girl Power Baby

Posted on June 6, 2008 Under Life

Whether or not they've ever heard of the Spice Girls, adolescent females in developing nations have more or less served as the embodiment for the phrase "Girl Power", displaying an unparalleled ability to foster drastic socio-economic change in not only…

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TED.com Relaunch

Posted on April 16, 2007 Under Life

TED, the unbelievable once-yearly conference on spreading knowledge far and wide just launched a new, refreshing and incredibly pleasing web presence. The new website is built around their infamous tag line: "Ideas worth spreading"-- so every aspect of the site…

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Open Architecture Network

Posted on March 15, 2007 Under Design

The Open Architecture Network is an open source architecture community. It's a network that aims to improve standards of living around the world through collaboration. They pose an interesting answer to an obvious question: How do you improve the living…

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TED 2007: Day 2 Highlights

Posted on March 9, 2007 Under Life

TED was not only described to me as inspirational, passionate and unique, but also as mind boggling-- sometimes almost exhaustively so. Today started early, I attended the pre-conference breakfast where TED Prize winners from last year updated attendees on their…

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