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A Website That Connects Artisans in the Developing World to the Global Market

Tuesday 12.10.2013 , Posted by
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The holiday season is getting into full effect and each day people are shopping around for their friends and family. Besides the malls, stalls, and Amazon, there is an alternative option that results in a positive social impact. ArtZoco.com is a company that helps artisans from the ‘developing world’ display their work on a website and participate in the global market. Many artisans in developing countries are not familiar with internet technology, but through the help of ArtZoco they are able to expand their markets to the world. What makes Artzoco unique is that it does not require a bank account for the seller, and it has an easy process for setting up their online shop. Within minutes, sellers can be supporting their families and communities in a completely new fashion. [Read more...]

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The First Ever Compassion and Technology Conference and Contest at Stanford University

Friday 12.06.2013 , Posted by

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In a world where each day more people are becoming familiar with technology and its social utilities, Stanford University is playing host to the first ever Compassion and Technology conference, which will bring social entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists together for discussion about technology designed to enhance compassion. [Read more...]

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Images From Yida Refugee Camp in South Sudan

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

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As powerful economies fluctuate and governments shut down, it is sometimes difficult to factor in some of the other people inhabiting the planet. In a vast wetland near the border of Sudan and South Sudan lies the Yida Refugee Camp. What two years ago was just a village of 400 people today plays host to more than 70,000 Sudanese who have come back to their land after a heavily fought civil war. [Read more...]

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German Duo Create Street Art That Can Only Be Viewed From a Certain Angle

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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On the streets of Mannheim, Germany live an artistic duo who are sprucing up their city in common places. They go by the name Zebrating, and for a while now they have been creating realistic images of human faces on railings, bringing color and life to the grey areas. The unique appeal to their work is that it can only be viewed from a certain angle. If one were to view the railings directly, one would only see dull metallic, yet when looked at a 45 degree angle, the colors and beautiful faces appear. [Read more...]

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Cradle of Mir: Interview with Burning Man Art Crew from Russia

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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This year at Burning Man, there were over 350 registered art installations. One of the largest examples on the Playa was called the Cradle of Mir. It was constructed by a large crew consisting of artists, engineers, producers and enthusiasts with extensive experience organizing and participating in different Russian festivals, most broadly involved in “Pustye Holmi” (translated literally as Empty Hills), the festival of art, music and endless creativity. [Read more...]

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Pitch Your Tent! An International Camping Festival in China Promotes a Green Ethos

Friday 10.11.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re curious if people from mainland China do any camping, here is a festival that shows just how the the Chinese engage in the outdoors. In this most populated and vast country, Chinese citizens don’t always find the time for such leisure – as their work ethic and earnings often take priority over other activities. Although, with an increasing youthful, adventurous population, and rising disposable incomes, recreational activities such as snowboarding, camping and hiking are becoming more popular in the mainland. [Read more...]

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Super-Sized Characters on the Streets of Sao Paolo

Thursday 10.10.2013 , Posted by

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Street artist TEC, an Argentinian who recently made the move from Buenos Aires to São Paulo has been busy sprucing up the local roads. With TEC in town, all of a sudden various large street paintings have appeared on the asphalt in the largest city of Brazil. Equipping himself with a paint roller, he works mostly at night, painting enormous creatures that appear to be moving through the urban streets. Like the Nazca Lines of Peru, the paintings are best enjoyed from above. [Read more...]

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21st Century Gypsies: A Cross Between the Traditional and the Modern

Wednesday 10.09.2013 , Posted by

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In the hills of England is a new variation of the Gypsy/Nomadic lifestyle. It stays true to traditional modes of transportation such as the horse drawn caravan yet, it also includes the modern benefits of technology such as mobile phones, laptops and solar panels. The “New Age Gypsies” represent a modern chapter for individuals and families who have embraced the gypsy way of life. Photographer Iain McKell followed a couple small bands of gypsies in the UK and has recently published a book on his journey with them over the past ten years. [Read more...]

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Sensual Baroque-Inspired Photography by Mariska Karto

Monday 10.07.2013 , Posted by

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Hailing from the Netherlands, this artist is bringing a resurgence of Baroque-style painting to her work. Instead of paint though, the artist uses her camera to create sensual and feminine images that echo the renaissance period. Her name is Mariska Karto and through her art she expresses the depths of her own mind and being. As an artist she brings all the elements of natural story telling into her photography and in the process creates a work that even the old masters could have admired. [Read more...]

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Once Upon a Time: Intimate Bathtub Images from Javier Campuzano

Friday 10.04.2013 , Posted by

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It’s intimate, it’s emotional, it’s helpless. These are some of the words to describe the photos that Javier Campuzano captures in his series focusing on nudes curled up in the bathtub. Campuzano raises himself above and shoots a birds eye view of the subject in the tub. Upon looking at the final work, one could be moved to identify with feelings of helplessness, hurt and sorrow. [Read more...]

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