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TED Talks: Meeting of the Minds [Infographic]

Thursday 12.19.2013 , Posted by
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When it comes to world changing projects, it’s hard to get any better than TED. With a mission to share “Ideas worth spreading” the talks have become a household name and a go-to for inspiration, peaks at cutting edge innovation and thinking… all explained in a maximum of 18 minutes per talk. Notable speakers have been Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Richard Dawkins, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners. [Read more...]

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Meet Darcy, The Flying Hedgehog of Instagram

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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Cats are so last week. At least that’s a sentiment most internet users will consider the first time they come across Darcy the flying hedgehog. Three years ago Darcy’s owner, Shota Tsukamoto of Tokyo Japan, popped the adorable quilled creature on Instagram and ever since the fans have been rolling in. Who wouldn’t be amused by the fantastic things Darcy gets up to? Riding flamingos, exploring fuzzy shoes and generally lounging around are all on the days list of activities… but Darcy does them all with endearing style. [Read more...]

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World’s Largest Gingerbread Village Goes Down in Holiday History

Monday 12.16.2013 , Posted by
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The holidays bring out many different types of spirit: the spirit of giving, the spirit of love, the spirits of whiskey and, most recently, the competitive spirit. Chef Jon Lovitch worked for a whole year (all while wearing a Santa hat I’m sure) to construct what is now officially “the world’s largest edible gingerbread village.” When the trusty guys from the Guinness Book of World Records stopped by, the 300-square foot village weighed in at a whopping 1.5 tons! [Read more...]

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Bring Back That Carefree Feeling: Cancer Patients React to Getting Outrageous Makeovers

Thursday 12.12.2013 , Posted by
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“You know what I miss most?” asks Katy A., who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. “Being carefree.” She’s one of the many people who are experiencing the day-to-day life altering affects of this pernicious disease… not least of which is the way it can suck the joy out of a vibrant life. Inspired by her words, the Mimi Foundation in collaboration with Leo Burnett France invited 20 cancer patients to get a makeover and, as the project is titled, If Only For a Second bring them a bit of carefree bliss.

Little did they know what they were getting into. [Read more...]

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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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Farwell, Nelson Mandela: Guy Whitby’s Mosaic Tribute Using Computer Keyboards

Friday 12.06.2013 , Posted by

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On December 5th the world lost an icon. Nelson Mandela was a Nobel Prize winner, an anti-Apartheid icon and the first black president of South Africa. His life was selflessly dedicated to changing the future for oppressed South Africans by bringing racial equality to the country. He passed away at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95. [Read more...]

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Meet Sniffer & Tinni: A Real Life Fox & Dog Duo Who Will Star in Fairytale Storybooks for Kids

Thursday 12.05.2013 , Posted by

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Although Ylvis may pretend, nobody knows what the fox says better than Tinni, a Norwegian dog who has become best friends with one. The unlikely pair met while Tinni was on a walk in the forests of Norway with his owner Torgeir Berge, who happens to be a photographer. Berge named the fox Sniffer and has been capturing precious moments of the duo’s camaraderie. The pair shows how closely related dogs and foxes are as they walk side by side, play together, romp around, take naps, and cheese it up for the camera. Their friendship has inspired Berge to work towards banning the fox-fur trade in Norway and to do this he has teamed up with writer Berit Helberg to turn his photographs into a storybook for children. Proceeds from the published book will go toward funding the fight against fur-trade. [Read more...]

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Stop-Motion LEGOs: An Amazingly Accurate Remake of ‘The Blues Brothers’ Legendary Mall Car Chase

Wednesday 12.04.2013 , Posted by

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When it comes to old-school movie chase scenes, there are few that match the epic destructiveness of the classic mall car chase from The Blues Brothers. Similarly, there are few classic toys that have quite stood the test of time like LEGO. That’s just one part of why this creation from Australian stop-motion animator Duncan McConchie is so incredibly cool. It’s matched nearly frame for frame with the original film and features the same cool dialogue from John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd at their very best. [Read more...]

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We Fell In Friend-Love With Yumi Sakugawa [Interview]

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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Southern California-based illustrator Yumi Sakugawa explores the pangs, passions, and perils of platonic love in her charming comic I Think I’m in Friend-Love With You.  A story of an awkwardly-adorable monster yearning for non-romantic affection – in the form of inside jokes, special hang-out sessions, and late-night Facebook chats – Sakugawa’s comic captures a relational territory often considered ambiguous: the connection with and longing for platonic pals. [Read more...]

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Visualizing the Mindset of a Customer [INFOGRAPHIC]

Monday 12.02.2013 , Posted by

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According to a most recent study and infographic from SAP there are 2.4 billion ongoing, brand-related conversations among American consumers, daily.

This level of customer-brand conversation is unparalleled, and SAP’s visualization aims to showcase that customers can be much more integrated into a brand’s marketing model. With proper interaction, customers could morph into brand ambassadors, PR allies in times of struggle and lead-gen resources over time.

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