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2011 TED Prize Winner Brings INSIDE OUT Photo Booth Truck to London to Give the City a Makeover

Monday 10.21.2013 , Posted by

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Once upon a time, French street artist J R had a wish to use art to turn the world inside out, so he shared it with the world and in 2011 his wish was granted when he was awarded the TED Prize. Ever since he has been making his dream a reality with “INSIDE OUT: a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work.” The project has been spread all over the globe empowering the people, transforming the cities, and spreading positive messages that vary from place to place. Rather than plastering advertisements around cities, these large scale black and white paste ups represent the real people in each community. The European Photo Booth Truck just spent a few weeks in London at the Somerset House & Waterloo Bridge racking up nearly 2,000 beautiful participants. [Read more…]


Paolo Soleri, founder of Arcology, dies at 93

Saturday 04.13.2013 , Posted by

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Arcology is the term coined by visionary architect Paolo Soleri to mean a fusion of both architecture and ecology. Soleri spent his lifetime investigating how architecture, and specifically the architecture of the city, could support the endless possibilities of human aspiration. He founded Arcosanti in Arizona, an urban laboratory focused on innovative design, community, and environmental accountability. His ideas were vast and envisioned on a grand scale, and throughout his long life he used them to question our familiar ideas about what architecture could be. He passed away April 9 at the age of 93. [Read more…]


Glimpses of a “Lost Nigeria” from His Mothers Eyes

Thursday 03.21.2013 , Posted by


Do you remember watching family photos on slide film? It was all the rage back in the beginning in the 50’s and into the 70’s. Today, it’s quite easy to display photos on a big screen, but in the past, using a slide projector was one of the few ways to really display images on a large scale. While use of slide film and its projectors have significantly declined, it doesn’t excuse the fact that there are still many archived slides gathering dust in boxes across the world. Senongo Akpem decided to digitize his Mothers slides documenting life in Nigeria during a unique period of history for the country. [Read more…]


Running across the USA for Cystic Fibrosis

Thursday 09.27.2012 , Posted by

Tommy Danger is off on a new adventure for a cause that’s felt a bit close to home. Rather than raise support for orphanages and schools in developing countries this time, Tommy is running across the United States to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis. His running journey just commenced three days ago in Seattle, Washington. [Read more…]


How Hitchhiking is Helping Street Children in Uganda

Monday 05.28.2012 , Posted by

Quitting your good job at Cambridge University to go hitchhiking to Uganda is foolish, right? Why give up such security, status and comfortable living? For Pawel Huk the answer was street children. His heart was moved by the reality that there are over 10,000 children who have to survive on their own in Uganda. So, he quit his job and decided to hitchhike to Uganda while raising money and awareness about the social issue throughout the journey. The support he raised was donated to the UK based organization Street Child Africa. [Read more…]


108 Years of Joy from an Optimistic Holocaust Survivor

Friday 04.13.2012 , Posted by

Ready for some inspiration? So often now, with the world full of young people on the internet, we miss the voices of those who have more life experience under their belt. Alice Herz Sommer is certainly one of these individuals, having lived a long 108 years, surviving the horrors of the holocaust where she lost much of her family, and yet still carries a smile on her face wherever she goes and even continues to play the piano 3 hours a day. What makes this outstanding woman keep such a happy and positive outlook on life? Here she enlightens self-improvement guru Anthony Robbins in an endearing interview sure to motivate and inspire you. [Read more…]


Disgustingly Tasteful Still Life Photography

Tuesday 03.27.2012 , Posted by

You might be wondering why you are looking at a bunch of intriguing, yet slightly disgusting still life photographs of rotting food. This over the top collection titled “One Third,” is Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler’s reaction to the nature of global food waste. The visually elaborate pieces of art, temporal by their very nature, are an appropriate and fascinating way to capture our attention, make us aware of a global issue and call us to stand up for the cause. [Read more…]


Brazilian Suburb Gets Perspective Typography Murals

Thursday 02.23.2012 , Posted by

Madrid Spain based artist collective Boa Mistura recently gave a small corner of Brazil one very colorful and meaningful typographic makeover. Working with the inhabitants, including the children of Brasilândia Vila, a poor suburb on the outskirts of São Paulo, the team took the narrow streets and covered them with vibrent, colorful paint, leaving only the beautiful words beleza, amor, doçura, firmeza and orgulho (beauty, love, sweetness, firmness and pride) painted on the walls. The bold white typography is drawn in perspective down the narrow corridors, revealing itself to passerby for only a moment as they walk past the one location where the lines merge into the form of words. [Read more…]


Photographing the Life of Orphaned Burmese Refugees

Tuesday 01.24.2012 , Posted by

The country of Burma (currently known as Myanmar) has been going through a civil war that has lasted over 60 years. As a result of the violence, many people have had to leave their homes, their livings, and flee to forests or leave the country in order to survive.

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A Breast Cancer PSA From Comic Superheroines

Thursday 12.22.2011 , Posted by

The threat of cancer is very real these days, and it seems like almost everyone either knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer, or has even been affected themselves. Every year thousands of women lose their battle against the breast cancer beast. This new ad campaign, by Maisa Chaves for DDB Mozambique, was created to raise awareness of regular breast cancer exams among women at risk [Read more…]

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