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WEEKLY EMAIL: OCTOBER 14, 2010


Malcolm Gladwell Is #Wrong

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MARIA POPOVA

Malcolm Gladwell Is #Wrong

Malcolm Gladwell's take on social media is like a nun's likely review of the Kama Sutra — self-righteous and misguided by virtue of voluntary self-exclusion from the subject. But while the nun's stance reflects adherence to a moral code, Gladwell's merely discloses a stubborn opinion based on little more than a bystander’s observations.
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PHOTO BY ANDY DREWITT

Forty Angles and a Mule

Jimmy at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, 2009.
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ERNEST BECK

Sustainable Health Enterprises Wins Prestigious Curry Stone Design Prize

Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), a nonprofit founded by Elizabeth Scharpf that addresses the lack of access by girls and women in underdeveloped countries to hygienic and affordable menstrual pads, has won the prestigious Curry Stone Design Prize which honors an individual or group for developing and implementing a visionary design innovation.
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ERNEST BECK

Safe Agua

The 20 families living in Campamento, in Santiago, Chile, spend an estimated 500 hours a week on laundry. Most residents bathe “by parts,” or pouring a can of water on separate areas of the body.
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ALEXANDRA LANGE

Uncommon Ground

This is the museum’s second foray into the world of social and sustainable design, after last winter’s successful "Rising Currents." While it contains a number of worthy (if occasionally over-exposed) projects, the inability of “Small Scale” curator Andres Lepik to define his terms means the exhibition fails to move the conversation forward.
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PHIL PATTON

The Meek Shall Inherit the Market

The iPod Nano is an example of frugal engineering as much as the Tata Nano — the $2,200 Indian “people’s car,” whose single windshield wiper sums up the impulse for austerity in product design. Versions of the tiny music player did away with the screen and controls of other iPods in an effort to lower the price as well as increase portability.
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Kopernik

Report on Kopernik, a new website for funding technology to assist populations in the developing world.
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