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WEEKLY EMAIL: DECEMBER 22, 2010


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FEATURED THIS WEEK : JULIE LASKY

Ripped from the Headlines

Last September 8, his thirtieth birthday, Johnny Selman embarked on a project to make global current events more arresting. Noting that 1) Americans, particularly young ones, get their news online in growing droves, and 2) a scary percentage remain clueless about matters more serious than Kim Kardashian’s lip gloss shade, he vowed to execute one poster every day for a year.
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MARIA POPOVA

Helping People Help Their Narratives

Andrew McGregor talks about The Tiziano Project, a nonprofit that provides occupants of conflict, post-conflict and underreported regions with the resources and training to tell the stories that shape their world.
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CONSTANTIN BOYM

Out of Sight: Qatari Workers' Housing

Typical of Arabian Gulf states, Qatar is a complex multinational society, where many different cultures seem to co-exist without much interference. “Live and let live” is a defining characteristic. Yet the ways of “living” could not be more different.
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ADAM HARRISON LEVY

Sustainable Christmas Trees

Those who are needled by the wastefulness of Christmas trees can take comfort: the traditional tree is undergoing a redefinition. This change is in terms of production and marketing but also in the way trees are being bought and used. The shift is gaining momentum: a convergence of environmental consciousness, economics and emotion, now given an extra boost by a recession-inspired do-it-yourself sensibility.
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Conflict Kitchen

Report on Conflict Kitchen, a project by artists affiliated with Carnegie Mellon to foster cross-cultural understanding through food.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: JANUARY 22, 2011

Compostmodern

This interdisciplinary conference brings together designers, manufacturers and business leaders to address questions from a design point of view about what makes a socially and ecologically responsible society.

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