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WEEKLY EMAIL: MAY 05, 2011


Community Hero: Queens Museum of Art

FEATURED THIS WEEK : GAVIN BROWNING

Community Hero: Queens Museum of Art

Today, the future of the United States looks like Queens, New York: multicultural, urban, not necessarily English-speaking or native-born. The Queens Museum of Art has long served this variegated community. It will reach out even more productively with its new expansion.
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MARIA POPOVA

Educating for a Future Within Our Sight

According to Rita J. King, co-creator of the IMAGINATION project, "Current educational models prepare students for a fading industrial era, but making substantive changes is difficult. It’s hard to know where to begin and how. This project focuses on shifts educators can instantly make at no cost."
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ERNEST BECK

Benefit Corporations

A new type of corporate designation recognizes enterprises that meet strict triple-bottom-line standards and provides consumers and investors with a verifiable seal of approval.
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PHIL PATTON

Sustainable Gold

“Gold: Substance, Symbol and Significance,” a conference held April 8–9 at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, combined jewelry designers, investment counselors, mineralogists and fashion executives in its approach to the precious element.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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Rising Currents

Report on "Rising Currents," an exhibition of New York City design solutions to the flooding predicted by climate change experts, which will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art, March 24–August 9, 2010.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: MAY 08, 2011

Design Inquiry: DesignCity Montréal

"In 2006, Montréal, Québec, Canada was designated by UNESCO as the first and only North American City Of Design. Are design qualities somehow inherent in Montréal's topographies, its citizens, its outputs? Are these qualities designed by designers or do they evolve out of the way people use the city? The notion that design practice, and the presence of designers, can alter the trajectory of a city for the better is an assumption that warrants exploration and testing. "DesignInquiry: DesignCity (Montréal) participants will explore the Ville de Montréal for five nights and six days, sleep in dorms that are still partly occupied by a nunnery, and live, work and cook together all across the city. DesignCity (Montréal) findings will be published in the DesignInquiry journal and exhibited at Design Montréal's Portes Ouvertes-a high profile series of events opening June 3."

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ArtWork: Seeing Inside the Creative ProcessArtWork: Seeing Inside the Creative Process
Ivan Vartanian

Design Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things MeanDesign Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things Mean
Roberto Verganti

Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business ModelGetting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model
John Mullins & Randy Komisar

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