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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 16, 2011


Epiphany of an Ocean Swimmer

FEATURED THIS WEEK : BARBARA FLANAGAN

Epiphany of an Ocean Swimmer

Last year, when I moved to Santa Barbara, California, home of numerous ocean-saving foundations plus Jacques Cousteau’s relatives, the Pacific looked just fine to me. In fact, it was gorgeous: blue, fragrant, and vast. Coldness was its only flaw, but that kept it empty of everyone but its most elegant fans, surfers.
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JANE MARGOLIES

How to Start a Movement

An interview with Jeremy Heimans, founder of the website Purpose.org.
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ROBIN CEMBALEST

Shrink Rap

Pedro Reyes’s Sanatorium, a project sponsored by the Guggenheim Museum that can be visited in Brooklyn this weekend, wobbles between reality and parody as it channels art therapy, theater exercises, speed dating, Lucy van Pelt and Joseph Beuys.
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WILLIAM UNDERHILL

Transensing: Glassware for the Blind

Imagine the plight of the blind guest at a party of sighted friends. Chatting becomes a challenge when it’s tricky to know where others in the group are standing. One solution: hand out chunky glass swizzle sticks which create a chink loud enough to identify a person’s location.
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MARIA POPOVA

A Voice for LGBTQ in the Middle East

Conversation with the activist Esra'a Al Shafei, founder of the website Ahwaa.org.
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ROBIN CEMBALEST

Assuming the Position: The Art of Gustav Metzger

The picture is among various images of tragedies — the Holocaust, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Vietnam War — that, since 1990, Metzger has covered, blocked with rubble, or otherwise obscured, forcing us to make an active effort to see them.
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BY ALEXIA

My Studio H Experience

Adventures in design crits: A high school junior recounts her Studio H year working with onerous classmates and power tools.
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JULIE LASKY

Everything Must Go

Chappell Ellison is looking for people to adopt her possessions: “In an attempt to learn how to live with less, I'm giving away my things, one by one.”
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Cards of Change

Unemployed workers retrofit their former business cards to send hopeful messages.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: JUNE 21, 2011

Re-Thinking the Future of Design

DMI's Design/Management Thinking conversational-format conference will move beyond philosophical arguments on Design Thinking: it will grapple with the real changes in the expectations that all types of organizations are beginning to have about the Designer's potential level of contribution — and the implications for you as a professional.

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RECENT BOOKS RECEIVED

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

A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of BusinessA Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business
Hartmut Esslinger

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