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WEEKLY EMAIL: JULY 14, 2011


South Sudan: Birth of a Republic

FEATURED THIS WEEK : DANIELLA ZALCMAN

South Sudan: Birth of a Republic

Daniella Zalcman spent two weeks in Juba documenting the birth of The Republic of South Sudan, which officially became a country on July 9th. Her images capture the newly appointed capital city and its people, who have finally been granted political independence after decades of civil war.
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THE EDITORS

Sappi Ideas That Matter Extends Deadline for 2011 Proposals

Proposals must be postmarked by July 22, 2011, to be considered for this year's program.
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JAC SM KEE

The Color Yellow

In Malaysia today, the color yellow has inspired hope, mobilized connectedness, instigated arrests and aroused fears.
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FROM OUR SPONSORS

Learn to be a design critic through SVA's D-Crit program. Design as subject matter, criticism as a literary genre and the range of tools with which to practice design criticism. 
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More than a decade ago Sappi Fine Paper North America established the Ideas that Matter grant program to recognize and support designers who generously donate their time and talent to a wide range of charitable activities. Enter your Idea to win money for your pro-bono project. Design is the power to affect the world.
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PHIL PATTON

Boosting the Urban IQ

The National Building Museum, Time magazine and the Rockefeller Foundation have teamed up to look at urban design in a new way. “Intelligent Cities” explores how information and the new devices that communicate it can improve the places where we live. The multi-year program includes a symposium, book and Time-hosted website. The public is invited to contribute ideas via polls and online suggestions. Some of the results will be offered up in a publication this fall.
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LAURA WEISS

Structured for Creativity

Can we design nonprofits for efficiency as well as creativity?
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OTHER RECENT POSTS


JOHN THACKARA

How to Make Systems Thinking Sexy

We will not transition successfully to a restorative economy until systems thinking becomes as natural, for millions of people, as riding a bike. That's a big ask. How do we get from here, to there?

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge [BFC] is one of the more important projects to address this task — and serving on the jury was by far the hardest work I did last year.
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WILLIAM UNDERHILL

Comradettes

The opening show for this new clothing collection made plain the back-to-basic theme: no catwalk or models, just a rack of clothes in an open wardrobe on the floor of a former factory with a pile of hammers as the only decoration. Slogans on the outside walls proclaimed: “Revolution is Glorious,” “Down with Luxury” and “Dress for Revolution.”
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Transforms designers: Educating head, heart and hands.
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Mohawk
Almost one billion people don't have safe and clean drinking water
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Register by the early deadline and save up to $200.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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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: JULY 24, 2011

Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders

Limited to senior executives involved in strategy or design projects, this program of the Yale School of Management aims to foster an understanding of the interreliant but often mutually misunderstood areas of business and design.

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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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