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WEEKLY EMAIL: FEBRUARY 25, 2010


Better Living Through Artistry

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JESSICA HELFAND

Better Living Through Artistry

Spend one day in the streets of Ahmedabad, India, with their maniacal motorists and daredevil rickshaws and you immediately recognize the oasis of quiet that the temple or mosque provides. Step into SEWA's Trade Facilitation Centre, where hundreds of women cut and sew, measure and mend, bind and stencil, and you realize you've entered a parallel kind of environment: it's a design temple.
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JUSTIN KEMERLING

The Volunteer Design Chronicles (Lincoln, NE)

We are a small part of a global movement working on a local level to create a sustainable future. It's the kind of effort that's important enough to bring in talented people who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.
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JULIE LASKY

Sweating the Small Stuff

Overwhelmed, overcaffeinated and too proud to abbreviate unless I really had to, I judged TED 2010 through the demands of the 140-character bitch goddess. I loved this year's theme. Not because "What the World Needs Now" represented TED curator Chris Anderson's reasonable view that the people in charge of solving global problems are failing abysmally, and that fresh, immediate action is needed. No, I loved it because almost every speaker felt obliged to complete the sentence, "What the world needs now is….," boiling down their insights into dollops of conceptual stock.
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MEENA KADRI

Finding Innovation in Every Corner

"I prefer to see the poor as a provider than a market — with their limited material resources driving knowledge-intensive, informal innovation," says Anil Gupta, founder of grassroots organizations to uncover, share and refine the inventions of India's impoverished.
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JULIE LASKY

DesigNYC

A star-powered matchmaking organization pairs New York designers with social causes. According to co-founder Wendy Goodman, DesigNYC focuses "on one simple idea: Good design, effective design, makes people feel better."
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Kick4Life

AIDS education mixes with soccer in plans for a new Lesotho stadium.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: MARCH 01, 2010

Social Enterprise Conference

Students of Harvard's Business School and Kennedy School of Government jointly run this conference, whose goal is to "educate leaders who make a difference in the world" and to "prepare leaders for service to democratic societies."

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