haiti in mind (kindergarten)

A friend emailed this cell-phone photo of a kindergarten room. HLP HATE is not a strange coded statement about “hate” as it might seem at first glance, but a child’s spelling of “HELP HAITI”: a thoughtful attempt to help, in whatever way possible …pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters… These little kids are envisioning… …the world beyond…

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transmaterial: books + website for big imaginings

Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine Our Physical Environment is a series of books – with a companion website – about intriguing materials for building and designing. Browsing spurs endless ideas and imaginings of what you could do with some of the more accessible materials like… Paper Softwall,  lightweight, freestanding honeycombed paperwalls that can be arranged in almost…

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haiti: how to help

Amidst the images of devastation and loss coming out of Haiti yesterday were some symbols of of hope. Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres), whose medical facilities in Haiti were destroyed during the earthquake, were able to set up remarkable inflatable hospitals as triage centers ministering to devastated Port au Prince. They were there, even…

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(bowls of) water music from India

My friend Peggy Markel, who designs unique food and culture adventures, recently went on a scouting trip in Rajasthan India. She traveled from luxurious palaces to rustic countryside, taking in its monumental contrasts. For Peggy, food is always about context, and this little film shows a fragment of the culture she was exploring, as revealing as its food, and…

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anne herbert’s wise + teeny meditations

Kevin Kelly recently wrote about Anne Herbert, a writer he knew in the early ’80’s who edited CoEvolution Quarterly, the companion magazine to  Whole Earth Catalog. She is most known for coining the phrase, “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” Kelly hadn’t been in touch with her in all this time,…

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working BIG for kids (and grown-ups)

Working Big is a remarkable book about large-scale art projects for kids. Written in 1975, it is long out-of-print, but available these days as a free, downloadable pdf from Public Collectors. It gives an expansive view (with how-to’s) of discovery projects to do with your own kids, or fantasize about for your (grown-up) self. Working…

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