Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Leaks expected over the life of the TransCanada Pipeline

Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Of course 1 leak is too many when we're talking Oil+Water, but this corporation's own estimates of 11 leaks is simply laughable. Worst Case Spills for TransCanada Pipeline put that number far higher.

INSIDE JOB

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
INSIDE JOB received this year's Oscar for Best Documentary. It's quite a powerful and infuriating film about our financial system and how it crashed and burned. And why no one on Wall Street went to jail. (Note: the only reason Madoff went to jail was because his illegalities hurt other rich people, period.) Watch it, and if, for some reason, you still think the reason all the cards came crashing down was because some poor people bought houses they couldn't afford, well then I think it's time for a cage match.

Inside the Egyptian Revolution

Saturday, March 5th, 2011
Another new video posted from TED2011. On revolution 2.0, with a vision of winning because "we don't understand politics," and the extreme importance of its aftermath summed up from an Egyptian taxi driver; "I am breathing freedom."
  • Wael Ghonim is the Google executive who helped jumpstart Egypt's democratic revolution ... with a Facebook page memorializing a victim of the regime's violence. Speaking at TEDxCairo, he tells the inside story of the past two months, when everyday Egyptians showed that "the power of the people is stronger than the people in power."

Wadah Khanfar: A Historic Moment in the Arab World

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
The first talk posted from TED2011, and one of my favorites from Day 1; Monumental, Majestic, Mindblowing.
  • As a democratic revolution led by tech-empowered young people sweeps the Arab world, Wadah Khanfar, the head of Al Jazeera, shares a profoundly optimistic view of what's happening in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and beyond -- at this powerful moment when people realized they could step out of their houses and ask for change.

The Economic Injustice of Plastic

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch Van Jones lays out a case against plastic pollution from the perspective of social justice. Because plastic trash, he shows us, hits poor people and poor countries "first and worst," with consequences we all share no matter where we live and what we earn. At TEDxGPGP, he offers a few powerful ideas to help us reclaim our throwaway planet.

Design’s Real Potential

Friday, February 11th, 2011
WE HAVE ONLY BEGUN TO TAP INTO DESIGN’S REAL POTENTIAL TO SERVE AS A TOOL FOR POLICYMAKING, GOVERNANCE, AND SOCIAL AGENDAS. WHEN USED CORRECTLY, IT CAN INTEGRATE INNOVATION INTO PEOPLE’S LIVES. On Governing by Design, by Paola Antonelli from SEED Magazine
  • transparent (complex problems require simple, clear, and honest solutions); inspiring (successful solutions will move people by satisfying their needs, giving meaning to their lives, and raising their hopes and expectations); transformational (exceptional problems demand exceptional solutions that may be radical and even disruptive); participatory (effective solutions will be collaborative, inclusive, and developed with the people who will use them); contextual (no solution should be developed or delivered in isolation but should instead recognize the social, physical, and information systems it is part of); and sustainable (every solution needs to be robust, responsible, and designed with regard to its long-term impact on the environment and society).

TEACH.gov

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
[caption id="attachment_4135" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Teach.gov"][/caption] My favorite part of the State of the Union. The words of Barack Obama: "become a teacher, your country needs you." Visit Teach.gov to learn more.

Addicted to risk

Friday, January 21st, 2011
Naomi Klein and our addiction to risk. So what's the backup plan?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in His Own Words

Monday, January 17th, 2011
I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered. January 17, 2011 on Democracy Now!

BBCX365

Friday, January 14th, 2011
BBCX365, by Johnny Selman, is a poster project to bridge the knowledge gap between global current events and the American public.
  • I will do this by creating a more visually interesting vehicle for the news, use a credible news source (BBC), and promote, market, and network. I will design a poster a day for 365 days in reaction to a headline on the BBC news website and update this website everyday with the poster and the accompanying news story. By creating posters based on the news stories I hope to compel my audience to look into the article and eventually stir a larger interest in world news with the American public.
  • In 2008 the internet overtook all other outlets for international and national news aside from television. Forty percent of Americans got their news online in 2008, up from twenty-seven percent the previous year. It can be estimated that currently over 50% of Americans use the internet as their main source of news. Nearly six-in-ten Americans younger than 30 (fifty-nine percent) say they get most of their national and international news online (Pew). With the rise in popularity of mobile devices and the continued trajectory of Americans getting their news online; this project will predominantly be based online.
  • Posters have always been a direct communication tool for the masses. Typically presented in public spaces, posters have always been a popular vehicle for graphics. Because the Web is becoming the public space where the majority of Americans are getting their news, I am trying to re-imagine the role of the poster online.