Posts Tagged ‘community’

Justice, Equality, Democracy, Opportunity, Community

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
[caption id="attachment_4945" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Stronger Together"][/caption] Poster Show Friday the 28th at the New BLK. See you there! From the Nebraska Appleseed blog: Build A Stronger Nebraska Together

Build A Stronger Nebraska :: Lincoln & Omaha Exhibitions

Monday, September 26th, 2011
[caption id="attachment_4910" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="LINCOLN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7TH"][/caption] October 7 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm The Ink Spot at Parrish Studios 1410 O Street Lincoln, NE [caption id="attachment_4911" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="OMAHA: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH"][/caption] October 28 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm The New BLK 1213 Jones Street Omaha, NE A poster show benefiting Nebraska Appleseed featuring art from: Paul Berkbigler Doe Eyed Ella Durham + Sam Rapien Justin Kemerling Peter Morris Oxide Design Co. Cathy Solarana Jake Welchert Historically, the poster has been a powerful means of communicating ideals and advocating for change. Nebraska Appleseed called upon leaders in the graphic design community to envision how we can build a stronger Nebraska through greater equality, opportunity and justice for all. We partnered with Justin Kemerling of The Match Factory and Lincoln screen printer Jason Davis of Screen Ink to produce an art exhibition with a collection of posters to inspire all people of our great state to work together to create a more inclusive, more vibrant community. These powerful posters - eleven designs, hand-signed and numbered, twenty-five prints each on 18"x24" silkscreen prints - give voice to Appleseed's core values of Community, Democracy, Equality, Justice and Opportunity.

Why We’re Here

Monday, June 27th, 2011
[caption id="attachment_4749" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Why We're Here: The Powerful Impact of Public Broadcasters When They Turn Outward "][/caption] Earlier this year I completed a project with the Harwood Institute. It's a book about public broadcasters and the crucial role they play in any community. When public broadcasters actively engage in the places they live, when they step outside of their traditional programming and seek to use the airwaves while working with the people, positive change does happen. It's a hopeful look at working together after changing fundamentally the way an organization thinks of itself; not apart from, but with. And that, after the turbulence, conflict and friction that comes from collaborative efforts, leads to good things.

JR’s TED Prize Wish

Friday, March 4th, 2011
The talk, so moving. The artist, so inspiring. It MUST spread to communities across the world. It is up to us. It is time to act, to do, to make change.
  • JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. Learn more about his work and learn how you can join in at


Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

TED Prize Winner JR & INSIDE OUT from TED Prize on Vimeo.

2011 TED Prize winner JR has made his wish: “I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project. And together we’ll turn the world INSIDE OUT.” To participate, upload your portrait:

A Whole Bunch of People {dot} ORG

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3734" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="A Whole Bunch of Peace, Love, & Joy"][/caption] Katie and I recently did a holiday card for the project called A Whole Bunch of People. It's a tribute journal of volunteerism and engagement dedicated to the life and memory of Jessica Lutton Bedient who passed away in October of this year after being involved in a severe car accident with her new husband Tony. A truly tragic story, but as Jessica devoted much of her life to helping many humanitarian causes in her community and around the world, the project encourages all those who knew her to do the same. And then, to pass it on.
  • Donate of yourself in gratitude. Mentor a youth, paint a playground, rake a yard, buy a friend lunch and spend time listening, and encourage those you have touched to donate themselves and continue to PASS IT ON. Then, inspire others by writing about it here on the Share Your Story page.
As Jessica was a great friend of Katie's, we're very grateful to be involved with such an important effort with so many wonderful people. If we have your address, you might actually get a holiday card from the Kemerlings this year. And if one doesn't make its way to you via the physical USPS mail, consider this the next best thing as we wish you all a whole bunch of peace, love and joy. Pass it on. [caption id="attachment_3741" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="A Whole Bunch of People {dot} ORG"][/caption]

The Living Principles

Monday, October 25th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3254" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Four Streams of Integrated Sustainability"][/caption] The Living Principles for Design aim to guide purposeful action, celebrating and popularizing the efforts of those who use design thinking to create positive cultural change. It's a framework. And a roadmap. With a good amount of resources, connections to other important efforts and the beginnings of an active online community, this site (a very nice-looking site) should become the place for everyone working and thinking in the world of sustainable design. [caption id="attachment_3255" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="creative action for collective good"][/caption]

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The Grassroots vs. The Drones (Happy 4th)

Friday, July 2nd, 2010
[caption id="attachment_2144" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Get your yard sign."][/caption] A COMMUNITY COLLABORATION Here's one for you: a designer, a programmer, a community organizer, a communications task force and a group of committed peace and justice types ranging from well-seasoned academics to bright-eyed progressives get together to advocate for a better world. It's a collaboration of the first order with high-minded goals concerning matters of crucial importance. The focus is how to make a peace and justice organization more effective at making peace and justice happen. In the back of a local coffee shop, huddled over the local paper with some veggie sandwiches and fair trade coffee, the plotting and scheming goes strong once a week for many months. Usually in good spirits, with lively discussion and debates about how a little non-profit organization moves forward, what has come out of the effort has been something quite remarkable. We certainly accomplished a streamlining our communications efforts, developing a new website, creating several media campaigns to stoke the political fires and training key staff members on technology that can be used to keep things current. But there's also been a rejuvenation of the collective spirit. I saw what I thought was glowing from several people at one of the last meetings. It could be because we've finally seen the sun out here in the Midwest, but I like to think it's been this whole "working together" thing that's the root cause of the newly intense hues. [caption id="attachment_1949" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="A bumper sticker for every bumper in Nebraska"][/caption] Hang out in Lincoln long enough, especially downtown, and you'll come across several deep blue bumper stickers reading "Nebraskans for Peace." It's probably one of the most successful bumper sticker campaigns in American history. And a nice visual mark of identity in the community. (If anybody needs one, I'm sure I can get a couple dozen by the end of the day to whomever's asking.) In the back of that local coffee shop, a rag tag bunch of liberal peaceniks responsible for those stickers got together to grow this organization. And in between deep conversations about the sad state of affairs for America's foreign policy, I'd say success has been had. We set out many months ago to make Nebraskans for Peace the best damn peace and justice group it could be, building on the old school tactics of political organizing while embracing some 21st century digital activism. And today, we are moving ahead as planned. At the beginning of the process, a communications plan was put together. Nebraskans for Peace is the oldest group of this nature in the country, so we needed to re-establish core principles and look at the changing landscape, both in political and technological terms. There are definitely things the organization does well, and of course, other things not-so-much. But coming back to the focus on community building, education and political action, after 40 years of existence, 2010 certainly was an appropriate time to look at making this little non-profit better at being a voice for change out here on the great plains. [caption id="attachment_1980" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Communications Overview for 2010"][/caption] To make Nebraskans for Peace better at what it does, we looked at four areas: online, in hand, via telephone, and face to face. A new website that can be easily updated by anyone working for the organization. A continued push for thoughtful articles and stories in the bi-monthly publication called the Nebraska Report. A renewed effort at phone conversation and dialogue with the membership and an increased presence in the community with rallies, marches and protests as well as more yard signs and bumper stickers. (Have a sticker already, how about one for your neighbor's car?) All four areas are currently being carried out feverishly. Give it a year or two, with all of our streamlined advocacy, and war will most likely cease to be acceptable and will thus have to end as more and more people rush over to our side. The two wars America is mired in are certainly one of the issues that brings people to the group. But as a peace and justice organization, the tent is meant to be big, and includes issues dealing with the environment, civil rights and economic justice and bullying in our schools. Broad thinking on global issues certainly informs the Priorities, but how they apply locally is where the most impact can be had. If Nebraskans for Peace isn't concerned about the military base just down the road that's conducting warrantless wiretaps on our citizens or orchestrating drone strikes on Afghans, then who else will be? [caption id="attachment_2146" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Stop the Drones"][/caption] It's the grassroots versus the drones. Those drone planes that drop bombs indiscriminately on villages. The tea party droners who go on and on about government spending but have yet to make a peep about our bloated war budgets. And those war hawk droners who love to hold up all the marvels of our technological prowess as if that's the high point of human accomplishment -- dropping a bomb in Yemen from a control panel in Nebraska. [caption id="attachment_2145" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The new, shiny"][/caption] The website is the online arm of the group. Carrying articles of in-depth analysis as well as graphic campaigns designed to get to the heart of bigger issues. The military base is in our community, but those drones belong to everybody. Drones that carry quite an expensive price tag. [caption id="attachment_1953" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Goin' Broke Paying for War"][/caption] The "Goin' Broke Paying for War" campaign has become a focus in these times of seemingly unending war. It's especially appropriate as the worry about deficits grows and the cries against "big government" get louder. The fact is this: if you want to cut down on our debt you cannot do it without cutting our war budget. We spend an absurd amount on blowing things up. Way more than we spend on kids, the elderly, our roads or sick people combined. It's really kind of sad, building up all that weaponry while the livingry is left to fight over table scraps. It's as if we're out for a crazy night at the carnival thinking our time in the bounce house never stops. We just keep jumping up and down, laughing and giggling as our bodies flail about. Perpetual motion, getting "massive air". On and on, forever and ever. That is, until China won't lend us money any more and the whole things deflates. Out there in a dessert. And there we are, with a case of motion sickness and no sense of direction. [caption id="attachment_2143" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="As many as you need."][/caption] It's Fourth of July time in 2010 and the battle of ideas in America continues to go on. One side is saying we spend too much, therefore strip down government. Cut medicare, privatize social security and really take on the deficit. The other side simply says, stop spending all our money on war. That's the side I'm on. The side that says enough of these stupid, pointless wars, 700+ military bases all over the world and this thirst for empire that's done so all other countries will do what we say. C'mon, it's just not a 21st century way to behave. Goin' Broke indeed. Because of all the war we've got goin' on. It seems too easy anymore, talking to my conservative friends who think we can't afford Universal Health Care. My response: shift priorities and we got it no problem. So my question now is, can there be common ground? Is the Tea Party and the Coffee Party set for a union of sorts? Perhaps Obama's push for bipartisanship is rubbing off on me. Really though, the problems we face are large. Structural problems that exist at the core of our country, whether in education, economy, environment, foreign policy or our general sense of unhelpful exceptionalism. They require a large effort in response. The "fix" cannot just exist along the margins. It must be a full-on assault of all our best intentions from everywhere by everyone. With so much uproar brewing over our debt, it just may be the thing to bring together far left and far right in a very kumbaya moment. In the back of that little coffee shop it can all certainly seem insignificant. The anti-war movement in general can seem insignificant. The noise it's made over the last decade hasn't really accomplished much. Though we didn't have a major cable news network to back us. But still. One can easily become disheartened. Feelings of futility sink in. It seems like nothing is happening. And nothing is going to change. But that's really not true. It's just self-inflicted drama grabbing hold. Take an honest assessment, and things are getting better. At least for this little community of collaborators. The general agitators that enjoy each other's company enough to make the little incremental movements that assure the rest of the population that yep, we peaceniks are out here. Still making noise. As long as there's war to be had, they'll be peace to throw at it. So from the designer, the programmer, the community organizer, the communications task force and the group of committed peace and justice types, here's to a better world. -- Justin Kemerling, Designer.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1991" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Uniting a million voices to improve the future of bikes"][/caption] is making the world a better place to ride. Power to the pedal people. And a nice infographic for "getting there by bike." via GOOD. [caption id="attachment_1993" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Countless reasons to ride a bike"][/caption]