Posts Tagged ‘community’

The Third Teacher

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1971" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The Third Teacher Book"][/caption] The stack of books I need to read just keeps growing. I haven't made a dent in awhile. So starting now until the end of summer I'm really going to get after it. The Third Teacher is first up. A project from Bruce Mau Design, it looks at designing today's schools for tomorrow's world and includes 79 ways design can transform learning and teaching. It's a lovely book full of optimism and hope. From Let the sunshine in to Get eco-educated to Put the fun in fundamentals to Dream big and be brave, the efforts of committed individuals are indeed having positive impact. Now add to this list.  [caption id="attachment_1972" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Community Connections Section"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1973" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Idea 34. Imagine like a child"][/caption]

B Corporation

Monday, April 19th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1960" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Certified B Corporation"][/caption] B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Part of the responsibility revolution.   [caption id="attachment_1961" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Some notable B Corps"][/caption]

NowPublic | Crowd Powered Media

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1712" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Report, Explore, Share"][/caption] NowPublic is a multimedia online news magazine where you can make, break, shape, and share international news as it happens. A unique hybrid of content, context and conversation. Here, you participate in the news-making process.

Tugboat: Year 2

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1572" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Tugboat Poster Packs. On Sale. 12 Posters for $100"][/caption] This April at the Tugboat Gallery begins the third year of their space in the Parrish Studios in downtown Lincoln. Part of the First Friday Gallery Walk every month, these exhibitions are quite an expression of a flourishing downtown art scene while bringing people together for a night of community and celebration. To go along with each exhibition, I work with owner Peggy Gomez to design a poster and do a print run of around 75. All totaled we’ve done 25 different poster designs that have become the voice of this non-commissioned art gallery visible on the streets of Lincoln throughout the year. For the two year anniversary we're offering the hand-screened posters from this year. 12 posters, 100 bucks. You can reserve your set now by emailing Peggy. You'll also be able to purchase a set at the gallery walk this Friday from 7 to 10 at Tugboat. [caption id="attachment_1581" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Yours And Mine | Video Stew"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1575" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="New Masters & Mentors | Triumvirate"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1580" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="American Bust | So... How Have You Been?"][/caption]

i power KEXP

Thursday, March 4th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1359" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Cover art for Live at KEXP Volume 4"][/caption] Let's hear it for the honest and the authentic: KEXP! The coming together of an amazing, wonderful and extraordinary music community. (No corporate hacks found here.) If you aren't a member, do consider it. You'll be supporting some of the best efforts at keeping music alive and well today. The KEXP Podcast Songs of the Day (free downloads) are more than worth the membership. And not to mention their live albums they put out every year. (Yeasayer playing 2080 in their studios is one of the greatest things I've ever heard.) Just to be clear, I have no ties to the station, other than I just think they kick so much ass, it isn't even funny. I don't even live in Seattle. But there is for sure a special place in my heart for KEXP. So listen up!

We went from nothing to something with a budget of zero and a meeting on the second Tuesday of every month over the noon hour. (Feel free to bring your lunch.)

Friday, February 26th, 2010
A STORY OF VOLUNTEER DESIGN [caption id="attachment_819" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Personal pledge cards for our community group Lincoln Green by Design."][/caption] This article is part of The Volunteer Design Chronicles appearing on Design Observer. On a random weekend evening my wife and I decided to sit down and write some lines about environmental stewardship. They turned into personal pledge cards for a community organization I got myself involved with called Lincoln Green by Design. The cards were designed in an eco-friendly way, made out of paper scraps from past print runs. The messages were both sustainable and witty. One of my personal favorites was "I will eat local. Food not people." Right up there with "I will stop (using plastic sacks) in the name of love." Our small effort was just one part of a bunch of other small efforts by a handful of dedicated creative people who jumped in and helped make this loose collection of concerned citizens into something worthy of attention. There has never been a budget. No real hierarchy. Certainly no hard, fast timelines. The only thing we could count on was a monthly meeting led by our group's founder. But what started as a four-page outline of goals/actions has became a visible advocate for a sustainable future in our city. Now, in terms of visual communications, taking on the design of such a group has been an exercise in volunteering where a designer is just another citizen. And the messy workings of a community organization has led to both "pull your hair out" and "stand up and cheer." How the identity design has worked shows it's possible, with extremely limited resources and a good amount of stubborn dedication, to make something happen in your community. Right now. Today. There's a good chance any given area has people who are good at graphic design, illustration, Web design, programming, writing, event planning, connection making, community organizing, public speaking and joke telling and want to get their hands dirty. Put all those together and you've got something that's ready for positive impact. [caption id="attachment_834" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="1.5 inch buttons. Strength in numbers."][/caption] Here's a quick rundown on how this all came together: I sign up for an email list at which time I find out about a gathering of like-minded environmentalists, so I go. I get invited to dinner the next night to talk about a new organization that's starting. I get briefed at the dinner. It's a group that wants to get our local government to think sustainably and in the long-term. The usual things are needed first: logo, brand, Web site, etc. It's an exciting endeavor that I decide to help in any way I can. I go to my first lunch meeting with a group of about 15 people. We all sit around a big table and discuss our goals. I present my concepts. We discuss. Everybody has their say. We decide on a direction. I finalize things and we have a design. As things have unfolded, I've become a firm believer in a community's ability to come together and work toward a common goal for a greater good. This group is committed to making our city green by design. And with our intentions and our efforts, we will help Lincoln get there. Several other designers started getting involved. Brochures and posters were designed. Illustrations were created. Events were planned to showcase LEED architecture. A printer who is working at becoming the greenest printer in Nebraska lent its services. A local design firm offered to build our site. A wildly successful Earth Day celebration was planned and executed. [caption id="attachment_841" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Screenprint Posters. Power Lincoln Forever."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_842" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="LEED in Lincoln Event Postcards."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_843" align="alignnone" width="540" caption=" A community hub."][/caption] And, of course, we Facebook. Even the Mayor's Sustainability Coordinator has taken note of the impact our little band of volunteers has had thus far and recognizes the important role we can play in shaping our future policies. [caption id="attachment_846" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Friend us on Facebook."][/caption] What makes me smile when I think about where this group is at today, is just how haphazard, random and messy the whole process has been. Opinions differ. Signals get crossed. Ideas misunderstood. Commitments broken. Meetings forgotten about. Balls dropped. There are false starts and missteps. People move away or stop coming to meetings. New people enter the mix. We of course talk a good game which sometimes leads to that feeling that we aren't getting anything done. All the while, slowly trudging along. We aren't the most efficient group around. And the design process is constantly in flux. But we have certainly built something. The design apparatus that is Lincoln Green by Design holds the thinking and activism of a volunteer community of dedicated individuals who intend to leave the world better than we found it. [caption id="attachment_847" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Working for a sustainable Lincoln and Lancaster County."][/caption] 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 role up their sleeves and get to work. And who have a sunny enough disposition to keep at it when things go a little haywire or our budget of zero goes more into the red. It's about community. It's about people coming together to make change where they live. And it's certainly something my wife and I can get behind. Enough so that we write lines about not eating local people on the weekend. All of the work shown here are collaborative efforts between a very dedicated group of community-minded creative people. Many thanks to Katie Kemerling, Ashley Rolf, Kevin Fitzgerald, Brad Kindler, Ken Johnson, Miriah Zajic and A to Z Printing, Clint! Runge and Brandon Miller from Archrival, Christine Hunt, Stuart Long, Tyler Mainquist, Dan King, David Ochsner, Cecil Steward and the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities. -- Justin Kemerling, Designer.

Broken City Lab

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1307" align="alignnone" width="520" caption="The Save the City project will bring together emerging artists and city residents to imagine and prompt creative social engagements and civic activation."][/caption] I recently discovered Broken City Lab: "an artist-led interdisciplinary creative research group that tactically disrupts and engages the city, its communities, and its infrastructures to reimagine the potential for action in the collapsing post-industrial city of Windsor, Ontario." I really love the idea of "MAKE THINGS HAPPEN." I'm blown away by all the projects and research on the site. And I guess I'm still processing all the radness. So yeah, please just visit their site. Broken City Lab’s creative activity is located at the intersection of social practice, performance, and activism. The lab attempts to generate a new dialogue surrounding public participation and community engagement in the creative process, with a focus on the city as both a research site and workspace. It is not about doing the work of the city’s officials, or social workers, or politicians; it is about finding new creative ways to address our concerns with the city, while recognizing that our concerns may be similar to those of other community members.

No one should have to move out of their neighborhood to live in a better one.

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1288" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Majora Carter visits Omaha. Design by Metro Community College."][/caption] The Environmental and Community Design of Majora Carter  “We create an environment where all dreams can thrive.” How's that for a 21st century definition of environmentalism? I was able to see Majora speak at the Green Constitutional Congress (part of Dialog:City) during the DNC in Denver in 2008. It was a roundtable discussion led by Bruce Mau that looked at the future of environmental action and what it means to strive for sustainability. Both inspiring and challenging, her vision is one of finding the hidden potential of an area. Of adding the moral costs of denying future generations a clean and productive planet. And of working together to change the world.  Design Alliance Omaha and Metro Community College are hosting a lecture by Majora Carter at the Joslyn in Omaha on Thursday the 25th of February at 7 PM. If you're in the area, you should definitely attend.


Monday, February 22nd, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1274" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Pecha Kucha Night"][/caption] I love PechaKucha. A community of creative individuals get together. They present the finer aspects of their work in a rapid fire, fast and furious format. Each person gets 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, and an engaged audience. It's too short to get boring, and it moves too quickly for a presenter to get long-winded. Basically, an artist, designer, painter, photography, architect, or whomever, gets to show off in front of a group of friendly, interested people. It's a lovely little form of cultural entertainment. If there's a PechaKucha happening where you live, please go. If not, start a city. From the official site: PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide.