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The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun Book Review! Maurice Sendak's Little-Known and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading. By Maria Popova A heartening transaction of literary pleasure.

Maurice Sendak's Little-Known and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading

Given my well-documented soft spot for all things Maurice Sendak and for rare vintage out-of-print gems, imagine my extreme delight over this recent discovery: As if to have any surviving copy of the 1986 gem Posters By Maurice Sendak (public library) weren’t already joyous enough, to have no ordinary copy but a first edition signed by Sendak himself is absolute exaltation. Collected in this magnificent large-format tome are Sendak’s little-known and lovely posters for plays, book fairs, art events, operas, Broadway shows, and other cultural happenings. But, given Sendak’s love of classical literature and the literary greats who became his lifelong influences, most enchanting of all are his posters celebrating the love of books and the joy of reading, many featuring his iconic Wild Things, which I’ve digitized below for our shared enjoyment. Sendak writes in the introduction: Animals of Southern Africa. Phdcomics : What PHD fans had to say about...

Laughing Our Way to a Better World:Sindre Olav Edland-Gryt at TEDxBarcelonaChange. Genomics Policy and Research Forum - Public events - Why We Play - Edinburgh International Science Festival - Public engagement and science studies - ESRC. Event details Recent research suggests that if you play more, you may age less.

Genomics Policy and Research Forum - Public events - Why We Play - Edinburgh International Science Festival - Public engagement and science studies - ESRC

The amount and quality of our play affects our hormones, which in turn affect our development and behaviour. Play devotee and musician Pat Kane (of 80s favourite Hue and Cry) will be joined by Patrick Bateson, Emeritus Professor of Ethology at the University of Cambridge, Wendy Russell, Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork at the University of Gloucestershire and Alex Fleetwood, Director of game design studio, Hide&Seek Productions, to explore the evolution of play, its impact on the individual and its wider social implications.

How to Prototype a Game in Under 7 Days. Here's a crazy game idea: Drag trash-talkin' gobs of goo to build a giant tower higher and higher. They squirm and giggle and climb upward over the backs of their brothers, but be careful! A constant battle against gravity, if you build a tower that's too unstable, it will all fall down. "Tower of Goo" was downloaded over 100,000 times within months of hitting the net, it was dubbed “Internet Game of the Month” in one magazine, it was demoed on G4 and at the Experimental Gameplay Workshop at GDC, and it was one of over fifty games we made as a part of the Experimental Gameplay Project at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center. And like the rest of them, it was made in under a week, by one person. The project started in Spring 2005 with the goal of discovering and rapidly prototyping as many new forms of gameplay as possible.

Ed Norton's Crowdrise Brings Fundraising (And Fun) To The Masses. In October, and before an audience of 800 Chicago Ideas Week attendees, Norton announced, “My name is Edward, and I’m a philanthropy addict.”

Ed Norton's Crowdrise Brings Fundraising (And Fun) To The Masses

He’s not kidding: The two-time Academy Award nominated actor also serves on the Boards of President Obama’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities; Enterprise Community Partners; Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust; the Signature Theater Company; the Friends of the High Line; and the Conservation Lands Foundation. And he’s not an in-name-only kind of board member; he really gets in there and works. When he’s not indulging his philanthropy issues, he writes, produces, directs and runs marathons but most recently he’s launched a crazy popular grassroots, peer-to-peer crowdfunding platform, called Crowdrise. It’s a platform to allow anyone to fundraise for a cause, and it does it with a laid-back and funny attitude that undermines the self-seriousness of a lot of philanthropy.

The difficult challenge of media alignment. Viewers are not the customer of the TV networks—advertisers are.

The difficult challenge of media alignment

For a long time, those two groups had similar goals, though. Advertisers wanted lots of viewers and viewers wanted shows that lots of them wanted to watch. So the TV networks used ratings as a proxy for advertiser happiness and there wasn't much of a problem. Practical Guide to EU funding opportunities for Research and Innovation : Checklist.

Checklist for EU innovation and research funding under and : The European Research Council (ERC) manages the FP7 strand for funding “bottom-up”, or investigator-driven, “frontier research” projects in any scientific field including social sciences and humanities. The Marie Curie Actions are ‘bottom-up’ and applications are invited from all fields of research for any research project from basic research to advanced development. Basic research may also arise in projects funded under . The JRC purchases support for its own basic research, undertaken as part of its work programme. under , provided the research is in a field covered by FP7: health, food, agriculture and biotechnology, information and communication technologies; nano-sciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies, energy, environment (including climate change), transport (including aeronautics), socio-economic sciences and the humanities, security and space.

9-year-old's DIY cardboard arcade gets flashmobbed. Foundups.TV: FOUNDUPS® Pitch - Enjoy. Visit us on Peer-to-Peer Finance: A Flight to Simplicity. Home > Ideas > Innovations 25 Comments By Chris Cook February 25, 2009 Internet activist John Gilmore famously said, "The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

Peer-to-Peer Finance: A Flight to Simplicity

" A key event of the Internet age was the invention of Napster, the direct online music-sharing program that helped erode the business model of the global music industry. The Coming Capital Convergence. True Believers As attendees entered last week’s SoCap conference in an old Army warehouse on the San Francisco waterfront, they filed past a large graphic projected on a screen depicting the full spectrum of socially motivated financial capital, from socially responsible investment to charitable giving.

The Coming Capital Convergence

At the center was impact investing — the financing of for-profit ventures and initiatives that explicitly address major social challenges — that is the focus of SoCap, now in its 4th year. The prominence of a still-tiny category — total impact investments represent an estimated $50 billion, an afterthought in Wall Street terms — testified to the faith of many SoCap participants that powerful forces are driving the growth of impact investing and pushing it from the margins of the investment world to the core. The creator of the infographic, Brian Walsh, director of Liquidnet for Good, had dubbed the presentation “The Coming Capital Convergence,” adding to the messianic feel. CROWDFUNDING THE COMMONS. What A Detroit Supper Club Teaches Us About Co-Creativity.

A social movement is underway in downtown Detroit.

What A Detroit Supper Club Teaches Us About Co-Creativity

Each month, 100 or so individuals pay $5 for admission to a loft, where they eat a dinner of organic soup (and other foods) prepared by volunteers. Diners share ideas and connections, hear presentations from artists who are working on projects aimed at improving the city, and then vote on which project will receive proceeds from the evening's dinner. Detroit SOUP organizers call the gathering "a democratic experiment in micro-funding," but it’s much more than that: It’s an example of the power of co-creativity, and it represents the way forward for organizations that want to remain relevant and reach consumers in an authentic way.

In recent years, crowdsourcing has become a trendy tactic for soliciting input and engaging consumers, but in reality this approach is nothing more than an open call for submissions. CrowdfundingTaxonomy.