An experiment in community.... - The World Cafe Community An interesting experiment has been taking place in Melbourne, Australia around the creation of generative spaces for strengthening neighbourhoods and tackling challenging issues. The experiment was started, perhaps rather unexpectedly, by a church but most decidedly it was not an attempt to try draw people “into the institution.” Instead it asked how might we create more neighbourhood spaces for authentic engagement, person to person? Something must have worked in this conversation. The one international participant at the event was Dave Cooper from Shalom Makers in the US, an organisation that searching for useful connections between community, organisational and spiritual development. Adrian Pyle began the process of preparing for this event with a paper exploring the resonance between spiritual, community and organisational development, and how has observed that techniques of profound change seem to represent the “U” shaped wisdom.
Studio H A "design/build" public school curriculum that sparks community development through real-world, built projects Studio H is an in-school design/build class for 8th-11th grade students. First launched in Bertie County, NC and now based at Realm Charter School in Berkeley, CA, Studio H students apply their core subject learning to design and build audacious and socially transformative projects. Students of Studio H have previously dreamed up, designed, and constructed a 2000-square-foot farmers market pavilion, a pop-up park, laser-etched skateboards, sculptural concrete public furniture, roadside farmstands, and more. Designing Emotions for Games and Narratives The seminar took place on 25 and 26 February and was organised by PhD student Eva Knutz and Associate Professor Thomas Markussen, both affiliated with the Department of Communication Design at Kolding School of Design. The seminar took its point of departure in a specific design "case", namely that of designing a game for inmates and their child/children; a game to be played during the weekly visiting hours. The idea was to investigate how to verbalise difficult subjects and emotions such as imprisonment and separation through play. The day was divided into two sessions; a seminar part focusing on providing input to design students about prison life, emotion driven design, game design, fiction and narration. The seminar was followed by a game workshop giving the students "hands-on" experience with game design directed at a specific audience. Five talks The seminar was kicked-off by Lars Thuesen and Maria Kjærgaard from The Danish Prison Service.
Architecture for Humanity Get Local By Emily Pilloton Eleventh-grader Kerron looked up from his drafting table in the high-school shop class I teach in North Carolina. “I think I did it,” he said. I came around the desk and looked down at his first attempt at drafting four elevations of a stack of blocks that we had arranged. “Is it good?” “These are gorgeous,” I told him. He seemed surprised at my statement because he’s shy and sixteen with eyes as big as quarters. “I want to be an engineer,” he said. Small moments like these—where design plus education equals impact— have become daily occurrences for me. We’ve also found ourselves intimately involved in the growing debate within the design community surrounding local design efforts and whether they can or should be scaled, and what exactly the word “scalability” means these days for the profession. In February 2009, I received an email at my office in San Francisco from a superintendent from eastern North Carolina named Dr. “I don’t like these blocks,” she told me.
ERS Charles Darwin and other early evolutionists were fascinated by religious phenomena and how they might be explained from an evolutionary perspective. Nevertheless, evolutionary theory became restricted to the biological sciences and excluded from the study of many human-related subjects for most of the 20th century. Only now is the theory being used to explain all aspects of humanity in addition to the rest of life. The new field of evolutionary religious studies is part of this larger trend. This website provides an introduction to the study of religion from an evolutionary perspective. Please visit the EvoS web site for a more general introduction to evolution in relation to human affairs. This website is funded by a TARP (Templeton Advanced Research Program) grant from the John Templeton Foundation, which is administred by the Metanexus Institute. For questions and comments, contact the program director, David Sloan Wilson.
Emily Pilloton | Profile on TED.com Emily Pilloton wrote Design Revolution, a book about 100-plus objects and systems designed to make people's lives better. In 2010, her design nonprofit began an immersive residency in Bertie County, North Carolina, the poorest and most rural county in the state. Why you should listen As a young designer, Emily Pilloton was frustrated by the design world's scarcity of meaningful work. Her book Design Revolution features products like the Hippo Water Roller, a rolling barrel with handle that eases water transport; AdSpecs, adjustable liquid-filled eyeglasses; and Learning Landscapes, low-cost playgrounds that mesh math skills and physical activity. In February 2009, Pilloton and her Project H partner Matthew Miller began working in Bertie County, North Carolina, the poorest and most rural county in the state, to develop a design-build curriculum for high-school kids, called Studio H. What others say
Quinoa – The Ultimate Guide to an Ancient Super Food South American’s have been cooking quinoa for centuries. This ancient “superfood” has recently been rediscovered and has become increasingly popular with vegans, vegetarians, people trying to lose weight and anyone who interested in healthy eating. A great source of protein and slow releasing carbohydrates, it can be used in salad, soup, casseroles, breakfast dishes and even desserts! Quinoa Pronunciation Before we go any further, you may be wondering just what is the proper quinoa pronunciation. Now I Know How to Say It. Chenopodium quinoa is a member of the goosefoot family. The quinoa plant grows six feet high and has 3 to 9 foot magenta stalks. Modern quinoa is not genetically engineered and it has not been hybridized. Where does Quinoa Grow? Quinoa is native to Peru and Bolivia, but in the last twenty years, quinoa has been grown in many countries. Quinoa thrives in sandy alkaline soil that is generally considered poor for most crops. History of Quinoa Quinoa Nutrition Quinoa Saponin
Brain Pickings Edge.org We are surrounded by complexity. Issues that demand our attention—ranging from health-care reform, climate change or the Arab Spring—have a historical context, multiple viewpoints, clashes of diverse and deep values, and a bewlidering set of players with their own agendas. The news provides a tremendous source for what is happening right now: who made what speech, what the result of the vote was, what the latest paper said, how many people died etc. While never perfect, the news industry mostly delivers on it's duty to provide information on what is 'new', and with the advent of social media platforms and aggregators like Google News, it has never been easier to stay up-to-date. But much of what is needed to understand a situation is not new. Instead, deeper knowledge of the context is needed to inform an understanding of why the present events have come to pass. The gap between the new and the old is widening and that should be profoundly worrying.